Posted on January 25 2018
Finding the right shoe for your baby or toddler is just as important as finding the right safety seat. Fit, support and comfort should be your 3 main concerns when deciding which shoe is the right shoe.
A good shoe is one that supports the arch and allows freedom of movement for your little one's toes. This is important because it will allow the toes to spread when making contact with the ground while still providing support at the ankles.
To ensure the proper fit, there are two tests you can do: the thumb test and the heel test.
Press your thumb sideways at the tip of the shoe. There should be about a half inch of space between the tip of the shoe and your child's longest toe - approximately the width of your thumb.
The shoe should fit snuggly against the heel. If the heel pinches, the shoe is too small. If the heel slides out easily, the shoe is too big. If you can fit your pinkie into the heel and it feels snug when your baby's toes are pushed forward, then you have the right fit.
Today's walking shoes are much different from the ones form years ago. Hard rigid soles have been replaced with flexible rubber soles designed for traction. This new design idea helps toddlers with their balance and allows them to make more solid supportive steps.
Remember, 1/4 of the bones in your body are in your feet! That's why proper fit, support and sizing is so important. Styles like Footmates by Badorf Shoe Company, Step & Stride and Dezzy's are well aware of this and take pride in designing shoes that are comfortable, stylish and engineered to help you baby or toddler get off on the right foot.