Back To School Shoes

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Back To School Shoes

Since this is the blog referenced in the podcast, I will put in my 2 cents. Most water shoes have marking soles and cannot be worn in most schools. As the to-school option, with the dew they are wet by the time they get to school, then you have kids in wet socks who are mad they have to change their socks every time they come in from outside. Moccasins are a no-go in public school as indoor shoes as the soles are too slippery. If you can find them, indoor soccer shoes tend to be unheeled and come in school-fashionable colours that are acceptable to preteens, tweens and teens. I have 3 kids who need 2 sets of indoor shoes, cold weather footwear and I buy footwear almost every season. I store the outgrown stuff and I let the kids know they can ‘shop’ the shelves when they start to outgrow the old stuff. Yes, offering up the old worn shoes with wear patterns can be a no-no, but for the most part, they have been worn just a few months. I just have to watch the eldest like a hawk; his selection is really limited. It’s getting better there tho, he’s almost my size! I also buy multiple sizes of preferred shoes when they are on sale at the end of the year to keep costs down.
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Back To School Shoes

Great post, as we’re just looking for shoes for our picky 12 year old boy. He’s way into the latest pump-em-up sports shoe and is clued into what these funny, flat, wide-toe box shoes look like, despite growing up with Vivobarefoot shoes. Also, by size 37 euro, the kids size lines are done, pushing him into an ever-girly women’s shoe. We’ve looked also at Lems (not sporty enough) and Softstar (no way! – wah! We live in Oregon and love local!). Topo Athletic does one zero rise womens in yellow, but it didn’t even pass the test. Help!!

Back To School Shoes

Great post, as we’re just looking for shoes for our picky 12 year old boy. He’s way into the latest pump-em-up sports shoe and is clued into what these funny, flat, wide-toe box shoes look like, despite growing up with Vivobarefoot shoes. Also, by size 37 euro, the kids size lines are done, pushing him into an ever-girly women’s shoe. We’ve looked also at Lems (not sporty enough) and Softstar (no way! – wah! We live in Oregon and love local!). Topo Athletic does one zero rise womens in yellow, but it didn’t even pass the test. Help!! Any advice?!

Back To School Shoes

Michelle and Gretan…I totally agree. .my 13 year old son is in some vivo barefoot trai ers, size 37 EU but these were a lucky hand me down. It’s a ladies version for him now (ebay), until he hits the smallest men sizes. And don’t get me started on school shoes. There are no minimal school shoes in the UK for his size! If anyone can recommend I would also be grateful.

Back To School Shoes

Hooray for minimal shoes! I’m a teacher so I recently did some back-to-school shopping myself. I found two brands of shoes that I think are a very good compromise between foot health and aesthetics. “Me Too” is a brand available in my local shoe store and has a wider selection online. Their ballet flats seems to be minimal rise, and fit my crazy-wide caveman feet very comfortably. As a bonus, they are available in great colors, which makes getting dressed fun. They’re pretty well padded, but to me that’s important because I stand on concrete floors all day while I’m teaching. I also found a brand called “Ollio” on Amazon (search for “ollio comfort flat”) which has minimal padding and rise, and comes in SPARKLY colors!!! It’s got an elastic collar to hold it on your foot even when the fit is generous. It’s a real winner.

Back To School Shoes

The best time to try on shoes for fit is at the end of the day, specifically after you and your kids have been up and moving around for a couple hours. Your feet change size with blood flow. Fitting your shoes to early morning feet (after you’ve been laying down) or after work feet (after you’ve been sitting for hours) will skew your foot size. If you’re purchasing footwear for exercise, sizing your feet right after the bout of exercise will give you the best sizing data.
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Back To School Shoes

Step on a piece of paper, spread your toes away from each other*, then trace your foot. THIS is a width of your foot that your foot should be allowed to achieve while moving. Your shoes are likely to be too narrow for your foot. Keep this piece of paper in your wallet and before you buy a pair of shoes, set the shoe on top of it to see if your shoe is actually too small for your foot to do its foot thang.
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Back To School Shoes

“There’s no therapeutic benefit from wearing any sort of school shoes, but they’re well designed and do no harm, are well constructed, durable, and for those reasons they have our support,” he says. “The endorsement works like the National Heart Foundation’s tick.”
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The winding up of summer vacation means a lot of things, and for a lot of us it means Shoe Shopping. Minimal shoes should be part of your healthy-body, healthy physical development program; this idea I’ve put forth in two books and dozens of articles about feet, so I’ll spare you the “why” details here. What I will post are some shopping tips that I hope make your life easier and save you time sitting in front of a computer, trying to figure out what to order.
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There is no way around the fact that kids will likely need more than 2 pairs of shoes per year. They really need a new pair every 3-4 months, and that can be expensive. This is my solution (which means that it works for where I live—seasons, with regular wet/rain, and occasional freezing days):

Pair your new minimal footwear with barefoot exercises. Minimal shoes offer more movement than traditional ones, but you’re still shod. Foot-strengthening exercises are great, but telling kids, “Hey, guess what, we’re going to do some foot exercises, aren’t you excited!?”— rarely works; and throwing a “Foot Exercise!” themed birthday party might be a dud, even if you get a huge foot piñata. What kids DO like are obstacle courses. Create sensory paths, balance beams, and pillow trains and get your move on, even if it’s freezing outside. Especially when it’s freezing outside. You know who else likes obstacle courses – adults!
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Merrill makes great kid shoes too. Sporty style. Fits all the criteria: Wide toe box, zero drop, flexible sole. Nice sticky vibram style bottoms. Option of tie string or just the velcro strap along the top.
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These shoes are too cute, but i’m too big a kid for them. Where could i find a pair of flat, wide and flexible wellies like the MYMAYU ? I just ordered a pair of phoenix softstar but i need something really waterproof. Thanks for such a nice post.
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Excellent read ,will pass on to my daughter who has three energetic boys.My son ,A woman’s Gym owner, loves your books and is constantly pushing family and clients to buy shoes with minimal support( he highly recommends your books to all).Great foot advice.Thank you
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Dear Katy, Thanks for this post. I am hearing a lot about foot care in your website. Is there anything to stop cracks and corns in the foot? I keep getting cracks and corns in both of my feet. How can I stop getting them? Is there anyway by which I can get permanent solution to this foot cracks and foot corns? I have tried foot creams and ointments for cracks and corns. But it gives only temporary solution and again after some time, I get foot cracks and foot corns again. So I would like to know what is the permanent solution for foot cracks and foot corns. Please reply back. Thank you for all your great posts.