Whether they are scoring the winning goal in the cup final at Wembley or charging round the park chasing dinosaurs, cheap kids' shoes for boys need to be tough.
It is essential that shoes for younger feet are the right size. A badly fitted pair of shoes can cause all sorts of posture problems later in life. If they are too small, pinching and blisters can lead to aches and pains in the legs and feet, which in turn can lead to back problems if not corrected quickly. Make sure that the shoes fit properly by asking for advice from a trained assistant in a branch of Shoe Zone.
Always remember to check that laces are correctly tied and properly threaded through the eyelets, that all Velcro straps are fully secure and check the soles of the shoes regularly for wear and tear. If one part of the sole is worn more than another, it could indicate overpronation (when the feet roll inward too much), which may cause discomfort. If in doubt, seek advice from your GP or a qualified chiropodist or podiatrist.
Remember to keep shoes clean and dry in order for them to last longer. If they get wet, let them dry naturally; do not be tempted to put them on a radiator or in the oven. Instead, try stuffing newspaper into them to help absorb the moisture. If it looks like heavy rain, leave the plimsolls indoors and wear wellies instead. Cheap boys' shoes can be just as durable as more expensive makes as long as they are well looked after.