The importance of shoes for children

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The importance of footwear in the early years of children’s lives is often overned. It is a big mistake that risks compromising their posture in the years to come with all the consequences that this can have. The human foot is a particularly complicated mechanism: dozens of moving bones, muscles, tendons working together, perform the small miracle of walking upright and the ability to face any path. Here is the representation of the bone structure of the foot.

The use of walking shoes is recommended on average around 14 months and only for external outings, this is because it is important that the child walks as barefoot as possible. The foot is not yet well formed and the plantar arch is in formation, the barefoot walk causes the foot not to “fit” to a preformed structure that is not suitable.

Here is a simplified summary of the possible malformations of the foot

One once he starts to walk and do it outside the home, it is essential to have him wear appropriate footwear with precise features.


  1. It is very important that the boot is equipped with separate heel from the rest of the sole.
  2. Height about 1/10 of the length of the sole.
  3. There must be a minimum of space between the plant and the heel.
  4. Then it is better if the shoe inside has an anatomical plantar with upside at the height of the plantar arch.

Here’s an example of what the internal plantar should look like of your shoes, you don’t need to be stiff but better if in leather-skin.

If the season/model allows it better with a high neck, so that the ankle is well supported in its movements. Supported but not contained, so nothing rigid.


  1. Footwear without support/internal reinforcement at the height of the heel, area usually occupied by the “butt”. That media and lateral are necessary to prevent the upper from yielding, this because your foot must remain in its seat, not dance left or right or, worse, completely get out of his area.
  2. No single-block soles.
  3. No to synthetic linings, the feet must exhale.

Other important attentions are:

  1. No to larger/longer/wide shoes because “then so much grows”, the shoe and foot have to move in sync in the right way and in the right places.
  2. It is better to have laces or, in the event of a Velcro, that the webbings add more points, always for a fact of Containment.
  3. For a factor of greater comfort and practicality (both them and yours) if you find them with a membrane in gore-tex or similar is the top. They stay dry if it rains or they throw themselves into the much-loved puddles and your foot is breathing. And you stay calmer.

The up to 3 years old, by about 4mm per month, which means that the will be replaced every 2-3 months.

Simple rules that will make you observe your child’s progress with more tranquility, not forgetting that they are valid even when your children they won’t be so young anymore. Of course, it is not easy to choose and extricate onekind the infinite amount of footwear for children and, if you need them, it will be it is a pleasure for me to guide you in this task.