Toddler shoes can be tricky. You want footwear that looks good, for sure, but when it comes to toddler shoes for boys and girls, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The primary goal is to protect their little feet. They are learning how to walk and when you put on the shoe, it prevents them from slipping.
The key elements to look for make total sense. You want a flexible shoe without a rigid sole. You want the foot to develop on its own. In a perfect world, toddlers could walk barefoot, but in this case a thin sole protects their feet. When it comes to sizing, make sure you ask if there’s any pain, or if the shoe rubs anything. You want a little bit of room, a thumbs width, in the toebox, so there’s room to grow. It’s important to have them try on the shoe and be able to test them and wear them around.
If you have any questions regarding shoes for your toddler, or would like your toddler's shoes checked, please call Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth and one of our expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your child and answer your questions.