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


Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

Team Wade 24

Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

Heather Purvis

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