Open or closed sandals for children


It is common for a parent to wonder whether the sandals they buy for their children should be open or closed models.

Many parents will argue that very young children need sandals with a closed heel and front in order to provide as much protection and support to their feet as possible. However, the fact is that the front does not provide extra support, only added protection. The support provided by the heel cap can be made up for with straps that go around the ankle. In other words, there is no right or wrong choice; it's more a matter of preference.

Closed sandals
There are four types of sandals:
- Sandals with a closed heel and closed front.
- Sandals with an open heel and open front.
- Sandals with a closed heel and open front.
- Sandals with an open heel and closed front.

For toddlers and very young children, it is important that the sandal is closed tightly around the ankle, thereby ensuring a snug fit. This provides the necessary support and stability for children who are still a little unsteady on their feet, while also ensuring that the foot does not move back and forth in the sandal. Ideally, you should choose sandals with adjustment possibilities in the form of a strap that can be regulated and adapt the sandals to fit the child's feet. If the sandal fits snugly around the ankle and instep, both open and closed heel versions provide the required foot support.

A sandal with a closed front provides the toes with a little more protection than the open front models, making them a good choice for toddlers and very young children. The main thing to watch out for is that the sandals are not so small that the toes poke out of the sandal. For very young children, it is important not to buy sandals that are too big, as this may inhibit their motor skills development, which is why you should leave no more than 1 cm of room for growth in the sandals. For older children, we recommend a 1-1.5 cm room for growth when buying closed sandals.

Open sandals
Sandals with an open heel and front are ideal for older children because they allow the foot to move more freely and cool down better on hot summer days. When buying sandals with an open front and heel, it is important to be make sure that your child's feet are adequately supported by the belts and straps. Just as with closed sandals, you should make sure that your child's feet fit well and snugly in open sandals.
We recommend leaving approximately 1 cm of room for growth when buying open sandals for your child, as you can get away with a slightly looser fit than with closed sandals.