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Our traditional school brands

Nothing says “ready to learn” quite like a pair of polished traditional school shoes! There is a reason as to why traditional school shoes have been around for many generations. This is due to the fact that they are designed to withstand the wear and tear of everyday school life. This is at the result of the structure and support that traditional styles provide. A substantial reason to look into traditional styles when looking for school shoes is due to their contribution to proper foot development. Growing feet require the right balance of support and flexibility, and these shoes are tailored to provide just that. The structured design helps maintain healthy foot arches and posture, reducing the risk of discomfort and foot-related issues in the future. When exploring the realm of traditional school shoes, we suggest you look into these ones: Clarks Daytona Shop Clarks Daytona This style is a flexible and supportive school shoe, that comes in an unbeatable range of lengths and widths to make sure your child’s feet are supported all day, every day. The sizes range from a UK8 JNR to UK15 SNR, including the widths of D, E, F, and G, ensuring that each child can find their perfect fit. The design elements encompass leather uppers, lining and socks, soft cushioned foot bed, lace up closures, rubber heel, proven ankle counters for support as well as proven all day comfort. Harrison Kasey     Shop Harrison Kasey  A new minimal and streamlined school style. Kasey provides practicality and classic styling for your little scholar. In a simple, curved silhouette, these are sure to be the new stand out in the classroom. Notable design features encompass a soft leather upper, synthetic lining and sock, removeable innersole for versatile fit, rubber toe to minimalize scuffing, self-fastening straps for easy adjustment, firm ankle counter for support as well as durable rubber soles. Available in sizes ranging from a UK8 to UK3.5. Pablosky School Mary Jane 309810 Shop Pablosky School Mary Jane 309810  Pablosky creates premium quality kids’ shoes designed in Spain. This style has incorporated developed technology to ensure that it is both comfortable and durable. Notable design elements include the bovine leather outer, Intech absorbent inner linings, heel and toe guards, antibacterial insoles as well as the non-slip rubber soles. This style is available in sizes ranging from a EURO 27 to EURO 34. Startrite Oxford Shop Startrite Oxford  This style is a comfortable and versatile option for school. With a durable leather upper and breathable leather lining, and easy to wear double self-fastening straps, this is a great shoe for active boys. This style is available in sizes ranging from a UK10 to UK3.5, including the widths of E, F, G, and H, ensuring that each child can find their perfect fit both length and width ways. ROC Larrikin Shop ROC Larrikin A classic and comfortable style, the Larrikin school shoes have been a mainstay in the schoolyard for years with good reason. Perfect for juniors and seniors, this timeless lace up style provides supreme comfort and durability. Notable design elements include a leather upper and lining, removable innersoles to accommodate different foot shapes, flexible outer soles as well as slip resistant thread. This style is available in sizes ranging from a UK10 YTH to UK11.5 WMN. At Shoes & Sox, we understand that finding the right fit is essential. Head into your nearest Shoes & Sox store for a FREE fit consult (Skip the line by booking a fitting here).

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Did someone say 20% off school and black sport shoes + an extra $10 off school shoes*?

To kick off the school season in style, we’re thrilled to announce the return of our much-anticipated back to school sale, featuring an incredible 20% discount on a wide range of all black school shoes. And if you want a further $10 off, just hit this link to become a member.  We understand that the right pair of shoes can make a significant impact on your daily school life, and that’s why our back-to-school sale features an extensive collection from all of your preferred brands. From the classics, trendsetters, sporty and the comfort focused designs, our selection of school shoes ensures that you can find the perfect fit for your individual taste and needs. Take a look at your favourite brands and styles featured in this back-to-school sale!   Mary Jane School Shoes: The much-loved Mary-Jane combines timeless style with comfort; a must if you’re after girls school shoes. This iconic footwear silhouette seamlessly blends fashion and functionality, offering a perfect combination for students of all ages. The Mary-Jane design, characterised by a self-fastening strap across the instep, not only adds a touch of sophistication but also ensures a secure fit during busy school days. Lean into these styles to find your perfect fit: Clarks, Indulge Clarks, Blair Pablosky, School Mary Jane. Harrison, Kasey.   Self-fastening School Shoes: A self-fastening footwear choice make the perfect boys school shoes, especially for bubs starting school. Designed with both style and practicality in mind, these shoes feature a self-fastening strap that ensures a secure fit. The traditional aesthetic of these school shoes maintains a classic and polished look. Crafted with durability in mind, these shoes withstand the wear and tear of the playground while offering the support growing feet need. Lean into these styles to find your perfect fit: Clarks, Discovery Harrison, Dawson Pablosky, School SF straps (74811) Startrite, Oxford Lace Up School Shoes: Laces for the bigger kids. These classic footwear essentials are more than just a practical choice, they embody a sense of tradition and style that stands the test of time. They offer essential support for growing feet, promoting comfort throughout the school day. Lean into these styles to find your perfect fit: Clarks, Daytona (Australia’s number one school shoe, available in 6 width fittings!) Clarks, Infinity Black Sports Shoes: Black sports shoes, designed for the active student. These shoes seamlessly combine style and functionality. Each style has been engineered with performance in mind, as they provide the necessary support and cushioning for activities. Their durable construction stands up to the demands of daily wear, making them a reliable choice for the entire school year. Lean into these styles to find your perfect fit: Reebok, Road supreme Reebok, Duarable XT Asics, Hibana. Asics, Contend. Clarks, North     At Shoes & Sox, we understand that finding the right fit is essential because every kid is different, so is the way we fit their feet. Head into your nearest Shoes & Sox store for a FREE fit consult (Skip the line by booking a fitting here). Want to learn more on why your kid needs a bi-annual foot size check? Click here.  

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Best Selling School Shoes

As the new school year is about to kick off, it’s the perfect moment to step into success with our leading school shoe collection. Shoes and Sox prioritizes delivering footwear that seamlessly combines comfort, durability, and style. In response, our valued customers, have elevated these shoes to the status of best sellers. OUR BEST SELLER COLLECTION: Clarks Daytona: This style is known for its perfect blend of durability and comfort, making it Australia’s number one school shoe. Crafted with high quality leather, these shoes can withstand the wear and tear of the school year. Shop Clarks Daytona Additionally, the slick design adds a touch of sophistication to any school uniform, making them a popular choice among students of any age. The sizes ranges from a UK8 JNR to UK15 SNR, including the widths of C, D, E, F, & G. Clarks Infinity: Likewise, to the Daytona, this style blends durability and comfort, with the benefit of a soft leather. The ergonomic design ensures a snug fit, while the cushioned insoles provide that all day-comfort. Shop Clarks Infinity Notable features encompass a leather upper, lining and sock, removable innersoles shaped for extra comfort, a classic silhouette as well as the lace up design. The sizes ranges from a UK10 JNR to UK12 SNR, including the widths of D, E, F, & G.    Clarks Blair: The ultimate heritage brand, Clarks has been synonymous with innovation and craftsmanship for almost 200 years, and this style is no different. A new minimal and streamlined school shoe. Clarks has kept foot health at the forefront whilst also combining design and style as a significant element. Shop Clarks Blair   Notable features encompass the special collaboration with cloud castle fairies, padded collars and a streamlined heel fit for extra comfort, self-fastening straps for an easy and adjustable fit, moulded internal heel counters as well as a leather upper and lining. The sizes range from a UK9 to a UK5, including the widths of D, E, F, &G.    Clarks Indulge: A classic and traditional Mary-jane girls school shoe. This style is the epitome of everyday ease. It is perfect for the student who values simplicity without compromising on quality. Shop Clarks Indulge Notable design features encompass a leather upper, lining and sock, a padded collar for comfort, PU soles, self-fastening straps, durable rubber tabs as well as the added bonus of a mini heel on show. The sizes ranges from a UK8 JNR to UK8 SNR, including the widths of D, E, F, & G (the style with the biggest size range in a Maryjane!).   Harrison Dawson: Designed for super active kids, this sporty style will keep them comfortable in the classroom, playground and beyond. Dawson is a durable and well-built style to suit even the most energetic child. Notable design features encompass a reinforced scuff resistant toe cap, a soft leather upper, lining, and sock, self-fastening straps for easy adjustment, removeable innersole for versatile fit, firm ankle counter for support as well as durable rubber soles. Available in sizes ranging from a UK8 to UK5. Shop Harrison Dawson   Reebok Road Supreme: This style is perfect for the active students who simply enjoy an active lifestyle. These shoes provide excellent traction and support, making them ideal for physical education or a quick game of basketball during recess. Notable design features encompass the mesh upper for breathability, rubber sole and self-fastening strap. The size of this style ranges from a US10.5 to US7. Shop Reebok Road supreme   At Shoes & Sox, we understand that finding the right fit is essential. Head into your nearest Shoes & Sox store for a FREE fit consult (Skip the line by booking a fitting here). A fit squad member can determine the length, width, and depth of the child’s foot. From this, recommendations will be made to ensure the perfect school shoe fit!

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Helping your child with independence before starting school

The long and lazy school holidays, the mad rush to get organized before day one, and the...it happens! All of a sudden, your little one is starting Kindy. You’ve spent months, if not years, preparing for your child to go to school. Finding the right school, ordering every checklist item for the start of the year, and joining group chats to stay on top of communication so that you can become a part of your new school community.  We sat down with Nicole Katzenellenbogan, an Occupational Therapist who shares some essential steps to helping your child be as independent and confident as possible before that big Day 1.    Helping your child with independence before starting school Fostering independence in children is linked to a child’s ability to plan and problem solve simple daily tasks. These skills are important for learning and development as the ability to plan and problem solve will assist with learning to tackle new challenges, such as climbing outdoor play spaces, writing, building and making friends. Who knew that allowing a child to do simple things for themselves would impact on their learning in such an important way?  Break it down Allow time to ‘teach’ your child a new skill by breaking them into manageable parts. Simple tasks, like taking their plate to the kitchen, packing away toys or taking their clothes to the laundry, may seem simple to us but involve a few processes at a time. Pick one new skill at a time to teach your child independence and allow them to master each skill before moving on to the next skill.  Empowering your child and their independence will help you survive the busy school years, while also raising a confident and happy child.  Make it familiar  Children feel more confident and can be independent when they feel secure in an environment. Have your child attend open days and orientation days so that they learn more about their new school environment. Chat to them about if they remember where to find the toilet, how to ask for help when they need it and what their favourite activity was so that they know where to go back to when they arrive. Over the holidays, chat about these ideas so that they feel ready to enjoy their new school.  It all starts at home. We’ve heard this before, and it’s definitely true when it comes to independence. How we engage our children and set them up in their daily routines either fosters confidence in them to be independent, or creates reliance on us as parents to take care of their needs.  In general, we want our children to be able to play independently in various ways, outdoor play, imaginative play, quiet and constructive play. This teaches them to come up with ideas, follow through with steps in a sequence and to be self-reliant.  Sounds fabulous, but how do I do this?  8 ways to build independence ahead of starting school  One chore at a time: Have your child engage in simple chores such as packing away after themselves. This helps them plan, sequence and organise their space and belongings. This will be essential for taking care of their items at school and learning to pack away in a busy environment.  The cutest kitchenhand: Have children help with basic food preparation from finding their cutlery and crockery needed for the meal, or using child-safe knives to help chop and prepare their own snacks and meals.  (Un)Zip it: Teach children to open containers and zippers so that they are capable of doing this on their own for recess and lunch at school. It’s worth practicing this with their specific lunch box so they’re super confident.  Lay out their ‘fit: Help your child take out their clothes for school the night before so that this is ready and organized for them. By skipping that step the next day, you can ease up the morning rush. Step in the right direction: Teach children to put their shoes on the right feet by having a large sticker cut in half and placed on each foot. When the shoes are placed together – the picture is complete. This visual prompt helps them see which shoe goes where.  Routines rule: Routines enable children to understand expectations, provide reassurance and predictability, and foster independence through repetition. Visual schedules or checklists may be helpful in having your child help pack their bag and tick off that their items are there. Having a visual schedule for the whole week will help your child anticipate what is happening the next day and prepare for what that means.  Encourage decision making: This could be a simple choice of what to have for their lunchboxes, to which friends they would like to have a play-date with. Little choices are great steps for growing their critical analysis and decision making skills.  Get ahead of the game: Help children develop the skills they will need for Kindy including fine motor skills for holding the pencil, puzzles and gross motor skills. Empowering your child to be ready and confident among their peers is priceless. Spend time in your week developing these skills. There are so many ideas online for building fine motor skills that don’t involve fancy toys but rather simple home supplies such as tongs and pegs.  Tips for arrival time  Be present with your child in all ways. Try not to be on your phone or only engaging with other parents at the gate. Set your child’s day off to a good start with a proper goodbye hug and sentiment for the day. This is likely going to minimise difficult behaviours at the gate as they feel secure, trusted and loved.  Have your child carry their own bag into school for the day.  Try not to carry them into the class but rather let them walk in holding your hand. This may also assist with separation difficulties at hand-over   Tips for pickup time  When you pick your child up from school, dedicate time to them distraction free. This is often easily done on the car ride or walk home. They come out of school each day with many emotions, stories from the day and lessons learnt. Give them the attention they need to chat and debrief about the day. These catch ups are where you can pick up on trends of what may be challenging for them, and guide you on how you can help them grow in these areas.  Remember, the change is big for parents and children! Prepare for being unprepared for everything (isn’t that just parenting summed up?) and know that each day is another opportunity to build your child into the best, most capable version of themselves.

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Why buy school shoes in December?

Buying your children’s school shoes in December is always a great idea. One of the main benefits when buying your black leather or black sports shoes early, includes that the child will have the time to break in their shoes before the commencement of school. This is a great practice for several reasons which include: New leather school shoes can often feel stiff and may not conform to the shape of the child’s foot just yet. Breaking the shoes in before school starts, gradually allows the shoes to mould to the foot due to body temperature, making them more comfortable to wear for those long school days. Prevents blisters. Wearing new leather school shoes for an extended period right away can lead to blisters and discomfort. Wearing them in for short periods of time will gently reduce the risk of blisters and remove any friction or pressure points. Breaking school shoes in properly can extend their lifespan. This is due to the allowance that breaking in school shoes achieves, as the leather adapts to the shape of the foot gradually. This overall reduces the risk of stretching or damaging the shoes during their first few wears.   There are a multitude of different ways in which new leather school shoes for kids can be broken in. These include: Wear them in for short periods of time. Have your child wear the new shoes for short intervals (Ideally thirty minutes to an hour at a time). This will help to ease the leather to soften up and mould in the shape of the child’s foot. Wear thick socks. Wearing a thicker sock can help cushion the feet and reduce any friction/pressure points while breaking the shoes in. View our range of high quality school socks here Check for fit. Regularly check for signs of discomfort or pressure points on your child’s feet. The best approach to getting the fit accurate is to have their feet measured, which determines their size based on both width and length (Head into your nearest Shoes & Sox store for a FREE fitting service or see our fitting guide here). Gradually increase wear over time. Over the course of several days/weeks, gradually increase the amount of time your child wears the new shoes until they are comfortable enough to wear to school. Another benefit of buying your school shoes in December includes taking advantage of our promo! This marks down ALL full price black leather school shoes AND black sports shoes by 20% and an extra $10 off throughout the month of December ONLY. This school shoe promotion includes your brand favourites such as Clarks, ROC, Asics, Nike, Pablosky and many more! Head into your nearest Shoes & Sox store for a FREE fit consult (Skip the line by booking a fitting here). A fit squad member can determine the length, width, and depth of the child’s foot. From this, recommendations will be made to ensure the perfect school shoe fit and then its time to break them in!

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5 tips for starting BIG school: A parenting expert shares

Starting prep, kindy or ‘big school’ is a significant change for little kids. There can be a huge mix of excitement and nerves for kids about to start - as well as their parents.  The nerves make sense. For parents, it’s a big step into our child being more independent, and it can be emotional seeing your child move forward into the next stage of their development. We might also worry about our child – will they fit in? Will they make friends? Will they find the toilets? What if they need help – will they feel confident enough to ask? We sat down with Parenting expert and founder of Connected Parenting, Gen Muir. She shares some of the ways that we can better prepare our little ones as they make the big step into school. For our kids it’s a time of much excitement and some apprehension. They really don’t know what to expect, making it a leap into the unknown. So, what’s the best way to prepare us and our kids for the beginning of their school journey? In days gone by, the biggest consideration of readiness for school was a child showing interest in reading or being able to write their name. It is now widely accepted that the social and emotional skills needed for kids to navigate this transition is by far the bigger area that supports a smooth adjustment into primary school. If you have a school starter, here are my top tips to assist with the social and emotional adjustment into school: Practice the basics So simple, it’s easy to overlook: can your child open their own lunch box and drink bottle? Can they take a jumper off unassisted? Or get a shoe back on if it comes off? These are the skills we tend to overlook when thinking about school readiness and it’s these seemingly little things that can turn an ordinary day into struggle-city for a little 5-year-old navigating kindy or prep. The more confident your child is with the basics, the more they can focus on the other aspects of adjusting to school.  Pro tip: The answer lies in practice. Serving lunch in your child’s lunch box in the weeks before school, assisting them to learn how to dress independently, and even working on their skills at opening a pack of ‘rice wheels’. This will mean that when your child is at school, having already navigated so much, they won’t feel lost when it comes to basic eating or self-care. Let them play As famous child psychologist Jean Piaget said, ‘Play is the work of children’. Or in the words of Fred Rogers, ‘Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.’ It might be tempting to get out the educational apps to prepare a child for seated learning but evidence shows that working on their gross and fine motor skills outdoors makes a much bigger impact on readiness to learn. Additionally, through a wide variety of outdoor and indoor play, kids can work on their ability to share, take turns and practice winning and losing. These are all essential skills for navigating the classroom and the playground. The answer lies in play: playing games where kids get an opportunity to miss out, or lose, with the emotional support and safe base of their parents, gives little kids a chance to practice navigating these ups and downs, and result in a child who is more resilient when small disappointments happen at school.  Talk less (and listen more) Much like preparing our little ones for other big transitions in life (like becoming a big brother or sister), sometimes we talk a bit too much and this can add pressure to our kids. When we ask our kids over and over if they are excited, if they feel ready, or tell them stories about how much they will LOVE school and how much fun they will have, it can add pressure or set our children up for unrealistic expectations. The answer lies in letting our child know we hear them: asking open questions and listening to their concerns. If your child expresses a fear about school, sometimes what they need is to be heard. As much as our instinct is to make it better or tell them everything will be fine, there can be such a relief in someone saying: ‘I hear that you are worried, that makes sense. Starting school makes lots of kids feel worried.’ Prepare yourself for the ups and downs of being a primary school parent I don’t want to alarm you but the adjustment into school for some kids takes a while. Many kids struggle with the transition for weeks or months. It’s a lot to learn all at once and while they may be going brilliantly by day, they can be very tired and emotional by the time you pick them up simply because there is just so much to learn. It’s all about patience. For many children in the first year of primary school (and more so for boys) the adjustment to school, and all it entails, really takes about a year. For one year they are the smallest fish in a big pond. They are learning the rules, making friends, navigating the playground, remembering to sit still and, on top of this, learning to read and write. It’s a LOT. And for most kids it will show. You are not getting it wrong, and neither are they … it just takes time. In 12 months, when your child is moving into Year 1, they will look so much bigger in that once oversized uniform, the once brand-new shiny shoes will be a little more scuffed and well worn than they were on day one, and your child will be more confident as they get a handle on school and everything it entails.  Before you know it, your child will have finished their first year of school and will be heading into year one. You’ll spot the teeny tiny new starters and wonder how that year went so darn fast and how did your baby get so big? If you need expert advice on finding the right first school shoes click here. Otherwise, head into your nearest Shoes & Sox for a fit check.

