Have you been looking for quality, well-made shoes for your kids? Do you want to provide your child with an all leather shoe that is supportive, flexible and breathable? Finding good, quality shoes for children is not easy, but it’s important to provide them with good shoes in order to keep their feet and legs healthy.
Did you know that it has been medically proven that good quality shoes will shape and mold your kids’ feet guaranteeing proper growth and healthy foot development?
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 7 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT.
What I have noticed throughout the years is how parents tend to like how European shoes fit and look better than other shoe styles.
For example, here in the United States most parents are familiar with shoe brands such as Robeez, Stride Rite, Saucony, New Balance, just to name a few… and those are great shoe brands that are available in different widths for children and adults! However, certain parents want to make sure their kids shoes are made of healthy, innovative shoe construction and at the same time look stylish.
It’s important for our kids shoes to be made of durable materials (most kids European shoes are made of eco-friendly materials), in order to guarantee that your children will outgrow their shoes before they wear out!
Please keep in mind that if your children have extra wide feet, the majority of the European shoe styles WON’T be wide enough for their feet. European shoes tend to fit narrow around the heel area (this is great to provide ankle support) and wider in the front of the shoe, which means that they might fit a child with a WIDE foot, but they won’t fit a child with an EXTRA WIDE foot.
If your child has extra wide feet, STOP looking for European shoe brands and take a look at a post where I describe the best extra wide shoes for children:
I have had several parents asked me where they can get European shoes for their children, since they believe that they are better for their kids feet. I do agree that European shoes tend to be better made than most children’s shoes out there, but not all European brands will provide the same quality.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for, we carry the best European shoe brands for children, and some of them are Naturino, Primigi, Geox, Ricosta, Star Child, Umi, Ecco, Cienta, Froddo…
European shoe manufacturers not only put your kids feet health always first and design shoes for active kids, but they also put a great deal of emphasis on the fashion and the design of the shoes.
If you have been looking for European shoes for kids, I will describe the best quality ones in this post!
What Makes European Shoes Better Than Other Shoes?
Most European children’s shoes tend to be supportive, breathable, flexible and lightweight. One of the main advantages of these shoes is how they protect and support children’s feet, without restricting toe movement or growth. Because the shoes are made of leather they tend to adapt to your kids feet leaving them free to grow naturally!
One feature that no parent wants or should compromise when it comes to providing shoes for their kids is COMFORT. In order for your kids to be comfortable in their shoes you must provide them with the correct shoe size. REMEMBER that it doesn’t matter how well-made or supportive the shoe is, if it’s not fitted properly, you won’t provide your child with any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer.
First of all, the quality of European shoes is EXCELLENT. Parents love how well-made the shoes are (they will hold up for a whole season) and will continue living out their lives as hand-me-down shoes. However, I always encourage parents to NOT provide their children with hand-me-down shoes since they can create several foot issues to their feet.
I actually wrote a post where I describe why you should NEVER provide your child with hand-me-down shoes, and how the cheapest new shoe is always better than a used one. You can find that post below:
The features that most European shoes have to offer are:
They are made out of 100% leather or canvas.
They offer orthopedic arch support.
They come with breathable leather innersoles.
They are flexible and light-weight.
They are stylish.
Another awesome feature that certain European shoe styles have to offer is the GORE-TEX material they come with. This material is not only WATERPROOF but also windproof. However, it’s extremely breathable since it allows your kids body moisture to escape. This will allow your child’s feet to stay warm and dry even when jumping into puddles or walking on the snow or the rain.
Why Do Parents Prefer European Shoes?
If you are one of those parents who understands the true value of well-made, supportive shoes for children you must be aware that most children should always wear quality shoes in order to correctly shape their feet and assist them in proper posture development.
Did you know that in Europe kids shoes are regarded as “health products” rather than fashion items? This is the main reason why European shoes are made to the highest quality standards imposed by European manufacturing.
Unfortunately, I have seen an increased number of shoes in the United States that are made in China or Vietnam. These shoes are made of low quality materials, and they will provide little to non-existent support to your kids feet.
Keep your kids’ feet healthy by providing them with good, quality shoes that they can wear everyday and you will end up saving a lot of money since your child’s shoes will not be worn out before your kids grow out of them!
The BEST European Kids Shoes – The Secret Revealed!
First of all, if you want to provide your child with the correct pair of shoes you must take him or her to your local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure your kids’ feet and find shoes accordingly.
Certain parents don’t have a local children’s shoe store in their area that they trust, and those parents must purchase their kids shoes online. If you are one of those parents, I will provide you with a selection of the best European shoes for kids below!
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”,which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
Why Is It So Important To Get The Correct Shoe Size?
If you provide your child with a shoe that is too narrow or too wide for his or her feet, you will end up creating several foot and leg issues that they can carry into adulthood.
Since the children’s shoe store that I work for specializes in children with foot and leg issues, I have seen hundreds of children that were simply experiencing foot and leg pain due to not wearing the correct shoe size.
Some of those issues involve blisters, calluses, and bunions as well as arch, ankle and leg pain.
I have helped several children that came into the shoe store complaining about pain in the bottom or top of their feet, and while this might be related to arch or ankle pain, in certain cases it was due to the shoe not being deep enough (hence putting pressure in the top part of the foot), or the shoe being too loose around the ankle area (hence not providing enough ankle support).
While your kids feet and leg pain might be related to wearing the wrong shoe size, you must make sure the issue is not related to the shoes being non supportive. I wrote two posts that might help you identify exactly where your kids feet and leg pain is coming from and the reasons for it.
You can find those posts below:
I always explain to parents how it doesn’t matter how well-made and supportive the shoes that they provide to their children are, if they are not fitted properly, their child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer.
Do you prefer European shoe styles over other shoe styles for your child? Do you have a particular European shoe brand or shoe style that you prefer? Please share your thoughts and comments below so we can all benefit from them!