School Shoes, Smalls and Sensory Processing Disorder :: Sports Shoes In Disguise :: Review and Giveaway

by sesame on January 14, 2014

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This is a story about first proper school shoes and the twins who will have to wear them. One with tiny toddler tootsies who loves to be shoe free and the other who can totally feel every individual thread in his socks. They are however, required to wear certain uniform conforming shoes to school. And those shoes have to last a long time while withstanding hours of activity and properly supporting their growing feet. Twin translation? You can’t wear aqua shoes nor go barefoot. What to do?

Getting fitted properly is the essential first step so off we went to The Athlete’s Foot at our local shopping centre. 

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Clover practically floated above the device to record her stride at The Athlete’s Foot store as she flitted down the mat. Three different times. Without registering as having been there at all. Maybe she really is part fairy. Eventually, I had to hold her hand to make sure she walked properly. Looking at the results, she has a very light stride (no kidding?!) and is exactly even in both weight bearing through the entire foot and positioning. That all meant that any of the shoes Ascent Footwear had on offer would be fine for her first school year. Clover being Clover, she picked the girly strap style, Adela, and wanted to wear them home. Clover is just one half size larger than the smallest proper school shoe made. They are so very cute and tiny! It looks like she is playing big kid instead of really off to Prep in a few weeks! (Just a note for those with little kids in ELC who need the more formal style of school shoes, I heard that Ascent has developed a range for preschoolers!) 

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Kieran was a different story. While he walked that fitting device like a pro, he has a slight turning in at the ankles, low arches and a clear heavy pressure through the heel. So the kid who has sensory issues that makes anything touching him in general a real problem, needs very supportive shoes. He is just so excited to be a big boy, that he put on the socks and shoes like a champ in store and was able to tell us in a calm manner what he felt without any problems. Since Kieran can’t tie his own laces yet, we went for a traditional style with Velcro closures, Academy. They are all leather, sturdy and will look handsome with his uniform. The best part, all Ascent school shoes are built on running shoe technology like sports shoes in disguise.

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We got home and excitement over new shoes was building, so we put them on and took the scooters out for a ride in the neighbourhood as that is how we plan on getting to school while summer weather is on daily offer. 

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Getting used to the shoes is important for both of my kids so that by the time the school starts, they will not even notice they are wearing them. Otherwise, Kieran will start to fixate on the feel of them and not pay attention to his teacher and Clover will just take hers off to be barefoot. While those options could be managed in kinder, they will not fly in prep. The suggestion from Ascent was to have the kids simply wear the shoes while they were just sitting and eating breakfast everyday. Great advice, but my kids rarely just sit for any meal, rather stand, wiggle and bounce around. I tried it, however, and the technique has worked to get them used to the tighter and more supportive feel of these shoes. I recommend it and even suggest adding an extra pair of socks as well because when they put the shoes on for school without the extra layer, the shoes feel even more roomy. Clover ended up wearing hers for the rest of the day, but Kieran took his off and opted for bathing suit and nothing else. It is still summer break after all!

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It will not be long before I am posting their first day of prep photos on the blog complete with their gorgeous new school shoes!

For more information and tips, check out Ascent Footwear’s Facebook page!

Now for the giveaway!

Ascent-school-shoes Aussies, here is your chance to win a pair of Ascent school shoes (valued up to $139.95) for your own child! After reading about the issues my kids have and what we needed from their school shoes, let me know your answer to the following question in the comment section:

What features do you consider when buying your kids’ shoes?

Giveaway T&C can be read here.

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    Jane January 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    The feature I look for is whether they have them in men’s size 10…as that is what my 13 year old is wearing…this week.

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    Kellie January 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    The features I consider are support, flexibility of the sole and what they are made of.
    The features my daughter looks for… how beautiful they are and how comfortable, but most of all how beautiful!! Having beautiful shoes for Prep is apparently very important when you are 5!!

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    Falon Downing January 15, 2014 at 8:55 am

    We look for comfort and versatility. I love school shoes that double as sport shoes!

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    christina lungo January 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Reliability, versatility and durable as well as looking stylish

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    Kate January 15, 2014 at 9:35 am

    For school shoes that are tough,
    You need the right stuff,
    Leather is my pick,
    For shoes that run, jump and kick!

    But you need magic too,
    A bond between kid and shoe,
    So they happily wear them every day,
    When at school to learn and play!

