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15 000 hours in school shoes means you need to buy the right ones

Considering that the average school child spends approximately 30 hours a week in school shoes – that is 15 000 hours in their lifetime - it is very important to make sure that school shoes fit correctly.

In the first 18 years of a child’s life, their feet will grow through many shoe sizes. After the age of three a child’s foot will grow about half a size every six months, meaning that school shoes will generally last between nine months and a year – excluding any growth spurts. Children’s feet are growing and the bones are soft and still developing. Because of this, badly-fitting shoes can lead to more than blisters and foot pain, resulting in problems later in life - such as ingrown toenails, corns and bunions.

Here are some tips from Buccaneer on buying perfectly fitting school shoes. Buccaneer are school shoe manufacturers who have been in operation for over 100 years.

1) School shoe checklist:
When fitting your child with new school shoes, here are some important points to remember:
  • There should be a child’s thumb width between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest toe - make sure your little one’s shoes have enough space, so their toes can wriggle around.
  • For comfort and growth, add another 10mm to the length of the longest toe.
  • The widest part of the foot should correspond with the widest part of the shoe.
  • The fastening mechanism should hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe.
  • The sole should not twist but the fit must allow for flexibility and bend around the ball area.
  • The heel should be snug but comfortable and the back part of the shoe strong and stable.
  • The shoe must be wide enough to allow for 6 month’s growth.
  • Don’t buy over-large shoes, as they can lead to injuries.

2) Check for the toe wiggle
If you’re unsure whether new school shoes fit correctly or not, just check for the toe wiggle – your child should be able to move their toes freely, the shoes shouldn’t hurt and there should be no bulges from the toes on either side of the shoe.

3) Quality shoes last longer

Whilst times are tight and school shoes are another (necessary) expense, bear in mind that buying better quality shoes will actually save you money, as they won’t wear out so quickly that they need to be replaced during the school year.

4) Avoid slip-on shoes and hand-me-downs
School shoes are one thing you shouldn’t accept as a hand-me-down as a worn shoe will have molded to the shape of the previous child’s foot and could cause problems for your child’s feet. Slip-on shoes are also not recommended for long-term use, with experts advising lace-up, Velcro or buckle-up shoes for school-children.

5) Buy shoes at the end of the day Children’s feet often get a little more swollen by the end of the day and so this is a better time to fit school shoes - when your child’s feet are at their biggest.

6) Have growing pains checked out
In years gone by, children complaining of pain in the legs and feet would be told not to worry as it was just due to ‘growing pains’. Expert opinion has since changed, and podiatrists now recommend parents get any foot or leg pain checked out, as most foot pain in children is preventable.

7) Other things to look out for
  • Children complaining of pain in the feet, heel, knee or legs.
  • Unexplained tripping and falling (if it happens regularly).
  • Uneven shoe wear, or one shoe that wears down before the other.
  • Skin or toenail irritation.
Comfort and quality are terms that have become synonymous with Buccaneer School Shoes since they first opened their doors in 1905.

Their long legacy of excellence has led Buccaneer to become known as the 'School Shoe Specialists'. The Buccaneer range includes the ever popular Dolly Shoes (Buccaneer’s signature shoe); the Scooter for boys; Bucc Lites, for boys and girls; and the Buccaneer Classic, an entry-level shoe that is affordable and therefore kinder to parents’ pockets.

Buccaneer School Shoes are available at:

Ackermans, Edgars, Jet and Jet Mart, Shoe City, De Jagers, Express Stores and quality school clothes and school shoe outlets nationwide. Visit their website on www.buccaneershoes.co.za or connect via facebook and twitter on @BuccaneerKids.


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