Best foot for­ward

En­sur­ing the proper fit for kids’ footwear


CBa­bies & Shoes

How Feet Grow

Fit­ting Early Walk­ers

When kids are lit­tle, un­der the age of 5, they need new shoes fre­quently be­cause their feet grow at a rapid rate. But be­tween the ages of 5 and 10 they don’t grow as much, so it isn’t un­usual for sizes to be the same for months. Don’t get used to it though, be­cause around 11 and 12 they will start to grow at a speedy rate again. om­fort, proper fit and dura­bil­ity are key when it comes to choos­ing the right shoes for kids. And it all starts with the lit­tlest of feet. “While older kids can tell you if a shoe is too nar­row or tight in the toes, a 1-year-old can’t,” says Dr. Joshua E. Hy­man, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of or­tho­pe­dic surgery at Columbia Univer­sity and New York Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal, who has an of­fice in En­gle­wood.

No mat­ter how adorable and stylish baby shoes can be (think Gucci), if your baby can’t walk yet, there is no need to put her in shoes, says Hy­man. “Shoes are only needed to pro­tect feet,” he says. “Un­til your lit­tle one is up on two feet and walk­ing out­side, shoes aren’t nec­es­sary.”

When it comes to buy­ing shoes for tod­dlers, they should look and func­tion like their own young feet. “Tod­dlers have short, fat feet, so the shoe should have height to it to ac­com­mo­date the foot,” ex­plains Hy­man. It should have a wide and high toe box. Typ­i­cally a rub­ber sole is pre­ferred, as it has more fric­tion than a leather sole, so the child will be less likely to slip and fall. It also should be flex­i­ble, not rigid.

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