FIT GUIDE – GET THE RIGHT FIT FOR CHILDRENS SHOES
Place your child's barefoot on a piece of paper and trace around the foot with a pen.
Measure the distance from the heel to the longest point of the toes (not necessarily the big toe).
Measure the widest part of the foot.
Repeat this process for each foot.
Determine in “mm” what the final measurements of both feet are. You may find that one foot is bigger than the other – that’s ok. When making your decision on what shoe to order please make sure you choose sizing that will suit the largest foot.
You are welcome to call our store with the mm requirements to ensure the correct size if you are unsure.
Barefoot is Best!
Medical experts worldwide agree that barefoot walking is not only the best thing for healthy foot development but also for general health. In fact, in countries where barefoot walking is normal, there are hardly any problems with knee, hip or back joints later in life. Barefoot however is not always practical. When it is not and your child needs protection from sharp objects or extreme weather conditions look for these three things in your shoes:
Flexible soles allow the foot and ankle to develop most naturally by enabling the foot to respond to changes in the walking environment and to make appropriate adaptations. They are recommended by podiatrists because they offer protection without being restrictive. When choosing a shoe, you should be at least able to bend the toe of the shoe up easily to help develop the immature muscles of the foot.
A foot has 250,000 sweat glands, with the potential to create about 3 teaspoons of perspiration every day! Inners should be made of natural materials such as leather with uppers of leather or canvas rather than plastic or imitation leather. Breathable shoes will encourage good foot hygiene and prevent conditions such as athlete’s foot.
Generally speaking, shoes should not be heavy or impede the child’s movement in any way. The weight of a shoe, especially a heavy one, makes learning to walk even more challenging. Heavy shoes can lead to a lack of confidence in agility, tired legs or worse with possible misalignment of the spine as children hold a different posture to overcompensate for the weight of the shoe they are carrying.
The benefits of good quality and well fitting shoes in the early years are well recognised. Children’s feet are continually growing and it is important to support their developing foot structure.
Before ordering your shoes you need to measure both your child’s feet. It is common to have one foot which is a different size to the other.
To check the fit of your children’s shoes
Ask you child to stand up tall with equal weight distribution Run your thumb over the top of the foot from one side of the shoe to the other. The material of the shoes should gape slightly above the foot but not so much that you could put your finger in. There should be a minimum ½cm and a maximum of 1½cm between the end of the toes and the end of the shoe. The collar of the shoe should be snug around the heel so that the foot doesn’t move around too much within the shoe. Watch your child walk and check the shoes are not slipping off the back of their heel.
If you are concerned about your child’s feet or how they are walking we have a visiting podiatrist who offers free instore initial consultations. Contact the store to book an appointment.