So, the question that most people are asking is ‘when the best time is to buy new school shoes’. We asked local shoe experts Kala & Gill from Mumbler Award Winning shoe shop, Stomp in Knaresborough their thoughts….
“The answer is now!! We love to see happy feet and want children to be comfortable and happy too with their latest shoes. School shoes tend to send many parents into a mad panic in August, worrying that they won’t fit in September. But realistically how much can a child’s feet grow in 4 weeks? Typically, children’s feet between the ages 7 to 10 will grow ½ size to 1 whole size every 5 to 6 months, meaning not a lot. Leaving it to the last minute will only mean a lesser choice of styles but also the risk a child angst when the shoe that comes with the free toy is no longer available in their size.
We will always fit on the more generous side for early birds, just to allow for any growth spurts in the sunny sun, but also offer a free check and exchange service should any child happen to shoot up before the start of term. We just ask that you don’t wear them outside and bring them back in the box.
Top tips when buying school shoes
When choosing your shoes, it’s worth thinking about the following;
* Wear – How heavy is your child on their feet, both boys and girls. School shoes are not indestructible! If your child is a climber, football player or just generally heavy on their feet, a shoe with a little more reinforcement or a toe bumper is ideal. This will not only help protect the shoe but also make it last a little longer
* Fit – Feet come in all shapes and sizes. If your child has particularly narrow or wide feet, or a requirement for orthotics, an early shoe buy is essential to ensure that the optimum range and choice is available
* Recycling – Avoid hand-me-downs. Whilst is might seem like an obvious money saver school shoes are one thing you shouldn’t buy second-hand as a worn shoe will have moulded to the shape of the previous child’s foot and could cause problems for your child’s feet.
* Style – It’s always tempting to go for style over comfort for a child, but fit is the most important aspect of school shoe shopping. A child’s bones are soft and delicate and an ill-fitting shoe could have a damaging effect
* Decoration – Many shoes, especially the girls ranges come with varying coating and decorations. The patent coatings on todays shoes are fantastic, but will, if repeatedly scuffed eventually start to peel. Likewise, decorations can detach if dragged along the classroom carpet.
* Care – All of our styles are made from high quality leather and do enjoy being fed. A little polish will help to breath new life back into tired shoes and also keep them looking in tip-top condition.
Children spend around 35 hours a week in their school shoes, or more than 1,300 hours during the school year, so it’s vital they’re fitted properly and suitable for fun!
Look forward to seeing you soon at Stomp. Just remember your socks!”