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FIT FEET = FIT KIDS: Podiatrist's guide for Choosing the Perfect School Shoes


As we bid farewell to the carefree days of summer, it's time to prepare our young scholars for the academic challenges that await. Amidst the back-to-school hustle, one crucial aspect often overlooked is the foundation beneath their every step – their school shoes. It's imperative to get your kids ready for school with the right fit, understanding that FIT FEET = FIT KIDS. Finding the perfect school shoe that aligns with uniform requirements, fits correctly, and ensures comfort can indeed be a challenge.


To aid you in this task, our podiatrists have compiled a checklist of what to look for and essential steps to take when investing in a new pair of shoes. Let's delve into the key features that make a good school shoe.



Key Features to Look For:

1. Lightweight Design:

Consider the weight of the shoe, bearing in mind that your child will be wearing them throughout the day. Opt for a lightweight design to minimize the strain on growing legs.

2. Ample Toe Space:

Ensure the shoe provides a wide toe box, allowing sufficient space for comfortable movement of the toes at the front.

3. Flexibility:

A school shoe should act as an extension of the foot, allowing natural movement. Look for flexibility in the shoe to ensure it moves harmoniously with their feet.

4. Adjustable Fastening Mechanism:

Whether laces or velcro, choose a shoe with an adjustable fastening mechanism. This not only enhances stability but also provides support for active kids.

5. Removable Supportive Liner:

For children requiring orthotics or additional padding, a removable supportive liner is a valuable feature to look for in a school shoe.


Here is a quick checklist for finsing the perfect school shoe. DOWNLOAD BELOW.

APodA School Shoe Fact Sheet - 2024
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Podiatrist's Insight: Identifying Foot Type:

A podiatrist's expertise becomes invaluable in ensuring your child's school shoes fit correctly and cater to their specific foot type and needs. Identifying factors such as foot arch, activity level, and any past or present foot issues are crucial in making the right choice.


Addressing Common Signs:

Regular check-ups with a podiatrist are recommended if you notice signs such as uneven shoe wear, pain, skin issues, or changes in your child's walking pattern. Addressing these early ensures proper foot health as they grow and navigate the challenges of school life.


Footwear Scripts:

Navigating the vast array of options in a shoe store can be overwhelming. That's why your podiatrist might provide you with a footwear prescription tailored to your child's needs. This script includes recommendations on materials, arch support, sizing, and specific footwear styles and brands to suit their growing footcare requirements.


Final Notes on Fitting:

Constant monitoring of your child's footwear is crucial. Regular measurements for length and width, ensuring 1cm growing room, and ensuring a comfortable fit around the heel should be prioritized as their feet continue to grow.

In conclusion, providing your children with well-fitted school shoes is a fundamental step in their overall health and well-being. As the school year begins, let's ensure they step into each day with confidence and comfort.


A video created by the Australian Podiatry Association in reference to their FIT FEET = FIT KIDS 2024 campaign.





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