How to choose the first shoes? Part 2

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The good choice

According to a study done in Germany, 40% of the children wear too small shoes for them, most notably affected are the just starting to walk children as their legs are still unstable and respectively – prone to deformations. The biggest problem faced by parents when they go to buy shoes is the difference in the width and length of the shoes that exists between the various brands, although it comes for the same size. Therefore it is not a good idea to go to buy shoes without the child with you. Moreover, the foot of a young child grows rapidly, so you need to check the shoes every 4-6 weeks – if putting them on gets more difficult this may be a sign that they are already small and it is time for new ones.

Why are the good shoes important?

The legs have a dual function – to maintain the body weight and at the same time to assist it during the walking. Experts believe that shoes are an important part of the clothing, and as such, must meet the same requirements – to be comfortable, flexible and practical. From the orthopedic standpoint, the shoes should be comfortable and to be the suitable size for what is bad for the foot is the too big or too small size of the shoe. If the shoe is too small or too exact size, it squeezes the feet and may further deform them, especially to one year and a half when they are vulnerable. Conversely, if the shoes are too large, they will not hold steadily the little foot.

In the store

1. When you go to buy shoes it is advisable to measure accurately the foot of the child – let it step on a cardboard on which to outline its foot. Then cut along the outlines and you will get a sort of insole, which should fit in the shoes you choose, do not forget of course that must remain and 1 cm distance in the shoe.

2. Measure the feet of both legs, because sometimes one of them may be slightly larger than the other and let the bigger serve you as a measure.

3. Before trying the shoes on, bend them first in order to see if the material they are made of is soft and elastic. The foot must move freely in them and with them.

4. While trying on, put the child to stand on the ground and push the tip of the shoes to see if they clench the toes.

5. Remember that socks are also important, so bring the type of socks with which the child will wear these shoes.

6. It is advisable to buy shoes at noon or in the afternoon because the feet often swell slightly during the day, if you buy the shoes in the morning, then maybe they will be tight to the foot.


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