When it comes to the question of shoes for children, there are many important factors that must always be taken into consideration.
The first, of course, is to choose a shoe that is well made – one that has a sturdy construction that can deal with the rigorous day to day use it will encounter as part of the life of an active child. This means that it has to be a design that will keep a fresh new look under quite demanding conditions, and won’t fall to pieces at the appearance of the slightest scuff.
Of course, a large part of the meaning of ‘well made’ must also take into consideration the overall health of the foot itself. And this is particularly important in the case of children’s shoes. The bones in the feet continue to develop throughout a youngster’s teenage years. But the younger the foot is, the more care that must be taken to ensure that it has adequate room to grow, helping to prevent possible deformation occurring. There must be a well-designed support structure in place to allow for these correct growth patterns. Both of these criteria are essential in order to ensure there are no problems in later life.
But, as any parent who has undertaken the task will know, it isn’t quite as straightforward as simply choosing something sturdy and sensible for your children to wear. There is something that is never addressed in good parenting guides when this subject arises, and that is the dreaded matter of a shoe’s fashion status.
A sense of being ‘in’ or ‘out’ of fashion seems to develop at a younger age than ever these days. And in the human jungle that is The Playground, it can be something that can cause great upset – in some cases, even bullying. Children themselves are acutely aware of these details, making the purchase of many items of clothing dependent on factors that include much more than simply the functional and financial considerations of the parents.
It’s often the case that certain timeless, classic, and grown-up styles – also available in children’s editions – can bypass these quandaries with ease. The Littlewoods Kickers school shoes range is one obvious example. It has over forty years of ‘cool’ fashion appeal, whilst also being well known for using quality materials and innovative designs.
So, although it can be a frustrating experience for both child and parent, buying the correct pair of shoes is something that’s worth taking time over. The wrong decision can lead to a lifetime of problems – far worse than those caused by being called a few playground names!
In cooperation with Littlewoods.com