Choosing Shoes for School-Age Kids

Most parents don’t really know what to look for when choosing kids shoes beyond feeling how close the big toe is to the end.

But finding the right shoes goes way beyond just finding ones that fit.

Shoes To Avoid

Hand Me Downs

While it’s tempting to just put your younger child in their big brother’s cast-off shoes, it’s a bad idea. Most shoes will mold to the foot that wears them, based on the shape of that foot and the way the person walks.

But these are very unique factors for each person and will cause discomfort, blisters and possibly worse problems. So avoid handing down shoes.


Man-made materials won’t stretch like natural materials, which when used on shoes can harm a child’s developing foot.

While the cheaper shoes at discount retailers might be appealing for the household budget, they’re not a good option for school shoes. They also won’t last as long.


Another plus for shoes made of natural materials is that they’re breathable. Kids’ feet sweat a lot and need air. Anyone who’s ever had a teenage boy could tell you that.

But it’s the same for littler feet as well. Choose shoes made of real leather or canvas, which will let air circulate to keep kids’ feet dry and comfortable.

Specialty Shop

If you shop in a children’s specialty shoe store where the staff is trained to fit children’s shoes, you’ll most likely be able to avoid these problems.

They’ll also have higher quality products, which will be better for their feet and last longer. We highly suggest Howard Curry Shoes – the staff is wonderful.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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