Tips for buying shoes for children

Finding the perfect pair of shoes for your little one can be a daunting task.
When it comes to buying shoes for children, it is important to keep several key factors in mind. By considering these factors when choosing shoes for children, parents can ensure their children have the best and most comfortable shoes for their feet. Read also our earlier article for more details.

Anatomical fit is essential for a growing child, as their feet will be constantly changing shape. Choosing shoes that follow the natural shape of the foot will provide room for the toes to spread and prevent rubbing along the inside of the shoe.

Comfort is extremely important; opt for shoes that have flexible, cushioned innersoles and are made from breathable materials. All our PROTETIKA sandals and barefoot sneakers have a leather innersole, which is easy to clean with a wet cloth.

It is also imperative to choose shoes with rubber or textured bottoms. They will provide extra grip on slippery floors.

Selecting shoes with Velcro straps rather than laces can also make it easier for a child to put on and take off their shoes. Consider the width of your child’s foot. Normal to thin feet fit well into sandals with one Velcro. Chubbier feet feel happier in models with two Velcro closures, as they can open better, and can accommodate chubbier feet better.

Finally, it is important to look for shoes made from durable upper materials that can withstand the wear-and-tear of daily use. Genuine leather is the best as it is both breathable and durable. 

While there are many styles and companies to choose from, it is recommended that the shoes provide good arch, heel, and toe support. Children spending a lot of time actively on natural surfaces strive in Barefoot sneakers which however lack these supportive features.

Probably the most important thing to consider is the size. When looking for the right fit, measure the child’s foot first – it can be as easy as standing the child's foot on a ruler. Measure both feet and take the measurement of the bigger foot. Each model in our eshop has all available sizes measured. Consider a size which is around 1 cm bigger than the child’s foot. The shoes need to give their feet room to grow and move. When the child walks the foot moves forward by around 0.5 cm, and the other 0.5 cm allows for extra growing room.

Ultimately, for best results, it is suggested to visit a professional shoe-fitter. In our eshop you have an option to visit us in the Greens and try more models and sizes. If that option is not feasible for you, we will do a free size exchange. We can recommend the best shoe for your kid’s particular foot size, shape, and activity level. With the right guidance, your little one can find the perfect shoes to fit their needs and move with confidence. Check out our eshop with PROTETIKA sandals. Choose from a variety of barefoot, orthopedic and arch supporting shoes and sandals.

Protetika arch support sandals are always a great option for children


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