A healthy foot is a happy foot. Children love to explore spaces, get to know various textures, they are fascinated by the unevenness of the ground and its specificity. They experience sensory impressions through touch, which in turn stimulates the development of their sensory integration. Children's shoes should therefore be a great excuse for a slightly more advanced traversal of the world and they should not limit the toddler.
Children's shoes - which one to choose?
Healthy children's shoes are those that are almost imperceptible on a toddler's feet. Therefore, they should be extremely light, soft, breathable and properly contoured in such a way that the foot can freely perform its work, preserving only the correct movement patterns.
A stable gait is the basis for a child's safe movement - remember, however, that it is not shoes that should be the source of keeping balance and coping on various levels. This is a special task for the feet of children who are constantly working, developing and training. Healthy shoes for children, therefore, cannot help the little one in these activities, but only support them.
Too stiff, heavy footwear with a high upper will limit the freedom of reaction and cause discomfort. Only flexible, 1/3 bendable shoes will fulfill their function properly.
Let us pay attention to the backs. First of all, each child's heel is different, so what suits one child will be inconvenient for the other. Let us check, therefore, whether the colloquially known as "heel counter" adheres well and is not too stiff.
High uppers can sometimes be used - e.g. in winter. Let us take into account, however, that it is a higher necessity and if we decide on such a solution, let us check if the upper is flexible enough. When crouching, playing in the playground or running, the child must have a maximized feeling of freedom of maneuver. This will keep him safe.
Just as important is what children move about when outside the home, is what slippers they wear when at home. Let's be consistent. If we pay attention to the choice of shoes, let us also decide on healthy slippers for children. Avoid flip-flops that do not hold your feet. Let's pay attention to the fact that the slippers are well-shaped, light enough and also support the foot. In this case, the tailpiece is also of great importance. If it performs its function properly, the heel will remain in place. Let's also take a look at the sole. If it is relatively thin and flexible, it will not restrict your child's freedom to play.
Let us also bear in mind the materials used. Sweaty skin will slip and chaf. Let's take care of delicate fabrics or choose slippers made of thin natural leather. Let's check the liner inside. It should not be completely flat to prevent deformation of the feet. Let's pay attention to the place for the toes and the width of the shoes.
Healthy sandals for children mean enjoying summer trips and many hours spent outside. To avoid abrasions and blisters, look for soft and very thin leather sandals. The bare foot in the shoe feels any unevenness, sewing points or protruding decorations. We should carefully check the inside of the shoes with our hands, whether there are any sticking glue residues, knots, clasps, etc.
Regardless of the season, children's shoes should meet certain conditions of use. Also in the fall and winter season, we should only look for healthy footwear. For sunny and cold days, choose shoes with a breathable membrane and a thick sole. When the frosts come, let's look for warm, well-insulated boots or snow boots that will not restrict the child's movements and protect his feet from cold and moisture.
Let's be careful with the size selection. Not every style of footwear worn by a toddler at the same time has to be exactly the same size. It may turn out that we will buy larger boots due to the warming sheepskin inside. On the other hand, slightly thinner, sports shoes with an insole lined with a blanket will fit in a smaller size.
We should always control the dimensions of the inner liner, also taking into account such issues as the thickness of the child's socks and tights. Winter is the time for insulated clothing, thermal underwear, wool knee socks and thick microfleece pants. The child should always wear properly selected shoes, because it is responsible for the healthy, unrestricted and natural gait of our child.