Buying children’s shoes, what you should take into account

The first children’s shoes are a special event for parents, with shoes a child is suddenly baby-finished. The first shoes are often purchased before a child can walk. After that, many pairs still need to be purchased. What exactly should you take into account when buying a children’s shoe?

The first shoes

Many parents buy shoes before the child can walk, sometimes even before birth. However, the baby’s foot consists largely of cartilage. In the years after birth, these bones harden and the feet develop further. In the first years the feet are still very flexible. The wrong shoes can easily deform the feet.
Only when your child can walk independently without support can the first real shoes be purchased. Even if these shoes are present, only use them outside as much as possible as protection against cold and dirt. It remains wise to let your child walk around barefoot or in socks (with non-slip) as much as possible.
The first shoes should be as flexible as possible and not too heavy so that the foot is not hindered. In addition, there must be sufficient space on all sides. Natural materials such as leather and a not too slippery sole are preferred.

The toddler shoe

For toddlers, the shoe must provide support. This is where shoes with sturdy heels come into view. Choose a shoe with a high closure at the instep, which prevents your feet from sliding in the shoe. These shoes have a sturdier sole than the first shoes, but this sole must be able to bend easily at the ball of the foot. A sole that is too firm can cause a fall, so pay attention to this, as well as to heels. Heels can cause the forefoot to tighten and the Achilles tendon to shorten.
The shoe must provide sufficient space for the foot, so make sure that when purchasing the shoe there is approximately a finger’s width of space at the front (approximately 1 to 1.5 centimeters). Not only the length but also the width of the shoe is very important, shoes that are too narrow can pinch and shoes that are too wide can cause the foot to slide and tilt.
Moreover, it is ideal to choose shoes with Velcro. The shoe can be well adjusted to the foot and the shoe can still be worn comfortably even if the feet are slightly thicker at the end of the day. A major advantage of this form is that toddlers, who usually want to do everything themselves, are also able to put on their own shoes. A buckle can be a good alternative if there are sufficient holes in the strap.

Rubber boots and sneakers

Every child loves splashing through puddles. However, rubber boots do not provide support for the shoe. It is therefore not wise to let your child wear rain boots too often.
Sneakers, on the other hand, can be a nice shoe if they have a sturdy heel, a flexible sole and are made of breathable material. Unlike the past when a decent shoe was only available in 2 designs and 6 colors, the range is now enormous. This range also includes many responsible, sturdy sneakers that offer everything to the child’s foot that their leather counterpart also offers.

Shoes too small

Children often do not report that their shoes are too small. You can sometimes see it in red toes or frequent stumbling. The new season often produces a nice surprise because the feet are measured again. It is wise not to wait that long and to regularly feel for yourself whether there is still enough space in the shoe, so that you notice in time that the shoe has become too small. Also consider any sneakers at playgroup or daycare.

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