Helpful Anatomy Tips

Buying children's shoes is much more demanding than we think. Every day our sole receives our body weight. Even for us adults, the wrong footwear can cause deformities both in the foot itself and in our body. That's why we have to choose only suitable shoes especially for children!

If we lived in an imaginary world where the ground where we live and walk was carpeted to protect us from the unevenness of the ground, the fluctuations between hot and cold, and the many sharp objects scattered around us, there might be no need for use of footwear especially in children. Because of course we don't live in such a world, we need to wear shoes.

Unfortunately, despite the technological development of our society and despite the continuous flow of information we have every day, there is a great deal of ignorance in the crucial matter of choosing the right footwear. We notice in our stores that there are children who, due to advertisements or prompts from their classmates, are led to end up with the wrong shoes, resulting in serious braking problems later on.

Following your prompting, we received advice from specialist doctors on anatomical issues but above all we "distilled" the knowledge we received, guided by the experience of three generations we have, in the manufacture and sale of children's shoes.

  • Walking depends on the final shape of the lower limbs and feet
  • The normal development of the lower limbs and feet is characterized by changes from infancy to preadolescence mainly and
  • It is affected by the sleeping position, the way you sit and the various postures of the body as well as the type of footwear,

 

According to medical experts in anatomy, a child needs shoes when and only when he starts to stand up or has taken his first "timid steps". Usually this is done between the ages of 11-14 months. In general, we expect a child to start walking until the 16th - 18th month. If we go beyond the 18th month, then he must be examined by a specialist orthopedic & pediatric neurologist.

You should also measure your child's foot regularly, about every 6 to 8 weeks when they take their first steps, and every 3 months after the age of 3. Each foot is different, so both should be measured. On average, the foot grows by two digits per year, between the ages of 1 and 4. It does not develop steadily and gradually, but rather abruptly, so it is very likely that the child will need new shoes a few weeks after buying the last pair

Finally , the shoes should be changed in a reasonable period of time because the child grows. Since the shoe takes the shape of each child's foot after use, it is not correct to give our younger children those of the older ones . There is the logical explanation that these will have taken the shape of the foot of the previous child who has worn them and may cause a problem with the mechanics of your child's foot.

1. Children's shoes should be slightly larger than the actual shoe size and not too tight in the space between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. At this point there should be an empty space of about 1cm, about the thickness of our finger. Thus, the foot is allowed to develop properly. The fingers should spread comfortably when the child is standing. They don't need to be too stiff but have elasticity and provide enough range in the front to allow normal toe movement when weight is shifted forward during walking and running.

💡For the convenience of our customers, on each shoe next to the right you will see a tape measure with instructions to find your correct size.

2. Relative support of the foot arch inside the shoe . The soles should be flexible, strong and non-slip . The right shoe gently "hugs" the heels, without pressing them, while the soles should be light, flexible and stable . In general, however, most shoes have rounded edges to allow for greater toe movement. It also needs stiff support in the back of the foot to hug the ankle for maximum control while standing. A small heel (1-2 cm) is necessary to better distribute the pressure along the end of the foot. There are also manufactured 'orthopedic' soles (soles) but they are better not used in children's shoes because the geometry of the shoe changes and instead of good we end up with an unsuitable shoe.

3. The upper part of the shoe should be leather because it 'breathes' - the air is renewed , so the sweat evaporates so we don't have bad smell and fungus growth. Also, the leather adapts better to the shape of the foot.

4. Prefer European-made shoes because their leathers go through strict European controls and, as a general rule, they have leathers free of chemicals such as cadmium or lead.

5. Choose a pair with laces or velcro to ensure the shoe stays firmly on the child's foot. Shoes with high toes (ankle-high) are also a good choice, because they don't allow children to take them off easily.

6. If the child has a problem diagnosed by a pediatric orthopedist, he will need to wear orthopedic shoes, which you will order with specific instructions and specifications, depending on the condition.

7. Finally, the right shoe doesn't have to be expensive or famous.

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