As a parent you are always looking for ways to cut costs. That’s why you may be tempted to pass on shoes from your 10-year-old to your 8-year-old rather than buy a new pair. Not a good idea—unless your older child has only worn the shoes a few times. Every foot imprints its shape on the shoes it wears, and it may not fit the next child’s foot correctly. Here’s a quiz to help you know when to replace children’s shoes:
- Does the sole of the shoe resemble an auto tire after 40,000 miles (no tread left)?
- Is the wear on the sole uneven (more on one side than the other)?
- Check the inside sole (under the liner if you can). Does it look or feel wrinkly or weak?
- At the end of the day, is the longest toe less than a half inch from the tip of the shoe?
- When your child takes off the shoes and socks, can you see red spots on the foot where it rubbed against the shoe?
- Does your child have an ingrown toenail?
- Does your child complain of sore feet after wearing the shoes?
- Does your child play sports or like being active all day?
- Are the outsides of the shoes scuffed up and worn out?
- Do the sides or heels of the shoes “collapse” when not being worn instead of standing up firmly?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, it is definitely time to head to a reputable store for a new pair. Even one “yes” could be a reason to replace shoes (the ingrown nail questions, for example), if it means your child will continue to have foot problems from footwear that doesn’t fit.We would be glad to take a look at your child’s feet to see what might be causing uneven wear, check the development of the arch, and advise you on the best models that will give the full support and cushioning he or she needs. Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is just a phone call away—in Chandler at (480) 963-9000 and Gilbert at (480) 981-1800, or you can request an appointment through our website. We’ll help take the guesswork out of shoe shopping for kids.