Choosing the Right School Shoe Size 2020

Dr Brenden Brown, Podiatrist. That guy who knows truckloads about feet and stuff talks about how to size your child’s school shoes correctly.

Making sure you get the right size to fit your child’s foot is important to keep them active and pain-free.

Dr Brenden Brown a leading Sydney Podiatrist with 25 years experience helps you identify the correct way to size school shoes; something a parent should know.

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Video Transcript

So how do you make sure you get the right size for your kids’ school shoes this year? Most shoe shops are all self-serve, so you’ve got to make sure you know exactly what you’re doing. Now, there’s a big myth out there that kids grow oodles of school shoe sizes in a year when the truth is, most kids only grow between one and two school shoe sizes.

So don’t go crazy. I’ve actually had patients come in, and they’ve got their kids in shoes that are that much too long for them. These aren’t clown shoes. This isn’t Ronald McDonald.

These kids need to run and be active in these shoes. So make sure that when you’re choosing them, you through these following tips. First of all, get your child to sit and push their heel in the shoe right to the back of the heel.

Then, choose the thickness of their thumb. When I’m talking about thickness, can we see in there? We’re talking about this bit here. Make sure it’s between the end of their longest toe and the end of the shoe. There should be that much room in there to make sure that your little one has enough room for growth and has enough room to do activity.

In fact, you really should be doing it for yourself.

Finally, what I want you to do is, some shoes are really narrow. I want you to flip the shoe over like this and put it on the bottom of your child’s foot. If you can see their toes hanging out or the sides of their foot, then guess what? That school shoe is way, too narrow and you need to give it a flick and choose another one.

They’re really simple tips that you can use at home. Always make sure that your child is standing up when they do these measurements because they’re going to do this standing up and running. So that’s why it’s important.

Now, when you’re choosing your shoe, you should look at features. There are five essential features you should look at, and I’ve got that, guess what? In another video.

So you’re going to have to come back and check it out then. Look for five features that every parent should know about choosing a school shoe.

See you then.

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Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

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