Different Styles Of Children's Shoes To Pick From This Spring
So your child has just mastered the fine art of walking on his or her own, which means you’ll need to start buying them shoes. So where to start? Well, there are plenty of options to choose from nowadays, both in style and function. And of course, you want your child to look cute, so his or her shoes are a fashion statement. But before we talk about great shoes for your child, let’s talk about the necessities in picking good shoes.
A good pair of shoes is especially important for your child early in life, as it can benefit his or her posture, spine, weight, and others. They should also have a spacious top – about a thumb’s width – and it should give your child’s toes enough room to wiggle around and be free without the whole shoe moving. The front of the shoe should be rounded, never pointed, and made of a breathable material. After all, your child is likely to be pretty active, and you’ll want shoes that circulate air throughout, so their feet don’t smell…or get infected.
Now that we’ve covered the substance of the shoe, let’s talk about the style. Since your child will be running around, jumping, stomping, etc, one of the most important types of shoes to buy them are sneakers. As well as being tough enough to withstand the wear-and-tear of a toddler, they’re available in a wide variety of themes and brands, and you’ll no doubt be able to find superhero shoes, pink glittery sneakers, or other type of sneaker your child will love.
A good pair of boots can also be essential if you live in a climate where it gets cold, rainy, or generally unpredictable. Baby boots are also available in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and materials. For example, if you live in a place where it rains a lot (or have a kid who loves jumping into puddles), rubber boots are a great, cute idea. Warm, waterproof boots like those from Stonz which protect from the cold are available for small children as well.
Maybe you have a younger toddler, and you’re looking for a pair of shoes that’s easy to take on and off. In this case, slip-ons or Velcro shoes might be the way to go. Because both types are, well, easier to slip on, they’re convenient and ideal for a more active child. These shoes tend to be more breathable as well.
For an older child, leather shoes can also be a good choice. They tend to be less breathable, but they more than make up for it in durability. Leather shoes are usually available with both soft and hard soles, depending on how advanced your child’s motor skills are. If you have a wedding or a formal event coming up, you may also want to look for dress shoes. These are available for both boys and girls, and it’s always a good idea to have at least one pair. They usually have hard soles, but soft soles are also available for younger children and toddlers.
As we’ve covered above, good shoes are essential for young children, and as they grow, they’ll go through them quickly. So it’s important that you pick shoes that fit them well, suit the occasion, and that they feel – and look -- good in!