Purchasing shoes for young children is important because their feet are constantly growing, along with their bodies, and they are still trying to coordinate their limbs. The right pair of shoes will protect their feet and ankles, as well as keep them from slipping and falling. Here are some tips to help you buy children’s shoes.
When Should You Buy Shoes?
Until a child starts learning how to walk, they don’t need to wear shoes of any type. Putting shoes on infants who aren’t walking can cause their feet to develop incorrectly. Until they start walking, use socks to keep their feet warm.
Check Shoes Frequently
Young children cannot verbalise when shoes are hurting their feet, so you may not know if their shoes are too small unless you check them. Since their feet grow fast, you should check how their shoes fit at least every two weeks, if not every week. Then you will know when it is time to buy a new pair before your child throws a tantrum about putting their shoes on.
Save Your Money
Since small children’s feet do grow quickly, they will usually need a new pair of shoes every two to three months, so don’t bother spending money on expensive brand named trainers. Instead, buy cheap branded trainers for small children to wear so you don’t go broke trying to keep up with the latest shoe trends. In addition, buy just one pair of shoes at a time so you don’t have to buy multiple pairs every two to three months.
Buy Supportive Shoes
While children are learning how to walk and run, buy shoes to help support their feet and ankles. High-topped shoes are a good option because they will provide support to their ankles while they are learning how to balance on their feet. In addition, always buy shoes with backing so they don’t slip off children's feet while they are running or walking.
Examine Shoe Soles
The soles of a child’s shoe should be flexible, so a pair of trainers is a good choice for children running or walking in the house and outside. Although stiff soled shoes are better for very active children, they can prevent proper foot growth. In addition to flexibility, the soles should have good traction so your child doesn’t slip and fall. The soles of their shoes should be textured or be patterned to help prevent slipping.
Consider Velcro Closures
Children like trying to do new things on their own, such as dressing themselves and putting on their shoes. To make it easier for them to put on their shoes, find children’s shoes that use Velcro closures. They can then put on their shoes on so they don’t slip off, and you don’t have to worry about them stumbling over untied shoelaces.
These tips can help you find and buy the proper shoes for your small children. Good shoes will help them balance while walking and running, as well as allow their feet to develop correctly.