In their first few months in life, a baby does not really need a pair of shoes other than for cute decorations because they’re not in the age where they’d be walking around anywhere.
However, once they start to walk, which can be when they turn one or a little bit before, understanding the types of shoes your child is going to wear can be beneficial, since you might have to buy several pairs of shoes at a time for your toddler or preschooler.
When you start the process of buying shoes, you are probably going to ask yourself questions in regards to children’s shoes.
It is not easy when it comes to getting the shoes your child might need. Ask these three questions right before you go and buy them:
- How is it made?
- How does it fit?
- Is the shoe appropriate for your kids age?
Look at every single one of those questions listed above a bit more precisely.
1) How Is It Made?
Every shoes has four parts to it. They are the insole, outer sole, upper part, and heel. Children tend to be quite active, so make sure the upper part is made of material such as canvas or even leather. Avoid shoes made out of material such as plastic. Try choosing a shoe that has an insole made of absorbent material and you really do not need a shoe that has padded insoles or one that has a special arch to support it at this age for your child. Make sure the outer sole is one that will give plenty of flexibility, cushioning, and traction to the shoe, and the outer sole is one that is not sticky or bulky. Outer soles that are bulky or sticky can lead to unnecessary injuries and they can make your child quite clumsy. Heels are not needed as well. Choose shoes that have flat soles since it will be much easier for your child to walk in them.
2) How Does It Fit?
Take into account the length, depth, and width of the shoe when you ask this question. Take all of them into consideration when the shoe fits your child’s foot. When you pick a shoe that does not fit nicely, you can harm your child’s feet. Your child can get ingrown toenails, bunions, and calluses. Check your child’s feet for any growth spurts because as your children grow so do their feet. Buy new shoes for you or child every 3 to 4 months so they will always have the perfect fit to their feet. Shoes never really need to be broken in to when you think about it. When a shoe is not comfortable from the very beginning it means that is definitely not the shoe that your child can wear.
3) Is The Shoe Appropriate For Your Child’s Age?
Children that are pre-walking do not really need shoes. They just need forties and warm socks. They can walk around barefoot indoors. If you happen to have a toddler who is starting to learn how to walk, they should wear shoes that have a high top and smooth sole. It has to be made from materials that are breathable and very light. These shoes will have a better fit and they will help your child avoid falls. If you have a child in school there is a great variety of shoes that they can try out. You can try tennis shoes, sandals, and hiking boots if you want. If you have an older child you just have the follow the previous two criteria listed down and pick the best shoes that are right for your kid.