Our expert says:
Children should be allowed to run around in bare feet as much as possible, which is much easier for them than their peers in the northern hemisphere. “Children should only wear shoes when they are in public places such as shopping centres or school, or for protection against the elements. By walking and running around barefoot on grass and sand, and by climbing jungle gyms and trees, children are able to exercise the intrinsic muscles of their feet and legs, which will stand them in good stead as they get older.”
Fitting footwear for your child
• Children should have their feet measured every three months.
• There should be a thumb’s width between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest toe.
• The sole of the shoe should be relatively straight rather than curved.
• The shoe should preferably have laces, velcro or buckles and should hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe and not allow the foot to slide forward.
• The shoe should be flexible across the ball of the foot while the heel counter should be firm and stable.
• Leather and canvas are a better material - they are more durable and breathe better than synthetic and plastic shoes.
• Shoes should ideally have round toe boxes to give the toes more room.
• No shoe should be ‘broken’ or ‘worn in’ - if they do they are either poorly designed or poorly fitting.
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