Seems like only yesterday you were shopping for your children’s shoes before the start of school, and now it is Thanksgiving already! Kids grow so fast, you may want to check to see how those shoes are holding up.
How do you know if they are getting too small or wearing out? The big toe could be pressing against the front of the shoe (there should be a half inch free space). When they take the shoes off, there could be red spots on the sides of the foot or the back of the heel, indicating friction going on. The insole may not be providing adequate support anymore, the upper parts could look worn, wrinkled or limp, or tread could be showing wear in certain spots.
Some kids are harder on shoes than others, but even if they don’t look worn out, the shoe could be starting to break down. This is possible even if it was an expensive name brand, because a well-made shoes aren’t necessarily expensive, and paying a lot doesn’t necessarily guarantee shoes will be well constructed. Here’s signs of quality shoes to check before plunking down your money:
- Pinch the back of the shoe. It should be fairly stiff. If it collapses it might not protect the heel from trauma or hold it in good alignment.
- Try to fold up the front of the shoe. It should bend the way your kids’ toes bend—not so stiff that they can’t move normally, but not so far that the toe joints could be overextended and sprained.
- Hold the front and heel and try to twist the shoe from side to side. The sole should stay stable and not twist, so the foot has a solid foundation.
Once you know the quality of the shoes is good, be sure your child tries them on and walks around in them for a bit. The toes should be able to wiggle freely, the backs should cradle the feet securely, and the closings should line up properly—not gaping and not overlapping—to make sure the width is right.
Want more help with your kids’ feet or choosing shoes for them? Give Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona a call by dialing our Gilbert office at (480) 981-1800 or the Chandler location at (480) 963-9000, or going to our contact page and messaging us.