- A flexible shoe. Bend the shoe. It should bend at the ball of the foot, NEVER in the middle or across the arch.
- A broad based heel, as wide as the shoe. Make sure that the heel of the shoe fits snugly around the back of your child’s heel.
- Shoes with either laces or Velcro-style fastenings that allow for width adjustment and provide the best fit. Avoid slip-on or backless shoes.
- A shoe with a suitable heel. Do not buy high heels or completely flat shoes. Both place a huge pressure on the Achilles tendon and arch of the foot.
- A shoe with a toe box (the front of the shoe) that mimics the shape of your child’s foot. So if your child has a square-shaped foot, choose a shoe with a square-shaped toe box etc.
- A shoe lining that enables a child’s feet to breathe such as leather or canvas, because children’s feet sweat more than adults.
- If your child already wears orthotics (prescription insoles) be sure the shoe’s you purchase can still accommodate the orthotics.
Dr Cherye Roche a.k.a the GaitDoctor can offer expert advice on your child’s feet and where necessary, can prescribe custom-made orthotics (prescription insoles) to help correct foot abnormalities e.g. toe in/toe out, flat foot.