At about 2-3 years of age, most children will spend much time walking, jumping and running. Hence, a sturdy pair of shoes will be ideal. Shoes such as sneakers with laces or canvas shoes with Velcro straps are highly suitable as you can adjust the shoes for a better fit while preventing them from coming loose easily. The toe box of the shoes should be flexible to allow normal development of the forefoot and an adult gait. The features of the shoe design should be the most important criteria when shopping for a new pair of shoes. The price of a shoe does not indicate its quality or function and you should not assume that an expensive pair of shoes will be of higher quality or greater function.
While it may be tempting to recycle shoes that your child or others have outgrown, you should be cautious for several reasons. The shoes may be in a poor condition and worn out shoes can affect the development of your child’s growing feet due to the reduced support or increased wear. In addition, there is a variety of contagious conditions for the feet, including viruses that cause plantar warts or fungus that lead to fungal infections on the skin or nails.