This year I’ve narrowed down the best school shoes for non-injured feet with the particular interest of buying my own son’s first school shoes. This meant I had the full experience, including my boy complaining of tired shopping legs after only two stores in.
The four most important features of the ideal shoe are:
1. Light weight for minimal impedance & best economy to run & walk
2. Flexible to allow the foot to move with natural biomechanics
3. No heel differential – the difference between the heel & forefoot height, a flat shoe allows for optimal range of the calf & achilles to develop strength
4. Minimal cushioning to develop an excellent shock absorbing technique in walking or running
Have a look at our 2015 blog for more information on why these features are most important.
I was also looking for velcro instead of laces for Tom’s first year & I had the heads up from a school librarian who refuses to tie kindergarten boys laces after 11am (it’s something about developing a coordinated aim at that age).
Here’s my top picks for this year, but as always a shoe which fits the criteria above of another brand is just as good: