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Ph: (08) 8562 1040
Principal: Ms. Jill Hess
Our main building will be
up-graded this year as part
of the STEM (Science,
and Maths) project. We will
have the flexibility to open
or close classrooms to
foster the learning of each
student across all curriculum
areas. The latest computers,
technologies, science and
maths equipment will be
purchased to support this
Are Your Feet
Ready To Go
Back To School?
If you need:
Footwear advice or orthotics
Had a recent injury
Any general foot or nail care
CALL NOW 8562 1700
OR 0448 048 221
51A Murray Street
Nuriootpa SA 5355
We can help you!
‘Walking a different path to pain relief’
ELIZABETH SHOPPING CENTRE Ph: (08) 8287 6650
Things to consider when buying shoes
Often our first thought when buying
school shoes for children is cost.
We all have books, uniforms, stationery
and bags to consider as well as school
shoes when budgeting for back to
There is considerable temptation
to purchase $30 to $40 school shoes
from the big discount department
stores, especially as it is right after the
Christmas and New Year period!
Assuming the child puts their shoes
on at 8 a.m. and takes them off at 4 p.m.
the average child will wear their school
shoes for eight hours a day three or four
days a week (assuming they wear sports
shoes for the other days).
That’s up to 1300 hours of wear in
Children are very active at school.
They are jumping, running, skipping,
walking between classrooms, standing.
This shoe must do an extensive
amount of work each year and we expect
to buy one pair of shoes to last the entire
When buying footwear, such a sports
shoes and school shoes, you definitely
get what you pay for.
At Your Foot Doctor, Nuriootpa
Ms Rebecca Healey says, “We often
see patients who have been wearing
$30 - $40 school shoes and have
pain due to the lack of support, poor
design and/or lack of cushioning in
“Often our most important
recommendation is to buy new school
“Sometimes buying new supportive
school shoes is all the child needs to
alleviate the pain.
“So now the parent has the cost of
the new school shoes and the cost of a
consultation fee on top.
“If a top-quality school shoe was
purchased initially, the child may not
have needed our help.
“Making a better decision at the start
of the year means less money is spent
throughout the year and your child is
So what shoe do I buy my child? The
well-known brands like Clarks are
always a safe choice.
However, you may choose to buy
Ascent school shoes from The Athlete’s
Foot for a few reasons.
They come in several different styles
and width fittings which makes fitting
individual feet much easier.
There is also a jogger style as
well as numerous typical shoe
styles often required by private
Each style has a firm thermoplastic
heel counter and a midfoot stabiliser
to provide support, a multi-layered
cushioning system built into the mid-
sole, providing cushioning similar to a
sports shoe and a good quality rubber
outsole to reduce wear.
They also come with a removable
innersole which makes the job of fitting
orthotics much easier.
If your son plays soccer and football
in his school shoes every day at lunch
as well as walking through puddles and
mud you may still manage to only buy
one pair of shoes per year.
Now for fitting tips.
The ideal would be to go to a reputable
retailer with trained staff to fit school
Athlete’s Foot stock Clarks and Ascent
and all their staff are trained footwear
fitters, and are often Podiatry students
as well making them extra qualified
If your child wears orthotics, make
sure you take them with you and try
the shoe on with the orthotics in place.
Look for a firm heel counter and no
bend or twist in the middle of the shoe
if you twist it.
The shoe should bend at the ball of the
foot, just where your foot bends.
A good, non-slip rubber sole will
prevent slip accidents.
A little space for growth is important
so make sure there is about a thumb
the longest toe (sometimes the second
toe is longer than the first) to the end
of the shoe.
If you are concerned about the fitting
of school shoes or concerned about the
development of your child’s feet please
feel free to book an appointment with
staff at Your Foot Doctor.
Jessica Harper has her shoes fitted properly by
Podiatrist Rebecca Healey.
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