How to Choose Shoes for Active Kids
We keep harping on about how important it is to find the right pair of shoes for your children . It’s about nurturing natural foot development, improving balance and spatial awareness, and aiding growth.
For active kids, shoes are even more important, since there will be a lot of heavy usage. And that means more wear-and-tear.
You want something you can depend on. So here are some tips to help you find the right pair of kids shoes for your active lil’ monsters.
The biggest difference when it comes to choosing shoes for active kids is the sole:
For years, we believed that rigid soles helped support growing kids. But this has since been rebuffed. Any active child needs soft, flexible soles that contort to their feet as they run, play, climb and crawl. This encourages more natural walking and better foot development.
It’s not only about flexibility but durability as well. A thin sole can wear through in months if your kid is always scuffing them in play.
Thick soles aren’t just for longevity though. They help protect your child’s foot from injury. But be wary! Super rigid soles won’t give your kids the freedom of movement they need in their early age.
Being durable and built-to-last is one thing, but having reliable traction is another. Some shoes lose all grip on their soles. They come to resemble a smooth plane, like veneer, which is far from supportive.
Not to blow our own trumpet but our brand new Play range is actually inspired by Formula 1 tyres. They emphasise the importance of grip and toe drive.
But of course you can’t base your decision solely on the sole. There’s more to a shoe than that…
We’ve all had to deal with stinky feet. Sweat is the one side effect to non-stop activity. Kids will run themselves into a stupor before they give up, so shoes with aeration is a massive bonus.
Quality fabrics like leather and canvas absorb sweat. They keep those little feet and toes drier, reducing discomfort (and some of the bad odours).
This is universal but even more important if your kids are active. We can’t emphasise this enough…
Get the size right!
Always measure your child’s feet and leave about a finger’s width of wiggle room at the end. That’s just enough for the feet to breathe without being too clunky. You can read more fitting tips here.
Get shoes that are easy to put on and take off, even on squirming feet. You can achieve this by looking for elastic mechanisms, such as Velcro.
And don’t clap your kids in shackles. Keep the shoes lightweight to mirror the barefoot feeling as much as possible.
Other protection and support
Kids play is more often than not rough play. While we’ve given up being ultra-protective of them, but we still sigh at the sight of ill-treated shoes at the end of a chaotic day. Shoes with extra support are an added bonus.
That could mean a flexible toe cap made of abrasive resistant fibres, for example. It helps protect the toe and create a more durable shoe.
Our new 2016 kids shoe range has taken many of these points on board, focusing more than ever on foot development and health.The result is the Bobux Play range , available for 1-5 year-olds. These shoes boast strong yet flexible soles, a comfortable feel, top-quality materials and a whole lot of other features. Check them out today and let your kids go wild!