If your baby has just started walking now, then you probably thought about how to choose the right sandals for him for the summer. Of course, you can use the size chart, but sometimes the child’s foot does not match the indicators and you have to choose shoes almost at random. However, there are universal rules that you should follow when you buy summer shoes for the first steps of a child.
1. Choose sandals with flex soles
To form the correct gait in a child, the sole of the sandal must necessarily bend well. If you buy shoes with hard soles, this will lead to a rolling gait. Also pay attention to those models that have a corrugated sole.
2. Sandals should not be heavy
If the baby is just taking the first steps, it is very important that the shoes do not weigh down the foot. Therefore, choose summer shoes made from natural materials, then they will be light. It is very important that the insole of the shoe is removable: this way you can dry the shoes if, for example, the baby’s feet sweat or the sandals get wet in the occasional rain.
3. Summer shoes should be adjusted for completeness
The feet of babies are very different from the adult foot: they are usually full in the front and narrow in the heel, and many children also have a high instep. Sandals should be wide enough, not squeezing the child’s leg, but not hanging on the leg (you should not buy shoes for growth!). Choose models with laces or Velcro.
4. Sandals should have a stiff heel.
Children’s orthopedists do not recommend buying kids shoes with a soft back or without it at all: immediately exclude slippers, sandals with straps at the back from the list. A hard heel in shoes contributes to the correct position of the ankle joint, and a soft one can lead to flat feet and negatively affect the formation of the foot.
5. The sole of the shoe must have an internal shock absorber.
While walking and jumping, the sole of children’s shoes should serve as a shock absorber. Therefore, many models today use an “anti-shock system” – this is such a sole in which there is a special space filled with air. Thanks to him, depreciation occurs while wearing shoes, which protects children’s legs from deformation.
6. The toe of the shoe must be closed.
Babies often fall during active play. To protect children’s toes from injuries and bruises, it is better to choose models with a closed nose. Pay attention to models in which the heel and toe are closed, but at the same time they pass air well on the sides.
7. Let your child get used to new shoes
Often toddlers (especially those who are wearing shoes for the first time!) refuse to wear a new pair of shoes. Let the baby get used to them. However, be careful: perhaps the baby is trying to tell you that this shoe is uncomfortable for him.