A shoe toddler wears to the playground is usually different than the shoes he wears to a wedding, and the pair he wears to the beach is different still. The stores are full of specialty shoes, and it seems that if your child had what he needed for each of his activities, his cabinets would be full of shoes. But each shoe will only last a few months before it is outgrown. Is it really worth buying so many different pairs of shoes, or can you make do with fewer—maybe even one?
And the answer can be yes, if you buy quality. Here we’ll look at some all-purpose multi-functional shoes for little boys; shoes that will look good wherever, with whatever, and, most importantly, will help your child’s foot development rather than hurt it.
What we’ll be looking at in toddler shoes:
• Orthopedic quality: good for developing feet
And here are three pairs of toddler shoes that met those criteria.
See Kai Run shoes are designed especially to support a toddler’s foot development, and their everyday shoes come in cute models that can be worn anytime, anywhere. For instance, take the See Kai Run Russell Sneaker. This little sneaker has a very flexible sole, an important feature in any shoe your toddler will wear day in and day out. There’s a rubber toecap to protect those little feet, a leather insole, and the uppers have a breathable canvas lining. One extra bonus with these shoes is that they’re so easy to get off and on: they close with two simple Velcro tabs, so even your agility-challenged toddler should have no trouble putting them on himself.
If you’d like something a little sportier for your little boy, the Tsukihoshi Child01 Euro Sneaker should just fit the bill. These chunky little sneakers are made by one of Japan’s top shoemaking companies, and they’re designed with toddler feet in mind. These shoes offer both support and flexibility: there’s a nice sturdy heel, to support your little one’s foot; the sole is flexible rubber and there’s plenty of room in front for your child’s toes. This shoe has just one Velcro fastener, so it’s even easier for a toddler to get on or off. And it comes in many color choices: grey/royal, navy/red, cobalt/orange, red/navy, brown/orange, brown/lime and navy are some most suited to little boys.
Sporty is good, but it does make a pair of shoes look just a little informal. Maybe Tsukihoshi’s Denali Sneaker found the perfect middle ground. These silver and navy sneakers have the same flexible, anti-skid rubber sole, but the uppers are synthetic and mesh. There’s an antibacterial insole to prevent smelly feet; it owes it’s anti-odor powers to—believe it or not—the all-natural green tea. These shoes can be thrown in the washer when they get dirty, and should come out looking as good as new. Any shoe toddler wears gets dirty quickly, so that’s important. And, like the Euro Sneaker and the Russell shoe, this sneaker also closes with easy-to-manage Velcro tabs. In Denali’s case, there are two.
Can a shoe toddler wears really make a difference to his stride, his run, and his confidence? It just might—try it out and see.