Teach your child to tie their shoelaces in less than 5 minutes!!

A few days ago, I had to teach my 6 year old son to tie his shoelaces thanks to a new pair of running shoes. After several attempts at the single loop and rabbit ears method, we stumbled upon this little gem! It is super easy to learn (although can cause a knot when untying).

See the video below (starring the 6 year-old to prove how easy it is!):



School Shoes- how to choose the right ones for your child’s growing feet

It’s Back to School Time and for many parents, a time to buy new school shoes.

Here’s a few tips for making sure you buy the right shoes for your child:

  • Try to purchase Leather shoes if you can afford to- the natural fibre will allow the children feet to breathe and will wear much better than synthetic shoes. 100% Cotton socks are always a better option too
  • Look for a shoe which is firm around the heel and ‘cups’ the heel. Make sure that the heel is not slipping at the back
  • A Leather lace up is always a good idea, but if that is not possible (i.e.. your child can’t tie their laces or won’t tolerate such a fashion travesty- as in the case of my niece), look for a Velcro or Mary Jane Style alternative that still holds the child’s foot firmly in the shoe
  • The sole of the shoe should be relatively firm, but bend well at the toe
  • Choosing the size: Allow a thumb width between the end of the Child’s big toe and the end of the shoe
  • Choosing the Style: If your Child is a very active Child, it is a good idea to choose a Sports-like shoe or one with a sports style sole

Which Shoes did my son start Prep with last week? The Ascent Junior…. It looks like a normal school shoe, but has the sole of a sports shoe and is endorsed by the Australian Podiatry Council. It also comes in half sizes which was a big plus for us given my son is halfway between 2 sizes.

If unsure, feel free to email us for advise or come into the rooms at the Epworth in Richmond. Call 9421 4116 or Book online

Choosing School Shoes- Richmond Podiatrist