How to buy the Correct Shoes for School
After many years experience fitting children's shoes I now consider myself something of a professional. Every child's foot is different but with the correct advice and well fitting shoes you will be setting your child up for life with less chance of foot problems in future.
As we all know comfortable feet are paramount to happiness!! When your feet hurt you feel miserable. So always choose a shop where they measure properly.
Never buy supermarket shoes - they are not properly fitted and can cause blisters.
Never accept that a child needs heel grips. A shoe should fit properly, without slipping off at the heel. If a child has narrow feet then an insole may be added, but this should always been done in the shop to ensure that the shoe fits perfectly before the child leaves.
As a rule, the cheaper the shoes the more often you will replace them, so pay for a good quality leather shoe.
Never buy synthetic as this will suffocate the foot causing very sweaty feet, and will generally fall apart quite quickly.
Many shoes come in width fittings so a foot should never be bulging out at the sides. Not all shoes have width fittings, but experienced fitters know which brand to choose depending on the shape of your foot. Go to a specialist fitter, as they will ensure that they NEVER sell a shoe that doesn't fit your child. They are specialists in their field and reputation is important.
Ballet pump styles are popular, but are not supportive for long periods of wear and aren't as hardwearing as a more traditional shoe. The shape means that there isn't enough growing room in the toe, so have to be tightly fitted to start with. We do stock good quality brands such as Geox, which come with an elasticated strap, and are a great alternative to the pumps, keeping both children and parents happy.
For older girls, lace up brogues are popular. They are hard wearing, and great for winter!
Velcro or buckle fastenings are suitable for younger children; Velcro is easier after PE!
Lace-up or slip on shoes are great for older boys.
We have been investigating why there has been a massive increase in shoes wearing out at the toes. It appears to be due to children dragging their feet to stop themselves on their scooters and bikes!!! With this in mind, there is a great selection of brands, suitable for boys and girls, that have a bumper toe (reinforced at the front of the shoe with strong rubber).
Jane Attard is the owner of Hopscotch Shoe Boutique in Molesey, specialising in Ladies and children’s shoes from leading designer brands. Jane has many years experience in high level customer service, and at Hopscotch, offers a specialised fitting service, in a child friendly environment, seldom found in larger outlets.
All the staff at Hopscotch are fully trained in children’s shoe fitting and pride themselves on the friendly service they offer. Children enjoy coming to Hopscotch for their shoes, and if they are happy so are their Mums and Dads.
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