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Blue AFO leaning against a brown trainer

Children’s shoes that can be worn with AFO’s

Recently I have been in a number of forums where the question “What kids shoes work well with AFO’s?” has been asked over and over again.

The best people to answer this are parents themselves so I thought I’d collate some on the responses from parents so that they aren’t lost in the ether. These are a summary of the comments made over a number of forums by parents themselves. Obviously, everyone’s experience and needs will be different.

Trainers seem to be staple item recommended – Asics leather runners, Brooks, New Balance, Sketchers, Nike were all named as recommended brands, as well as cheaper trainers from Big W.

Boots were also popular, including AND1, Mongrel Boots, DC Skater shoes (as the suede stretchs) as well as Doc Martens for something a little smarter.

Billy Footwear was recommended repeatedly. They have a zipper that sits on the top of the shoe and are designed to be fashionable and functional. These are available in Australia through Amazon but the price can vary widely. Alternatively, they can be bought through Zappos in the USA. This comes with the increased shipping cost, but if you join with a few friends to purchase in one order the shipping cost can be shared between you. Click on the images for website links.Image of three people sitting on a bench from the knee down wiht a pair of light and navy blue shoes in the foreground

Dr Comfort have a range of therapeutic footwear created to address the need for style, comfort and quality in the therapeutic shoe industry.

Black Mary Jane style shoes

Plae have a range of adaptive shoes designed to be worn with AFO and these are the coolest shoes we found, with a wide range of different designs to suit differing tastes.

Two poeple from shin down standing on wooden floorboards in brightly coloured shoes

Other useful advice, was:

Don’t be afraid to say something if the AFO’s are rubbing, not fitting right or creating discomfort. They may need to be adjusted a number of times.

Buy a size larger to accommodate the width of the AFO.

Ask for holes to be put in the AFO so they are not too hot.

Have the bottom trimmed as much as possible to help them fit into shoes.

Adjust the shoes by either taking out the inner soles and tongues in either one or both shoes as needed to fit the AFO.

Avoid shoes with mesh on the sides as they will wear through quickly.

Spreading a fine layer of Shoe Goo on the inside of the toe of the shoe can help protect the AFO from wearing a hole in the toes of the shoe.

Finally, you may be able to claim the expense through the NDIS.

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