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How to choose the perfect sports shoes for kids: A Podiatrist's guide

When it comes to your little one’s sports shoes, there is definitely no ‘one type fits all.’ With a wide array of sports shoe brands and styles to choose from, finding the ideal fit for your child's specific needs can be challenging. Whether they wear them every day or exclusively for school sports and weekends, kids are constantly on the move, and their shoes play a significant role in their comfort and overall well-being. To help you make an informed decision, we sat down with Sports Podiatrist, Emily Smith to delve into the key factors you should consider and which sports shoe brands tick all the boxes.  A general guide to choosing kids' sports shoes: A good sports shoe for kids should possess the following features: A slight elevation at the heel Lightweight and durable construction A breathable and durable material such as mesh, leather, or a combination of both Immediate comfort A midsole that strikes the right balance between cushioning and stability A supportive heel counter to prevent excessive bending A secure fastening mechanism, be it laces or self-fastening An anti-slip outsole for safety On the other hand, poor sports shoes may lack elevation at the heel, have a midsole that is either too firm for shock absorption or too soft for stability, poorly structured heel counters, rounded toe boxes, and less durable materials. How do I know which sport shoe type is right for me? Whilst competitive sports may have specific shoes you need to purchase, it’s important that you consider a good quality general sport shoe for the playground as well. Our kids spend 15,500 school hours in these along with running, jumping and skipping their way through the day, so a quality and versatile black sports shoe is key. Consider options like the Asics black sports shoes and Nike school shoes for something that will suit both school and play! The importance of getting the right fit The right fit is absolutely crucial, especially for growing feet. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to problems ranging from blisters to injuries and toe deformities. Ensure that there is enough toe space at the end of the shoe without any areas of gaping or bulging around the foot. If you're uncertain about the fit, Shoes & Sox offer a free professional fit check. Comfort really is key A good sports shoe for kids boasts an EVA midsole that provides shock absorption, a mesh upper, and comfortable internal padding that envelops the foot. Brands like Asics, New Balance, and Nike excel in providing comfort. Well-engineered sports shoes rarely need to be "worn in," so immediate comfort is a sign of a good fit. Structure and Support Support in a sports shoe comes from the structure of the heel counter, the midsole density, and the integrity of the shank. This is crucial for high-impact activities like running and court sports. Brands such as Asics, New Balance, and Nike offer kids options that prioritise structure and support, although it's essential to note that no shoe offers arch support. Adding gentle gel footbeds can provide additional support and comfort without taking up valuable space. Best material for sports shoes The material of a good sports shoe should provide toe protection, scuff resistance, durability, grip, and breathability, which is especially vital for active kids. With kids spending a significant portion of their time on their feet, sports shoes are a valuable investment in their overall comfort and well-being. There are substantial differences between well-designed sports shoes and poor ones, with the adage "you get what you pay for" certainly holding true for the durability, support, and comfort of running shoes. To ensure a perfect fit and functionality, consider visiting Shoes & Sox! Written by Emily Smith, Sports Podiatrist & Founder of Emily Braidwood.

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Which sole material is best for school shoes?

Your child’s foot health begins with a shoe that supports them every step of the way, and that shoe needs the best sole material for your child. Like so many things in parenting, shoe shopping seems deceptively easy. You get out a tape measure, ask your kid “which colour do you like best?”, and call it a day. But then you realise, there’s a lot more to it than you thought, and get tangled in a string of endless google searches, group chat messages, and of course, driving up to the Shoes & Sox Fit Squad to vent all your questions. The sole material of your child’s school shoe sets up the durability and quality of the shoe itself, as well as providing comfort and support. You want something that’s going to support your child’s lifestyle, as different materials are better for different kids. The main types you’ll be faced with include rubber soles, leather soles, and sports-style soles. What should you be looking for? Emily Smith, Sports Podiatrist and founder of Emily Braidwood, says that the sole material of your child’s shoe is “critical for comfort, support, grip, and durability.” Factors that should weigh heavily in the decision include the shock absorption of the sole so that your kid can run around without sore feet, good traction, protection from the elements (because every kid loves a rain show), and of course, comfort. Extra points go for durability because your kid deserves shoes that go the distance. Rubber soles Rubber is a common choice, due to its combination of flexibility and hard-wearing qualities. It’s protective against elements whilst still keeping feet comfy. Emily Smith says that rubber soles are “ideal for traditional school shoes, they offer excellent shock absorption and durability.” Find out more on this Aussie podiatrist's thoughts on rubber soles here (link to blog). This material is certifiably school-proof, with great traction that prevents slipping and shock absorption that takes the pressure off your little one’s body. Leather soles Since ancient times, back when there wasn’t any distinction between the shoe and the sole, leather has been a favoured sole material. It’s breathable and molds well to the foot, but can be pretty firm and heavy for kids shoes. If you’ve got an active little one, this option might not be for you. Sports-style soles (Rubber, EVA) These shoe soles, according to Emily Smith, are best for very active kids, offering lightweight, cushioned soles. Sports-style soles include the aforementioned rubber, or an EVA sole.   An EVA shoe sole is made from plastic to mimic rubber but be even softer and more flexible, so it bends with the foot and supports natural movement. This material balances lightness and comfort with shock absorption or durability, making it a bit of an all-rounder. Interestingly, EVA is the sole material of choice for almost every major top line athletic shoe brand. Bottom-line Your child’s growing, active feet need a shoe sole that’ll not only protect them but propel them to the things they love. Whether that’s running around at lunch, splashing in puddles, or racing to the whiteboard to write up their answer. Most school and sports shoes use rubber or EVA to give kids the right amount of comfort, flexibility, and sturdiness but it’s always best to check in with your local Shoes & Sox to chat with the Fit Squad and find the best option for your child.

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Self-fastening vs lace up: which is best for your child?

There are all sorts of this-or-that questions that wander through a parent’s mind as they write up their back to school shopping list, and one constant query is whether to opt for self-fastening school shoes or lace ups. Just like no two kids are the same, neither are their feet. There’s so much variety when it comes to finding the right shoes for your little one to step into a new chapter of school, from the fit to the sole to the style. Each choice needs to be made in consideration of your child’s individual needs. This blog can act as a guide to direct parents in deciding between self-fastening and lace up, but when in doubt, head over to your local Shoes & Sox store for the expertise of our Fit Squad. Self-fastening shoes For trip-proof and fuss-free shoes that’ll prevent your wobbly little one from toppling over, self-fastening tends to be the easier option. They’re typically best for younger kids who are still working on their balance and coordination, and need something that easily slips on and off. After all, the quicker they can put on their shoes, the sooner they can jump into playing with their friends. Emily Smith, Sports Podiatrist and founder of Emily Braidwood, says that “self-fastening school shoes are convenient for younger children who are still learning to tie their shoes. They are easy to put on and take off, streamlining the morning routine.” So if your little one doesn’t quite have the fine motor skills to deal with laces, self-fastening shoes are a safe bet. Lace up shoes The eventual goal is for your kid to master shoelaces, for both practical and social reasons (because once all their friends start wearing laces, they’ll want to as well). According to Emily Smith, “Lace-up school shoes offer a customisable fit and are ideal for children who can tie their own laces. They provide a secure fit and help children with wider or narrower feet adjust the fit accordingly. However, ensure the laces are snugly tied to prevent tripping hazards.” You can learn more about what this feet expert had to say about lace-ups here (link to Emily blog). Shoelaces require a fair bit of hand-eye coordination and other skills, so it might take some practise for your little one to nail it. But even when they do have the hang of it, they might not be ready to fully transition. Transitioning from self-fastening to lace up So, when is the best time to transition from self-fastening straps to laces? Typically, kids from 5-6 years will be starting to transition to laces, but every kid has their own pace and journey. It depends on your kid’s needs and confidence levels, so trust your parent intuition! To support your child’s transition, the following steps might help. 1. Teach them how tie shoelaces Whilst the most obvious step, it can also be the most frustrating. Make sure you sit side-by-side with them and go through each step slowly, stating what you’re doing at every point. Show them a few times while they follow along, and then let them try by themselves. Think back to those little songs and rhymes your parents taught you (like the ‘bunny ears’ one).  2. Practice regularly Repetition is key, so aim to help your child practice tying their shoelaces daily (if that’s possible). It might take your child a little while to nail the art of shoelaces, and that’s perfectly ok. As long as they keep warming up that skill and trying. You can use this as a good opportunity to teach them about patience, and working towards a goal.  3. Don’t ditch the self-fastening shoes yet There might be days where your kid ties laces with ease, and others where they reach meltdown point just trying. To save you both the stress, keep their self-fastening shoes around while they’re still learning. It means they can take their time getting really confident, and won’t just be thrown into the deep end (lest they trip all over the place). Having a back-up pair of self-fastening shoes means they won’t be rushed or overwhelmed.  At the end of the day, every kid is unique with different needs. For tailored recommendations on whether your kid is ready for laces or should stick with self-fastening for a bit longer, speak to the Shoes & Sox Fit Squad.

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Why your kids need bi-annual foot size checks: a Podiatrist's perspective

As a parent, we often don’t notice our child’s rapid growth until someone makes a comment on how tall they’ve gotten. I mean, we see them every. single. day. so it’s not surprising that the (not so) little things get missed. The same can be said for their growing feet. It can feel like just a minute ago you were buying new school shoes, next thing, they’re complaining about squished toes. We sat down with Emily Smith, a leading Australian Sports Podiatrist to find out just how fast those little feet can grow and the recommended check ups we should be doing. Emily explains: A child’s foot grows an average of half a size every 4-6 months, so it's essential to ensure their shoes are properly sized throughout the year, to support their feet as they evolve. A lot of the time we think about getting new shoes at the start of the year and then expect them to see through the year. Whereas, I actually recommend a trip to the shoe fitting professionals every 6 months, here’s why. Crucial for foot development Children's feet change at a remarkable rate, and generally don’t stop until 15 years of age for females and 16 years of age for males. These changes are not only about size but also the shape and structure of their feet. With feet remaining malleable until adolescence, the research shows a kid’s arch shape, toe alignment, width and general foot development is heavily influenced by footwear, so wearing well-fitted, well-engineered shoes during youth is crucial to preventing problems now, and in the future. If you’re needing professional advice on finding your child’s first school shoes, click here. A stitch in time saves nine For growing kids, we recommend buying shoes a full thumbs width longer than the longest toe, rather than ½ a thumb which is recommended for an adult. This allows enough room for growth but not so much space that the foot is slipping and slopping inside the shoe. Although buying shoes bigger than this recommendation might seem cost-effective at first, it can cause a multitude of problems in the short, and long term that are not worth the initial savings, including pain, injury, blisters, tripping and toe-clawing deformities. My advice if you’ve bought a shoe too big? Put it in the cupboard and wait for them to grow into it. The pitfalls of hand-me-downs and marketplace finds In the same vein, another common practice is passing down shoes from older siblings or purchasing second-hand shoes from online marketplaces. While hand-me-downs might save money in the short-term, they are usually worn poorly to the gait pattern of its previous owner, with the leather significantly stretched and the fitting sloppy and substandard, all leading to potential problems. Marketplace purchases can also be worn down poorly by the previous owner but the biggest problem is that they are usually bought sight unseen, posing a fitting problem in length, width, or both. Secondly, the transference of contagious skin problems, like warts and fungal infections, is also a risk when wearing second-hand footwear. The importance of bi-annual foot size checks So, why should you consider taking your child for regular foot size checks every six months? Here are a few compelling reasons: Ensuring proper fit: Regular foot size checks ensure that your child's shoes fit correctly throughout the year, providing them with the support and comfort they need as their feet grow and change. Preventing foot problems: Properly fitted shoes reduce the risk of foot issues and discomfort which can significantly enhance your child's overall well-being. Enhancing physical activity: Well-fitting shoes promote stability and comfort, enabling your child to participate in physical activities without hindrance. Optimising posture and alignment: Appropriate footwear contributes to correct posture and foot alignment which is essential for a growing child. Individualised fit: Each child's feet are unique, and by regularly checking their foot size, you can ensure that their shoes are tailored to their specific needs as they grow. To wrap it up, the rapid changes in children's foot size and structure make it crucial to get their feet checked every six months. Buying shoes that fit properly and are appropriate for your child's unique feet is an investment in their comfort, health, and overall well-being. And with The Fit Squad at Shoes & Sox offering a free fit check and professional guidance on the best shoe choices for your child, why wouldn’t you? Click here to book a fit check. Written by Emily Smith, Sports Podiatrist & Founder of Emily Braidwood.

