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Quality vs cheap shoes for kids difference explained

Deformed feet in kids due to low quality shoes

Prevent collapsed ankles in kids with ortho shoes


Quality, orthopedic shoes form children's feet assuring proper growth and foot development. Orthopedic shoes are required for every child not just those with specific feet problems. Although, they will tremendously help children with pronation, pigeon toes, collapsed ankles and decreased arch support. 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 shoes are made to highest quality standards imposed by European manufacturing. Furthermore, European parents buy only quality shoes for their children and as a result children grow up without any foot problems or posture defects. In Europe, the average pair of shoes is equally expensive and costs between 80-140 Euro, however every parent views quality shoes as a "developmental need" not as a fashion statement. More money is spent on the children's shoes then clothes. Two pairs of quality shoes are needed per season for rotation.


United States is currently flooded with cheap Chinese imports and at the present time there is no brand that sells quality, orthopedic shoes for children. Every brand sold in USA is poor quality, made out of low grade leather (faux or low quality leather, rubber or plastic) and contains no orthopedic support of any kind. Furthermore, majority of leather on kids shoes contains various toxic substances like lead or mercury. Just read the recent article that highlights the Chinese imports. Lead Tainted Kids Shoes from China Seized at the Seattle Port. Quality and craftsmanship is being sacrificed for big corporate profits and therefore every major label imports shoes from low production cost countries like China, Vietnam, India and Sri Lanka. In China average cost of production of one pair of child shoes is only $2 to $4 then imagine the quality of product that you getting after retail markup. Therefore, the only obvious choice are European made quality shoes. If you buying "cheap","non-orthopedic" shoes it is guaranteed that your child will develop various feet deformities such as: flat feet, pigeon toes, collapsed ankles, back problems and pain of low extremities. Later, orthopedic doctors visits are needed and expensive custom made orthodics to correct the problem. Orthodics (inserts for the shoes) will frequently make an improvement but they never restore the feet to original condition. Therefore, we recommend to buy only quality shoes for your child to avoid further orthopedic problems.


European children shoes correct many feet conditions and over time properly line-up little growing feet. They provide
needed support for children as their bodies grow and develop.

Supportive Shoes

  • best quality leather or canvas that does not contain cfc's
  • have arch support present (built into the sole or interior lining)
  • breathable antibacterial innersole (feet do do not sweat)
  • offered as narrow or wide soled
  • feature supportive heel that it is needed for small children
  • flexible rubber soles with traction
  • none marking soles made with quality rubber
  • light, flexible and not restrictive

None Supportive Shoes

  • low quality or faux leather always contains lead or mercury (made in China)
  • does not feature any arch support
  • no antibacterial innersole (feet sweat and smell)
  • offered as one width only (often wide)
  • does not offer any supportive heel
  • stiff soles with no traction
  • marking soles due to low quality rubber
  • heavy, bulky, stiff and restrictive


Quality shoes always feature support to properly develop and shape small growing feet. They are always made out of soft leather, have arch support, breathable leather innersoles, flexible soles with traction.

Supportive Shoes

  • correctly develops feet, ankles and joints
  • develops arch support
  • forms flat feet and posture
  • corrects pronation, pigeon toes condition
  • prevents tip toeing due to supportive, sturdy heel
  • lines ups the feet (over time child positions the feet straight when walking)
  • forms ankles and provides needed support
  • feet never smell due to breathable antibacterial innersole
  • comfort, durability and quality during wear
  • expensive but best quality that you can buy

None Supportive Shoes

  • deforms feet, ankles and joints
  • diminishes and destroys arch support
  • creates deformed feet and bent posture
  • does not feature any arch support
  • creates deformed feet and bents posture
  • develops pigeon toe condition
  • develops pronation (ankles turning inwards)
  • develops tip toeing due to soft none supportive heel
  • develops posture problems in adulthood
  • feet smell due to synthetic or faux leather lining
  • discomfort, no durability and no quality during wear
  • inexpensive but over time they deform child's feet