The Society of Shoe Fitters
We are very proud members of this fantastic Organisation.
The Society was founded in 1959 as a not-for-profit organization to assist both retailer’s and the public. Its aim is to improve awareness and knowledge of good shoe fitting and foot health.
Members include not only shoe retailers (both major multiples & local independent’s), but also shoe manufactures, podiatrists & chiropodists.
To become a member not only must the course be paid for independently, but each candidate must undergo an extensive shoe fitting training course, and complete a 5 month theoretical course which covers all aspects of shoes including:-
- Foot anatomy and function.
- Common foot problems and their causes.
- Shoe fitting: foot type, orthotics etc.
- Footwear Industry.
- Shoe materials & construction.
Be Kind To Your Feet
Our feet are one of the hardest working parts of the body, yet the most neglected!
They have to support our entire body weight when we use them, stop us from falling over, hold us upright and allow us to to carry out the majority of our lifestyle activities.
Over an average lifetime, the foot will travel between 150,00 to 200,000 miles (that’s 6-8 times around the globe!). It is therefore so important that we look after our feet by putting them in correctly fitting shoes.
There are 26 bones in an adult foot, however these do not fully ossify (turn to bone) until around 18 years of age. They are therefore at their most vulnerable during this time, and can have long term damage and deformity if not looked after properly.
When To Get Measured
You should have your Childs foot measured regularly. As a guide:-
First steps 6-8 weeks.
Preschool 2-3 months.
School 3-4 months.
Children do not always grow evenly but in fits and spurts.
We are always happy to check your child’s feet and we will able to tell you if your child has outgrown their shoe or whether they are still fitting well.