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A Podiatrist's comprehensive guide to selecting the perfect first school shoes

The first pair of school shoes is a momentous occasion in any child's life, marking the transition from casual, fun footwear to the structured school environment. With children spending approximately 15,000 hours in their school shoes over the course of a year, it's vital to make the right choice of shoe and ensure the correct fit. We sat down with Emily Smith, one of Australia’s leading sports podiatrists to learn more about finding the perfect first school shoe. She shares why it’s important to have shoes that are ‘Fit for a Kid’ and how to find something that is going to meet your child’s needs when it comes to their first year at school. Fit for a kid A properly fitted shoe is essential for a child's foot development. Shoes that are too small or narrow for the foot have been shown to cause toe deformities and shoes that are too big cause the toes to grip, which can contribute to fatigue, pain and tripping. The best fit has a full thumbs width at the toe from the longest toe to the end of the shoe. This is enough length for the child to grow into, without being too long that the foot slips. The shoe width should fit snug around the foot without large gaps around the foot or the foot bulging against the sides. Many reputable shoe brands offer variations in width, and professional fitting is essential for the best possible fit. What are the features and benefits of a quality school shoe? Comfort: For the hours of running around on concrete, a shock-absorbing sole made from rubber or EVA (commonly used in running shoes) is essential for providing the necessary cushioning to dissipate peak forces and ensure day-long comfort. Look for shoes with thicker cushioning insoles and internal padding for added comfort. Support: Well-structured shoes are crucial for supporting your child's growing feet. These shoes have the structure required to prevent excessive range of movement, which can lead to discomfort and potential problems. Durability: School shoes must endure the daily wear and tear of an active child. High-quality materials and construction are key to preventing premature breakdown of the shoe's materials.  Grip: Well-made shoes use materials and sole patterns to optimise traction, preventing slips in wet or slippery conditions. Breathability: Quality school shoes are made from natural or breathable materials that allow your child's feet to breathe, reducing sweat and odours. Boys' school shoes vs. girls' school shoes While there aren't substantial differences in the core features of school shoes for boys and girls, there are often style and colour distinctions catering to gender preferences. Boys' school shoes typically have more neutral or traditional designs, while girls' options may include decorative elements. However, support, comfort, durability, proper fit, and grip remain essential for both genders. Lace-Up vs. self-fastening school shoes Lace-Up: Lace-up school shoes offer a customizable fit and are ideal for children who can tie their own laces. They provide a secure fit and help children with wider or narrower feet adjust the fit accordingly. However, ensure the laces are snugly tied to prevent tripping hazards. Self-fastening: Self-fastening school shoes are convenient for younger children who are still learning to tie their shoes. They are easy to put on and take off, streamlining the morning routine. The choice between lace-up and self-fastening depends on your child's age and ability to manage laces. Choosing the right sole material School shoe soles are typically made from leather, rubber, or a combination of rubber and EVA. The sole material is critical for comfort, support, grip, and durability. Here's a brief comparison: Rubber soles: Ideal for traditional school shoes, they offer excellent shock absorption and durability. Leather soles: These are firm, heavy, and not recommended for active kids.  Sports-style soles (Rubber/EVA): Best for very active children, these offer lightweight, cushioned soles. The Significance of Quality Investing in quality school shoes is crucial for several reasons: Foot Health: High-quality shoes are designed with foot health in mind, with materials that breathe well, appropriate structure, and internal and external shock absorption to reduce the risk of foot problems. Durability: Quality school shoes are more likely to last the entire school year, saving you from frequently replacing cheaper, less durable options. Posture and Alignment: Good quality shoes help maintain correct posture and foot alignment through internal support engineering not present in cheaper footwear. Selecting the first pair of school shoes is a significant milestone for your child, but it can be an overwhelming experience for both caregivers and children. Visiting a reputable footwear store, such as Shoes and Sox, which carries top brands known for their comfort, quality, support, and durability, can simplify the process and provide peace of mind with a perfect fit guarantee. Your child's feet will thank you for it. Written by Emily Smith, Sports Podiatrist & Founder of Emily Braidwood.

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All About Mary Jane Girls School Shoes

Mary Jane school shoes have remained a timeless and popular choice for young girls for many generations. The design was inspired by a character named Mary Jane, who appeared in the popular Buster Brown comic strip, and was known for her distinctive shoes in which featured a single strap across the instep. The shoes quickly gained an array of attention resulting to them being brought to life. These shoes combine style, comfort, and practicality, making them a staple in school uniform wardrobes across Australia. The classic Mary Jane shoe features several signature design elements. They are typically designed with a closed, rounded toe for protection and comfort, a low heel, and a strap that secures across the instep (Helpful tip: if your child is rough on their shoes, look out for a Mary Jane with a toe guard). The strap on a Mary Jane is often fastened with a buckle (Check out Intrigue, Clarks) or Self-fastening closure, ensuring a secure and adjustable fit for active young students. These shoes are traditionally made with a leather upper and leather lining, offering durability, comfortability, breathability, and easy maintenance. We also accommodate to those who are looking for Mary Jane school shoes with a synthetic lining (Check out Kasey, Harrison). The Mary Jane school shoe also offers the benefit that it can be catered to different widths of feet. The range of Mary Jane styles that are stocked at Shoes & Sox, ensure that each school girl looking for her Mary Jane has the perfect fit, both length and width ways (Key: The widths of a Mary Jane range from C, D, E, F, G, *narrowest to widest). Kids across Australia love Mary Jane school shoes for a variety of reasons, which can be attributed to the design, comfort, and practicality of these classics. Here are some of the reasons why a Mary Jane school shoe would be suitable for your child: They provide all day comfort. Their rounded toe design provides ample space for the toes, and the low heel ensures that kids can walk and run around the playground with ease. The fit of these being snug not constricting, allows for natural foot movement. They are easy to put on. The strap closure system with a self-fastening or buckle is easy for kids to manage, especially for those still practicing tying shoelaces. It enables them to put on and take off their shoes independently, fostering a sense of self-sufficiency *and the extra bonus of them not having to ask the teacher for help! There is an array of different designs. Not only does the Mary Jane offer the traditional appeal, but also incorporates creative elements such as flowers, butterflies, broguing details, and the most stylish inner soles. Head into your nearest Shoes & Sox store for a FREE fit consult (Skip the line by booking a fitting here). A fit squad member can determine the length, width, and depth of the child’s foot.

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Does my child have wide feet?

As a parent, ensuring your child's overall well-being is a top priority, and that includes paying attention to their footwear. Well-fitting shoes are essential for your child's comfort, development, and overall health. If you've ever wondered, "Does my child have wide feet?" you've come to the right place. In this blog, we'll explore the factors that determine whether your child needs wide shoes and provide you with valuable insights to make the best footwear choices. Before delving into the specific considerations for wide shoes, it's important to understand the basics of foot anatomy. Children's feet are not just miniature versions of adult feet; they have unique characteristics that evolve as they grow. Younger children have softer, pliable bones and cartilage that gradually harden over time. Their feet also tend to be wider in relation to their length, and their arches may not be fully developed until later in childhood. So what should you look out for? Frequent complaints of discomfort: If your child often complains of foot pain, discomfort, or tightness while wearing shoes, it might be a sign that their current footwear is too narrow. Red marks or blisters: Inspect your child's feet after they remove their shoes. Red marks, blisters, or calluses can indicate that their shoes are putting too much pressure on certain areas of the foot. Overlapping toes: Overlapping toes may be a sign that your child's shoes are too narrow. Toes should have enough room to move freely without overlapping. Bulging sides: If you notice the sides of your child's feet bulging out from their shoes, it's a clear indicator that the shoes are too narrow. Difficulty putting on or removing shoes: If your child struggles to put on or remove their shoes easily, the footwear may not have the right width. When it comes to selecting the right shoe width for your child, here are some important tips to keep in mind. If possible, we always recommend having your child’s feet regularly measured by our Shoes & Sox Fit Squad in-store to ensure an accurate fit. If you are noticing any of the above signs, take both your child and the shoes you are concerned about in to visit us in-store, and our team can assess the fit of your shoes for you. If you can’t make it in-store, you can check the fit of a new pair of shoes with two simple checks – a width check, and a length check. Check the length of a shoes by feeling for the child’s toes while they are standing in the shoes. It’s important to keep the toes flat, as when the child lifts their toes, they move backwards in the shoes. You usually want to allow a thumb space of room to allow for growth. To check the width, attempt to pinch the upper material of the shoe across the widest part of the foot. There should be some movement, however you should not be able to pinch the upper in your fingers. If there is no movement, or you can feel excess pressure on the sides of the shoes, the shoe is too narrow. So you’ve discovered your child needs a wide fitting shoe – what now? Check out the below options for a wider fit in our Summer range. The Clarks Shelly and Sterling are available up to a G fitting for an extra wide fit. Check out Bobux for an all-round, high quality brand that is well-suited to wider feet. For the beach, our Ciao Beach styles are great for wide toddler feet, or try Crocs for older kids!

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What are the best shoes for kids to wear to the beach?

