By "supportive" do you mean not soft soles like Robeez, Bobux, or Soft Stars? I like the soft soles. But I know one general rule I've read about the more regular soles, are that you should be able to bend back the toe of the shoe by just barely pushing on the toe with your finger. So many toddler shoes are so rigid on the bottom! They need to mega - flex!
I have Robeez, but would like something that has more of a sole that he can wear outside. He is 2.5 so I would like the sole to protect his foot from rocks, yet still be flexable.
By supportive, I mean good arch support and supports the ankle (somewhat) and rest of the foot.
So if I can get a good pair of shoes that will last for the most of a year, I don't mind spending the money. He is a boy so he usually has one pair of good shoes and a pair of good sandals and of course rubber and winter boots. He doesn't have oodles of shoes so I don't mind spending the extra money on one pair.
No problem, maybe I should switch up my picture It's been too cold lately, but I will once it warms up a bit.Morganthe: Sorry about the Daphne Keds suggestion, I thought you had a little girl from your signature. Many apologies.
Thanks for the article. I did have a pair of canvas shoes and when he wears them his feet hurt later in the day or wakes up at night because they hurt. The Pumas we bought him we loved, but didn't offer much in the arch support, not that he needs a lot but a bit would be good.
we like stride rite for our toddler. some are less flexible than others, but they hold up very well. to be honest i don't think proper support in children's shoes is all that necessary. flexibility, i do consider important. as adults, DW and i like supportive shoes (birkenstock, naot, clark, etc) but our pediatrician told us that for really young children, the cheapest shoes that are flexible and that your child finds comfortable are the ones to get, and that their feet will develop properly with or without orthopaedically correct (read: expensive) shoes. thousands of years of evolution has given us feet designed to walk without the supportive insoles that we have come to love in our modern world. as adults, we don't use our feet as evolutionarily intended, and orthopaedically supportive shoes help us, but most kids do what kids did long ago, and their feet do what they were designed to do, so no need for specially supportive shoes.
Not sure if I agree with you here!
I did have a pair of canvas shoes and when he wears them his feet always hurt later in the day or wakes up at night because they hurt. Because of this I feel he needs some support! At home he is barefoot or wearing Robeez so that is not the problem, but I am worried about his arch!
Infants should be barefoot as much as possible. Gowns & blankets are all that's needed for warmth, socks if the weather is especially bad. Toddlers should have soft soled moccasin type slippers so the feet and walking can develop naturally and properly. Shoes are an aesthetic thing for the adult's pleasure but to the detriment of toddlers. Tweens (between toddler and preschooler) should have very flexible soles yet sturdy enough for the increased activity. Arches are only necessary is the child has already evidenced a medical need for them.
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