Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

If the Shoe Fits, It May Be This One

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

If the Shoe Fits, It May Be This One

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Vani Naidoo

Fast facts

Poor fitting shoes can cause:


Curling or clawing of the toes




Pinched nerves

Ingrown toenails

IN THE second part of our feature on sports shoes we look at shoes for children in particular and also for sports other than football and soccer that also require specialist footwear.

Children and teenagers

Surveys show that kids more often than not are wearing shoes a size too small, which puts them at risk for serious foot injuries. Most shoe stores have fitters who can help ensure that your child is getting the right shoe, but also consider these points:

Shop at the end of the day or after a sporting event when your childas feet are at their largest.

Measure and fit with the specific socks your child is going to use with that shoe.

Allow for wriggle room. Ideally the length of the shoe should exceed the length of your childas foot by 10mm.

Expect immediate comfort. Shoes should not have to be abroken ina.

Most of the major names make excellent shoes for kids as well as adults. For boys try the Asics Gel Kayano 19 ($149.99), the Nike Lunarglide 4 ($109.99) or perhaps the New Balance 230 ($80). Girls could try the Asics GT-1000 ($99.99). Or if you are looking for something in this seasonas fashion colours, why not look at the adidas Adipure ($79.99) or the Nike Free Run 3 ($89.99).

Tennis shoes

Tennis is a popular sporting choice for both adults and children especially in the months following a Grand Slam event. It is a game largely about balance and it is important to strike a balance between power and control. You will play your best tennis when your feet and shoes are in sync. The stop-start element of the game requires a shoe with ample cushioning and support and durable outsoles. The adidas Adipower Barricade ($169.95), Nike Zoom Vapor 9 ($180) and Wilson Rush Pro ($179) are good middle-of-the-range options for men. …

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