Children’s feet grow fast. Sometimes it can seem like parents constantly need to buy new shoes to replace outgrown ones. Because kids need new shoes so often, it can be tempting to not worry too much about the kind or quality of children’s footwear. Since shoes have such a big impact on foot health and comfort, though—even for children—it’s important to invest in good children’s shoes. To do that, of course, you need to know what to look for.
Children’s shoes should help support your child’s feet. However, exactly what your child needs in a shoe will partly depend on his or her age. New walkers need very soft shoes, while school children need pairs that can stand up to playing. There are a few things to look for in every shoe, however:
- Natural materials for the uppers – Children’s feet sweat a lot. Look for shoe styles made with canvas, leather, or other natural materials that allow feet to “breathe.”
- Grippy soles – Whether your new walker needs flexible soles or your school-age child needs study ones, they should have some grip to them so your son or daughter doesn’t slip.
- Width that fits correctly – Some shoes are too narrow, which can squeeze your child’s feet. Make sure the shoe fits in the width as well as the length.
- Size fitted to the larger foot – Many children have one foot that is slightly longer than the other. This isn’t a problem, but you need to make sure shoe sizes are fitted for the longer foot to ensure it doesn’t get cramped. Cramped toes are more prone to problems like ingrown nails.
- No break-in period – Shoes that need a break-in period can cause blisters and other problems. Make sure your child’s shoes are comfortable from the beginning.
Children’s shoes are just as important as adult’s shoes, so you need to know how to look for and choose quality pairs. Fortunately, it’s easy to learn. If you’re not sure how to fit children’s shoes, or your children are having trouble with footwear, let our experts at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC help you. Contact our Connecticut offices for more information. You can use our website or call our Milford office at (203) 876-7736 and our Hamden location at (203) 288-4055.