GOOD ADVICE ON CHILDREN'S SHOES
What can you expect of your children's shoes?
When it comes down to shoes for the next generation it’s no shame to have high standards. Here are 7 pointers for the correct children’s shoe:
The shoe must have the form of a healthy and natural foot.
There should be room at the front of the shoe so that the toes lie in extension of the metatarsal bones - in other words, the inner side of the shoe should be straight.
The oppening of the shoe should allow the foot to fit easily in but be narrow enough to hold it there and prevent in from slipping forward.
The heel should be low, so the child's body weight is evenly distributed onto the foot.
The heel support should be firm so it supports the foot when the child walks, runs and plays.
The sole should be flexible so the muscles af the foot can function naturally and should help support the arch.
The shoe should have the correct lenght, width and toe hight.
If you buy shoes in our webshop angulus.dk, you can read about each shoe or boot and which foot type they suit. Are you in doubt about size, a handy foot size measure can be printed out for the particular shoe you are looking at. (E.g. see last 888 or Naturform – NAT).
Follow the guidelines on the size measure and set your printer to 100%. Foot size measures can be found under the menu “Foot sizes”.
Let’s start with some basic anatomy. A foot has 26 bones, 33 tendons and 24 muscles. Like all other muscles in the body, the muscles of the foot must move and become strong to stay healthy. Shoes must be comfortable and have room to move. This is especially important for small feet that grow in stages.
How quickly do children's feet grow?
Children’s feet grow quickly, up to 15 mm in a six-month period. With 1-2 year olds, the feet grow up to 20 mm, while 2-3 year-olds feet grow around 15 mm a year. It is important to keep a regular check on growing feet and their shoes so that they always have the correct size. We recommend every 2 months up to 2 years of age; every 3 months between 3-6 years of age and then every six months when the child is over 6 years old.
We make shoes for all types of feet from the broad to the in-betweens and the narrow. You can often find the same model in a number of different last widths, so it is important to get the right type or your child.
Nordic children have some of the broadest feet in the world, so the “natural last” is our most sold model in Denmark. These can appear a little “foot-formed” on grown-ups but children don’t care and would rather have shoes that are comfortable and don’t pinch around the toes. However, in spite of the many broad feet, there are also many children with narrow ones and we also have a fine selection for them. Our stockists throughout the country can offer advice on the correct last that suits yourchild’s foot.
When is the right time to buy a child's first shoes?
The short answer is: when the child begins to walk. The feet and muscles must be sufficiently developed, which is usually around 10-15 months, but in fact the child knows when he or she is ready to take the first steps. The child does not learn to walk any faster if it gets shoes on. In factthis can often inhibit development if shoes are fitted too early.
It is important to buy the first pair of shoes a little too big. We normally advocate 1.5 cm room to grow. For the smallest, this needn’t be more than 1.2 cm otherwise they can easily trip over the toe end.
ANGULUS first steps shoes have thinner crepe soles than our shoes for older children, as they are more flexible and lighter and easier to learn to walk in. Crepe soles are more slip resistant and our first steps shoes also provide good support for the ankles. First steps shoes have either lace or velcro fasteners so they can be adjusted to fit the foot snugly in the shoe.
It is always a strange sensation for the child to have shoes on for the first time, which is why it is important tohoose the right ones. We recommend a visit to one of our many professional and competent stockists for expert guidance in choosing the right first shoes for your child. If you are able, pop into the ANGULUS shop at Sværtegade 10, 1118, CopenhagenK. Our professional staff will be happy to help and you can be sure to comehome with the right shoes (and for mum too!). Should the shoes in the size youare looking for be out of stock when you visit an ANGULUS shop, it can also be purchased on the angulus.dk website.
ROOM TO GROW
How much room do your children's feet need, for proper growth?
Good children’s shoes should preferablybe 1.5 cm longer than the end of the foot. This allows room for proper growth. However, contrary to popular belief, not all the 1.5 cm are required for growth. Each time the child takes a step the foot slides around 5 mm forward in the shoe. So in reality the room to grow is around 1 cm.
Remember too, that a pair of party shoes won’t need the same room to grow as a pair of everyday shoes. On the other hand, a pair of winter boots will need every bit of the 1.5 cm so there is room for lining, extra socks or soles. Often, children can use the same size in our winter boots as they can in our summer sandals. There is no lining or stitching to take up space.
How do you know when shoes fit properly?
Most shoe shops have a foot measure that can measure the length of the foot and the inside length of the shoe. It is important that the child is standing up when being measured for shoes, and both feet must be measured, as there can be a slight size difference between them. Also, small children often curl up their toes when trying shoes on, so it is a good idea to allow the child to walk around the shop first and the toes will automatically straighten out.
Can i measure my child's foot and inside Measurement of the shoe?
Yes, you can easily measure your child’s foot and inside shoe size.
Possition your child on a piece of paper (with the heel against the wall.) Draw a line in front of the longest toe.
To measure the inside og the shoe or boot: put a strip of paper into the shoe until it reaches as far as it can go. Bend the strip back carefully into the heel and note the Measurement from heel to toe.
Compare the lenght of the strip with the lengts of the foot. Do they match?
MORE ON CHILDREN'S SHOES
Should I buy children's shoes with arch support?
The arch of the foot requires a section to itself. Angulus children’s shoes have no inside arch support. The reason for this is that all children are born with an arch cushion that gradually disappears as the child gets older. In other words, children’s shoes do not require arch support. On the contrary, arch supports can have a negative effect and make themuscles passive, which may prevent the foot from functioning naturally.
Can children's shoes be inherited?
There can be economic common sense inallowing smaller children to inherit their older siblings shoes, although in practice it is not such a good idea. All feet are different and shoes wear in the way their first owner wore them. So therefore inherited shoes don’t always fitthe next apple of the family’s eye. Certain exceptions can be made with dancing shoes or other shoes that are only worn rarely. Under these circumstances, the shoes should be examined thoroughly and it should be made sure that the size is correct. In other words: the same procedure as when buying new shoes.