Parents heaved a collective sigh of relief when the school went back for 2018. But it’s not only book lists and name labels you need to consider at this time of the year. haven spoke to our panel of back-to-school pros to get the low down on some topical kiddie quandaries.

Sophie McLellan
Paediatric podiatrist

What should parents look for when buying school shoes?

There are a few key things. One is fit. Ensure the shoe is not too long or too short as no favours are done either way. The width is another important feature, however not all styles come in additional widths, so it is important to check that the width of that particular style is appropriate for your child’s foot.

Also, consider your child’s needs. All parents must pick a shoe that ts the needs of the kids who will be wearing them. For example, a more active child who is playing handball at lunchtime will need a more robust shoe with features such as a rubber toe bumper. Alternatively, some children are particularly sensitive and would bene t from shoes that are lighter weight and with fewer internal seams.

Also, there’s compromise to consider. Find a shoe that ts your child’s feet that they are interested in wearing, otherwise, you will have to arm yourself for the daily battle when it comes time to get dressed for school. By engaging the kids, they will also feel like they have chosen their shoe themselves.

I want to get value for money when buying my kids’ shoes. But I also want them to last through some growth. Any tips?

Yes, kids can be tricky to buy shoes for because their feet are still growing, but anywhere from 8-18mm growth room in their shoes is optimal. As a rough guide you should have about a thumb’s width in between the longest toe and the front of the shoe.

Tell us about Skobi School Shoes?

Both paediatric podiatrists, Jason and I just launched an online store for our brand, Skobi School Shoes. It’s an Australian first as the shoes are designed exclusively by paediatric podiatrists.

We realised there was a gap in the market for good quality school shoes that are designed with kids’ feet needs in mind. We focus on meeting the structural and functional requirements of a school shoe that will care for and protect children’s feet. And we take into consideration the construction, weight and materials to ensure we deliver a diverse range that will meet the needs of each and every child.



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