This is a question we get asked a lot. “Does my child need shoes?”. Here is a simple answer: If your child is walking, then yes.
By “walking” we mean when your child can walk unaided and without falling, for about 5 to 8 meters. It’s very important to get those first shoes right for your little ones. The shoes must have a very soft sole so your child can feel the floor while walking, this will help to develop their arch and strengthen their ankles, they also need to be roomy enough so they are not constricting the toes.
Remember, children’s feet are like jelly, the bones in our feet don’t harden into their adult state until the age of 17 or 18 so they will mould to whatever shaped shoe they are in. That’s why it’s very important to not pass down or buy heavily used second hand shoes, any gait irregularity will be transferred to the next little person. Lastly, regularly check that socks and Babygro’s are the right size and are not impeding the normal growth of their feet.
For more tips and help regarding shoe fitting, measuring and healthy foot development please pop in to visit us. We are professional and fully qualified measurers and fitters. We would be delighted to help you find the right shoe for the right stage of your child’s development. You can also email us or phone us with your questions.