Summer is here, and it's time to get your little ones ready for some beachside adventures! Whether you're planning a family holiday or a trip to the beach, the right footwear is essential to keep your kids comfortable and protected. At Shoes & Sox, we have a fantastic collection of kids' beach sandals and slides, including popular brands like Nike, Adidas, Crocs, Ciao and Kicks, that are perfect for those sunny days by the shore. When choosing a pair of shoes to wear to the beach, there are many factors to consider to help you decide which style will be best for you. Use this checklist to break down our Beach range to pick the perfect pair. Easy on and off One of the key features of beach sandals and slides is their ease of use. They are designed for convenience, allowing your kids to slip them on and off easily. If they need to run to the water or build sandcastles, these shoes won't slow them down. Whether it’s a quick and easy slide like the Nike Kawa or Kicks Kenna, or a fully covered slip on like the Native Jefferson, check out some of our favourite slip on and off styles below: Native Jefferson Nike Kawa Slide Kicks Kenna Slide Durability for playful adventures Kids can be tough on their footwear, especially during beach outings. That's why our beach sandals and slides are built to last. They are durable and can withstand the wear and tear of beach activities, ensuring you get the most out of your shoes. For hard wearing sandals to take you from the park to the water, check out styles like the Clarks Thelma, Merrell Panther, or the Pablosky Surf Cage: Clarks Thelma Merrell Panther Pablosky Surf Cage Traction for safety Safety is a top priority, especially when kids are near the water. Our beach sandals and slides are equipped with non-slip soles to provide excellent traction on sandy and wet surfaces. You can relax knowing your child will have a secure grip while exploring the beach. For some high-grip options, take a look at styles like the Ciao Sunshine, Clarks Wales, and Crocs Crocband: Ciao Sunshine Clarks Wales Crocs Crocband Protect little feet The beach can be filled with hidden shells, rocks, and sharp objects. For extra protection for your child's feet, look for styles with a covered toe, allowing them to enjoy the sand and water without worries. Check out styles with covered toes like the Kicks Sweetheart Jellies, Adidas Nemo Sandal, or the classic Nike Sunray Protect 2: Kicks Sweetheart Jellies Adidas Nemo Sandal Nike Sunray Protect Easy to clean Beach days often result in sandy and dirty shoes. Our beach sandals and slides are super easy to clean, so you can quickly rinse off the sand and saltwater, keeping them looking fresh and ready for the next adventure. Some of our favourite easy to clean beach styles include the Ciao Beach, which is machine washable, and the easy rinse Crocs Classic Clog and Adidas Adilette Shower Slides. Ciao Beach Watermelon Crocs Classic Clog Adidas Adilette Shower Slide Don't miss out on the opportunity to give your kids the best beach experience possible with our selection of beach sandals and slides. Shop our collection now and make this summer unforgettable! To view our full range of beach styles, click here. Need help deciding which brands are perfect for your child this summer? Read our Ultimate Kids Sandals guide here.

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Ultimate Kids Sandals Guide

What you need to look for and know when buying kids’ sandals As we come into the warmer months of the year, it’s time to refresh your child’s summer wardrobe. But with so many sandals on the market, how do you choose the best ones for your child? This comprehensive guide to our sandal range gives you all the information you need when choosing your next pair of children’s sandals. Ciao Ciao are designed and developed by Shoes & Sox, generally run true to size and come in a range of styles to suit all lengths, widths and depths. Most Ciao styles feature self-fastening straps, which can be more accessible for little ones who struggle with buckles and provide significant adjustability to suit all widths and depths from narrow to wide, shallow to high. You’ll see a few different sole units across the Ciao range. One option is the toddler sole unit found on the style Breeze, which is broad fitting and segmented rubber, making the sole flexible and an excellent option for children gaining confidence with their walking. The junior sole on styles like the Hudson and Glitz can vary in fit, but features a moulded innersole and structured rubber outsole to provided added support for all day wear. Finally, the senior sole found on the Gina and Getal is lighter and flatter for more occasional use. This sole unit tends to suit narrow feet quite well. Key to the Ciao Summer range is our Ciao Beach range! A much loved style, you can read more about the Ciao Beach range here. To view our Ciao sandals range, click here. Clarks Originating in the UK, Clarks are part of the Brand Collective family and identity their styles by their first initial, including the M, S, P and H series for sandals. The M Series (Marigold, Mateo) features a flexible sole with matte leather uppers. We generally find the M Series sole to fit longer than average, so we recommend choosing your measured size. The S Series (Shelly, Sarshi, Sterling, Sebastian and more) is more true to size, and comes in multiple widths so we recommend choosing half to a full size up from your measured size. The P Series is a junior/youth and features a moulded insole for added support, and grippy rubber soles. This series also comes in multiple widths, and we recommend sizing up by half to a full size in this range, as they are true to size. The H Series is a senior range that features a soft innersole and is less adjustable than younger self-fastening styles. This range also fits longer than average and as such we recommend choosing your measured size. To view our Clarks sandals range, click here. Bobux New Zealand’s Bobux comes in three different size ranges which determine how Bobux manufactures the sole of the shoe based on research into a child’s walking development and age group. The Step Up sole ranges from size 19 to 22EU (European sizing). Bobux Step Ups are flexible and soft for growing feet but feature harder wearing rounded soles for outdoor adventures, and generally have a wide toe box to suit toddler feet. Next comes iWalk – this sole is firmer for our more advanced walkers, ranging from 22-26EU. Bear in mind that while both Step Up and iWalk include a size 22EU, we find iWalk to be a larger make. Finally, there’s Kid+, starting in size 27EU and up to a size 33EU in some styles. Bobux sandals typically fit longer than other brands such as Clarks and Ciao, so we usually recommend sticking to your child’s measured size. Bobux are usually made of soft genuine leather – a soft, breathable material that makes for a more comfortable fit straight away rather than wearing the shoes in to soften them over time (this is sometimes required for particular styles). The Bobux Quick Dry styles (Tropicana and Tidal) are very popular each Summer season and come in an array of different colours (this season this range comes in seven different colours) and allows worry-free play with its splash-resistant leather uppers. To view our Bobux sandals range, click here. Birkenstock When it comes to iconic footwear known for its comfort and quality, Birkenstock sandals are a top choice for kids. Birkenstock is a brand synonymous with unparalleled comfort. The contoured cork footbed, designed to support the natural arches of the feet, ensures your child can walk, run, and play without discomfort. Plus, the timeless design of Birkenstock sandals means your child can stay stylish while enjoying maximum comfort. Our Birkenstock collection boasts a wide range of styles and sizes to cater to different preferences. From the classic Arizona two-strap sandals to the kid-friendly Rio sandals, you'll find the perfect pair for your little one. The built-in arch support in Birkenstock sandals is a game-changer for growing feet. However, it's important not to size up too much, as the arch can become uncomfortable if there's too much room. A snug fit ensures that your child's arches are properly supported for all-day comfort. To view our Birkenstock sandals range, click here. Old Soles Old Soles is an Australian brand that caters mostly to infants and toddlers for their Summer range. Old Soles is a great value brand that uses high quality soft leathers for a stylish and comfortable sandal for your child. The Old Soles pre-walker Sandy Sandal comes in six colours this season and is the perfect first sandal if your child is learning to walk through the warmer months. This shoe has a flexible rubber sole and is soft and deep to suit a toddler foot. This style fits longer than average, so we recommend choosing your child’s measured size. A step up from the Sandy, the toddler sandal Free Ground is more enclosed than some other sandals and can easily be worn with socks. This shoe is slightly wider than average and offers great added protection while still being breathable. Other sandal options from Old Soles this season offer padded, comfortable innersoles and gorgeous metallic uppers. To view our Old Soles sandals range, click here. Saltwater Sandals Saltwater Sandals have been a favourite choice for families for generations. Known for their durability and timeless design, these sandals are perfect for beach trips and everyday wear. Whether your child prefers the classic Original style or the trendy Sun-San range, you'll find a variety of colours and sizes to suit their taste. The Original SS sandal is a shallow fitting style making it perfect for narrower feet. Available in eight colours, this style is made with a durable leather upper and comfortable rubber sole. This style also features a buckle closure for a classy finish. The Sun-San sandal is a more adjustable option for younger children with a chunky sole, a super cute option for summer outfits. To view our Saltwater Sandals range, click here. Teva When it comes to combining comfort, durability, and adventure-ready style, Teva sandals are the go-to choice for active kids. Teva is renowned for its innovative designs that prioritize both form and function. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, these sandals are built to withstand the rigors of playtime while providing a comfortable fit. From rugged outdoor trails to beachside strolls, Teva sandals are up for any adventure. Our Teva range includes the iconic Universal sandal which is a versatile style great for beach wear or trips to the park. A super adjustable style, this shoe features two self-fastening straps ensuring maximum comfort, and the range of colours means that this shoe can be matched with any child’s style.  To view our Teva sandals range, click here.

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How do I choose the perfect sandals for my kids?

As we head into summer, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of sandals your littles will need to see them through the warmer months. But with so much to choose from, where do you even start when selecting a pair of sandals? From cage toe to self-fastening, girls sandals to boys sandals, we’ve got you covered with this step-by-step guide to choosing the perfect pair. CAGE TOE vs OPEN TOE The most noticeable difference between sandal styles is the level of coverage across the toes. Typically, you’ll see the options of a covered toe (cage style) and an open toe (usually self-fastening or adjustable). While each option will work for most kids, there are a couple of factors to consider when choosing between the two. Cage toe styles generally will be better suited to toddlers and younger children, especially those who might be prone to tripping over the front of their shoes! They also offer that bit of extra protection for outdoor adventures. Check out some cage toe styles below: Shop Bobux: Iwalk Quick Dry Tropicana Cage  Shop Clarks Sterling   Open toe styles are perfect for the child who has a particularly wide or narrow foot, as they offer more adjustability around the front of the foot than a cage toe style. If your child has a foot that often struggles to fit into closed sandals, keep an eye out for a self-fastening style that can be adjusted to suit their width. Check out some adjustable open options below:   Shop Clarks Priya Shop Ciao Hutton     LET’S TALK FIT When it comes to sandals, fit is vital to ensure your child is comfortable in their new shoes. Let’s review some aspects of fit that we check for when fitting up a new pair of sandals! Heel fit You’ll notice two things when a shoe fits perfectly in the heel: One, the heel counter sits comfortably under the ankle bone. If the heel counter puts pressure on the ankle bone, this can rub and cause discomfort. Two, the heel is secure and does not slip. Check that the heel is not slipping out of the shoe, and that you don’t need to over-tighten the ankle strap. If you’re struggling to find a shoe that fits well in the heel, try an adjustable heel shoe like the Pablosky Surf Sandal Toe fit If your sandal is not adjustable, make sure your child is standing up, and feel the front of the shoe. You should be able to move around the material at the front of the shoe, but not so much that you can pinch it with your fingers. Open sandals can general can be fitted with slightly less growing room, however the general rule for all sandals, closed or open, is to leave a finger space (approximately 1 size = 1cm!) to get you through the summer. Check out our summer range online or head to your nearest store for a free fit check. Book now

