most important factor in shoes for a child is that they fit. Preferably,
this means that shoes are fitted by someone who has had some special
training in the fitting of children's footwear.
for the fitting of a child's footwear:
* Children should have their feet measured about every 3 months
(thus ensuring the need for new shoes as required).
Generally, for a shoe to be correctly fitted, there should be a
thumb width between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest
When looking at the bottom (sole) of the shoe, it should be relatively
straight (not curved in too much) - the foot is straight, so the
shoe should be straight.
The fastening mechanism (laces, velcro, buckles) should hold the
heel firmly in the back of the shoe (the foot should not be able
to slide forward in the shoe).
the heel counter (back part of the shoe) should be strong and stable.
the shoe should be flexible across the ball of the foot, as this
is where the foot bends. The shoe should not bend where the foot
does not bend (ie in the arch area).
Leather and canvas are a better material - they are more durable
and can breathe. Synthetic materials do not breathe as well, unless
they are of the 'open weave' type. Avoid plastics.
Check that the shoes have rounded toe boxes to give the toes more
room to move.
Shoes should not need to be "broken in". If they do, they
are either poorly designed or poorly fitted.
An absorbent insole is helpful, as the foot can sweat a lot - children
are very active!
A number of retail stores specialize in footwear for the child -
Fitting footwear properly in
adults is also just as important