Shoes Well Fit For Growing Feet
Want toddler shoes that keep little feet happy and healthy?
A child’s foot development is an amazing thing. When a toddler begins to walk, usually between the ages of 9 and 12 months, his feet are chubby, flat, sweats a lot, and are not strong enough to stand without support. But they soon develop well-formed arches and strong muscles, just like adult feet. Until then, your little boy or girl needs good toddler shoes that provide the best environment for feet to stay healthy, keep dry and comfy, and develop correctly.
Here at First Walkers, we are committed to provide Australian parents with the best children's orthopedic shoes from all around the world. We managed to collect in one place kids’ anatomic sandals, sneakers, flats, and mary janes that are recommended by orthopedists and pediatricians in Europe, US and Asia.
Any pair of boys,’ girls,’ or unisex toddler sandals you pick from our online shelf is made with one purpose in mind – to support our beloved kids as they start their long journey.
And yet if you choose to buy a pair for your boy or girl somewhere else, please use the checklist below to make sure their little feet grow right.
What to look for in a pair of toddler shoes?
- Lightweight – Kids shoes should be lightweight because pre-walkers already put considerable effort in learning to walk
- Toe Box Wiggle Room – Kids shoes should be flexible in the forefoot to allow child’s feet to flex side to side and up and down for their natural foot movement
- Proper Fit and Support – Toddler shoes for girls and boys should also provide stability in the mid-foot for control, and cushioning in the heel for stability and balance
- Breathable – Both toddler sandals and closed shoes should be made of breathable materials such as leather or quality mesh, as babies' feet sweat twice as much as adults'
- Soles - Should be made of non-slippery materials (rubber, thermoplastic) for traction to prevent slipping when babies are learning how to pull up, cruise, walk, and run
Some shoes out in the market are designed solely to keep up with fashion trends. Avoid these shoes with oddly shaped foot lasts, like those that have pointed toes and thus have no wiggle room for the toes. Avoid rigid soles that prevent movement, or shoes with uppers that aren’t sturdy enough to keep feet in place. When shopping for toddler shoes online or offline, always go for qualities you find in orthotic friendly or anatomic children’s shoes, e.g., breathability, proper fit, and healthy support.