Size and Fit
Fitting shoes after the summer break, when many of us have been enjoying sandals and showing off pretty feet… It feels strange wearing leather shoes again. We pride ourselves on the fitting service we provide. We have all fallen into the trap of buying shoes to grown into. This is an example of a badly fitted shoe. 70% of foot problems are caused during childhood wearing ill fitted shoes, or the wrong footwear.
Fitting a shoe:
Child should stand up straight with their weight evenly on both feet. Check there is no space behind the heel. The shoe should sit snugly, but should NOT touch the ankle bone, to avoid rubbing
Check by using your thumb and forefinger, placing them on the edge of the widest part of the shoe (start of big toe to the start of the baby toe) and move towards each other across the toe of the shoe. The leather should give gently. If it doesn’t move, the shoe is too narrow, if you can pinch the leather easily, it is too wide. With a T-bar or Mary-Jane you should be able to run your finger under the rim of the shoe. Sometimes a half inner sole will solve any gap, and offer more comfort.
There should be about a thumbs width of growing room at the toe of the shoe.
The shoe should not slip at the back.
The same applies of course to party shoes!
Delighted with a new bow and a new pair of shoes, another happy customer at Papouelli
Caring for your shoe:
A breathable leather upper will allow perspiration to escape, and give the shoe a longer life.
Shoes with a soft flexible upper and sole will direct lender payday loans allow natural movement and growth of the child’s foot. Where possible choose shoes with adjustable fastenings offering a more secure fit.
Finally, a little polish and replacing the sole and heel on worn shoes can make them look as good as new.