Orthopedic Shoes

Why orthopedic shoes are required for children?

Orthopedic shoes or European quality shoes are designed to shape and mold children's feet assuring proper growth and foot development.
Orthopedic shoes are required for children in general not just those with specific feet problems. Every child should wear only quality shoes at all times since they correctly shape kids feet and assist in posture development. In Europe, children shoes are viewed as a "health products" then fashion therefore they are made to highest quality standards imposed by European manufacturing. In other words, if you buying "cheap",  "non-orthopedic" shoes for your children it is guaranteed that your child will develop various feet deformities such as: walking problems (pigeon toes), flat feet, collapsed ankles and joints, pronated feet (ankles turning inwards), and later in adulthood back problems as well as pain of low extremities.

Major features of orthopedic shoes:

  they correctly shape and mold children's feet orthopedic shoe
  stabilize joints, ankles and knees
  made out of best quality leathers
  hand made and sized to guarantee perfect fit
  have orthopedic arch support
  antibacterial leather innersoles that absorb sweat
  orthopedic bubbles to improve blood circulation
  flexible rubber soles with traction

Human foot and its mechanics

Human foot is composed of the most complex mechanic components of the body (bones, articulations, muscles and tendons) and carries lots of stress once standing and walking. Therefore, quality shoes are very important from the young age to late adulthood. When child is beginning to stand up and taking first steps the entire weight of the body is supported by feet therefore high supportive, orthopedic pre-walkers are a must for any small developing foot.
baby feet
The bones are primarily foot's framework of support, the muscles are joined to the tendons, guarantee movement and the nerves transmit the unleashed impulse of contraction as well as the position of the body and any sensation of pain.
The skin on the sole of the foot performs both a protective role and reacts as a receptor of stimuli. Having said this, and considering the importance and complexity of the evolution of your children's feet, we must mention the importance of specific footwear for each stage of development of a child's walk.


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Footwear for babies

Shoes for babies who are not yet walking simply have to provide cover from the cold, humidity and give overall protection. Socks, mocassins or small booties that stay on little feet should be enough. Once you see your baby standing and taking few steps
orthopedic slippers or leather supportive orthopedic shoes are needed (often called high-tops).  The shoes give them proper support, flexibility and overall confidence to take first steps. The shoe must enable baby to feel the ground, gain confidence in order to favor proper development of nervous system and improve balance. Once child is walking independently the foot is subjected to greater stress (since the entire weight of the body is supported on little feet), kids need a shoe that prevents against possible injuries and offers greater resistance to wear and tear. It is NOT recommened for baby to run barefoot or use non-supportive shoes. In Europe every pediatircian will recommend soft orthopedic European slippers or supportive flexible leather high tops. WHY? Simply because the whole weight of your child's body puts a stress on little feet and once not supported they develop collapsed ankles, feet turning inwards and develop pigeon toes. 

The best footwear choice for babies who stand on their own and learn how to take few steps are European canvas/slippers with orthopedic arch support. Those shoes are very light, soft with breathable material that will be sturdy enough to provide proper ankle support. The shoes often close with laces, velcro or clips that properly stabilize the foot. Inside they have leather, orthopedic innersole with excellent arch support. Those shoes could be worn in a house or outside as a canvas. Orthopedic slippers are recommended for children up to 6 years of age.

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Once your baby is walking freely quality orthopedic shoes are required:

  Made out of 100% leather
  High in the back for proper ankle support.
  Orthopedic arch present in the shoes.
  Breathable, antibacterial leather innersoles that prevent excessive sweating.
  Lightweight to aid in better walking.
  Proper fit (narrow, medium, wide) shoe box for given foot type.
  Zips, velcro, laces or a mixture of these guarantee perfect closure.
  Anti-slip flexible rubber sole


Footwear for  toddlers, youth  and teens.

Older children need quality shoes as well since their feet are still growing and developing. The recommendations are:orthopedic innersoles

  Made out of 100% natural leather.
  Orthopedic arch present.
  Breathable, antibacterial leather innersoles that absorb foot sweating.
  Zips, velcro, laces or a mixture of these to guarantee perfect closure.
  Proper fit (narrow, medium, wide) shoe box for given foot type.
  Anti-slip rubber soles

Key points about orthopedic shoes:

  Buying quality shoes for your kids is like investing in child's health and overall well being.
  It is NOT the QUANTITY of shoes BUT the QUALITY.
  Two pairs of quality shoes are needed per season. It is important NOT to rotate between low quality shoes and orthopedic ones.
  Quality shoes for children are absolute necessity NOT a fashion statement as generally perceived.
  European children shoes are simply the best because they are made to highest quality standards available in the world.