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Ideal School Shoes and Footwear

Finding a good pair of shoes can be difficult for children as they are growing quite rapidly. It is a lot easier to fit a pair of shoes for an adult as their feet does not change too drastically and will remain the same size. Often, children do not know how to assess their shoes and it can be frustrating for parents determine if their child’s shoes are fitting them well. It is important to find a proper footwear as they are still developing.


When looking for a proper footwear for your children, do not give in to their demands with those colorful shoes. The designs are done to attract them and serve no purpose in providing the optimal support for your children.

Most children will start to walk at about 10-12 months of age. This is when they are trying to train their proprioception and their balance. A pair of soft, flexible shoes is ideal to serve as a protective barrier when they are moving around. These shoes will also engage and develop their foot and leg muscles. Most of them tend to fall quite often when they are learning to walk. Hence, soft rubber soles will not be too slippery for them and reduce the chance of falling.

At about 2-3 years of age, most children will be walking, jumping and running a lot more often. Hence, a pair of sturdy shoes will be ideal. Such shoes range from sneakers with laces to canvas shoes with Velcro straps to prevent the shoes not falling out easily. The toe box of the shoes should be flexible to allow the normal development of the forefoot and an adult gait.


The features of the shoe design are the most important when you are shopping for a new pair of shoes. Never assume a pair of expensive shoes will be higher in quality and function. Most inexpensive shoes carry the same function or even better than the expensive ones.


Second-hand shoes are usually not recommended as the previous owner of the footwear may not taken proper care of the footwear. In addition, there are also a number of contagious conditions for feet, including viruses that cause plantar warts or fungus that lead to fungal infections on the skin or nails. Worn out shoes may also affect the development of your child’s growing feet due to the reduced support or increased wear on the shoe.

Here are some points and tips to get a proper shoe for your child:

  • Look for experienced and knowledgeable sale assistants who can properly measure your child’s feet
  • There should be about 1cm (1 finger spacing) from the tip of the toes to the front of the shoes
  • Ensure that the width is a correct fit as children’s feet tend to be wider
  • There should not be excess space at the back of the shoe at the heel area, your child’s heels will tend to slip out if there is too much space
  • Ensure your child always wear socks with shoes, you can bring the socks while shopping for new shoes to ensure a correct fit
  • Have your child walk around in the new shoes and make sure they are comfortable and well-fitting before buying
  • Have your child’s feet reassessed every 2-4 months at a children’s foot clinic to ensure that the shoes are still a good fit

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