A pair of sneakers can be a great way to break out into fashion, but that’s only part of the appeal.
We talked to designers, brands, and influencers to find out what makes shoes and shoesy for your child.
Read moreRead full storyThe world’s kids are wearing shoes more and more, but we’re still far from fully embracing the trend, and a lack of understanding about the ins and outs of the process means they don’t always get the right shoes.
And even if they do, we’re not quite ready to give them the style they need.
Here are five tips to get kids comfortable with sneakers, including how to find the right pair of shoes and why they need them.1.
Find the right shoe for your kid.
The kids most likely to wear a pair of “skein-tastic” shoes will have already seen a few kids in their own shoes before.
As a rule, they’ll prefer smaller, less stylish shoes to bigger, more bulky shoes, which can make it tough to find a pair that fits their style.
So it’s important to pick a pair for your son or daughter that fits the size, style, and fit of their feet.
This way, you’ll be able to tell whether they’re getting the shoes they need for running or walking.
For toddlers, look for shoes that are designed for walking and running.
“The kids will want to walk on a shoe that is flexible, yet durable,” says Michael J. McIlroy, director of retail innovation at shoe brand Asos.
“When it comes to running, the kids will love the running-friendly shape of a boot that allows them to walk in place.”
You can also pick up a pair if you need one, but if you want to add a touch of class to your kid’s shoes, consider a pair with a leather heel.3.
Get them on a treadmill.
When you’re shopping for shoes for a toddler, it’s also a good idea to consider whether or not they’re comfortable on a computer.
They’ll need to feel comfortable while wearing their shoes, and the best way to do that is with a treadmill, according to McIlry.
“A treadmill helps kids feel like they’re on a real-world track and gives them a sense of physical accomplishment,” he says.
And since they’re running around on their own, they won’t need to worry about treadmills ruining their shoes or the treadmill ruining their day.4.
Choose shoes with a narrow sole.
A narrow sole is designed to prevent the heel from dragging on the ground.
This is especially important for children who have long legs and are naturally weak or short.
To make sure that the shoes don’t drag on the floor, the sole should be designed so that the foot doesn’t have enough room to sit down.
“The sole needs to be narrow to keep the child from slipping or dropping off the shoe,” says J.J. Johnson, footwear designer and founder of JJJ Johnson & Johnson.
“It also has to have enough cushioning for a child’s foot and to provide traction on uneven ground.”
To find the perfect fit, Johnson recommends getting a pair you like, which he says is the most important factor in finding a shoe.
“You want a shoe with a wide toe box to ensure that the heel doesn’t fall off,” he adds.
“Also, keep in mind that the shoe has to be comfortable and supportive.
And you should look for a sole that’s wide enough to accommodate a child who is small for their height, with a heel that is wide enough for a tall child to walk comfortably without slipping.”5.
Ask your child’s doctor about orthopedic shoes.
For children ages 3 to 5, parents can ask their doctor about shoes for walking, biking, or running.
According to Johnson, children with long legs or narrow feet need to wear shoes with “a wider toe box so they don:n’t slip and fall off the shoes” or suffer “frequent” falls.
For children who are short for their foot size, “the shoe should be comfortable, supportive, and have a cushioning feature so they can walk.”