Selecting shoes for children should be carefully done as they are young and still in the growing stage. Footwear is an important part of one’s attire and fashion plays an important role in its selection. But in the case of children, fashion cannot override the selection process as their feet keep growing and they need a pair that would allow this comfortably and unhindered.
What aspects to keep in mind while selecting shoes for children
- Shoes promote development. A shoe that is not airy and not of proper size can restrict the growth of the feet
- High top shoes are necessary to support the ankle as the child takes his first step
- Sneakers if worn for more than hour or two per day are not good for children
- A high arch is important for normal foot function
- Shoes salesmen can diagnose feet problem among children and recommend remedial shoe- wear for them.
- The soles of the shoes whether leather or rubber, should be thick enough to protect, yet flexible enough for walking.The bottom of the soles determine the depth of the grooves. The deeper the grooves, the better the traction. Such shoes can be used during wet weather and winter as no slippage will occur.
- Children’s shoes should not have heels as children tend to walk on heels.
- Pressure should not be there at the toes.
When should children wear shoes
In the initial years, the child does not need any footwear. If the pre-walker has shoes on constantly, then he is deprived of the normal sensory stimulation his feet would otherwise get from contact with the environment. Besides, the small muscles of his feet and toes do not get much chance for excercise and tend to under-develop. The toddler does not need shoes when he is in the safe environs of his home or backyard. Only when he moves out on the street he needs sneakers. When they start venturing out, They require shoes to protect their feet from dirt.
Tips for shopping the right kind of children’s shoe
- The upper material should be porous enough for air to circulate. Moisture does not accumulate, thus fungi and bacteria will not grow
- Canvas or soft-leather is good. Plastic is not advisable
- The heel should not be elevated
- The front part of the shoe should be wider than the heel. This matches the natural shape of the foot and allows the toes to spread out
- Some support should be there behind the heel
- The sole should be flexible to allow the foot to flex
- The shoe should be lightweight. This lessens the load on the foot
Select the right kind of shoe for your child. Make sure his feet grow normaly. A well fitting shoe is essential for the healthy growth of the feet.