Things You Should Consider When Choosing Shoes for Children

Things You Should Consider When Choosing Shoes for Children


When you pay so much attention to what you wear and how often you replace it with new things, you should be thoughtful about your kids needs too. Talking about feet, you cannot simply avoid them.

Kids could require new shoes every 3-4 months. How frequently you replace their shoes is something that relies on how playful and active your child is and how efficiently their feet are growing. Whether shoes for boy or a girl, you need to be careful about what you are choosing and how.

Check the Fit

Be considerate about the shoe’s length, width, and even that of depth when fitting your child’s shoe. Badly fitting children’s shoes can trigger toe problems, in growing toenails, blisters, hammertoes, or corns, and bunions.

  • In case the shoe has a removable insert, take that out and have your kid stand on that to give you a good sense of how much room there is. With your child’s heel at the back of the shoe insert, there must be nearly one-half inch of space between your child’s toes and that of front of the insert.
  • In case the inserts are not detachable, have your child put the shoe on and simply press down on the front of that. You must be able to fit the tip of your finger between your kid’s toes and the front of the footwear.
  • Inspect the depth of the shoe to ensure the shoe top doesn’t press on the toes or toenails.
  • Hunt for shoes having rounded toe boxes to give the toes better room to move.

Remember, shoes have to be comfortable from the start. If new shoes require to be broken in, it means either they were not rightly designed or not clearly fitted for your kid’s foot. Frequently check your child’s feet for redness or that of even blisters, that could indicate they require larger or wider shoes.  

Check Construction

Shoes are formed up of four parts: the upper, insole, outer sole and heel.

Upper Part

The upper part of the shoe of a child can be formed up of leather, canvas, or even the newer mesh materials. Since children’s feet sweat massively, the upper part of their shoes must be made of breathable materials, like mesh or canvas. Don’t go for man-made materials like plastic.

Outer Sole

The outer sole offers proper traction, cushioning, and flexibility to the footwear or shoe. Evade very sticky and dense outer soles as they could trigger stumbles and falls.


Ensure that the insole is made of absorbent material. You might want padded insoles. Most children do not really require a special arch support. All toddlers younger than sixteen months have flat feet and just fully develop an arch by six to eight years old.


Children do not need heels on their shoes. Flat outer soles make it quite convenient to begin walking. Older children can go for shoes having heels, but they must not be too high (more than one inch), as tall heels might trigger the foot to slide forward and cramp toes against the within of the shoe.


So, since you have all these things on your mind now, you would definitely make a perfect shoe purchase for your boy or girl!

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