Healthy children's feet with Leguanito, Children’s Barefoot Shoes.
When children start to walk, the first children's shoes, also known as walking shoes, make sense. However, there are a few points to consider, because not all first-step shoes are the same: quality and fit are the be-all and end-all. Children's shoes should be flexible and adapt to the foot, not the other way around.
The younger the child, the softer their bones, including the bones of their feet. It takes many years for a child's bone structure to develop. Before that, children's feet are flexible and malleable. It is therefore important to pay attention to the right footwear. This too should be flexible and malleable . Because shoes that are too small, too big and too tight have a negative effect on the development of healthy children's feet. Shoes that are too small can cause foot misalignments. If the shoes are too big, the feet "float" and the child clenches their toes to find support. In order to find the right first walker shoes, it is immensely important to pay attention to a few criteria when buying.
When should children start wearing shoes?
The common and accepted opinion in professional circles is: barefoot is the best way to run – especially for “beginners”. Baby's feet have 100 percent contact with the ground and get better support without restrictions. For the beginning and indoors, anti-slip socks can be put on, in these the children's feet still have enough freedom of movement.
But what to do when it's time to go outside? Before a child can walk independently, it doesn't need shoes. Because a shoe does not help the baby to stand or walk, it should only protect the child's foot from external factors such as cold or wet and injuries. The foot does not need support. Therefore, the optimal children's shoe adapts to the movement of the foot. The right walking shoes meet this criterion. Leguano's baby walkers, the leguanitos, can be worn as socks as soon as the feet are big enough from about 10 months .
Healthy feet from the start
Leguanitos are suitable for every adventure from the first attempt, whether indoors or outdoors. Run now and discover!
These 5 points make a good children's shoe
A flexible and soft sole:
The most important thing in a good children's shoe is the flexible and soft sole. It should bend with one hand without much effort. This is the only way a child can learn to roll their foot. Because a beginner usually steps on the entire sole of the foot or moves on the ball of the foot. Heavy shoes with rigid soles are a hindrance: the receptors in the foot no longer feel the ground. In contrast to these solid, "conventional" shoes, a flexible sole allows contact with the ground .
It is best if the shoe has a zero heel , i.e. the foot stands as naturally as possible in the shoe.
Flexible upper material:
In addition to a sensible sole, the upper material should also be flexible. Soft fabrics are particularly suitable for this. Foot and toes are not constricted. This allows the foot freedom of movement in all directions.
The materials should be breathable and be able to absorb and drain sweat well. Air-permeable material also protects against skin infections and athlete's foot.
No supportive pads or insoles:
There should be no special insoles or supportive pads included with the shoe. Only then can the foot develop freely and build good foot muscles.
The optimal fit is the be-all and end-all, which is why shoes often have to be bought, especially at a young age, because children's feet grow quickly.
How often should children's feet be measured and children's shoes checked?
Small children cannot tell if a shoe is too small or too big. The transfer performance into the brain that "the shoe pinches" does not yet work. The nervous system is still developing in this regard. This can be seen, for example, in the fact that the child doesn't notice if they put their shoes on the wrong feet. Children can walk in shoes that are too small for weeks without worrying too much.
Regular checks are therefore extremely important: have the child's feet grown ? It plays a big role how old the child is:
Interesting facts: More than 50% of all children wear shoes that are too short (Children's Shoe Research Group 2014.) For the study "The German Children's Foot Report" (Deutsches Schuhinstitut, 2009), more than 20,000 children's feet were scientifically measured in cooperation with the University of Potsdam. The result is alarming: Most children wear shoes that are too small or large, which can lead to foot damage and secondary diseases (e.g. flat feet, later also headaches, arthritis or spinal damage).
Space in the shoe is important
Feet need space. If the feet are constricted, this leads to an unnatural toe position, in which the big toes are usually crooked. In addition, natural running is prevented because its movements change. This can lead to later knee and hip joint damage. Misalignments of the back can also be the result. The toe box should definitely be wide and high enough or made of a flexible upper so that the toes are not pinched. Neither from above nor from the side.
Learn to walk with baby walkers
The children's barefoot shoes offer protection without restricting the little feet' freedom of movement.
The more a child walks barefoot, the better it is for the development of the feet and the entire musculoskeletal system. The best strengthening of the foot muscles - and thus the best prerequisite for healthy children's feet - as well as the training of balance is achieved with it. leguano’s support and protect little feet right from the start. Due to their construction, they come extremely close to walking barefoot. These barefoot shoes for children are also characterised by their high flexibility and durability out of. They are extremely hard-wearing thanks to the patented KUNERT thread, TWISTED-FIBRE by KUNERT. The climate-regulating fibre ensures that you feel dry because it absorbs moisture 50% more than cotton. The LIFOLIT® sole is non-slip, flexible and very durable.