Did you know that our kids spend over 15,500 hours running, jumping, playing and commuting in their school shoes? 

In these formative years, shoes have an essential role to play in a child’s physical and social development. A poorly designed or ill-fitting shoe multiplied by 1,400 hours in a school year can contribute to the onset of pain, deformity, tripping, and fatigue – which can in turn lead to disengagement from sport, activity, lunchtime games and social events. 

The adage that you get what you pay for, generally applies to school shoes. Ideally the shoe needs to stack up for fit, function, longevity, support, cushioning, and comfort, not only for the first few months, but for as long as the shoe fits. Good brands utilise materials and technology that make for a lighter, more durable shoe. There are two categories of school shoes, leather and mesh, and they come with laces, Velcro or a combination of both. Additionally, established brands offer variations in widths, materials, insoles and lightweight, durable sole technology, with a perfect fit available for *most growing feet, that also stands the test of the schoolyard. 

The traditional black leather school shoe usually has a leather upper with either a rubber,

EVA or leather sole. They are often slightly heavier and stiffer on the foot compared with

their mesh cousins, which are generally lighter and softer, though less durable. Sticking to brands that are trusted for their engineering will be more of an initial investment, however, will be harder wearing and offer higher levels of comfort and support. 

The other essential piece to the school shoe puzzle is appropriate fit, that is, not too big and sloppy on the foot, yet not too tight with allowance for room to grow. Going to a reputable shoe store for fitting advice and shoe recommendation i.e. Shoes & Sox, ensures you can choose from trusted brands and a full range of sizes and widths, as well as enjoy a free professional fitting and shoe recommendation service. 

 A good traditional school shoe should feature:

A poor traditional school shoe may feature:

A good running school shoe should feature:

A poor running school shoe may feature:

Investing in a good school shoe that fits appropriately has a multitude of physical, social, financial and performance benefits. 

If your child is complaining of tired legs, is tripping regularly, is experiencing pain at night, during, or after activity, or their shoes are wearing down unevenly, consulting with a podiatrist for a gait assessment and potentially additional foot support is recommended. 

In January get 20% off at Shoes & Sox on their wide range of school and black sport shoes and don’t forget to book your expert fit with The Fit Squad.

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