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Bobux Dare To Roam – Summer 2023

Summer is just around the corner, and it's time to update your little one's footwear collection to keep those tiny toes cool and protected! Bobux, the renowned brand synonymous with quality and innovation in children's footwear, has unveiled their summer collection for 2023 - Dare to Roam. In this blog post, we'll take you through the highlights of this collection, showcasing the perfect blend of fashion, functionality, and comfort for your child's summer adventures. Bobux is a New Zealand brand born in 1991 when Chris Bennett and fellow Bobux founder, Colleen needed shoes for their baby daughter Chloe, but nothing on the market would do. Armed with leather, suede and a couple of rubber bands, Chris had an idea - Soft Soles. The first of their kind. He crafted the materials together and finally, Chloe had soft, comfy shoes that let her little feet move naturally. Since that moment, the brand has embraced this sense of adventure, innovation and bravery. The new summer range from Bobux encapsulates the essence of summertime exploration while ensuring that children's feet are supported. Whether it's picnics, beach walks, or indoor play, these shoes are designed to meet the demands of both parents and children. From classic cage sandals to sneakers with a twist, Bobux offers choices that blend seamlessly with your little one's summer wardrobe. Shop Xplore Go Baby Shoes here   Shop Step Up Infant Shoes here The beautiful colours of this summer range are paired with Bobux’s quality materials, including soft, premium leathers for long wear and breathability, and their trademarked Quickdry leather built to withstand summer splashing. Podiatry approved, genuine leather (REACH tested for young skin) or the latest performance based materials, with hard-wearing, flexible soles set into timeless designs that withstand seasonal trends.   Shop Iwalk Infant/Toddler Shoes here   Shop Kid+ Younger Kids Shoes here Featuring classic colours and gorgeous new styles, Dare to Roam for Summer 2023 deftly balances 70’s nostalgia with modern cool. Do the right thing for your children’s feet, and look good doing it. The Best Shoes for Growing Feet. To view our full Bobux summer collection, check out Bobux’s stunning e-magazine here. We have also dropped our favourite machine washable Ciao Beach Shoes, read more about them here.

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Make a Splash with the Ciao Beach Shoe!

A much loved summer staple, our super-popular Ciao Beach shoes are back as the weather starts warming! In a range of super cute colours and patterns, and sizes 20-30 EU (that’s 4-12 UK!), it’s no wonder this shoe has been popular with kids and their grown-ups alike year after year. But let’s dig deeper! What exactly makes the Ciao Range the best beach and water shoe for kids? One of our favourite features of the Ciao Beach Range is that they are made for the water. This doesn’t just mean beach wear though; the neoprene upper makes this shoe quick to dry and washing machine safe! That’s right, spills, nasties, and accidents begone – throw this shoe straight in the wash and they’re good as new.   The Ciao Beach Range is also perfect for little feet as they are designed with toddlers in mind. The Ciao Beach shoe is deep, stretchy, and flexible to fit toddler feet and provide the perfect level of freedom needed as their feet continue to develop. Forget the days of wrestling shoes onto their feet – our Ciao Beach styles feature one self-fastening strap and a heel tab for an easy slide on and off. Also featured is a rubber toe bumper to protect their toes when they’re out adventuring, making this shoe perfect for preschool, the playground and plenty more.   In short, we love these shoes - but don’t just take our word for it. Our customers love them too!   These shoes are very durable, good for kids going to daycare, at the beach. Easy machine wash and they keep their shape. – Tanoa, QLD  These shoes are the only style my son will wear. So comfy for his feet & easy to run around in, plus easy to wash is a bonus. – Laura, QLD  Water you waiting for? Beat the heat and pick up a pair (or three!) of Ciao Beach shoes here, or head in-store for a fitting.  

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Big Walk With Little Kids

Shoes & Sox have been proud partners of Camp Quality since 2018 on fundraisers, events and awareness driving initiatives, and we are so excited to once again be a part of Camp Quality’s Big Walk For Little Kids this year! The Big Walk For Little Kids raises funds to support children aged up to 15 years, who are dealing with their own cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum, dad or carer. Our staff are pledging to walk 50km, 100km or 150km to support kids facing cancer for the month of September, and you can too! To join the Big Walk, or simply support by donating, visit the link below: https://fundraise.campquality.org.au/event/big-walk-for-little-kids-2023/home

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Kids shoes that match every outfit

Here are our most versatile shoes that will have you covered for every outing!   Nike Court Borough - JUST DROPPED Stylish and contemporary in look and unmatched versatility, take your little one anywhere with these white sneakers. Worried about white not staying white? We hear you! But not to worry, with a heartier leather-like upper, a wipe-over should bring these shoes back to life after any wear!   Reebok Club C  The ultimate for ease. Without laces or self-fastening straps, your little one can slide these right on! Elastic laces stretch to pull on and secure when on the foot. Whether you have an independent little one or you’re always on the go – these are PERFECT!   Adidas Superstar A classic. Whether you rocked them through the nineties, noughties, now or never they’re undoubtedly iconic, and for good reason – they go with everything! The durable shell-toe keeps them looking fresh against all kinds of scuffs and kicks and with self-fastening straps up to a size 3 how could you say no? FIT TIP: These shoes are a great fit for wide feet or high insteps.   Converse Chuck Taylor Another icon. With the option of laces or self-fastening from infant to older kids, they’re versatile in wear and size range! A rubber toe for increased durability, breathable canvas material, and both low and high-top versions available. FIT TIP: These shoes are a great fit for narrow feet or shallow insteps.   Veja Esplar Versatile and trendy. Looking to add just a little bit of colour? Look no further. Add a little extra with up to 7 colour options including neutrals, navy, black, grey, sage, or pink. Perfect for any fashion-focused little one.   Keen to see them in-store? Check our latest TikTok > Click here

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Ideas for Book Week 2023

Running out of ideas for Book Week 2023 or perhaps this is your first one? We’ve got you sorted! Here are 20 ideas for Book Week that the kids are guaranteed to love! 20 Ideas for Book Week (with shoes they’ll actually wear again!) 1. Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” This classic costume is also one of the easiest for parents to find on a whim! All you will need is a white blouse, a blue dress, pigtails and of course the famous red glitter shoes! Shop the Coco Glitter here.   Shop the Cherry Ballet here.   2. Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, Ron Weasley, or any student from the “Harry Potter” series For entering the wizarding world all you will need is black wizard cloak with a white button up shirt, grey pants or skirt, red & yellow tie (or a tie to suit the other house colours) and of course wizard-style boots: we recommend the Zack II Boots, Mc Lilliana, and Mani II Boots   3. Cinderella Another easy one for parents looking for an outfit they can whip up with minimal effort! All you will need is a blue dress, a blue headband and of course don't forget about the Glass Slipper! Some of our favourites are Cherry Ballet and some cute shimmery options below   Shop the Lana here Shop the Camilla here   4. Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking wears a long green or red sleeve t-shirt, a blue pinafore, mismatched tights/socks, and black oversized boots options like Banjo and Rosa.   5. BFG from “The BFG” by Roald DahlTo get the perfect "The BFG" by Roald Dahl look, the BFG wears a white t-shirt, a brown vest, green pants, and brown oversized brown boots  Shop the Dublin here.   Shop the Kido Boot here.   6. Willy Wonka from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"Willy Wonka from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is often seen wearing a black, red, or brown top hat, a purple blazer, grey or black pants, a bow tie, and stylish footwear such as Twins Geo Youth Boot and Marco   7. Matilda from “Matilda” by Roald Dahl For a Matilda costume idea inspired by Roald Dahl's book, you can wear a blue dress, a red hair ribbon, and complete the look with black Mary Janes.   8. Alice from “Alice in Wonderland”The classic Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" is recognized by her blue dress, white apron, white stockings/socks, and black Mary Janes  Shop Annabelle here Shop Lana here   9. Peter PanTo embody Peter Pan as a costume idea, don a green top and pants ensemble, complete with a pointed green hat featuring a red feather. Finish off the look with brown shoes or loafers like Denham Junior and Denham.    10. The GruffaloFor a creative Gruffalo costume, put together a brown outfit, attach a pin-on tail, wear a headband with horns, and don brown boots. Enhance the look by crafting and attaching claws or spikes to the front of the shoes. Shop Tova here    Shop Chelsea II here    11. Where’s WallyFor a fun "Where's Wally" costume idea, sport a red and white striped shirt paired with blue pants or jeans, and step into brown shoes to complete the look.  12. Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland”An eccentric Mad Hatter costume inspired by "Alice in Wonderland," is always the fun way to go, top it off with a green top hat, wear a red or green blazer, add a bow tie, and complete the whimsical look with vibrant footwear like Jefferson Sugar Tie Dye 13. Fancy Nancy Embody the essence of Fancy Nancy in a costume, put together a yellow t-shirt, a pink skirt, and vibrant rainbow tights. Elevate the look with pink Mary Janes Shop Milli Glitter here    Shop Coco Sparkle here   14. Paddington Bear Bring Paddington Bear to life as a costume idea, don a red bucket hat, a blue jacket, and complete the ensemble with red boots like Twins Flower Boot Youth. 15. The Very Hungry CaterpillarTransform into The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a costume featuring a green top and pants, a cheerful red hat, a playful purple antennae headband, and complete the look with green footwear options like Old Skool V, Vortex 2.0, and Contend 8 16. Pete the CatFor a groovy Pete the Cat costume, put on a yellow button-up shirt, pair it with blue pants, don blue ears for that feline touch, and step into red shoes such as Contend 8 and some options below Shop Arishi V4 Infant here   Shop GT-1000 11 Pre School here 17. Mary Poppins channel Mary Poppins in a costume, wear a white blouse, a blue skirt, and a stylish blue blazer. Top it off with a black hat and complete the look with black boots like Zeal. 18. Olivia the PigFor a charming Olivia the Pig costume, don a red and white striped shirt underneath a red dress, pair it with matching red and white striped tights, and step into red shoes like Nebzed Minnie and Suede Classic XXI to capture her delightful style. 19. Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”become Max from "Where the Wild Things Are" for a costume, wear a white outfit or onesie, top it with a regal gold crown, and finish the ensemble with white sneakers such as Court Ultra, Forum Low, and our best selling white sneakers options below:   Shop Court Borough Low Recraft here  Shop Classic Leather Shoes here 20. Robin HoodEmbody the legendary Robin Hood in a costume, don a green t-shirt, green or brown pants, accessorize with a green hat featuring a red feather, and complete the look with brown boots like Kido Boots and Dublin. Book Week runs from 19th-25th August 2023 with the theme "Read, grow, inspire”. Although these are the official dates, schools are welcome to celebrate Book Week at a time that aligns with their school’s calendar so best to keep an eye out, so you DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT!

