A child’s first step is an occasion marked by most parents. After the occasion is celebrated, the next step would be choosing the perfect guardian the child’s foot. We dive into the dos and don’ts when buying footwear for your child.
Mum stands on one end of the room while dad squats down on the other end to receive and support as their child attempts to land the first few steps of his life. After a little stumble and trip, the child finally defies gravity and triumphs into sending his parents into overwhelming pride.
Of course, during this feat, a parent watches on with acute hawk-like sharpness to catch a fall and to offer doting support. Sadly, as much as we would want to watch over our child’s every move; we can’t really be tracking the next 500 steps they take.
This is when the time comes for the guardian of your child’s stability to be chosen – The shoe. As melodramatic as it sounds, choosing the right footwear for your child is a heavy necessity.
Footwear is bought with parents having one set of guidelines and children having an entirely different guideline in mind. Parents want a shoe that’s comfortable and stable for the child while kids’ want footwear that blinds oncoming adults with flashing LED lights.
Little do we know that the act of buying footwear for a child entrails a few other guidelines. New research has shed light to the shoe-buying act as common misconceptions of buying kids footwear are broken. We break the misconceptions as we give you some tips to buying footwear fit for royalty.
Foot notes to unhappy feet
There are a few common mistakes made when buying foot wear for children. In case the following were what you originally held as guidelines to buying kids footwear, it’s time to eliminate them before your child’s posture or walking gait is damaged.
- Buying an inappropriate size. What is not commonly understood, however, is that a shoe which is too large would also cause problems. It allows excessive motion of the foot within it, giving rise to pain and higher risks of tripping.
- Getting beginners footwear which has a thick heel or ground padding to protect the foot. Instead of protecting, the child ends up developing his walk slower as he lacks the confidence needed when they could feel the ground.
- Looking for shoes with arches. Recent studies show that among 400 Singaporean mothers, 7 out of 10 Singaporean mothers have been led to believe that they should look for shoes with arches for children under 2. This, in fact, can contribute to the delay development in the process of learning how to walk.