One of the most important things you have to decide on when preparing your child for school is buying the perfect shoes. School shoes can be expensive, that is why choosing one is a critical feat only wise parents can accomplish so as not to waste hard-earned money.
In order to be that wise ol’ mom or dad, you would have to consider the following tips about how to choose the perfect school footwear for your kid.
- Measure your child’s feet. Remember to measure BOTH of them, especially if you cannot, or will not bring your child with you to the shoe store. This is because many people, children included, have a slight difference when it comes to their foot’s length or width. Choosing the wrong size of shoes might lead to injury. It is also wise to consider the design of the shoe since some, particularly those with laces, have smaller fit than others.
- Create a checklist of what your perfect shoe should be. Remember to check the distance of end of the shoe to the tip of the wearer’s big toe as it should be the same size as the width of your child’s thumb. Also check of the shoe your kid is fitting has the widest part corresponding to the width of the widest portion of the foot. The sole should also be fixed in place while the heel should be snug and comfortable; and the back part of the shoe should be strong and stable.
- Choose a well-cushioned shoe to provide enough support since some children have flat feet, while others have high arches.
- To determine further if the shoe fits perfectly, ask your child to wiggle her toe while wearing the shoe. If she is able to do so without any aches on her foot or bulges on the shoe, then you are almost done shopping for the perfect shoes.
- Since children’s feet grow rapidly, their shoes can only last up to a year. But, if you choose a more expensive one, make sure that it is built to last and would not be damaged before the year is up.
- As much as possible, avoid second-hand shoes since there’s a good chance that the foot of its first owner might have molded into it. Also, most of them are already near their “end of days.” You should also refrain from choosing slip-on shoes since they also don’t last very long.
- Since children’s feet tend to swell by the end of the day, it is best to do your shoe shopping in the afternoons.
- Never ignore your child’s complaints about pains in their feet and legs as well as the skin in those areas since this might be caused by the shoe that they wear. Also consider changing the kind of shoe you buy if your child often trips with his old shoe or that one of the shoe pairs become more worn down as compared to the other.