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What are the best first shoes for kids?

A child’s feet muscles begin to strengthen, and bones begin to ossify as they start to move and walk, therefore it is important to pick the right pair of first shoes!    The most common interaction I have with parents picking first shoes is deciding on the sole. Although toddler shoes are super cute, they’re often too hard for the stage of walking the child is at. Picking a first shoe with a hard sole restricts movement as it is rigid and heavy which can cause little ones to revert back to crawling as it is easier.    So, your little one starts taking their first steps and suddenly, they need shoes! Where do you start? Almost always Pre-walkers. Shoes & Sox have 8 pre-walker brands to choose from including Adidas, Bobux, Ciao, Converse, Kicks, Old Soles, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Vans.    Bobux pre-walkers in the Xplorer Go range are very popular every season as they have a soft, flexible, lightweight, foam sole that allows ease of movement for new walkers. This shoe is leather inside and out, meaning it is breathable PLUS it has a reinforced toe cap.    NOTE: For little ones who are doing plenty of crawling and climbing in their pre-walkers a reinforced toe cap is ideal to protect the toes and increase durability with wear.    Another crowd favourite, are Old Soles pre-walkers. They have a silicon sole which provides more grip than a foam sole, making them ideal for gripping to floorboards or tiled flooring. Old Soles pre-walkers come in a range of styles including sandals, mary janes, shoes, and boots.    So, once they start walking head into your nearest Shoes & Sox store for a FREE fit consult. A Fit Squad member can determine the length, width, and depth of the child’s foot and their stage of walking. From this, shoe recommendations will be made around the fitting and walking stage of the child.

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How to Choose the Perfect School Shoe (that will make everyone happy!)

There is such a wide range of school shoes available with more added to the market every year. To work out which school shoe is best for you and your child, simply ask yourself these 4 simple questions!   What are the school requirements around footwear? Does it need to be a traditional school shoe or are sport-style school shoes allowed? (If a traditional school shoe is mandatory, is black or brown required?) What is the budget for school shoes? Factoring growth and wear, one school shoe is not always guaranteed to see the school year out.    Does your child prefer a self-fastening, buckle, slip-on, or lace-up style school shoe?   What are your non-negotiables? Do you need something with a leather upper? Does it also need to be leather lined? Is arch support imperative to your child’s needs? Is your child harder wearing on their shoes than most (in this case a scuff guard, reinforced toe, or wrap-around outsole may be recommended)?  After we’ve determined these four factors, it is time for a measure. A Fit Squad member will determine the length, width, and depth of the child’s foot and offer a range of options based on their measurements as well as the needs of the child and the answers to the above questions.  To book a Fitting both in-store and online, click here.

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What Are The Best Kids Shoes For Orthotics?

When looking for kids shoes to fit an orthotic or AFO, an average-fitting shoe often does not cut it. We know how important it is to ensure growing feet are supported with correct fitting shoes, but for many time-poor parents it may be difficult to arrange an in-store fitting appointment. Lucky for you, we've compiled this Orthotic Friendly Shoe Guide to help! So, let’s find out where to look for orthotic and AFO-friendly shoes. Generally, shoes that are wider and deeper through the toe box and instep are more likely to suit an orthotic or AFO.  It can be especially tricky for smaller sizes as self-fastening, elastics laces, and zips are the common fastening options and although easier than laces, they are limited in flexibility and stretch. The GT-1000, Gel-550 TR, GEL-Trigger, and other ASICS styles have removable innersoles. This creates a wider and deeper shoe, providing more room to fit orthotics and AFOs. If an innersole is removable it is not glued, stitched, or moulded to the footbed. This means that the shoe has been designed as orthotic-friendly! But ASICS are not the only ones, the Nike Flyease is also recommended when wearing orthotics or AFOs. It is one thing to have room inside the shoe, but another to have a wide and deep enough opening as well as a long enough strap across instep or around the ankle. The Flyease has a long strap attached to a zip that opens around the heel cup so that the orthotic or AFO can slide in from the back rather than be pushed from above. If you're feeling overwhelmed with options, our Fit Tips are located on every product page so you can easily identify which shoes would best suit you and your child. 

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The Shoes are Pinkture Perfect

With exciting news in the movie world this month, we’ve got the perfect shoes to complete every pink outfit! In this Pink Edit we’ve got all categories of your favourite kids shoes styles - from kids sneakers to boots, slippers, sandals and more! Perfect Pink Sneaker  Clarks Dizzy has it all inside and out. On the outside, it’s pink with glitter and hearts and inside, a dual-fit system designed to maximise comfort with the added benefit of longevity in the shoe, this shoe is a standout!   Perfect Pink Boot  The dazzling Ciao Gitty Boot upper combined with leather provides a breathable, durable, comfortable yet eye-catching design. The sparkle moulded heal counters provide stability and style! A must-have for all wardrobes this winter.    Perfect Pink Gumboot For the little ones who love to get out and about when it starts to rain the Ciao Calli Heart Gumboot is ideal! It’s where functionality meets style to protect little toes and keep them splashing and jumping all day. Did we mention they light up with every stomp?    Perfect Pink Slipper Looking for the perfect pink slipper? The Ciao Frosty Heart is as warm as they come! Soft and flexibly lined with a TPR outsole for increased traction and durability. They start at a European 23 and go to size 40, did somebody say “mini-me?”.   Perfect Pink Sandal The Sun-San Sweetheart Sandal is the perfect sandal. Whether you’re heading to Europe to escape the winter or the Gold Coast, this sandal – HAS. IT. ALL. Some of its many features include an open, breathable back, secure buckle closures for adjustability, and leather, breathable uppers.   Perfect Pink Beach   Adidas Adilette Shower is the perfect shade of pink for the beach or pool! With a relaxed feel and quick-drying uppers – they’re perfect for water!    Perfect Pink Sport Shoe Yeah, the Adidas Fortarun are pink but they’re so much more! Breathable, flexible, durable, self-fastening, adjustable, cushioned and the list goes on! Looking for a supportive and stylish sports shoe, here it is!    Perfect Pink Party Shoe Taking “let’s go party” to the next level with Miss Candy Lana. A slight heel and subtle shimmer in these beautifully detailed party shoes! FIT TIP: They do run big, so it is recommended to stick with the measured size.    Looking for more options? Check out our entire range of Pink Kids Shoes here!  

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Escaping the cold weather this winter?

We’ve got the perfect shoes for your little one to wear on your summer holiday! Whether you’re off to the Gold Coast or Europe this winter here are 8 brands you can’t go past! ADIDAS offers 13 beach styles this season with both closed and opened-toe water sandals as well as slides ranging from size 11 to 6! FIT SQUAD F

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How many shoes should a child have?

This question is not as simple as providing a number. We need to keep in mind growth periods, seasons, and functionality. Factoring in gr

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Ways to tell if your kid's shoes are getting too small

With little ones it’s not as easy as “Mum or Dad my shoes are too small” and sometimes the toe cap on the shoe can be too firm to determine where their toes are. Open-toe shoes like sandals and slides can be more obvious but for the more difficult styles, here are some ways to tell if your little one’s shoes are becoming too small:  When shoes become difficult to put on or take off. This can be a brilliant tell as to whether a shoe is not only too short but too tight in width and/or depth.  When shoes become scuffed with evident wear. This tends to happen particularly around the toes. Children are used to having growth room and when there is no longer room at the front of the shoe, it can cause tripping and therefore scuffing on the toes.  If the child refuses to wear the shoe. Sometimes there’s a good reason why a child does not want to wear a particular shoe, other than only wanting to wear their favourite pair constantly. If a child refuses to wear a pair of shoes they previously loved, it could be that they are too small.  Removing shoes and noticing redness or more obvious – blisters or sores. This is likely a result of rubbing caused by tight shoes, most commonly found around the heel cup, and then rubbing at the Achilles. Book an in-store fitting now with our Fit Squad to get a routine fit check. 

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The Six Point Fit Check

Expert fitters assess six main points for a perfect shoe fit: Length (measurement from heel counter to toe cap), Width (across the toe box), Depth (space from insole to instep/toe cap), Ankle support (collar height), Heel grip (cup presence/firmness), and Watching walking (observing shoe movement while walking). Understanding these points helps ensure a comfortable fit, whether shopping in-store or online.

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How to get longer out of kids shoes?

Have you heard about dual innersoles? No! Here’s a game-changer. Brands like Clarks, ROC and Harrison provide styles with dual innersoles. Dual innersoles mean these styles of footwear have two innersoles. One innersole is stuck down inside the shoe whilst the one on top is removeable. With both innersoles inside, the shoe is an E width fitting (standard or average width) and once the removeable innersole is taken out the width becomes wider, to usually and F width fitting. This also means that if the shoe fits and is purchased with both innersoles inside as the child grows and begins to say their shoe is too tight, we can take this first, removeable innersole out and still wear the shoe! This is beneficial for shoes we intend to wear for longer than a season such as school shoes. Examples of dual innersole styles include all Harrision product, ROC School Shoes, Clarks Sport product and some Clarks school shoes such as League, Literacy and Bethany.

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It’s our 1st Birthday at Maroochydore

Wow we can’t believe it was a year ago we opened our doors! To celebrate our 1st birthday at Maroochydore we are hosting fun activities and giveaways in-store across the weekend on Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July and a fabulous offer in-store. Get 20% OFF almost everything* at Shoes & Sox Maroochydore, on our birthday weekend only. This includes our biggest and most popular brands including Adidas, Clarks, New Balance, Reebok, Puma, Converse and more. Join in the fun activities including face-painting and tattoos, plus a spin & win with every purchase. We’ll also have a guessing competition with a gift card up for grabs and giveaways for the kids! We hope to see you at our 1st Birthday celebrations at Maroochydore. Book an in-store fitting now to enjoy the festivities!

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How to get shoes on your little ones feet

Here are three sure-fire ways to get shoes on your littles ones feet! We’ve all been there when trying to get shoes on our bubs who are too little to understand “push your foot in”. They often curl their toes or wriggle around when it comes time to slip the shoes on and get them out the door! So here are some tips to help get shoes on your bub! 1. Lifting their sock from the instep usually forces their toes up and in turn straightens them up and out. Then grab the shoe and place their foot in. 2. Slide your finger between the child’s foot and the innersole of the shoe, this way you can manually feel in the child is curling and you can push their little toes out and straight. 3. Tickle the sole of the child’s foot as you slide their foot into the shoe. The sensory feeling of being tickled can relax the toes, stretching them out and allowing the shoe to slide on easier! Next time you try to get shoes on your littlest one, try these steps and let us know how you go!

