My name is Beth, and I am a podiatrist at Treehouse Childrenswear. This blog entry is all about what to look for in a shoe from a podiatrist’s perspective, and all associated features.
Shoe fitting is extremely important for everybody, but especially vital for children. Childrens’ feet are much more flexible when in comparison to our own adult feet, and they are also constantly changing as they continue to grow. With that said, I hope that this blog will be helpful to us all when selecting shoes, especially in gaining knowledge of what features to look out for!
In regards to the styling of a shoe, there are so many out there! A good pair of shoes should fully fasten on the foot to gain optimal support for children’s feet. Certain styles of shoes, such as ballet pumps or flip-flops, are not the best choice for footwear, as children must grip their toes in order to try and keep their shoes on their feet.
From shiny patent leather to durable gortex, the material of shoes should always be breathable and ideally natural too! Natural materials allow the foot to breathe, which is overall healthy for your little one’s feet. Leather, suede, and nubuk are all great natural materials for shoes.
The most important feature to look for in choosing children’s shoes is support! A shoe provides its support at the ankle, and this part is extremely important for the mobility in children’s feet. Without going into too much detail…it is the “subtalor joint” that the shoe gives most support to, rather than the ankle joint. The best way to check for support in a shoe is to hold the shoe in one hand, and wiggle the heel cup with the other. The heel cup of a good, supportive shoe will not move. When carrying out this test for support, you are effectively mimicking your child’s foot when walking.
Testing for Support in Children’s Shoes
More features to look out for when choosing your child’s shoes:
– A thick sole: to aid with rock protection, especially on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh!
– Flexibility in the sole: The sole should only flex at the toe joint. It is this joint that helps children to propulse their foot off the ground.
– Volume of cushioning within the shoe: This absorbs the shock and the force from the ground with every step your child takes. The sole of each shoe should be covered with a cushioned insole. Also, there should be cushioning protecting the ankle from any sheering pressures.
– Heel height: This should be a maximum of 1.5cm. Anything higher than this interferes with children’s walking patterns.
I thoroughly enjoy helping customers here at Treehouse, not only with finding that perfectly fitting shoe but also with making the correct shoe selection that is best for the individual child. I always aim to find the perfect shoe to every child’s unique foot shape. I hope this blog has given you some insight in regards to what features to hunt for when selecting your children’s shoes. Lastly, don’t forget that you are always welcome to pop in at Treehouse Childrenswear for professional podiatric footwear advice in person!
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Thanks for reading,