6 steps to choosing the best children’s footwear

1. Shoe size

Wearing shoes that are too big or too small can cause deformations of the feet. Since babies’ feet grow very fast (anywhere from 15 – 18mm per year!) it’s important to check their size regularly. We have a helpful size guide that explains how to measure their feet correctly – but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re unsure.

2. Breathability

Babies’ feet sweat more than adults so their shoes must be made out of natural materials that allows their feet to breathe — this includes the inner lining, the upper and the insole. A quality insole will also provide odour control, moisture absorption and temperature regulation while being soft and comfortable.

3. Support

It’s crucial that first-walker and toddler shoes have enough stability and support for safe and healthy walking. Extra cushioning is also important for comfort and shock-absorption since they spend so much time on their feet and running around. You can learn about how RAK shoes are made with all of these factors in mind.

4. Soles

Non-slip soles are a must for children’s shoes, for obvious reasons. However, as well as being designed for traction, they also need to be flexible enough for the child to move their feet around just as if they’re barefoot.

5. Show weight

Heavy shoes mean first-walkers and toddlers have to use extra energy to get around, so it’s important they wear shoes that are lightweight and don’t slow them down. The average weight of a RAK toddler leather shoe in a size 21 is only 124 grams.

6. Wiggle room

Beyond the shoe being in the correct size, the design of first-walker and toddler shoes should include toe box wiggle room and flexibility in the forefoot to give their feet plenty of room to spread out.