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Ultimate Sports Shoe Guide: Let’s break this down brand by brand

When choosing sport shoes, understanding the sizing, technology, and focus of each brand is essential. Whether it's the support-oriented designs of Asics and New Balance or the comfort and flexibility offered by Nike and Adidas, finding the right shoe de

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Ultimate Boots Guide: What you need to look for and know when buying kids boots

When buying kids' boots, it's important to consider various factors and understand the characteristics of different brands. This ultimate boots guide provides ins

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Bobux - Dare to Roam Winter 2023

Bobux is a New Zealand brand born in 1991 when Chris Bennett and fellow Bobux founder, Colleen needed shoes for their baby daughter Chloe, but nothing on the market would do. Armed with leather, suede and a couple of rubber bands, Chris had an idea - Soft Soles. The first of their kind. He crafted the materials togethe

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5 Things to Know Once Your Little One Starts School

From Stain Fighting Techniques to Valuable Life Skills Do they have a pen and paper? Can they write their name? Can they put their own (self-fastening) shoes on? When you are preparing your child for school, these are often the first things that spring to mind. It's such a significant and thrilling milestone that you'l

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How the Right School Shoes Can Improve your Child's Day

Did you know that our children wear their school shoes for more than 15,500 hours of running, jumping, playing, and travelling? Shoes are fundamentally important to a child's physical and social development throughout their school years. So much so, that an ill-fitting or badly constructed shoe can lead to kids sitting

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Picking the Perfect Pair: A guide to selecting shoes for growing feet

When you’re a parent, it can be really tempting to buy your child every pair of adorable shoes you see on in the store or on your Instagram feed. After all, who says a shoe obsession should only pertain to the footwear we buy for ourselves? However, there are a lot more factors to take into account when it comes to our

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Importance of Proper Footwear for Growing Feet

A Guide for Parents Making the trip to the Shoes and Sox Stores to get fitted for new school shoes every January is a tradition. Of course, it's crucial to start the year off with a pair of properly suited shoes - think of it as getting off on the right foot (see what we did there?). At birth, it is predicted that our

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Halloween Treats - Creepy Crispies

Spooky season is upon us, trick or treat yo' self with some Creepy Crispies. Get the little ones to join in on the fun by decorating their too-cute-to-spook rice crispy treats. You'll need for the base: 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 4 cups rice bubbles or puffed rice Whisk honey and coconut oil together in

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Giggle Feet Day - september 2022

Camp Quality's mission is to give kids impacted by cancer every opportunity to thrive. Camp Quality’s services and programs are created specifically to support children aged up to 15 years, who are dealing with their own cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum, dad or carer.

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Winter Eats - Apple Pie Scrolls

Keep the kids scrolling in the kitchen (not on the iPad) these holidays with these delicious winter treats by @recipemumma You'll need: 2 cups self raising flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup tinned apple sliced, mashed 50g butter softened 1/4 cup date syrup 1/3 cup tinned apple sli

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Easter Eats - Sparkle & Spice cookies

Need a break from chocolate over the long weekend? Get the kids in the kitchen with these delicious, spiced cookies created by Recipe Mumma. This recipe is specifically designed to be simple and straightforward to encourage little helpers. At the end, you'll be left with a fantastic base to decorate however you like! S

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Lovely lunchboxes

In need of some lunchbox inspo before school goes back? Discover five ideas and recipe cards from Recipe Mumma to take the stress out of their first week back. Watch the video here! Watch the video here! Watch the video here! Watch the video here! Watch the video here!

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Shoes & Sox x NBL

The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) will step out with a new partnership with Shoes and Sox for the 2021/22 season. NBL loving families are set to benefit from the partnership with special offers and giveaways from Shoes and Sox to be provided via the NBL E-Newsletter. “The NBL is a family-first product, so we are delighted to be joining forces with Shoes and Sox,” Hungry Jack’s Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner said. “Shoes and Sox is an iconic Australian brand, and this partnership is a testament to the strength of the NBL in the nation’s sporting landscape. “We are excited to begin what is set to be a long and successful partnership.” For over 30 years Shoes and Sox has been putting the best-fitting shoes on the feet of Australian children at family-friendly prices at 71 locations across Australia. “Partnering with the NBL is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Shoes & Sox.” Says Shoes & Sox General Manager, Lisa Shalem. “Shoes & Sox and the NBL have aligned core values - family, health, and an appreciation of legacy and expertise. We can’t wait to surprise and delight our customers, and bring our fit-first, service approach courtside." Over January, there are endless opportunities to win and save with the NBL. Make a purchase in-store or online and enter your details here for the chance to win 1 of 4 $500 NBL prize packs. Plus, we're offering 10% off our entire range when you make a purchase on the NBL store, and 10% off the NBL store when you make a purchase with us - it's a win win!   Terms & Conditions This competition begins from 12.01am on the 1st of January 2022 and ends at 11.59pm on the 31st of January 2022 Participants may enter the competition by entering their order number, email address and phone number into https://win.nbl.com.au/shoesandsox post-transaction. All purchases made from shoesandsox.com.au or in-store at Shoes & Sox standalone stores will be eligible for entry The price includes 4 x tickets to a game of your choice during the 2021/2022 NBL season (valued at $200), signed game ball (valued at $150), NBL jersey (valued at $100) and an NBL hat ($50). Styles will be selected by the NBL This prize is non-transferrable and not exchangeable for cash Participants may enter multiple times by completing several transactions Returns will be excluded from the competition Winners will be randomly selected and contacted on the 3rd of February 2022. If the winner has not claimed the prize within 2 business days, an alternative winner will be randomly selected. Winners will be contacted via email Prize will be dispatched to winners within 2 weeks of draw Shoes & Sox and the NBL reserve the right to change, alter, or withdraw the competition at any time under reasonable circumstances at their discretion By entering in the competition, you consent to receiving marketing materials from Shoes & Sox

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Little steps, big impact: our 2021 report

We want to say thank you. In 2021, we were fortunate enough to continue our work with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) and Camp Quality and that’s because you shopped with us, donated, or helped us spread awareness. Come along as we recap the highlights of our partnerships. Back in April, we teamed up with Clarks to

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Spooky halloween cupcakes recipe

Trick or treat yourself and the family to these delicious cupcakes, with three Halloween themed decoration suggestions. Trust us, it's love at first bite. You'll need: Wet: 6 eggs 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup honey 1 tbsp vanilla essence Dry: 1/2 cup cacao powder 1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flou

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Giggle feet week 2021

Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again. Camp Quality’s services and programs are created specifically to support children aged up to 15 years, who are dealing with their own cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum, dad or carer. They provides kids,

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Why kid coders are the new generation

Thinking outside the box for fun activities these school holidays The school holidays are fast approaching but with many families still in lockdown, the options for what to do are limited. What can our kids to do that’s engaging but requires minimum supervision? Elaine Nasr from The Geek Academy has an idea that’s fun,

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When is the best time to transition between self-fastening straps and laces?

“When is the best time to teach my kid how to tie their laces?” These are just two of the questions we receive frequently from parents who are looking at tra

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Meet our podiatrist

Shopping at a retailer with a diverse range of footwear options can be beneficial for parents looking for the best shoes for their children. The availability of mu

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Product Care Guide

Once you’ve chosen to invest in quality kids school shoes it’s important to also invest time into caring for those shoes. Proper cleaning will ensure that your investment lasts unt

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Optimise learning with toymate's playtime tips

With an abundance of children’s toys on the market, with more colours, designs, lights, bells, and whistles than we as parents could ever imagine finding in a toy store, it’s no surprise we are often left feeling overwhelmed at the options available for our children. But how do we know which toys are best, not only for

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slow cooked carrot cake porridge recipe

In need of some kitchen inspiration these school holidays? Get the kids involved in preparing and cooking this super easy porridge recipe that tastes like cake, but is secretly nutrient dense. Or, pop on overnight and have a delicious breakfast waiting the next morning with minimal clean up, but maximum taste. Peep a s

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A guide to growing feet

Feet change with each stage of life, from the first few months when their squishy little feet are mostly baby fat and tissue, to the rapid changes they undergo as they learn to stand and walk, putting increasing weight and pressure on their developing toots, says podiatrist Joseph Frenkel.

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building a better environment for diverse minds

Over the last decade we have learnt a lot about neurodiversity. Still, we can always learn more, particularly when it comes to being more inclusive and understanding of those of us who who are neurologically diverse. Language and knowledge are critical in promoting inclusivity and increasing understanding, so with the 

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Colouring in activities
walk for autism

Shoes & Sox is stepping up to Walk for autism - donate or register your walk today! 1 in every 70 people in Australia is on the autism spectrum. Along with their family members, this means autism is a part of daily life for over a million Australians.To help create a world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left be

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black sport shoes vs traditional school shoes - which reigns superior?

When you think of school shoes, many automatically think “black leather shoes”, however, with a change in trends, black sport shoes are an emerging and prefe

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Why the right fit matters

As parents, we all want the best for our children, and that includes their health and well-being. However, when it comes to buying shoes, many of us may not realize the impact that an incorrectly fitted shoe can have on our child's development.

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Lockdown recipe round up

With many of looking to pass the hours inside with hungry, wriggly little people, we've rounded up some of our favourite Recipe Mumma recipes, made for cooking with the assistance of tiny hands. Leave banana bread in 2020 and become acquainted with 8 delicious and easy recipes, perfect for making with the kids. Let us

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a shoe for every foot - a breakdown of our back to school styles

It's Back to School time, which can be daunting for any parent looking to get their child their first pair of school shoes or purchasing for another year. With the wide range of options out there, it’s dif

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when is the right time to get your child re-fitted?

Children’s feet are constantly growing and changing through each stage of life. Whether they’re taking their first wobbly steps, or running and jumping as they play, it’s important that th

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Behind 'the fit squad' and why we're passionate about it!

We would like to formally introduce you to a small snippet of our Shoes & Sox teams right across Australia. Every day, our teams work tirelessly wr

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How investing in quality kids shoes pays off

With so much choice and the astonishing speed at which little feet seem to grow, we know why it’s tempting to opt for cheap, disposable school schools. But there are many reasons why you’re better off investing a little mo

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