Yes, the Scottish school holidays have only just started but the prickly issue of what school shoes for teenage girls work with orthotics came up recently again.
Sometimes it can be a difficult balance - ensuring the shoe is appropriate for the fitting of the orthotic is paramount but a shoe too far removed from what is acceptable in the school corridor might be difficult for your teenager to contemplate. And one battle that I am sure to face with my two young girls soon!
So here are some suggestions based on a recent online search.
Above is the Clarks, Hamble Oak Brogue (£60), and my favourite. Works really well with most 3/4 orthotics and certainly very suitable for school uniform which should please the school (and parents!). A shoe which is used by a number of our patients of all age groups, available in three widths, half sizes, and different colours too. Another model from Clarks, Taylor Skies, also looks like it might fit orthotics well, but with less size options though.
Jones have another which is similar as do Kurt Geiger but more expensive.
Ecco provides another few options in terms of a more casual-style school shoe but hopefully with more structure to hold an orthotic in place.
Their Aimee, above, may just be on trend enough to satisfy both the school and teenager. Or another few promising options include the Chase II, which appears more structured, or you could try the CS14 range in keeping with the more retro look which is also fairly current at the moment.
The retro trainer is another option which might also work however this depends on the school policy with regards to uniform and these might be too casual.
Most brands have a black trainer which would suit school (see New Balance above, and Lacoste too) however it is important that your podiatrist reviews the fit to ensure that the orthotic is functioning well.
As an orthotic wearer myself, I find the trainer tends to 'absorb' some of the control of the orthotic and it definitely doesn't feel as good as when I am wearing my brogue. Good on Clarks for designing such a great shoe - it makes my work as a podiatrist a good bit easier!
All links correct as of 08/07/15. Opinions my own. Always ensure your podiatrist checks the fitting of the orthotic in the shoe if you are unsure.