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    Renata January 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Quality and comfort , support are a must,
    Flexibility and durability that my feet can trust,
    A good fit and leather shoes are a pleasure,
    Wearing them will be a moment to treasure,
    For growing little feet deserve the best,
    Ascent shoes deliver total zest.

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    Narelle Rock January 15, 2014 at 10:16 am

    the shoes need to be made of good quality leather so they breathe, have good soles that are non-slip for winter, be well made and comfortable for my child since they will be in them 5 days a week.

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    mel January 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I look for flexibility and support. My daughter went through 2 pairs last year, and both had to be cute! With her growing feet she needs the comfort to run around all day, the durability for kicking balls around and the flexibility to sit on the floor comfortably.

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    Antonietta January 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    At the moment, our school shoes have to have velcro, per obvious reasons, can’t tie shoe laces just yet and don’t want that phone call from school saying, he’s fallen, won’t stop crying, hurt his leg, need to go to doctor. Other features I look for are a comfortable fit, leather to mould around the feet, support and a lasting quality in the shoe. I don’t want to have to go purchase another pair a month down the track. Hope your kids have a great start to Prep!

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    Toni Faint January 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I look for a shoe that is comfortable and is madfe to last. I have had shoes that fall apart after a month so craftsmanship is important to me

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    Michelle Sherriff January 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Well-made shoes especially a supported and strong right shoe, particularly near the big toe! Why so specific? My son plays football every recess and lunchtime and has managed to put so much wear into that spot that he’s worn a large, scuffed hole in several pairs of shoes!

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    Noeleen McRae January 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I look for comfort, the correct size and most importantly durability. After I have a short-list, I let my children choose what looks good to them

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    Kristina S January 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Style as well as comfort, no point having a comfortable pair of shoes they refuse to wear. High school can be a tough place, sometimes we forget that

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    Zahra January 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I personally look for durability and comfort. I really would like my kids shoes to be comfy when out and about at school, also I look for durability, why spend more money on shoes that constantly brake when you can spend shoes that will be durable for the whole school year!

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    Melanie Farrugia January 15, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    With 5 children of different ages. I look for a school shoe which can stand the unknown, fit like a glove with great support and most important outlast the year.

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    Tania C January 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I look for support and flexibility, having a son with issues relating to pronating and achilles pain. Many a tear has been shed in store when we repeatedly say no to the latest “cool” shoes, thankfully a very helpful sales rep once told him the same thing, he seemed to take it better form someone who wasn’t his parents! I also look for durability and affordability given the rate he goes through shoes!

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    Kim January 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I just took my daughter to be fitted for school shoes for the first time last year. I feel horrible I didn’t do it earlier now. I was took that she needs arch supports which I had no idea about, so the main thing I look for is good service and the ability to fit the supports into her shoes easily.

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    Abby Lee January 16, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Comfort is the most important feature as they have to be worn all day every day!

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    Lydia C. Lee January 16, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Easy of putting on and taking off (for little hands) and sturdy soles – it’s amazing how quickly we burn through shoes.

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    Tia Porter January 16, 2014 at 8:14 am

    First and foremost shoes for my boy must be comfortable, If he isn’t comfy, he won’t wear the shoe. I need for them to be supportive, so his growing feet are kept in good shape. He loves being dressed up, so shoes that look smart enough to go with his pinstripe pants and waistcoat (he is 7 and loves wearing dressed up clothes on weekends) are important to him.

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    Mikaela Cowan January 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    when looking for a school shoe I can trust,
    comfort and durability are a must,
    they must withstand my children’s feet,
    running and skipping they never miss a beat!

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    Fi January 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I look at guarantee, support, comfort, room for growth, durability, quality and grip. My eldest son gets through some shoes in eight weeks!

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    Lucie C January 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Quality, the right fit and durability are most important. I have learnt that the hard way, spending money on leather school shoes that didn’t even last until halfway through the year. Quality and great fit will ensure lots of smiles whether my kids are kicking the ball with their friends, skipping or walking to kindy gym. Plus their hips, back and neck will get the support they need to grow healthy and strong.

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    Vicky Clarke January 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The children’s school shoes should give them the all day comfort and support that they need .
    The shoes should be lightweight and perform like a runner , but look like a traditional school shoe and last with durability like a work shoe.

