When does my baby need his/her first pair of
2. Why do kids need 'good' shoes?
3. Should I hand down shoes from one child
4. Why is it important for shoes to be made
out of leather?
5. How can I tell if my child's shoes are
6. What type of socks do you recommend with
7. How much time can I expect to get out
of my baby's shoes?
When does my baby need his/her first pair of good shoes?
years of fitting children's shoes, we at Keen's have learned
that babies transition best from bare feet to shoes while
they are still holding onto furniture to maintain their balance.
While we agree that babies do not need shoes to learn how
to walk, it is still less stressful for them if they experience
their first pair of shoes while they are still holding onto
furniture. This usually occurs between the ages of 8 to 12
Why do kids need 'good' shoes?
bones in children's feet are soft and easily misshapen. And
their feet are especially sensitive to heat. Quality footwear,
properly fit, is extremely important, especially during infancy.
or better quality shoes possess these characteristics. A variety
of sizes and widths, three to four widths are not uncommon
in better quality shoes. Materials, such as leather and cotton,
conform to the shape of the foot and promote the evaporation
of heat. Better quality children's footwear is made over a
form called a last. This last is shaped like the child's foot.
Narrow at the heel and wider at the forefoot. This type of
shoe making is more expensive. The materials used in better
quality footwear are chosen to promote absorption and evaporation
of harmful perspiration which can irritate the child's foot
causing an itchy rash. Sole materials are carefully chosen
for their wear and flexibility properties. All of these features,
coupled with an experienced shoe fitter at Keen Children's
Shoes minimizes the chances of an ill fitting pair of shoes
and gives you the parent, the assurance that your child is
comfortable and safe in his/her shoes.
Should I hand down shoes from one child to another?
worn by someone else have shaped to their feet. Even the creases
in the shoes were set into the leather by the original wearer.
We discourage the use of hand-me-down shoes as the child's
everyday shoes. But seldom worn footwear such as Sunday school
shoes, snow boots, slippers etc. are fine to pass down.
Why is it important for shoes to be made out of leather?
occurring products such as leather and cotton seem to work
best on feet. Leather shapes and molds to the foot as the
leather warms to your body temperature. Leather also has a
wicking property which pulls the perspiration from the foot
and keeps your foot drier. Leather actually allows air to
transfer from inside the shoe out, and from the outside, in.
Leather also resists extreme temperature changes. It doesn't
stretch or crack as manmade materials such as vinyl and rubber
How can I tell if my child's shoes are too small?
if you are having a hard time getting the shoes on your child's
feet, odds are the shoes are too small. Children will trip
more often when their shoes are too small. Shoes can become
too narrow, which is much harder to detect. Watch for redness
and blistering on the little toe and on the back of the heel.
If it has been three months since you purchased your child
shoes, it is a good idea to have them checked which we at
Keen Children's Shoes will happily do for you.
What type of socks do you recommend with baby shoes?
socks work the best with baby shoes. Cotton absorbs and wicks
moisture away from their feet. We, at Keen Children's Shoes
also advise that you stay away from the socks with the grippers
on the bottom. The rubber, non-skid letters, tend to stick
in the shoe when you are trying to put them on, which pulls
the sock tighter against the toes causing the baby's toes
to curl under.
How much time can I expect to get out of my baby's shoes?
fitted baby shoes last on the average of about three months.
At Keen Children's Shoes, we guarantee the fit for three months.
We prorate the next pair of shoes based on the amount of time
you received from the first pair. So for instance, let's say
you got two months out of the first pair, we would offer you
a third off of the price of a new pair of shoes.