Score an A+ in Back to School Shoe Shopping

It’s a time-honored tradition to start the new school year off with a new pair of shoes. At Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, we want to help parents choose shoes that will be comfortable for their children that also promote good foot health. Below are some tips to keep in mind when doing your children’s shoe shopping:

Don’t buy shoes by brand. Although your children may be most interested in a particular brand name, as parents, your interest will be more in high-quality, well-made shoes. A checklist for features to look for includes:

  • Durable and breathable materials

  • A firm heel counter

  • Low heels

  • Built-in arch support

  • Cushioned insoles

  • Non-slip treads

Get the correct size. Don’t assume you know your child’s shoe size. Get their feet measured at the shoe store. Be aware that even once you have the correct size, it may not fit the same way across different brands and styles. Don’t buy shoes for your child unless they are with you to try them on.

Time it right. Did you know that feet are at their largest size at the end of the day? The longer you are on your feet the more swollen they tend to be. For that reason, if you take your child shopping later in the afternoon you’re more likely to end up with a pair of shoes that will not feel tight after you bring them home. It’s also a good idea to have your child wear the type of socks they will typically be using with the shoes you are purchasing.

Get a recommendation. It’s a good idea to check with our podiatrist, Lawrence J. Kales, DPM, to find out if there are any special accommodations needed for your child’s foot. If your child has had a previous foot or ankle injury such as a sprain or fracture, or if they have a chronic foot condition, the foot doctor may suggest particular designs or features for maximum comfort and support.

Walk it out. Be sure your child tries on both shoes and walks around for several minutes to be sure the shoes are comfortable. Once they take them off, check the foot for any red marks that may indicate pressure or friction. Run your hand around the inside of the shoe to check for rough patches or loose stitching which may cause irritation.

If you have other podiatric concerns about your child’s feet, contact our Hudson, FL (727-868-2128) or Spring Hill, FL (352-683-5799) office.