Back to School Blunders – 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing School Shoes

Daniel Gibbs, Posture Podiatry

Daniel Gibbs, Posture Podiatry







Children’s feet are constantly changing. The shoes they wear need to be durable, supportive and well fitted while also allowing for growth. It’s the time of year when we start thinking about school shoes and preparing the kids to go back to school. Here are some common back to school mistakes we see, and how you can avoid them.


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Mistake#1: Don’t buy shoes to last the whole year

  • Not only are school shoes worn almost every day, they are also stomped on, scuffed, splashed and buried in the sand pit. As the shoes get worn out it is important to replace them immediately.


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Mistake #2: Leaving Your Child at Home

  • Would you let someone else go out and buy shoes for you? How would you know if they fit well and are comfortable?
  • It is simply not enough to go out at pick the next size shoe for our child. You must bring them with you to the shoe store to take advantage of fitting services and ensuring they will have happy feet.
  • Ask if the sales assistant is trained shoe-fitter, as shoes that are not correctly fitted for width and length can damage your child’s feet.
  • There are a number of reputable shoe stores that can take care of your child’s feet and assist you in finding the right shoes for your child


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Mistake #3: Buying shoes for school that are not school shoes

  • Sneakers can be good for a particular purpose, but not for everyday wear. Ballet flats might be ok for casual wear, but not for the daily rigours that face the playground. I would recommend avoiding shoes with a high heel.

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Some things to look out for:

  • The length should be a thumbs width longer than the longest toe
  • The heel should have a wide base and be made from a shock absorbing material
  • The shoes should fit snugly around the heel with no allowance for the heel to slip in and out
  • Leather and natural fibres can be better for your child’s feet
  • Check the inside for seams and stitching that might irritate
  • Make sure the shoes are not too heavy or rigid for small feet
  • Avoid sling back or open back shoes – Velcro, laces or buckles will be more secure on your child’s feet

Also, remember that blisters may develop with new shoes. Children’s feet are naturally sweaty, and the inside of their shoes are potential sources of infection so make sure any blisters or abrasions are dressed with antiseptic and a bandaid.

Be mindful as well that older children may be embarrassed and hide foot problems from you, so don’t be afraid to check for sure.


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So, that’s it! I hope these simple Back to School Shoe Tips are helpful for you to find the right shoes for your child. And, of course, we would be more than happy to help if you have any further questions.



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