Kids’ shoes with cute looks have a lot of knowledge from size to materials. Let us understand the essential keys to choose the right kids’ shoes!
It’s believable that you have seen cute kids’ shoes while window shopping. If you have a child or a good friend who has just given birth to a child, you can’t help but want to buy a pair. But before you buy it, have you ever thought that although kids’ shoes are small, the focus of design should always stick to different developmental stages of children’s feet.
Crawling period (feet size about 11cm ~ 13cm)
Young children in the crawling stage need shoes with high flexibility the most. Toddlers in this period still spend most of their time crawling on their limbs as their primary means of moving, so they will often bend their feet a lot. Sometimes when they suddenly lie down, hard shoes will make their feet unable to turn smoothly, which, apart from all the discomfort, will also harm the development of their little feet. Nevertheless, please note that the reason above wouldn’t be the excuse for deliberately choosing pure cloth shoes because they are generally too soft on the sides and have no support. If children wear it for a long time, their feet tend to tilt inward and even cause pigeon-toed. Therefore, the focus should be on shoes with sufficient flexibility and some support in this stage.
Swing period (foot size about 13CM ~ 16CM)
Children often fall when they start learning to walk. Many people may think it is normal. However, despite the instinct that children are not used to walking, the real reason may be that shoes’ anti-slip function is not doing well. If the children fall too many times, check the soles thoroughly! You can put your hand inside the shoes and apply a little force to the floor to see if the friction resistance exists. Therefore, for babies at this stage, the most important thing to choose toddler shoes is whether the sole has enough slip resistance. Good toddler shoes can directly reduce the chance of falling, and then the softness and support mentioned above still matter.
Trot period (foot size about 16CM ~ 21CM)
When the child can walk quickly, the focus of choosing shoes becomes more versatile. Due to the reason that children can start running and jumping, except for the necessary support and anti-skid, the covering and toughness of the shoes also become very important. Children at this stage will go to more different places for adventure. The environment of outdoor activities may cause small accidents such as abrasions on their feet. At this time, the thickness of the shoe skin can have a protective effect, and the toughness can make the shoes less likely to tear apart suddenly when the kids are chasing each other in ecstasy, which may cause them to be injured.
How much bigger to reserve when buying kid’s shoes
After talking about the critical points of children’s needs for shoes at different stages, let’s talk about a common myth among parents, which is we should pick a far larger size when buying new kid shoes because their feet grow so fast! Experts do not recommend buying kids’ shoes that exceed the foot size by two centimeters or more. When the children are walking in such shoes, their feet are so easy to be scratched in it. Meanwhile, due to the poor fit, children are dragging their shoes on the floor every step they make, which will significantly increase the risk of inappropriate abrasion, or even wearing out very soon in the end. With that being said, it is recommended to choose a size that is about one centimeter longer than the child’s feet, so that it is the most comfortable and safe to wear.
How to choose shoes when you couldn’t try on
Many people fancy kids’ shoes online, but they dare not buy them just because they couldn’t try them on, for fear of buying shoes that don’t fit. But in fact, choosing the right size is very simple. First, take a piece of paper, ask the children to lay their feet flat on it, and draw a circle around the feet with a pen vertically 90 degrees, and then mark the most two protruding ends of the ring, one mark each end. They will be the longest toe and the most protruding point of the heel curve. The length between the two marks will be the foot length. Then, add about 1 cm to this length to get the size of the shoes. For example, if what you measure is 15 cm, you can buy 16 cm shoes.
In short, to choose a good pair of kid shoes or toddler shoes, the most important thing is about four core principles, which are slip resistance, support, softness, and toughness. And then to adjust the focus of selection based on the children’s toddler stage. FLY PONY is a French kids’ footwear brand with years of professional production experience. FLY PONY applies the analysis research results of children walking to its design and manufacturing kids’ shoes. Please feel free to click on the link below to learn more.