It’s that time of year again! The final weeks of summer vacation are coming to an end. Now it is time for school supplies, new clothes, rearranging schedules, after-school sports, and preparing for the new school year ahead. As you make your back-to-school shopping list, be sure to include a pair of comfortable new shoes that your child can wear. According to APMA, there are many important factors to be aware of when buying a new pair of shoes for your child:
Children’s feet are growing! Children are constantly growing out of their clothes. This also includes growing out of shoe and sock sizes, which can change every few months. Be sure to keep up with the right size.
Shoes that don’t fit can cause problems! It is important to get your child’s feet measured whenever you buy a new pair of shoes and watch for shoe irritation.
NO hand-me-downs! Everyone’s feet are shaped differently, once the shoes have been stretched and worn to fit one child’s foot, they should not be worn by another child. Also, fungus can be spread by shoe sharing.
Examine the heels of the shoes. The heels may wear through quicker than they outgrow the shoes. Uneven heels can indicate foot problems that should be checked by a podiatrist.
Always buy shoes that fit the larger foot. There will always be one foot that is bigger than the other, so it is safer to buy for the bigger foot so as to avoid shoe irritation.
Buy shoes that don’t need to be “broken in”. Shoes should not need to be broken in, they should be comfortable to begin with. Make sure to have your child try the shoes on with whatever type of sock they will normally be wearing to ensure proper fit.