Find out more about when toddlers need arch support footwear, what kinds of shoe options are available, and where to purchase quality shoes for your little one. Footwear with the right comfort, quality, and fit will keep a toddler content and safe.
Why Consider Toddler Arch Support Shoes
According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, arch support shoes for toddlers are generally unnecessary. This is because the majority of children under sixteen months have not yet developed arches - their feet are flatter than older children and adults. Arches are typically developed during childhood and are in place by age eight.
According to KidsHealth.org, arch supports or shoes with built-in arch supports, however, may be recommended for children with flexible flat feet who experience pain or discomfort in their feet or legs after running or other physical activities. The added support can help alleviate any pain those with flat feet are experiencing.
Options in Support Shoes for Toddlers
If you and your doctor have determined that specialty arch support shoes are right for your toddler or child, you have a number of different options in purchasing. Cleveland Clinic ankle and foot surgeon Nicole Nicoloski, DPI, recommends hard soles for better support. "A shoe that you can freely bend back and forth (soft sole) offers very little support and control of foot motion," she says.
Many shoe stores and online retailers offer excellent, high-quality arch support and other orthopedic footwear, or you can purchase children's insoles for extra comfort and support. Alternately, there are many shoe stores that sell comfortable, quality toddler shoes with light to moderate cushioned support for overall comfort and stability.
Here are eight stylish toddler shoes with arch support to help comfort your little one's tiny feet.
These Umi Maci loafers, about $70 and available in little kid's sizes 8-12, have removable insoles that are made with UmiCloud™ Tech memory foam. The plush technology support's little arches as they run around throughout the day. The outsole is made up of a durable, flexible material so it can handle anything, from hide and seek, to a light game of tag.
Dr. Marten Floral Brooklee Boots
What toddler doesn't have a rebellious side? These Dr. Marten Floral Brooklee boots (about $55) give your toddler comfort and edge. They were constructed with a padded insole for comfort, and rugged, yet flexible outsoles that can withstand a day in the life of a toddler. Don't worry about lacing these bad boys up -- they even have side zippers so you both can run out of the house with ease. Find them in toddler sizes 7 - 10.
Pediped's Grip 'N' Go Betty Silver
Dress shoes have a bad reputation for being slippery and uncomfortable, but not these! The Pediped's Grip 'N' Go Betty Silver shoes, available for approximately $55 in toddler sizes 4-7, are especially designed for toddlers who are just getting the hang of walking.
The breathable leather helps their feet to stay dry during their daily antics, while their cushioned insoles and natural rubber soles give them the comfort they need to play all day long. If that's not enough, they are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.
Saucony Jazz Hook & Loop Sneaker
Breathable sneakers that don't make your feet sweat are often hard to come by, but Saucony has mastered this problem with these classics. The Saucony Jazz or Jazz Lite Hook & Loop Sneakers (shown below), which can be found for just over $35 in little kid sizes 4 - 10, have outsoles that are made with a flexible rubber and offer a study support for toddlers on the move. They are so comfortable that even your barefoot-loving toddler wouldn't mind sporting these around the playground, and they come in plenty of different shades for boys and girls.
Stride Rite SRTech Carter Sneaker
Stride Rite SRT Carter Sneakers, just over $45, have reinforced midsoles that promote stability and structure, which help to prevent trips and falls. The sneakers come in sizes 4-10 and are lightweight, with memory foam fixed into the footbeds to keep mini walkers comfortable, with their arches supported throughout the day.
No need to fret over loose shoelaces, either -- the elastic bands and Velcro closures makes putting on her shoes quick and easy.
Crocs Kid's CitiLane Roka Slip-On
For something light and comfortable, try the Crocs Kid's CitiLane Roka Slip-On, available for an affordable price of about $35 in todller sizes7 -9. Crocs doubles up on comfort with their Dual Crocs Comfort™ technology. They layer a foam footbed over the Croslite™ foam outsole for maximum arch support. They are so light and comfy, your little ones may even want to sleep in these stylish slip-on's.
The ventilated tops allow their little feet to breathe, while their sturdy rubber material keeps them supported through their adventures. They come in a range of six colors for your little boy or girl to choose.
The Tsukihoshi Kaz, (under $60) is every parent's dream when it comes to arch support sneakers. Their insoles are specifically designed to support the arches of growing children with a cushioned footbed.
The brand as a whole has become a favorite amongst Pedorthists who recommend customizable shoes for children. Tsukihoshi knows your little ones can get down and dirty so they made their sneakers machine washable, so you don't have to spend time scrubbing. Find them in toddler sizes 7 - 13.
See Kai Run Milton Shoes
See Kai Run's boat shoes will make any mommy swoon. Not only are these See Kai Run Milton Shoes (just over $50) almost as cute as the little gentlemen that wear them, but they are also built with cushioned insoles that keep their arches comfortable.
See Kai Run has been recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development. You can purchase them in toddler sizes 4 - 10.
Comfortable and Durable Shoes
Comfortable and durable shoes are essential for your child's foot development. Many quality brands of children's footwear provide adequate cushioning and very light arch support that is right for toddlers. Always check the construction and fit carefully to ensure your little one is receiving substantial comfort for their daily adventures.