Trying on and buying shoes with children

Like a baby, but no idea what’s involved when it comes to shoes? This article provides answers to all questions about trying on and buying children’s shoes. Until recently, parents were advised to buy shoes for their baby from the first steps. Nowadays people no longer believe that: there is no need to rush. Sometimes it is even recommended that babies walk barefoot indoors as much as possible. Naturally, when the baby is outside, shoes will have to be worn to protect the feet against cold, wet and dirt.

When do you buy shoes for a baby?

As soon as a child starts walking outside a lot, it is really necessary to buy shoes. It is important to choose the right size, width and material. Until the child is about two years old, the feet grow very quickly and therefore it is assumed that a child changes size approximately every three months until this age.
Good shoes are comfortable , support the feet, adapt to the child’s feet and have insoles that take the shape of the arch of the foot and a reasonably flexible outsole.
The first children’s shoes {for toddlers} should have the following characteristics to qualify: lightweight, flexible soles and made of ventilating material so that the toddler can move freely. Genuine leather or textile are the best choices, especially leather because it makes the feet most comfortable and allows them to breathe well. Leather is also easy to shape, is durable, sturdy, and allows perspiration to pass through, so feet become less sweaty. The shoe soles should be flexible and not too heavy and rubber profile soles give a child more grip on a slippery floor.
A shoe should never be bought too small, but also never too big, do not automatically buy a larger size with the thought that the child will then be able to wear the shoes for longer.

Fit

When buying new shoes, parents should pay attention to a few things, as every foot has its own fit. Not only the length, but also the width and height of the foot must be considered per child. Have the child wear socks when trying on shoes, because the fit of the shoe also depends on the thickness of the socks.
The correct length can be checked when the parent presses the front of each shoe with their thumb to check whether the size is correct: that is, whether there is not too much or too little space at the front . The general rule is that if there is about a thumb’s width of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe, the length is correct. This of course also depends on the size of the parents’ thumb, but a child’s foot needs an average of 15 mm of clearance in the shoe. At the back it is important that the heels close properly.
As mentioned before, not only the length is important, but also the width: the circumference of the foot. Children’s shoes are often only supplied in 1 width , but no foot is the same and that is why it is important that the child’s foot is taken into account. A child with wide feet often does not fit in the right size shoes, because the width of the shoes is not wide enough, meaning the child needs a larger shoe size. As a result, shoes that are too large are often purchased for these children. The opposite applies to narrow feet, where shoes that are too small are often purchased because the child has such narrow feet.
It is best to try on shoes in the afternoon because then your feet will be a bit swollen and the shoes you choose will certainly not be too small. Converse all stars and Le Coq Sportif shoes are often not the right choice for children, because they do not support the ankles properly.

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