Which shoes are good for my child?
Shoes protect children’s feet, but if fit incorrectly, they can do more harm than good. A few simple guidelines can help you get the right fit for your growing children.
Not too young
When a child first begins to walk, shoes are not necessary indoors. Allowing toddlers to go barefoot or to wear just socks helps the foot to grow normally and to develop its musculature and strength, as well as the grasping action of toes. When walking outside however, babies’ feet should be protected in lightweight, flexible footwear made of natural materials.
Check the length
Once the child is ready for shoes, to get the right size, make sure there is 1/2″space between the child’s longest toe and the end of the shoe. Remember that it’s natural for small children to curl their toes when trying on new shoes.
Children’s feet change size rapidly, so always have your child’s feet measured each time you purchase new shoes. Make sure that measurements are done while the child is standing for a more accurate sizing.
No hand-me downs
Second hand shoes can create improper balance because they may have worn out unevenly by the previous owner.
Watch them walk
Carefully observe your child’s walking patterns. Does your child have toes that point in or out, excessively flat feet,or other gait abnormalities? These problems often require professional help.