When you go back to school, your kids should be wearing cheap platform shoes
It is an issue that has plagued many young people in recent years.
For decades, cheap footwear was often considered a luxury item, which many young students in many countries didn’t even consider when they left school.
Now, some parents are starting to question that notion.
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that the average price for cheap footwear is higher than ever, with most parents believing that students should consider alternatives when buying shoes.
The AAP report finds that in 2014, a large majority of parents surveyed by the research firm Mintel agreed with the statement that students must be given options for footwear, including shoes that are more comfortable and more durable.
The AAP also found that over the past three years, parents surveyed on average had bought less expensive shoes than they had in previous years.
This year, some major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target have introduced more affordable versions of the footwear that students can buy.
But they still aren’t offering kids shoes made of rubber, which some say can be more painful than the cheaper alternatives.
“The shoe industry is starting to look like a playground for some of these kids,” said the AAP’s Laura Tung, who co-authored the report.
The report was based on data collected by the American School Stores Association, which collects data on footwear sales and the quality of footwear for schools across the country.
It analyzed a sample of 1,200 schools from more than 1,300 schools across 10 states.
The survey found that, overall, parents are buying more affordable footwear in 2018 than they have in decades past.
The biggest growth in footwear purchases over the last two years, the study found, was among students who are transitioning from middle school to high school.
In 2016, more than 70% of all students in grades K-12 bought sneakers, according to the AAP.
By 2018, the number of students buying sneakers has risen to more than 85%.
The data also showed that the biggest increases in the purchasing of sneakers occurred among kids who had already been enrolled in a school for at least a year.
This summer, schools are planning to hold a “Get the Boots On” event in which students can get their first pair of shoes and get advice on how to choose the right pair.
“Kids are being pushed into a different direction.
The world is not that kind of place where you want to go into the school and get a new pair of sneakers and say, ‘You can’t wear them anymore,'” said Mary Jo Fox, president of the American Association of School Stores.
While the AAP found that many parents are beginning to realize that they can’t afford the higher prices on cheaper sneakers, the group cautioned that parents should also remember that the cost of buying sneakers may not be as high as it once was.
“Some parents might be concerned about their child’s future health,” said Dr. Jennifer M. Mankins, director of the school shoes and apparel division at the AAP in Washington.
“In reality, the best way to help kids avoid future health problems is to help them pay for shoes they can afford,” she said.
“As kids get older, they will also need to pay for new shoes and new footwear for themselves,” she added.
“So it is critical that parents, as they start to think about the future, are thinking about their kids’ future health, comfort, and style, not just buying shoes.”
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