Kids Footwear- Style and comfort for those baby stepsBuying Guides in Footwear

Buying shoes for your children may be daunting if they resist trying size or wearing them. But only you understand the importance of shoes for their beautiful feet which will grow with times and every pair of feet has its own unique needs, finding a perfect fit will be your foremost consideration. Kids and babies are generally indifferent towards their shoe choices, but their tender feet need a perfect fit that also give their feet protection, comfort and space for their developing feet.

You have endless list of varieties in terms of colors, styles, materials. So you need to answer many questions in order to narrow down this list. Though it is very difficult to choose a right size for your baby as you can not exactly get the idea that how the shoe fits on her foot and you baby certainly would not enjoy the shopping as we adults do. So let's go through some vital tips to be considered while the shopping from children shoes.

Which age group you baby belongs to?

For babies:

This is the age where you little star learns to walk taking small steps with his small feet by gripping the ground, so at this time period let him walk bare feet so that he learn to balance his walk. But when you take your baby outside do not forget to protect his feet from cold or heat by soft feet covers made of leather, velvet or cloth which are flexible, soft and breathable.

For toddlers:

At this age your toddler has learned to walk properly and his young tootsies by making him wear a pai of sneakers which are made of soft cloth or leather and are flexible.

For preschoolers:

At this age your child would test his shoes on daily running, jumping and more. Here you would require more durable pair of shoes. Also pay attention to the fit and size and the comfort. You should buy a pair of comfortable pair of sneakers for the daily use and a good pair of shoes for the occasional outings keeping them such in size that they can be used for year long.

School goers:

School goers are grown enough to help you while shopping shoes for them. They would need different kinds of shoes for schools, sports and casual outing. So Buy durable, and comfortable shoes according to the requirements.

When is the time for new shoes?

Children's feet grow rapidly. Even if the shoes do not tear out there is always the probability that the size becomes uncomfortable as the kid's feet grow. So there is a need to change the pair of shoes whenever your child feels that the shoes are uncomfortable. Periodically review the size and fit.

Size: To Look For

  • You should look for size that fits your child feet and is enough roomy the toes for growth. As a recommendation you should look for one finger space in the toes for roomy shoes.
  • Look for a soft material that is stretchable and breathable.
  • Durability is a considerable factor along with size. Measure the size accurately with the help of standard scale and search for a shoes with a bit large size.
  • Consider a shape of shoes that matches the shape of the feet. Along with the size there is another important point to be checked and kept in mind-that is material.

    Material is as important as size as this would certainly decide the comfort level of the shoes.

    Materials: To Look For

    Kid's shoes should be comfortable and fit the size and shape of the feet. Not just the upper material but also the material of the sole used is also important. A soft sole makes movement easy and keep feet on spongy state.

    The upper outer material should be soft and breathable and flexible so that it gives them enough room for feet development, muscle movements and the inner material should be able to absorb the moisture. Natural material is ideal to be used like leather. If you child plays in water then you should avoid leather and choose a waterproof pair of shoes. The sole should not be bulky rather flat and thin. For grown up children a thicker sole should be used.

  • The shoes with laces, straps or Velcro fastenings straps, give enough room and flexibility for adjustments. Open toe or backless shoes should be avoided as they do not provide the proper protection.
  • Both the feet are not exactly same in size; one would be a little larger than the other so measure the size from the larger foot.
  • A newly fitted shoe should have half an inch or one finger room to allow for growth and movement of the foot when walking or running.
  • Heels are strictly prohibited for children. The heel should also have a flat broad base for stability and be made from a shock-absorbing material.
  • The inner sole should also be spongy in order to support the foot arch.
  • Do not overspend on a stylish pair of shoes because child' feet outgrow rapidly.
  • Never buy shoes which are larger than one size of the actual size because they would make feet to slip in the shoes which eventually may cause feet injury.
  • Look for pattern or texture soles as they provide a good grip and create friction and do not slip on floors.

    These are some useful tips but you can always get the feedback from the child himself for selecting the right pair of shoes for them.