The new school year is underway for students in Central Florida and we are sure your children are excited to meet their teachers and make new friends. They are glad to put summer vacation behind them and return to their academic studies! Okay, maybe they aren’t “thrilled” to get back to homework and tests, but we all know it’s for the best. After all, education provides many opportunities in life.
Now, if you want your children to get off to a good start this school year, make sure they have the right footwear. We know shoe shopping can be a challenge, so we want to share some tips for buying children’s shoes that you should keep in mind before you buy, including:
- Bring your child along. Some parents go to the store and pick out shoes without having their children present. The problem with this is that all shoes do not fit the same. Even buying within the same brand does not guarantee a similar fit. Instead, bring your child along so he or she can try the shoes on and make sure they are comfortable.
- Shoe size is just a guideline. More important than the number printed on the box is how the shoes actually fit. So go ahead and use the size as a starting point to pick out shoes for your child to try, but do not consider the size to be set in stone.
- Understanding proper fit. So what does it mean for a shoe to fit correctly? Toes should not be cramped in the front of the shoe at the toe box. Your child should be able to wiggle his or her toes and there should be roughly a thumb’s width of space between the front of the shoe and your child’s longest toe. Also, the heel should be firmly cradled but you should be able to slide your index finger down the back to about the second knuckle when the shoe is laced. The shoes should neither be too large nor too small.
- Arch support. Shoes should provide good support to the plantar arch.
- Shoes should fit well from the start. Do not buy shoes with the mindset of “they just need to be broken in.” Instead, make sure they are comfortable for your child immediately.
For additional tips on buying children’s shoes, or any of the foot care services we provide, simply contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida and we will be glad to help. Give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Mt. Dora), or request your appointment online for our offices in Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Mt. Dora, or Orlando.