Three simple steps to test the quality of a school shoe

It is coming up to that time of year when our children are heading back to school. One of the questions that we, as Podiatrists, get asked often at our clinic is “What should I look for in a good school shoe?”.

It is coming up to that time of year when our children are heading back to school. One of the questions that we, as Podiatrists, get asked often at our clinic is “What should I look for in a good school shoe?”.

To assess the key features of a good school shoe, perform these three simple tests…

  1. PRESS – The rearfoot or the heel bone area is where we get most of the control from in our shoes. To test the heel counter stability, press firmly and directly on the middle of the heel. If it collapses easily then you want to avoid the shoe. The heel counter of the shoe should be strong and reasonably stiff.
  2. FLEX- The shoe should bend only at the toes and remain relatively still through the midsole. If you can fold the shoe in half, it is too flexible and will not be able to meet the rigorous demands of the school yard.
  3. TWIST – Give the shoe a little twist, as if you are ringing out a towel. The shoe should have some torsional stability and not be able to be twisted completely in opposite directions.

In terms of sizing, as a rough guide, we recommend one finger/thumb width of room at the front of the shoe.

We hope that these tips will make the daunting task of finding a good school shoe much more manageable. Good luck… and be sure to get in touch with us if you’d like any help with checking your child’s school shoes.

Written by Marcus Garrubba, Podiatrist

What our clients are saying about us

Bree BrittBree Britt
05:41 22 May 24
Mehar was fabulous! Not only was she warm, welcoming and funny, but professional and thorough.From the moment I walked in I felt well supported. She was able to identify what was going on, factoring in older ailments, and provide me with a treatment plan and options.Her focus was on sustainable changes and support moving forward, and I had a written plan and clear explanations and clarifications on everything. I never felt like she was encouraging me to need to come back unnecessarily.It took a few visits, and each time was met with the same warmth and professionalism. I got consistent progress and feel so much better now, even though it's a few months on from when I last saw her.It's very clear she is wonderful at what she does, thinks about the whole person and I would definitely recommend her to others considering needing podiatry support.
Rose StewartRose Stewart
02:32 14 May 24
The whole client therapist experience has been amazing. My Myotherapist provided me with a detailed plan to ensure my progress to meet my goals as well as addressing my issues of pain.Each follow up session is reviewed, discussed and any changes added/deleted or modified.The timely reminders and follow up from the clinic and experience with the Client Experience Officers have been always polite and friendly.
Patrick MonahanPatrick Monahan
00:37 13 May 24
Mehar Sandhu has been an absolute delight. She is very professional in her treatment and most personable and friendly to deal with.
Yolanda OppyYolanda Oppy
03:13 10 May 24
Ezyk ArtistEzyk Artist
00:07 19 Apr 24
I've been coming here exclusively since my first consultation. I've had constant shoulder and arm pain from my line of work; the exercises my physio, Carina provided are easy to remember, not time consuming and super effective!Bonus: the space feels super clean and calming - highly recommend coming here
Natasha KhongNatasha Khong
23:58 22 Mar 24
I had a great experience here. The gym was well equipped and the atmosphere of the clinic was amazing. I had Carina, who was very knowledgeable about my injury and helped construct a great solution plan! Her manner was beautiful and she had great energy. Definitely recommend!
Annabel ChandlerAnnabel Chandler
20:28 14 Mar 24
I’ve been seeing Talia for a few weeks now for treatment on my shoulder bursitis. From day 1 she was great! She explained everything about my condition to me and what she wanted to do which helped me visualise my own recovery. Could not recommend her enough.
js_loader
Ready to Make an Appointment?

We’d love to be a part of your health care team! If you would like our help to keep active & happy, give us a call! Did you know booking online is the most convenient way to lock in the location, practitioner & time you want.