Children And Their Shoes
As your child grows and develops so does their foot, this means that what a toddler needs for their foot is going to be different to a child going off to school. And no child’s foot is the same so what is required in the shoe will also vary.
Children’s School Shoes
As your child ages and their confidence in walking and running increases, the shoes become a little more sturdy and more protective. The sole will become thicker reducing the flexibility and slightly more support in the shoe is often provided. Once your child is off to school more supportive shoes are now required. This is most important regarding school shoes and your child’s feet.
Most school shoes now will have a slight heel height and support in the midfoot, (middle of the foot or arch of foot), and around the heel. The shoe should still have flexibility at the big toe joint, have some form of attachment to the foot and the shoe still needs fit the foot correctly.
Things to look for in your child’s school shoe:
~ Support in the midfoot with a sturdy sole
~ Slight heel height (Still NO high heels for girls)
~ Firm heel counter
~Attachment to the foot: velcro, buckle, laces.
~Adequate Fit: lengthen and width are most important.
We often advise parents to seek specialist shoe stores that assess foot type, foot shape and have a fit guarantee when buying school shoes for their children to ensure that your child has the best shoe for their foot.
At the start of each school year it is a perfect time to reassess your child’s foot and shoe fit. We also advise parents to check their child’s school shoes at the end of each school term so if a new pair is required, your child has a chance to break them in before returning to school after the holidays.
* See our other articles by Virginia Black for more information on Toddler’s Feet and Shoes.
If you think your child’s feet are excessively flat, turn in too much or are generally concerned or unsure about the way they look or walk, then contact us by phone (03) 9372-7452 or fill out the contact us form.
Article by Virginia Black BHSc MPod AAPSM