In this digital, photo-focused age, many parents get a chuckle out of dressing their youngsters as mini adults, and sharing the adorable pictures widely! It’s easy to forget that kids need shoes that feel and fit great, and not just those that complete an outfit.
For example, Vans and Converse are brands that parents often choose for style and affordability. However, for first walkers or kids with wide feet, these brands might not be the best choice. Crocs are popular summer shoes, but for a toddler whose foot is just starting to develop an arch, these slip-ons won’t provide that all-important support.
Many of the large popular name brand shoe companies don’t offer a sizing chart for kids’ shoes on their website, which should raise a red flag. Many times, the design and shape of the brand’s kid shoes are the “mini” version of their most popular adult shoes. The result may be stylish, but because these shoes were originally made for an adult foot, they are not designed to fit and provide support to a child’s uniquely round foot.
Another feature that is often forgotten about in kid versions of adult shoes are the soles. Inflexible soles could spell trouble for growing feet on the move. Flexible soles are important for children’s shoes because they allow their feet to bend and move almost as though they’re barefoot. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends shoes have this type of sole, especially for children who are just learning to walk.
Jenzy is built around the concept that finding not only the right fit, but also the right shoe for your child’s foot can and should be easy. Thus, we are highly selective in choosing the brands we partner with. We want to offer Jenzy moms and dads awesome quality shoes that have been designed for a child’s active lifestyle.
Check out some of our recommendations for comfortable, developmentally appropriate and stylish kid shoes below!
See Kai Run: Kristin / Stevie II ($45)
This toddler shoe recognizes that little ones are always on the go! It comes equipped with a removable sock liner to increase breathability and a rubber toe cap to protect kids as they play.
Pediped: Flex Dani ($56.95)
Like its name suggests, this shoe emphasizes flexibility. With its adjustable, Velcro closures and contoured rubber sole, the shoe adapts to growing feet. We all know how quickly our little ones grow, so having a shoe that recognizes that is important!
Morgan & Milo: Haley Boot ($50.99)
Sporty and stylish, the Haley is a good fit for your little one who wants to look good and feel even better. The double-hook and loop strap is easy to use and gives plenty of room for feet to move around as they grow.
Plae: Ty ($54.95-$59.95)
Youngsters can romp and run about without parents worrying with the Ty. The shock-absorbing, anti-microbial footbed prioritizes comfort and breathability. With all the puddles and dirt our little ones jump into, these easy-to-clean shoes are one less fret!
Native Shoes: Monaco Low ($33.49)
Comfort is the name of the game with the Monaco. The cushioned footbed will feel great on your little one’s foot, and parents will love the removable insole and flexible rubber sole.
Style is important, but safety is even more vital when it comes to your kids’ feet. Use the Jenzy app to figure out the best fit for your youngsters and get them set in a pair of shoes that you can trust not only looks good on them, but is also good for their foot health.