ABOUT SHOES FOR CHILDREN AND CHILDREN'S FEET
• Buy shoes that fit! Slim feet are more vulnerable for limited space for growth than wider feets
• Allowance for growth should be a maximum of 1.5 cm, because:
• Every time a child takes a step, the foot slides about 0.5 cm forward inside the shoe. That means 1 cm space for growth.
• When buying the child's first pair of shoes or shoes for very slim children's feet, we recommend 1 cm allowance for growth - that is 0.5 cm to glide and 0.5 cm to grow in.
Guide for buying a child's first pair of shoes
It is only when your child has begun to walk or taken the first steps, that their feet and its muscles are completely developed. For this reason, it is important to ensure that the shoes have a good support around the ankle – shoes that have a higher shaft are great prewalkers.
In the majority of our prewalker shoes, the insole can be taken out. To make sure that the shoes have a good fit, we recommend that you always try them on your child's feet. We also recommend that you buy shoes that have a 1cm margin for the feet to grow. The shoes should neither be too tight, neither should they be too big, as it can have long-term consequences in terms of the feet's development. If the shoes are too big, they can affect your child's capacity to play, as they might be constantly tripping and falling.
Choose shoes where you can adjust their width and volume – either with velcro or laces – as this will ensure their correct support and comfort, without affecting the capacity for movement. A solid heel cap is important as it ensures that the shoe sits closely to your child's ankle. As your child's walking skills are still unstable, the shoes should provide them with good support. The outsole should be soft and flexible, as this will allow for the walking to feel as natural as possible. We recommend that you look for shoes made of natural leather as this allows for the feet to breathe.
Guide for buying home shoes for children
Home shoes are a must-have in your children's nursery or kindergarten. Here, it is important that your child has different shoes to change between, both for the good well-being of the feet, as well as the shoes. As they are used for a long part of the day, it is crucial that the feet are allowed to breathe. Home shoes made of leather and natural materials will ensure that your child has healthy feet.
You can find multiple kinds of home shoes – both in wool as well as in leather. Wool slippers are good for cold feet in winter days, whereas the home shoes in leather can be used throughout the whole year.
As the home shoes might also be used as they play around, it is important that they have a slip-free outsole. Therefore, we recommend that the outsole is made of rubber, or that a partial area of the outsole has rubber under the forefoot and heel, to ensure that your child is not slipping throughout the day.
Guide for buying rubber boots
As rubber boots do not sit close to the feet as other shoes, you should not buy them with a lot of room to grow. If the rubber boots are bought with a lot of room to grow, they will wear out faster, both on the inside as well as on the outside. Rubber boots are generally bigger and wider than other shoes and boots, which means that you need to pay attention to the volume in the shaft as well as its width. If you have a little too much volume, consider adding an additional wool insole to the rubber boot. Not only will you have a better fit, but you will also warmer feet. A thick or woolen sock can also help in adding comfort to the boot.
Rubber boots are 100% waterproof and ensure that no water goes inside the shoe. It is important to have a loose insole, so that it can be taken out and dried, or replaced after being worn. The insole enhances the comfort of the boot.
It is important that the rubber boot is not too tight either, as it can cause cold feet – make sure your kids use wool socks whenever they need to use rubber boots.
Winter rubber boots
All of Bisgaard's winter rubber boots have a lining made of 100% wool, and thermal isolation on the insole, which ensures that your children's feet will be warm throughout the cold winter days. A winter rubber boot should also have some volume. Remember: a winter rubber boot is not a replacement for the comfortable and functional winter boots in leather, with wool lining – they are just a supplement for the wet winter days.
Guide for buying regular boots and winter boots for children
Leather boots can be worn all year around. The leather is usually a waterproof material, which, with the correct maintenance, can actually keep snow from getting to the feet. If we are talking about a boot, which is used frequently, make sure that it has time to dry between usages. It is important to vary between different shoes and to make sure that your child's boots have time to dry naturally.
In order to avoid a loose shoe that can damage your child's feet, make sure that the shoe sits close to their feet, with optimal support around their heel cap. In our collection, you can find many different types of boots, both with laces, velcro, and zipper, so try them on, and find which type fits best to your child's needs.
The winter boots should hold the feet warm and dry, throughout the cold winter days. Boots with a TEX-membrane are 100% waterproof. Natural materials, like clear wool, ensure that the feet can breathe, and stay warm at the same time. Winter boots with a TEX membrane can be found with wool, technical or leather lining.
Guide on how to buy sandals for children
You can find a lot of different types of sandals in our collection. For the younger children who have a greater need for support in their heel, we definitely recommend that you buy a sandal with a closed heel cap. If you chose to buy a sandal with an open heel cap, make sure that your child's feet get enough support from the straps of the sandal so that the foot is not sitting loose in the shoe while they are walking.
Whether the front of the sandal is open or closed depends on the usage that the shoe will get, different user needs, and the temperature in your location.
Sandals with a closed front protect the fingers, which is good for younger children, as well as young boys and girls with an enthusiasm for playing ball. On the other hand, sandals with an open front, are more the target of older children, whose toes do not need to be protected as much.
Guide for buying ballerinas for children
When buying ballerinas, we recommend little space for the feet to grow. Ballerinas should fit close to the feet, with only a little space in the front – maximum 1 cm. If you buy the ballerinas with a lot of room to grow, your child might have to bend the toes in order to get the ballerina to fit close to their feet. This can damage their feet and lead to future problems.
Size guide for children's shoes
We work with different lasts in our shoes, which means that the fit is different for the different shoes in our collection.
Every child is different, which makes it difficult to say exactly which size a toddler with one year should wear. There are different factors that need to be taken into consideration, the first one being, whether it is a girl or a boy that is going to wear the shoes.
When measuring a child's foot, it is important to measure both feet, as there can be a difference between the left and the right foot. Your child should be standing up, with the weight well divided between the two legs, and with the feet on the ground: place their heel against a wall, and set a book (or something similar) perpendicular to their longest toe. Measure their feet in cm, from the heel to the biggest toe, and check our size guide for every single one of our products, to see which size is more appropriate according to their feet's measurements.
How to buy shoes for children with hyper flexible joints
Children with hyper flexible joints tend to have an extra need for support around the ankle and the heel cap, therefore, look for shoes that have a closed and solid heel cap for optimal support. It is important that the shoe sits close to the foot, so do not worry about allowing a lot of room for growth – between 0,5 and 1cm is enough.
It is just as important that the shoes have some sort of adjustment in the form of velcro, or laces. This way you can be sure that the shoes are appropriately tight around the feet.