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Everything you need for Back to School at
The Athlete s Foot in Mt Wellington!
The Athlete s Foot now has a larger selection of school shoes available. With good
quality brands like Clarks, Blue Haven, Kroten and Ascent you re sure to find
something to suit your taste and budget.
This time last year, The Athlete s Foot s "School Shoes in Disguise" range from Ascent
was the runaway hit of the Back to School season. The concept of school shoes made
with running shoe technology was so popular that supply outstripped demand across
the country for the third year running.
Store Manager at Sylvia Park, Sandeep Rai, said "You know you have a good shoe
when the kid s are bringing the parents in, but the parents are in turn impressed with
the shoes lightness, durability and cushioning."
Many parents are concerned about their child s growing feet, and rightly so. They
spend over 1000 hours in school shoes every year jumping, kicking, and running
around on hard flat surfaces. Like teeth, feet need regular care, and what starts
as occasional soreness, if unchecked, is more than likely to develop into a chronic
condition later in life. Do you have a problem with your feet, knees or lower back?
Chances are that your problem began when you where younger. Over 50% of pre-
teens have a biomechanical dysfunction called "over-pronation" (rolling in) that puts
them at risk for long term heel pain, knee pain, aching legs, and soreness.
A child s foot is constantly evolving. In the first 11 years a child s foot grows about
17 shoe sizes and continues to grow until they are 18 years old. Often this growth
happens in spurts which makes it tempting to buy your kids shoes a little too big.
However, this is just as bad as footwear that is too small and can result in long term
damage to their feet.
The most important factor to consider is suitable footwear. A correctly fitted,
cushioned supportive shoe matching your child s foot type is essential and helps
with over-pronation as well as the risk of other problems like sprains and shin splints.
Children s feet grow at a speedy one full size per year from the age of five until mid-
teens and their bones, muscles and tendons are undergoing tremendous change.
Considering the amount of activity our kids get up to, and their developing physical
structure, they need good footwear even more than adults. Their shoes should have
a firm heel counter for support, good cushioning and should not bend in the middle.
It is essential to get children s feet measured properly every time new shoes are
needed. Thanks to their highly trained Fit Technicians, getting the right FIT is easy
at The Athlete s Foot and they guarantee their fitting service too. Using the Fit Print
system, the staff are able to identify pressure points in your child s feet as well as
measuring the extent of over-pronation.
So make sure your kids get the right fit every time at The Athlete s Foot.
The Athlete s Foot runs a School Rewards Program to help participating schools with
the cost of sporting goods or other equipment. Ask in store for participating schools
and more details on how to get your school involved.
The Athletes Foot, Sylvia Park Tel: 09 573 6185
The Athlete s Foot range of quality shoes are built with sports shoe technology for extra comfort and support.
We are the one-stop shop for your kids sport and school shoe needs.
½ sizes & widths
286 Mt Wellington Highway
Supreme winner: Visitor services manager Micheline Newton with
Object of Devotion by artist Jim Wheeler, which now takes pride of
place overlooking the park.
Sunsmart, above: Little Tin
Goddess by Bryan Jones.
Birds of a feather, above left:
The Peace Makers by Samantha
Lissette are ominously eyed by
Virginia King's Kereru.
Goodall went to see
the free sculpture
exhibition that has
visitors flocking to
Memories, left: Mia Hamilton's
Daisy Blanket is reminiscent of a
Thousands of people will be
inspired by sculpture this
summer. And it's not on dis-
play in any ordinary gallery.
The backdrop for these inspi-
rational artworks is the jewel
in the crown of Auckland's
The Sculpture in the Gar-
dens exhibition at the Auck-
land Botanic Gardens pulled
in 5000 visitors in its opening
weekend in October.
Staff are aiming to attract
more than 400,000 people by
the time the exhibition ends
The third biennial exhi-
bition marks a coming of age
for the gardens which also
celebrates its 30th birthday
installations chosen from
more than 80 proposals greet
visitors along a 2km trail.
Visitor services manager
Jack Hobbs is proud of the
event and encourages people
to come and get up-close to
We receive more positive
comment about our gardens
during the exhibition than at
any other time,'' he says.
The magical element that
has sparked such enthusiasm
is that irresistible combin-
ation of great art and beauti-
ful garden settings.
I enjoy watching people,
mainly children, interacting
with the works.''
One piece that will spark
wonder among admirers is
the exhibition's supreme
award winner, Object of
Devotion by bronze sculptor
Purchased by the Friends
of the Auckland Botanic Gar-
dens it has become part of the
garden's permanent collec-
The 2.5 metre mere leaf-
let'' of an imaginary branch
from an unimaginably large
tanekaha tree is now
attached to the concrete side
of the Huakaiwaka Visitors
I wanted to give people the
feeling I get when I stand in
front of a tree that's 500
years old; here I am, just a
sneeze compared to their lon-
gevity and strength,'' Mr
I know the Gardens
understand this and I can
talk to Jack and he com-
pletely understands where
I'm coming from.
So it's easy to grow my
ideas out there -- it's the per-
Mr Wheeler is no stranger
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