Tips on buying school shoes for children

By Podiatrists Russel Rubin and Trevor Proskewitz


Did you buy your kids new school shoes only to have them complain about blisters and squished toes? Are you unsure of what shoes to buy them for the upcoming sports season (hello, soccer!)? Did you buy cheap school shoes online, but are regretting your decision thanks to the shoes’ poor quality and bad fit? A visit to our podiatrists is just what your children’s feet need.

The fact is, children spend over six hours a day in their school shoes – jumping, running, walking, skipping. In addition, many of them engage in sports such as soccer, netball, cricket and athletics. It’s imperative that they wear shoes that fit properly so that their young feet have the chance to grow correctly. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to problems such as ingrown toenails, corns and bunions. When you visit a podiatrist to get your children’s feet measured and fitted, your podiatrist will match your child’s foot type and function with the correct pair of shoes and also look after their overall foot and ankle health.

A Podiatrist will:

  • Measure both of your child’s feet accurately, taking into account the length and width, since very often, the size varies from foot to foot.
  • Recommend shoes that fit the natural shape of your child’s foot.
  • Check to see if your child is flat-footed or has high arches and can recommend customised orthotics to give your child’s foot the support it needs.
  • Look out for any lumps, calluses, growths or rashes.
  • Help if your child suffers from recurrent pain in their feet or legs, or if your child is constantly tripping or falling.
  • Correct gait issues such as walking on tip toes, walking/running in a lopsided manner, etc.

Tips When Buying Shoes for Children:

  • Get your child’s feet measured professionally every single time they buy shoes as their feet are constantly growing and developing.
  • Shoes should not feel tight. The shoe box should have at least 1cm growing room between the end of your child’s longest toe and the top end of the shoe.
  • Don’t be tempted to buy shoes that are 2-3 sizes too large. They will not stay on their feet properly, causing your child to trip and fall.
  • Get your child to wiggle their toes while trying on the new pair – the shoes should have enough room to do this. The toe of the shoe should allow your child’s toes to move freely and not feel cramped.
  • Shoes with laces, buckles or ankle straps give better support and hold the foot firmly in place. Do not buy slip-ons or second-hand shoes.
  • The widest part of the foot should correspond with the widest part of the shoe.
  • Shoes should fit comfortably around the heel.
  • Buy shoes towards the end of the day when your child’s feet are at their largest.

Contact the footinjuryclinic podiatry team to get your children’s feet assessed, measured and fitted with shoes for school and sport before they start the new academic year.

How to choose shoes that fit correctly

By Podiatrists Russel Rubin and Trevor Proskewitz



When it comes to shoes, there are often two types of people: those who buy too many pairs and those who avoid shoe-shopping at all costs. But did you know that shoes are not all about looks – the shoes you choose can have a big impact on your foot health. How so?

Whenever you move or walk, your feet carry twice your entire body weight with every step you take. Having correctly fitted shoes will give your feet the cushioning and support they need while feeling comfortable. On the other hand, shoes that don’t fit properly can contribute to injuries such as shin splints and Achilles tendon pain, corns and bunions, ingrown nails, or postural issues and lower back pain.

Our podiatrists have outlined these tips to keep in mind when you shop for new shoes:

Space matters

Always make sure there is 1.5cm of space between your longest toe and the tip of your shoe. Wiggle your toes to make sure there’s enough room for them to move – they should not feel squished. In some cases (e.g. if your shoes are made of leather), it might take awhile for your shoes to stretch out, but overall, your shoes should feel comfortable, even if they are new. 

Test your shoes

Before you start wearing your shoes regularly, test them out on different surfaces to see how they feel when you walk. Wear your new pair of shoes at home for short bursts before you wear them to go out for longer periods.

Shop in the afternoon

Did you know your feet are a little larger at the end of the day than in the morning? Going shoe shopping later on gives your feet enough time to expand naturally and you will find a pair that fits you better. 

Get fitted correctly

Get your feet measured and do this every time you buy new shoes. Feet change with age, often growing larger and wider. If one foot is larger than the other (which is often the case), buy a size that fits the larger foot. If you wear orthotics, make sure to try on new shoes while wearing these inserts. And, yes, we manufacture custom-made orthoses at footinjuryclinic’s in-house laboratory.  

Make sure your feet are supported

Always make sure your shoes are well-fitted and provide the right support for your feet at the ankle and arch. If your shoes feel uncomfortable, or cause any discomfort, make an appointment with our podiatrists before it becomes a serious problem.

Get in touch with our podiatrists who can help you find shoes that suit your foot type and your daily activities. We can also do a biomechanical gait analysis as well as make customised orthoses in our in-house lab. 

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