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    Jocelyn R January 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    They have to be comfortable, durable and well made. My kids need good shoes to make sure they can learn, play and get through their day.

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    Martin January 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Top quality, but they have to last the distance

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    Alicia January 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Support, comfort and durability

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    Lynsey January 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Sturdy and comfortable to
    walk, skip, jump or run.
    Room to grow. Durable,
    whether playing indoors or in the sun.
    Most importantly they must say,
    “I’m a kid, I just want to have fun!”

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    Jennie D January 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I choose shoes that are well made, light weight and comfortable with room for growth
    like ASCENT shoes
    they’re the ones I like the most.
    Podiatry endorsed and worth every penny
    with styles a plenty.

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    Emma Harkin January 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Firstly, just to say that I was so happy to find your article. I was looking into Ascent shoes just now. I was searching to find the best school shoe for my now grade 1 boy who has recently been diagnosed with sensory processing disorders. He too would love to walk (thump really!) around barefoot if he could, rub his feet on the carpet/sand/tan bark/dirt/grass!

    When buying shoes now my eyes are now open. Only in to my second year of purchasing school shoes, I firstly went with what I was raised in, those really hard soled and slippery ‘Clarks’ (sorry Clarks). I now really pay great attention to not only support, durability (especially as I have two boys!), comfort and now for my Archer, how they feel on HIS feet. If I could also find a shoe that is gentle on the environment (no harsh chemicals etc) and recyclable (or reusable – some companies ask for old school shoes back so they can “spruce” them up and send them off to the needy! Awesome idea I say) I’d be a super happy mum (and Science teacher).

    Thanks heaps :)

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    Gianna Huesch January 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Shoes to feel snug and comfy in, that can kick a ball or climb a wall, play tag and run races in: Tough-loving shoes!

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    Jennie D January 18, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I look for quality, well made, comfortable, light weight shoes that are professionally fit with room for growth
    like ASCENT shoes, they’re the ones I like the most.
    Podiatry endorsed and worth every penny with styles a plenty.

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    julie bennett January 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    “These shoes are made for walking”
    so this is what i as a mother consider
    Support, comfort, and quality

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    Steph Casey January 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    They NEED to be tough for my son! Last year his teacher made the class write their goals for the year…my son wrote ‘to only go through 1 pair of school shoes and not wreck them’ LOL

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    louise January 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    fit is first followed by growth room, really only want to do this once a year if the feet growing fairies are looking down on me, do they have Velcro (ease the morning hell), and finally do the kids like them.

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    Amanda Gorton January 19, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I look for a pattern or textured sole that helps with grip when walking or running.
    Kids have enough trips and falls, it is the motherly instinct, to do anything to prevent or lessen accident incidents.

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    Michelle Higgs January 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Whether they’ll stay on the foot (flying shoes is a good way to lose races!), nice arch support, and general low scuffability. I know that’s not a word, but it should be!

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    Kirsten W January 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Soles that are sturdy and thick enough to protect the feet from pain and injury, but also flexible so that they will bend with the foot. A bit like how I like the men in my life!

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    Alma G January 20, 2014 at 6:36 am

    The feature I look for is always that the shoes are endorsed and recommended by the Australasian Podiatry Council. My children’s feet need to last them a lifetime and it’s my responsibility to help protect their feet by only putting them in the best shoes possible.

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    Melisa Kagie January 20, 2014 at 8:46 am

    They have to be comfortable, offer great support and be made well so they last.

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    Jenai January 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

    S Smelly: Avoid stinky feet and buy shoes which breathe.
    H Hurt: Purchase shoes which are comfortable to wear, wide enough for his broad toes.
    O Orthotics: Get properly measured and choose shoes to support his posture while he’s growing.
    E Ease of putting on/taking off: Velcro for my Kindy boy.
    S Specifications: Shoes have to meet the school uniform requirements.

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    Karen Turner January 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Comfort is the most important factor with my kid’s.

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    Kerryanne Bourke January 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Durability and fit!
    If they look good it doesnt mean that they will last! its essential for a good fit to ensure proper foot growth!

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    Kelly Ryan January 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Comfort and support are things that shoes I buy must have!

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    bubble936 January 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I consider the brand & the good quality of the shoes and the fact that shoes fit properly and give growing feet proper support and space to grow.

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