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Find the best school shoe fit

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It’s that time of year again, school’s back and that can only mean one thing – new school shoes! As you enter the school shoe arena, it can be daunting trying to sift through the never-ending options with each shoe promising the world…

With so much on offer, how do you know when you’ve found the best fit? To help demystify your school shoe selection, Rebel Sport sat down with the experts at My Foot Doctor, to help you find the perfect home for your little one’s feet.

8 steps to school shoe success

  1. Measure both feet for size and confirm the shoe’s size availability, including full and half sizes with different widths.
  2. Buy shoes that fit your child’s food right now, instead of purchasing a size they’ll grow into.
  3. Determine foot shape and arch profile. Most quality shoes should offer heel, arch, upper support and foot stabilisation features.
  4. Identify the purpose for their shoes. Does your child play netball or basketball, do they like running?
  5. Consider shoes with an emphasis on quality cushioning and durability.
  6. Opt for shoes with variable lacing options (the number of holes).
  7. Remember that shoes can remove the insole. If feet are different sizes you may require two insoles, or none in the event that one foot is wider than the other.
  8. Go for synthetic upper shoes or leather.

Why the right fit is so important

Many adult foot ailments originate in childhood and often lead to problems in other parts of the body. Foot deformity, compromised foot function and increased potential for aches and pains, can all result from school shoes lacking quality and the right fit.

The two most important things to look for

Quality and fit. Call us Captain Obvious but this one can get overlooked. The better quality and the more support the shoe offers – the less chance of movement-related injury. The more cushioning the shoe provides – the less chance of impact-related stress.

As for fit, there are no second chances when fitting shoes for children. A child’s foot is vulnerable to injury and deformity from restrictive or ill-fitting shoes. Ensure the length of the shoe is suited to your child’s feet, with enough space for the toes to spread without pressure.

How to help keep blisters at bay

Fun fact, a pair of feet has over 250,000 sweat glands. You can imagine how this additional moisture combined with a shoe that doesn’t fit correctly, can lead to a blister conundrum. You want to look out for the right shoe length and width, with enough room to accommodate your child’s foot. Fresh socks always help here, not to mention those crisp whites pop nicely in the school yard!

Tips to reduce Sever’s Disease (heel pain)

This may come as a surprise, but heel pain is actually quite common in children. You could call these ‘growing pains’, as there are various changes occurring during this critical development stage. Combine this with shooting a few hoops at lunch, kicking a football around or jumping a little rope, and the need for quality heel support is clear.

Here’s what to look out for:

  • Ensure the base of the shoes are not flat and have a heel elevation (heel drop).
  • If this isn’t provided, a technical innersole may help.
  • Quality footwear also offers greater cushioning technology. The addition of Gel or Air is also something that can help reduce the impact related pressure.

Check out Rebel’s Foot Type cheat sheet on the Rebel website or visit our Rebel store for your back to school gear.


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