Top Tips for getting the best school shoe for your child

Posted by Daniel Fitzpatrick on January 21, 2020

Are you looking for school shoes for your child? Not sure what the best options on the market are? Make sure you read this blog.

Top tips for getting the best school shoe for your child! 

So, Kids spend on average 8400 hours in their school shoes, needles to say that a lot. Not to mention their feet are still developing into their adult foot so getting the right school shoe is pivotal to the long-term foot health of your child. Not to mention things have changed in what we now recommend in shoes. The current research of the last few years in footwear goes against what we have traditionally recommended in the 30 years before. Some shoe manufactures have really come to the party others have been much slower to change. In this report we’ll dive into what you should look for in a shoe and give some examples depending on what your child needs. (you might be a little surprised).

  

  1.       Make sure the shoe is Lightweight

When buying a school shoe try to go as light as possible. A big bulky heavy shoe can have a negative affect on your child’s gait (walking pattern) and interfere with ideal function. This element can really influence kids and we’ve even had children we’ve treated that it can affect their activity levels and how much they want to participate in physical activities. We have found that when we put the child into a lighter shoe this helps their walking and running significantly to the point that parents come back in and say there is a different child. Keep in mind the body weight of a child is significantly less yet the weight of a traditional school shoe is very comparable to that of an adult, so it doesn’t really make sense to have a child in a big heavy school shoe.

 

  1.       The shoe doesn’t need to be as supportive as what we once thought

So recent studies have shown that in shoes with a very firm heel counter and with a lot of support the foot rolls though this so it’s not as important as what we once thought. You ll notice that a lot of the shoes recommended here allow the foot to function with minimal support. This helps to switch on the child’s nervous system on  improving balance, coordination and helps to strengthen the foot. This long term is a much better option.

 

If a child has excessive misalignment with their feet, or pain or pronates (rolls in) excessively and you feel they need extra support then I have also included a range of shoes with a little extra support that are still light and great for being active. The main brand I suggest for this type of foot is Ascent. They are included in this report. These provide a great mix of support but are still light weight comparable to other similar styles on the market. These shoes are great for any child that may need to wear an orthotic also.

 

  1.       The shoe doesn’t need too much cushioning

So too much cushioning will make the shoe heavier and interfere with proprioception. This is the body’s ability to give feedback to someone’s brain. If the threes are less soft stuff between the ground and someone’s foot the proprioception increases this will help with coordination, balance, and increase strength in a child foot. We have seen countless examples in our clinic where parents have brought the child in with the concern that they are ‘clumsey’ when they walk. We reduce the amount of cushioning in their shoe and their level of coordination improves enormously. Not to mention we want to encourage this for ideal development.

 

  1. Cost 

 

Unfortunately most good quality school shoes, particularly one that are light weight are pretty pricey. They usually range from 80 up to 150 dollars. Anything under this the quality reduces significantly. 

 

Examples of great Kids Shoes 

 

Vivo Primus School K 

A great super light shoe for younger school kids/ Preschoolers. It’s by vivo that make minimalist shoes what this means is that its pretty close to bare-feet but with protection from hard surfaces. I actually own a pair of the adult version and love them. We’ve seen massive improvement in kids walking in these in many cases given that it improves balance and coordination particularly evident in younger school kids.

Where to Purchase: https://www.vivobarefoot.com/au

Cost:$99.95 *

 

Bobux KP Desert Boot Black 

 

A great little boot for Preschoolers and Kindy has a little more cushioning than the vivos still very light. Very popular with mums in our clinic and we get great feedback from parents. 

 

Where to Purchase: www.bobux.com.au or shoes and socks

Cost:$95 *

 

Ascent Academy

A great shoe particularly if your younger child is wearing orthotics or may need extra support for a some reason. A little heavier than the other but Ascent has done a great job keeping their shoes light with support. Ascent has definitely moved with the times and combines a school shoe with a sports shoe really well. 

 

Where to purchase: Athletes Foot

Cost: $109.95 *

 

Ascent Apex Max 3

A great shoe particularly if your child is more in the adolescent phase is wearing orthotics or may need extra support for a some reason. A little heavier than the other but Ascent has done a great job keeping their shoes light with support. Ascent has definitely moved with the times and combines a school shoe with a sports shoe really well. 

 

Where to purchase: Athletes Foot

Cost: $129.95 – $149.95 *

 

Vivo WYN J

A great minimalist shoe that’s super light weight for younger girls up to late teens. A bit more feminine looking. 

Where to Buy

https://www.vivobarefoot.com/au

Cost : $99.95 *

Vivo Primus School J

A great super light shoe for ages approximately 8 and up. It’s by vivo that make minimalist shoes what this means is that its pretty close to bare-feet but with protection from hard surfaces. I actually own a pair of the adult version and love them. 

Where to buy:www.vivobarefoot.com/au

Cost:$139.95 *

 

Vivo RA J

 

Is a very good minimalist  leather shoe great for older kids up to adults. Once again very close to bare feet so helps from a proprioceptive and foot strengthening perspective particularly important while kids grow. 

Where to Buy:www.vivobarefoot.com/au

Cost :$139.95 *

 

*** Shoe prices may vary. Prices shown above are a guide. 21/1/2020

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