At birth, children have cartilage on their feet rather than bone. Bone structure doesn’t fully form until between the age of 16 and 18. Children’s feet are far more malleable than adult feet. Therefore there are a number of things to consider when choosing kids shoes.
1. Height Heel:
The height of the heel can be bigger as the child is growing. However, high heels can shorten the muscles in your calves and in your back. With children still growing it would be advisable not to wear heels.
2. Top Area Shape:
The toe area shape should be foot-shaped as pointed shoes restrict the shape for toes and can lead to bunions and re-shape children’s feet.
3. Upper Material:
Ideally, this should be made of leather. It should also be breathable and have a liner to withstand prolonged wet conditions.
4. The Strap:
The strap that keeps the shoe together can come in a number of different ways. They can be buckles, extenders or velcro. As long as the strap is secure, comfortable and easy to adjust this is all that really matters.
5. The Latest In Style:
As kids get older they are subject to pressure to keep up with styles. This is definitely something to consider as the style of the shoe will matter above everything else when they reach a certain age.
Shoes are designed for different occasions so this is also worth considering. For example, Disney themed Havaianas sandals and Kickers school shoes are perfect for children granted they use them for the right occasion.
Many parents still feel there’s a stigma attached to wearing trainers but in fact, they are an excellent form of footwear as long as they are made of leather.