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Target has a range of great value, quality school shoes
in store and online.

Did you know that your child will spend more than 15,000 hours in school shoes over the course of their school years? With this in mind and to avoid any problems later in life, correctly fitted school shoes are an absolute must. To help you in your search for the best fit, we’ve listed some handy tips below.

Measure both feet

Never assume that both feet will me the same size, in fact, it’s common for children and adults to have one foot bigger than the other. If this is the case, school shoes should be fitted to the larger foot. Don’t forget, feet can swell throughout the day, so the best time for measuring their feet is later in the afternoon. You might like to use our Kids’ Shoe Size Guide to help you out.

support and comfort

It’s essential that school shoes are comfy and offer the proper support for their growing feet. Avoid slip-on shoes, instead opt for lace-up shoes or buckles that can be adjusted and secured. Heel height should be kept to a minimum. Target offers a range of quality school shoes designed with all-day comfort in mind. Many feature Dir-Lex moisture management lining, padded collars and removable cushioned insoles so they can accommodate orthotics.

Shape and style

Feet come in all different types of shapes and although it may seem obvious, it’s important that you match the shape of your child’s foot with the shape of the shoe. If your child has narrow feet, a wide shoe won’t give them the proper support, similarly narrow shoes on wide feet will not only cause discomfort but can result in other problems later on in life.


Try not to compromise on quality and avoid second-hand shoes. Look for school shoes with soles that don’t twist, and strong and sturdy back heels.

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