Stepping into Success

Stepping into Success


A Guide to Choosing the Right School Shoes


As we embark on a new year, it’s the perfect time to ensure that our children start the academic journey on the right foot – literally! In this blog, we focus on an essential aspect of every student’s wardrobe: school shoes. At South Eastern Sports Podiatry, we understand the importance of proper footwear in promoting foot health and overall well-being. So, let’s dive into what makes a good school shoe and what parents should consider when selecting the perfect pair for their children.


Support is Key:

One of the most crucial aspects of a school shoe is adequate support. Growing feet need proper arch support to maintain their natural shape and function. Look for shoes with a supportive insole that provides stability to the arch and cushions the foot during daily activities. A shoe with a firm heel counter is also essential for stability, especially during activities like running and playing. This is also important in ensuring the durability of the shoe as well, as we would like to get the most out of kids shoes and not replace frequently. 


Size Matters:

It may seem obvious, but ensuring the correct shoe size is often overlooked. Children’s feet can grow rapidly, and ill-fitting shoes can lead to discomfort and potential foot problems. Regularly measure your child’s feet and choose shoes that provide enough room for growth while still offering a snug fit. Keep in mind that different brands may have variations in sizing, so trying on shoes is crucial.


Quality Materials:

Durability is key when it comes to school shoes. Opt for shoes made from high-quality materials that can withstand the wear and tear of daily activities. Leather is an excellent choice as it is breathable, flexible, and durable. Quality materials not only contribute to the longevity of the shoe but also provide better support and comfort for growing feet.



Children are active, and their feet can get sweaty. To prevent discomfort and potential issues like fungal infections, choose school shoes with breathable materials. Shoes with mesh panels or perforations allow air circulation, keeping the feet cool and reducing moisture buildup.


Easy to Wear:

Consider the ease of putting on and taking off the shoes, especially for younger children. Velcro straps or slip-on designs can be more convenient than traditional laces, allowing children to manage their shoes independently. This promotes self-sufficiency and ensures that shoes are worn properly throughout the day.


Flexibility and Traction:

A good school shoe should provide a balance between flexibility and support. Look for shoes that allow natural movement of the foot while still offering stability. Additionally, a sole with good traction is essential to prevent slips and falls, especially during outdoor activities or in wet conditions.


By keeping these factors in mind, parents can make informed choices when selecting school shoes for their children. At South Eastern Sports Podiatry, we believe that a solid foundation starts from the ground up, and choosing the right school shoes is a step in the right direction.


Wishing all our young scholars a fantastic academic year ahead, filled with growth, learning, and happy, healthy feet!