Busting the myths around baby and toddler shoes
Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about choosing the right shoes for your baby or toddler.
‘I’ve bought name brand shoes for my toddler before, and they’re really expensive! That means they’re good, right?’
Unfortunately, not always. Neither the price of the shoe nor the brand name are indicators of quality when it comes to little feet. They might be well constructed, but that doesn’t mean they’re specifically designed for babies and toddlers.
Many shoe brands are excellent at designing adult shoes, but unlike Billycart Kids they’re not first walker specialists.
When assessing a shoe, take a look at the Billycart Kids shoe features above and undertake your own quality check. Can the soles be bent all the way back on themselves? Do they have a nice, wide fit and a closed toe? Are they lightweight and easy to run and jump in?
‘Why don’t your shoes have arch support? Don’t babies and toddlers need arch support?’
Not in most cases, no. Arch support directly conflicts with the ‘barefoot is best’ principle. Babies and toddlers learn to walk best when they wear soft soles and can feel the ground beneath their feet.
Unless arch support is prescribed by a professional for corrective purposes, shoes with flat, soft, flexible rubber soles are best.
‘My kids spend lots of time outside, so they need thick, sturdy shoes. Won’t soft, lightweight shoes wear out too quickly?’
Thick and sturdy also means inflexible and heavy, which can make it much harder for babies and toddlers to learn to balance and walk.
Billycart Kids shoes are lightweight (and much easier for little ones to walk in, with less strain on their muscles), but don’t let that fool you!
We’ve specifically designed our shoes for outdoor adventures, and with their rubber soles, reinforced heels, quality materials and protective toes they’re long lasting and perfect for endless fun, both inside and out.