I remember when I was a kid going back to school meant new fall clothes – longs sleeves, pants. I’m not sure if it’s global warming or just a waning memory of what I really experienced but when my kids go back to school it’s almost certain there will be at least two or three weeks with 80 degree temperatures. So, the fashion code for them is shorts and t-shirts. One item I never compromise on however is the flip flops that my daughter begs me to wear.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine broke her ankle running down a hill in flip flops. My son took a face plant on a cement sidewalk because of flip flops. While flip flops have become everyday fashion, they are an absolute no-no for school. Not only does wearing them increase the chance of serious injury due to dropped objects or stubbed toes, but they are also associated with ankle and insole pain caused by their lack of support. Children especially are not able to safely play at recess or climb stairs. Also, their feet are exposed to objects in the classroom which may be unsanitary. So this year, whether your school has a dress code or not, make sure closed toe shoes are the fashion must.