Whether your family is big or small, it’s more than likely that you’ve got a hallway full of pairs of shoes (or at least a heap of individual shoes that should – in theory – belong in pairs) that you’d really rather not have to replace.
Shoes can be an expensive purchase to make and the fact that you have to replace them regardless of whether one or both shoes have disappeared can be immensely frustrating (especially if the process of finding a pair that was approved by the school, your child, and yourself (or perhaps just your wallet) was a hard won battle).
Schools often require children to have two (or three) pairs of shoes that conform to specific guidelines, which means that classrooms and changing rooms tend to be full of shoes that are very similar (if not identical) in appearance – and that makes it even easier for shoes to get mixed up or lost altogether. Plus, even if shoes are handed in to lost property, some shoes will never be reclaimed because there’s no way to distinguish between identical pairs to determine which pair belongs to whom.
Adding name labels can help your child find their shoes in classrooms and changing rooms (so they keep hold of their shoes) and in Lost Property (if they don’t).
Name labels are also a useful tool to help your child learn the difference between left and right – particularly if they’ve been struggling with this concept; adding name labels that signify “left” and “right” to your child’s shoes provides them with a gentle reminder each time they take off and put on their shoes and allows them to figure it out for themselves.
When applying our Stikins ® name labels into shoes, we recommend that you stick them onto the side wall or beneath the tongue; while you might be tempted to simply stick them into the bottom of each shoe, the friction generated between your child’s foot and the label will cause the print to disintegrate rapidly.