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The 5 B’s of choosing kids shoes

 
Find out how to choose kids shoes for your baby, toddler or preschooler in 5 easy steps. The shoes your kids wear in childhood can make (or break) their future foot health. Neglecting kids foot health invites not only future foot problems, but also problems in other parts of their body, such as their legs and back.
Find out how to choose kids shoes for your baby, toddler or preschooler in 5 easy steps.

The shoes your kids wear in childhood can make (or break) their future foot health.

Neglecting kids foot health invites not only future foot problems, but also problems in other parts of their body, such as their legs and back.


The 5 B’s of choosing kids shoes

 
So what makes a great shoe? 

Here are 5 tips on things to think about before you buy your kids next pair of shoes.
 

1. Kids shoes need to be BENDY

 
  • The soles on your kids shoes need to be flexible enough to allow their feet to move naturally when they're walking.
 
  • Soles should bend to at least 55 degrees.
 

2. Kids shoes need to be BREATHABLE

 
  • Kids feet sweat twice as much as adults feet, so be sure to choose kids shoes made of breathable materials like leather.
 

3. Kids shoes need to be BROAD

 
  • Having plenty of room and width in the toe of your kids shoes lets their toes spread and anchor, allowing the natural ‘spread’ of their foot.
 

4. Kids shoes need to have BACKS

 
  • Avoid buying backless shoes as they force kids toes and feet to curl as they try to keep their shoes from falling off, and it could lead to them developing hammer toes too.
 

5. Kids shoes need to be BIG ENOUGH

 
  • Your kids toes should NEVER touch the end of their shoes.
 
  • There should always be enough ‘wiggle’ room (at least 5mm for little feet).
        

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