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Footwear & Accessories Advice

Finding the right footwear or socks can often be difficult. Some people with sensory processing issues can find wearing shoes and socks uncomfortable and hard to tolerate.

Foot pain, resulting from a physical condition or injury can also result in a reluctance to wear shoes or socks. It is always a good idea to consult your Doctor, Occupational Therapist or Health Professional if you think this might be the case. If you are under the supervision of a specialist NHS or Hospital Orthotics Service, please consult them if you have any concerns.

We have some Sensory Responses to Footwear Advice with tips to help parent carers if wearing shoes and socks is a stressful experience for them and their child

Shoes & Laces

Many children and adults with autism and/or sensory processing disorders experience hypersensitivity and cannot stand bumps and seams. Fastening shoes can also be a problem as laces can be difficult for those with limited mobility or hand dexterity. We offer quick release and tie Greeper laces, and Coiler elastic laces to make this easier.

Often families will choose to use footwear with a Velcro fastening which makes taking shoes off and putting them on easier. For children of primary school age there are lots of footwear options available with slip on shoes for school, sports and at home. However, as children enter secondary school or college they may need lace fastening shoes and as your child’s feet grow you might find  less Velcro fastening options available. Some schools may also specify a smart lace up shoe as part of the uniform.

Shoes with velcro strap

Memo offers high quality European children footwear with velcro straps. Made of natural materials soft grain and nubuck leather, Memo shoes adapt to the child's foot, without causing discomfort and skin irritation.

It maximizes foot comfort. The shoe is made of natural soft goatskin inside and out, perfect for a child's feet. Natural moisture-absorbing materials means the shoe can breathe and feet don’t sweat.

It monitors the condition of children’s feet. The special sole shape stabilizes the foot and makes sure your child’s foot maintains its proper position when walking.

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Orthopaedic supportive nubuck boots 

The higher orthopaedic supportive nubuck boot Memo Sprint Children Shoe has an ankle strap to keep the heel down.

Sprint shoes lace up with ski hooks and open all the way down to the toes, making the shoe easier to get on and off. There is also a tightening strap on the shoe to help improve foot stability and stabilize the alignment of the heel within the shoe. 

These shoes are good for children with Cerebral Palsy or children with congenital foot defects. The sole of the foot has the Memo Diagnostic system which can help resolve foot problems.


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Non-elastic laces

Greepers Shoe Lace Conversion are versatile shoe laces that stay tied once applied to shoes or trainers. Once the laces are threaded through the shoe, they can be fastened by using the toggle, then loosened by pulling on the release tab. The toggle therefore allows the laces to be quick to release and tighten up again.

These laces are available in a range of colours that will suit everyday shoes and sports shoes.


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Self-tying laces

The Self-Tying Coiler Elastic Shoe Laces turn lace-up shoes into slip-ons. Once the elastic laces have been fitted to the shoes, they need only be fastened once, and then the shoe can be slipped on an off by the wearer. This will help, particularly as the student progresses through secondary school or college, as they may not have any one to help them fasten their shoes or dress.

Children with hemiplegia, dyspraxia, strokes, or other conditions that affect dexterity or co-ordination may find self-tying laces helpful as well.

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Seamless socks

Regular socks with can cause unwanted irritation for some children. 

Comfortable, seamless socks can help make footwear more bearable to wear. Try to find fabrics which will breathe and reduce perspiration. Fabrics such as cotton, bamboo or silk work well for people with sensory issues or sensitive skin conditions.

Seamless Sensitivity Socks are completely seamless, wrinkle-free socks that fit like a second layer of skin with. The “no heel” design makes it easier for children to wear themselves and keeps their feet from outgrowing their socks too quickly, ensuring a perfect fit every time.

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Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) socks

Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) Socks are suitably sized to fit children that wear Ankle Foot Orthosis. Made of a cotton and nylon blend, the socks are very comfortable with a durable and latex-free fabric. They are completely seamless with no lumps or bumps, providing relief for you child's sensitive feet. 

The special fabric is not only soft and comfy to wear, it's also designed to wick away sweat to prevent chafing or bacterial growth. It has superior moisture control and anti-microbial properties to wick away sweat from the skin and inhibit odour in the sock.


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