Children’s sandals – what you need to know when choosing them

July 14th, 2014by admin

Children's sandalsThe sun is shining, the summer holidays are only a couple of weeks away and you will probably already have your child’s summer wardrobe in place. Any parent who has wrestled to get school shoes onto squirmy little feet will be overjoyed that sandal season is upon us, and many kids may already be wearing sandals at school. On the other hand, there will be very little ones looking to wear their first ever sandals, so whatever the ages of the children you are buying sandals for here is our guide on how to choose them.

Age Relevant

While you may see teeny tiny adorable sandals for babies, don’t waste your money. Putting a pair of sandals, or shoes for that matter, on a child before they can walk is both a complete waste of money and can actually restrict the development of their feet. For those walking you need a sandal with a hard; flat sole to give then increased traction and improve their stability.

Closed Toe v Open Toe

An open toe sandal would seem the obvious choice for young children as you can visibly see that their little toes are not being restricted in any way. However, open toe sandals by their very design do not offer the support that toddlers need. They also offer little in the way of protection and as kids will do what they want to do, whatever they have on their feet, closed, rounded toe sandals with ample room for toe movement and growth are definitely the way to go. Keep the open toes for children of around 3 and over.

New Sandals V Used Ones

This seems like a no brainer but a quick glance at a well known auction site will give you an idea of how big the market it for designer brand used children’s sandals. However tempting it may seem; don’t do it! Even if they are advertised as hardly worn, they have been worn. The sandals will have moulded to the shape of the foot of the child who has worn them. People seem to have a misconception that a used sandal is a lot more acceptable than a used shoe, they aren’t. Forget the designer name unless you can buy new, that is unless you want your child to suffer blisters and chafing that is. If you’re looking to go beyond designer names offers a great range of new sandals.

Size Wise

Never purchase a pair of sandals a size too big and tighten the straps to make them fit in order to make them last longer. A sandal that is too tight over the bridge of the foot in order to keep them on can cause damage to young feet. Likewise, if the soles of the shoes stick out a long way past the end of the toes they are more likely to trip as subconsciously they know where their feet end, and if there is that extra bit at the end they aren’t accounting for they will have a lot more accidents.



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