Term 2 is just about over, and your little ones are another half a year through school. They’re growing up super fast, and growing out of everything they own, including their school shoes! They’re in these shoes for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, 40+ weeks of the year. Their shoes are worn in rain, hail, or shine. School Shoes are on their feet when sitting in class and running around on the oval at lunchtime. Kids need comfort, durability and most importantly safety in their footwear, to go about their day. Support their active, imaginative and happy lifestyle from their feet up!
Footwear should reflect the standards instilled by the school that your child attends. Secondary schools for example have a strict code implemented for shoes that can be worn. This is often due to the practical nature of a lot of secondary subjects, and the safety risks that these subjects possess. Typical shoe requirements are: Fully Enclosed, Black and Leather. Fully enclosed and leather are important for these aforementioned practical subjects. In practical subjects such as Food Tech or Woodwork, these fully enclosed, leather shoes will reduce the risk of injury as a result of stepping on or dropping things on their feet. Black shoes are the usual standard for shoes in Australian Schools, and are therefore the colour necessary to meet the school uniform code.
The Best Fit
When it comes time to buy school shoes, the choices can be overwhelming! The price range is vast, the styles extensive and the brands countless. So how do you choose? Stores with shoe departments such as Athletes Foot, Rebel Sport and Myer offer qualified shoe fitters who can help you make the right decisions. However if you do not have this luxury there are a few things to consider.
- School Shoes should be sturdy. Try bending the shoe in half. A shoe that bends is not very supportive. You want a shoe that shows resistance.
- The heel should be supportive. Try squeezing the heel of the shoe. Does it loose shape or keep shape? You want a shoe with a heel that holds shape. This maintains support.
- The shoe should compliment every day movements. Try flexing the show where the ball of the foot would sit. It should flex comfortably to compliment the movements your child will make when walking.
- There should be a finger width between the toes and the end of the shoe. This gives your child some growing room, but not so much room that the shoe is oversized.
- Have your child try them on and walk around in them. Listen to them. If they hurt, feel too tight or slide in them, they’re not the right shoe. Kids know what’s comfy, let them tell you.
- Finally, the price of a product usually indicates the quality and therefore reflects how long it will last. More expensive shows will typically last longer than the less expensive brands, but doesn’t necessarily mean one will do a better job.
School shoes are very important part of school uniforms. Whilst they are not always easy on the wallet, they are an investment into your kids future. Most pairs of good school shoes last the whole year, provided your Childs feet don’t grow too much! It’s a small price to pay for comfort, durability and safety at school.