Your kids are back at school! If their feet have grown in the last six weeks, or they simply need a new pair after a year of running around the playground, you may be about to invest in some new school shoes. Below are our top tips for making sure they fit before you buy so they can bounce back to school with no discomfort.
1. Firstly, check the heel. You should be able to squeeze your finger in the gap between your child’s heel and the back of the shoe. If the gap is too large or two small, the shoe does not fit and may rub or slip.
2. Next, press down on the front of the shoe. There should be about a 1.5cm gap between your child’s big toe and the front – again, if too large or too small, this could cause problems in the long run.
3. Then, check to see how close their little toe is to the side of the shoe. If there is no gap at all, this indicates the shoe is too narrow for your child. The widest part of their foot should be in the widest part of the shoe, so this is another thing to look out for.
4. Lastly, check the fit at the ankles and the depth. At the ankles, like the heel, you should be able to squeeze your finger between their foot and the shoe. If too tight, this can cause blisters. With the depth, there should be movement of the material as you press down on the top of the shoe. If not, the shoe is too narrow.
These tips are all helpful if you are fitting your child’s new shoes yourself, but bear in mind there are lots of stores with trained staff where you can go and get them fitted for free!