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A child’s shoelaces can tie your stomach up in knots

Velcro may be a noisy option for a shoe fastener, but we primary teachers should welcome the distraction since it saves us from germ-ridden laces

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In recent years, new and exciting types of footwear have marched triumphantly on to children’s lists for Santa. Shoes are now being found inside stockings as well as outside them. These include shoes with pneumatic soles, shoes with external springs attached and shoes that light up like the Blackpool Illuminations. There are even shoes with hidden wheels that let kids bowl along pavements, scattering slow-moving adults like ninepins.

However, looking towards next term and the more mundane world of new school shoes, it appears innovation has progressed at a more leisurely pace.

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