Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Finding the Right Fit

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Finding the Right Fit

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Vani Naidoo

TODAY we look at sports shoes for children and for sports other than football and soccer that also require specialist shoes.

Children and teenagers

RESEARCH shows 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 child's 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 child's foot by 10mm.

Have your child walk around the shop with the shoes on for some time. Check for irritation on the foot and also for any irregular stitching or extra glue that can cause discomfort.

Expect immediate comfort. Shoes should not have to be "broken in".

Most of the major names do excellent shoes for kids as well as adults. For boys try the Asics Gel Galaxy 7 Running Shoe ($79.99), the Asics Gel 510 Cross Trainer ($99.99) or perhaps the New Balance 230 ($80). Girls could try the Asics GT-1000 2 ($99.99) or if you are looking for something in this season's fashion colours why not look at the Adidas Adifast ($59.99) or the Nike Revolution 2 ($59.99).

Tennis shoes

Tennis 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 Adizero Feather ($160), Nike Lunar Ballistec ($219) and Wilson Rush Pro ($179) are good middle-of-the-range options for men. Women could try Adidas Women's Climacool Rally court shoe ($140) or the Asics Gel Challenger ($159) while for kids there is much to be said for the Adidas Barricade 3x ($90), the Wilson Tour Vision Junior ($79) and the Nike Vapour Junior ($79). …

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