Footwear for Children

Finding a good pair of shoes can be difficult for children as they are still growing rapidly. It is much easier to find a suitable pair of shoes for adults as their feet will remain the same size and are unlikely to change drastically without the onset of a disease or accident.

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Overview

Ensuring proper footwear is especially critical during a child's developmental stages. Children may lack the ability to evaluate the fit of their shoes accurately, adding to the challenge for parents in determining the correct sizing.

When selecting shoes for your children, prioritise proper fit and support over fads and trendy designs. Optimal support is crucial for protecting their growing feet and fostering healthy development. Most children begin walking between 10-12 months, a phase where soft, flexible shoes act as an ideal protective barrier. These shoes aid in developing foot and leg muscles, and their rubber soles reduce slipperiness, minimising the risk of falls.

At about 2-3 years of age, most children will spend much time walking, jumping and running. Hence, sturdy shoes become essential. Sneakers with laces or canvas shoes with Velcro straps are highly suitable, allowing for adjustments and ensuring a secure fit. The toe box should remain flexible to support normal forefoot development and an adult gait. Consider the features of the shoe design rather than assuming that a higher price indicates better quality or function.

While it may be tempting to recycle shoes that your child or others have outgrown, you should be cautious for several reasons. Worn-out shoes can affect the development of your child’s growing feet due to the reduced support or increased wear. Moreover, sharing shoes poses a risk of spreading contagious conditions like plantar warts or fungal infections.

To ensure your child has the right shoes:

  • Seek assistance and measure your child’s feet
  • Maintain about 1cm (1 finger spacing) from the tip of the toes to the front of the shoes
  • Ensure that the width is a correct fit as children’s feet tend to be wider
  • Avoid excess space at the back of the shoe to prevent slipping
  • Ensure your child is wearing socks while trying on new shoes, to ensure a correct fit
  • Have your child walk around in the new shoes and make sure they are comfortable and well-fitted before purchase
  • Reassess your child's feet every 2-4 months at a children’s foot clinic to ensure that their shoes are still a good fit
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