Back to school time can range from a joy to a pain for any parent. Perhaps you are excited to have a little more time to yourself, or maybe you don’t like the feeling of your little one gone for so long (and needing to be picked up after practice).
The same goes for back-to-school shoes: some parents love finding new shoes, while others (including some kids) dread the idea.
Regardless of the feelings on the matter, finding a good pair of shoes for going back to school is about more than good looks. It also serves as a good natural point in time to keep up with your child’s changes in shoe size!
Shoes Must Match with Fast-Growing Feet
You likely already know this by now, but kids can grow much faster than we expect them to. Their feet in particular can sprout up quite quickly, especially during earlier years.
Every child is different, of course, and their feet will not always grow at the same rates. General estimates for expected growth, however, include the following:
- Ages 4-6: an increase of a half to whole shoe size every 4-5 months.
- Ages 7-10: an increase of a half to whole shoe size every 5-6 months.
- Ages 11-17: an increase of a half to whole shoe size every 6 months.
It is not uncommon, then, for a child to need new shoes 2 or 3 times per year. If you are only changing shoes on an annual basis, the chances are higher that your child’s feet may be suffering problems from it.
Shoes that don’t fit well can cause distracting discomfort during your child’s school day. On top of that, the compression and friction tight shoes can cause may also be responsible for ingrown toenails, blisters, and other lousy conditions.