6 Essential Back-to-School Shoe Shopping Tips

Summer is nearing its end, and countless students are heading back to school in just a few short weeks. While you’re probably preparing yourself to buy new clothes, backpacks, and plenty of school supplies for your child, we don’t want you to forget about another important item on your list: shoes! Before you head out to brave the crowds, we have a few pointers to help you along the way. Here’s how you can help your child have a more successful school year with the right pair of shoes:

Make Sure the Shoes Fit

A child’s foot size changes pretty frequently, especially when they’re younger, so you’ll want to measure them before buying shoes. While you’ll need to account for growth, you’ll also want to avoid buying shoes that are too big as they can cause injury. Of course, on the other hand, too-tight shoes can bring about blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, and more. When you’re shopping, you’ll want a pair that has about a finger’s width of room from the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.

Bring Your Child with You

As tempting as it might be to go solo and snag shoes in the “right” size for your child, it’s best to go shopping together. You’ll make
sure that the shoe fits him or her correctly first-hand, which will save you time, money, and a headache. Besides, your child can find a shoe that looks and feels great, which will make them more likely to wear them.

Good Support Matters

It’s not just enough for a shoe to look cool and fit – they need to provide your child with the proper support as well. As you shop for the right pair, check to see that the toe box flexes easily and that the middle of the sole is sturdy. We suggest choosing a smart athletic shoe – these types of shoes often provide critical support for a growing child’s feet.

Grab an Extra Pair

Consider purchasing an extra pair of shoes before you leave the store! Think about it: shoes really go through a lot of wear and tear during the school year. They’re usually worn for 40 hours a week and endure a variety of activities. Having a second pair on hand can keep you from needing to go the store as often.

Shop in the Afternoon

When it comes to shoe shopping, the time of day is actually really important! Shoot for an excursion in the afternoon – that’s when feet tend to be at their largest. Buy shoes that will accommodate your child’s feet near the end of the day to help prevent future foot, ankle, and heel pain!

Buy New, Not Used

There’s no doubt that reusing clothing and items is smart and sustainable, but there are a few items that you should never buy used. Shoes fall under this category. Used shoes not only have lost most of their padding and cushioning, but they also may contain bacteria and fungi. Buy new pairs of shoes for your child and the rest of your family, always!

It’s also a good idea to bring your child in to see a podiatrist before the school year starts. After all, foot and ankle pain,
ingrown toenails, and bunions can make the new school year more difficult than it needs to be. Schedule an appointment with the experts at The Foot & Ankle Center today by calling (314) 487-9300!