The Society of Shoe Fitters, an independent body, recognised in the industry for promoting standards in the shoe fitting in the UK offers some clarification on the rubs and blisters on new school shoes.
'Back to school means wearing properly constructed footwear. If your child has been in flip flops, sandals, trainers etc. their feet will have become a little flaccid and spread. Going back to constructed school footwear which is worn all day, may mean that the shoe can rub. This can sometimes occur around the heel and on bony prominences such as the ankle. There may be nothing wrong with the shoes or fit, it is simply the nature of the beast. We recommend your child wear their new shoes indoors with socks on, in short bursts, until they have to be worn at school all day.'
Here at Groovy2Shoes we take shoe fitting very seriously and always strive for the best fit for your child.
We advise new school shoes to be worn a few times at home prior to the return to school.
We will point out at the time of fitting, areas to be aware of on a shoe that could potentially rub.
Once a sore area or a blister has occurred we suggest a protective pad or blister plaster to allow the area to heal.
In addition, we suggest a small amount of washing up liquid is massaged using your fingers into the area of the shoe. This will help the leathers.
Please try and bear with the situation and allow a week for things to improve, sometimes it takes this long for a sore to heal.
If your child's shoe continues to rub, pop in and see us with your child and the shoes for further guidance and support.