Guide to sandals

Sandals are near-indispensable footwear during summer, but it can be difficult finding a pair that best takes into account your child's individual needs. Sandals come in many different designs which differ a lot in terms of how much support they provide to your child's feet. That is why we have compiled a number of tips to help you find the most appropriate pair of sandals for your child. 

Soft and comfortable materials

Bisgaard sandals are made from real calf skin leather. It is a supple and breathable, natural material that makes the sandals soft and comfortable. Sandals made of synthetic material do not allow feet to breathe, some can experience swelling and an unpleasant odour.

It is important, especially for toddlers, that sandals have a solid heel cap and non-slip natural rubber soles so that the sandal fits well and the child is guaranteed firm footing on all types of surfaces. At bisgaard, we believe it is important that children can play, move around freely and have fun in all the footwear we design. This also naturally goes for our sandals, which your child can wear every day throughout summer without getting tired or sore feet. 

Sandals for young children

Because children up to 2 years need more support and stability, we recommend a closed toe sandal. A closed toe cap provides more protection to the toes than an open toe cap. If the sandal sits tightly on the ankle and instep, both open and closed heels can provide the proper support. 

Sandals for older children

Open sandals are ideal for older children, as they provide easier movement and the toes get more air. If you opt for an open sandal, it is important to pay attention to the straps and if they provide enough stability and support. 

Room for growth

Little feet grow quickly. Measure the length of your child's foot while they're standing upright. Be sure to measure both feet, as their left and right foot may be different lengths. Start by standing your child up against a wall with their weight evenly distributed between both feet. Place their heel against the wall and a book on the floor so that it is touching their longest toe. Then measure both feet in centimeters from the heel on the wall to the longest toe against the book.

  • Babies and toddlers (0 to 2 years): it is important not to buy sandals that are too big, as this can inhibit their motor development. You should therefore leave no more than 1 cm of room for growth.
  • Closed sandals: we recommend 1 to 1.5 cm of room for growth.
  • Open sandals: we recommend 1 cm of room for growth.

Width of the sandals

Bisgaard sandals are made with Velcro or buckle straps that allow for size adjustment, so pay attention to the width so you get the perfect fit. We also have size options for narrow, normal or wide feet. 

Sandal maintenance

With a little care, our sandals can continue looking great all summer. It is a good idea to wipe off any dirt from the sandals with a moist cloth. You can also use beeswax spray to help preserve the flexible quality and appearance of the leather, but shoe polish can also freshen up the colors. For suede sandals, liquid shoe polish (either in a neutral color or the color of the sandals) is the best way to keep them looking new. We also recommend using a suede brush, which brushes the little hairs on the suede into an upright position again.

Great design and carefully selected details

Bisgaard has a large range of sandals in different colors and designs for both boys and girls, big and small. They are based on classic form and unique detail. Natural materials combined with great fit and design create the perfect pair of sandals that your child can comfortably wear all summer.


View our range of sandals here

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