Little feet need looking after. That means buying shoes that fit properly and buying new ones regularly as soon as old ones are outgrown. With children it’s not just a case of waiting for their shoes to need re-heeling or re-soling, much like with adults. It is instead a real necessity that their feet and ability to walk properly aren’t impeded by ill fitting shoes as this can actually do rather a lot of damage to young feet. It’s worth knowing about the different types of shoes available and how they should be fitted, depending on your child’s age:
Who doesn’t love baby feet? Cute, chubby and ever so ticklish! But these little feet can be very delicate, so before your little one starts to walk there are two types of shoes you could possibly buy for your baby. Pram shoes, which are soft shoes and simply there to look cute and keep their toes warm, just like George’s range of baby shoes. And shoes that are suitable for when baby starts cruising around the furniture. You know that cute stage when they’re desperate to walk but they haven’t quite got it yet? These shoes give protection to delicate little feet and a bit of grip for when they’re trying to pull themselves up.
Once your baby starts to walk, usually somewhere between nine months and two years, they’ll need what we all refer to as their first ‘proper’ pair of shoes. This is when the choice goes from cute to functional and comfortable. Little feet are still growing at a rate of knots and it’s quite likely they’ll go up a shoe size at least every six months at this age. Shoes now need to offer support to little ankles and feet while your little one learns to toddle around on their own.
Once children have learned to walk they’ll still be rather stompy for a few years while they perfect the art of walking, so will need flexible shoes to allow their feet to move with every step. They’ll probably be jumping and running around a lot more now too so flexible soles will allow the shoes to mould to their feet whatever they get up to.
Your child’s feet will continue to grow until they are in their late teens, so throughout their childhood a good pair of well fitted shoes that allow their feet to grow, yet continue to provide the flexible support their growing feet need, are what is needed.
You may well find you spend half your time telling your teenage children to leave their smelly shoes outside for fear of contaminating the entire house, so make sure you encourage them to wear socks with their shoes. This encourages feet to breathe, stops rubbing and prevents shoes from smelling too. And if all else fails get them some odor eaters.
From babyhood to toddlerhood, preschool to the teenage years, you’ll buy an awful lot of shoes for your child. Knowing which ones will suit their feet at each stage will ensure your little one has no problems with their feet in the long run.