Buying shoes for back to school that make the grade
The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) has released pointers on how to pick out the best shoes while back to school shopping.
They say that children's feet change with age, as fast as every few months so always measure the feet before buying shoes.
Also examine the heels of the shoes, they say, because children may wear through the heels of their shoes quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves.
And as much as you (and them) may not like it, take your children with you when buying shoes for them.
This is because every shoe can fit differently even when it's marked the same size.
And if your child has one foot that seems bigger than the other, the MPMA recommends to buy the larger size shoe.
They say shoes should be comfortable immediately and not need a break-in period, and they should try them on with socks or tights.
Here are some tips to help you decide if the shoes are right for your student:
• Look For a Stiff Heel. Press on both sides of the heel counter. It shouldn’t collapse.
• Check Toe Flexibility. The shoe should bend with a child’s toes. It shouldn't be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area.
• Select a Shoe With a Rigid Middle. Does the shoe twist? A shoe should never twist in the middle
• Are the shoes secure on the foot? Laces or Velcro are best to hold the foot in place.