A Podiatrist's Guide to the Best Structured Shoes for Kids

Why Structured Shoes?

Structured shoes are designed to provide a firm foundation for the foot, which is essential for several reasons:

1. Support and Stability: A structured shoe helps maintain proper foot alignment and supports the arch, reducing the risk of conditions such as flat feet or overpronation.

2. Protection: These shoes offer better protection against sharp objects, uneven surfaces, and impacts, which is especially important for active children.

3. Injury Prevention: By limiting excessive foot motion, stiff sole shoes can help prevent injuries such as sprains, strains, and stress fractures.

4. Comfort: Properly designed structured shoes distribute weight evenly across the foot, reducing pressure points and enhancing overall comfort.

What to Look for in Structured Shoes for Kids

When selecting shoes for children, consider the following factors:

– Proper Fit: Ensure there is adequate space for toes to move, but the heel should remain secure without slipping.

– Quality Materials: Look for shoes made from durable materials that provide both flexibility and firmness where needed.

– Arch Support: Good arch support is crucial for maintaining the natural shape and function of the foot.

– Breathability: Choose shoes with breathable materials to keep feet dry and comfortable.

– Secure Fastening: Velcro straps, laces, or adjustable closures ensure the shoe stays in place during activities.

**The shoe should not bend through the midfoot; however, it should still bend through the forefoot, allowing for the foot to propel through the toes whilst walking.

Top Recommendations for Stiff Sole Shoes for Kids

Here are some of the best shoes for children that combine support, durability, and comfort:

  1. Asics Kayano/Cumulus
  • Creates a stable and comfortable underfoot experience for young feet
  • The toe-rubber stitching, and wrap-up outsole help to improve the shoe’s durability.
  • 8.5mm heel height differential (HHD)
  • 217 grams

ASICS GEL KAYANO 30 (GS) KIDS BLACK BLACK | The Athlete’s Foot (theathletesfoot.com.au)

2.  Hoka Clifton

  • Designed for future milers and marathoners alike
  • Same iconic HOKA comfort and performance, sized down for up-and-coming athletes.
  • 167 grams
  • 4mm heel height differential (HHD)

HOKA CLIFTON 9 KIDS BLACK WHITE | The Athlete’s Foot (theathletesfoot.com.au)

3. Asics 1000 (Velcro)

  • designed to provide stability for kids as they roll through their stride
  • Velcro laces for easy on and off
  • 220 grams
  • 8.3mm heel height differential (HHD)

ASICS GT-1000 11 (PS) KIDS BLACK PAPAYA | The Athlete’s Foot (theathletesfoot.com.au)

4. New Balance 860 (Velcro)

  • Delivers outstanding support for growing feet
  • Velcro laces for easy on and off
  • 162 grams
  • 8-10mm Heel height differential (HHD)

NEW BALANCE 860 V13 (PS) KIDS BLACK BLACK | The Athlete’s Foot (theathletesfoot.com.au)

5. Nike Air Force 1

Tips for Parents

– Regular Check-ups: Have your child’s feet measured regularly to ensure they are wearing the correct shoe size.

– Rotate Shoes: Encourage your child to rotate between different pairs of shoes to prevent excessive wear and promote foot health.

– Monitor Wear and Tear: Regularly inspect shoes for signs of wear and replace them as needed to ensure continued support and protection.

Choosing the right footwear for your child is essential for their overall foot health and development. A well structured shoe offers numerous benefits, from enhanced support and stability to improved comfort and injury prevention. By selecting high-quality, well-fitting shoes, you can help ensure your child’s feet remain healthy and strong as they grow.

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