It is essential to put your child in good shoes. All the shoes that we stock are of the highest quality and made with the best materials to ensure a comfortable fit and healthy foot development.
It might seem expensive to buy new shoes every 3-4 months for a toddler, but it’s less painful if you think of it as an INVESTMENT in your child’s total health. Every step the body takes in poor fitting or unsupportive shoes adds up to future potential problems – podiatric (feet), orthopedic (lower extremities), or chiropractic (spine).
It is much better to buy one QUALITY pair of shoes and use it for everything (school, play, even dress) than to split up your budget among several cheap pairs, none of which provide the support or breathability your child needs.
What to look for in a quality shoe and why?
- Leather upper: Leather is the best material for shoes because it:
– breathes: A child’s feet sweat1/4 pint of perspiration per day, causing odor and bacteria to form if it can’t evaporate through the shoe (as it cannot with synthetic shoes – i.e. “man made” materials).
– adapts to the shape of the foot while maintaining its strength and supporting the foot.
– ages beautifully and wears a long time. Leather is easy to clean and will hold up under foot pressure, sweat, weather and dirt.
- Leather lining: A shoe cannot breathe through a synthetic lining, even if the upper is leather. It blocks the passage of sweat before it ever gets to the outer portion (the upper). Likewise the shoe can’t mold to the shape of the foot and provide support if a synthetic lining is working against a leather upper. Instead, the synthetic lining will cause odor and break down much more quickly than leather. A leather lining, feels soft to the skin, not sticky, and will adapt to the shape of the, while keeping its strength and allowing perspiration to evaporate.
- Anatomical insole: (also made of leather) this means that it is shaped to follow the contours of the foot, and will further mold to the exact individual footprint. The arch support, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t “support the arch” but helps to distribute body weight properly through the range of motion.
- Flexible outsole: allows the foot to bend naturally through each step, especially important for first walkers, who have a shorter foot length relative to width, and therefore less leverage for the bending motion.
- Firm heel counter: this helps the child to balance and helps keep him from falling over backward
- Anatomically correct last: the last is the form, usually made of plastic or wood, on which the shoe is built. It is the shape of the last which determines the shape of the toe, the height of the heel, the shoe width, and the overall volume and fit.
All our brands are from reputable suppliers from Europe who manufacture shoes with the child’s health in mind. European children’s shoes are the world’s finest for quality and design. They provide the necessary support, stability, breathability and comfort required for the development of little feet.
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