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Let’s Identify the Different Parts of the Shoe – Get to Know Your Kids’ Shoes

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It’s important to know which are the different parts of the shoes in order to be able to identify them in case your child needs extra support from a specific part.

Children who have a particular foot condition or are experiencing foot and leg pain need to wear shoes that provide targeted support to certain areas of the feet.  Physical or occupational therapists might recommend shoes with a firm heel counter or a substantial outsole for children who are experiencing heel or arch pain. Do you know where the heel counter of the shoe is located? Do you know what is considered a substantial outsole?

Do you know which part of the shoe you need to press to check whether the shoe has a firm heel counter or not?

I believe that you can strongly benefit from knowing which are the different parts of  your kids’ shoes, especially if you have a child that is experiencing foot or leg pain.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted hundreds of children’s shoes and I am familiar with which shoe styles provide better support than others.

When children experience foot pain, it’s highly likely that they need to find a shoe that provides better arch or ankle support. I believe that it’s important for parents to get familiar with which are the different parts of the shoes in order to be able to significantly reduce or fully eliminate the pain that their kids are experiencing.

Let’s start identifying what are the different parts of the shoe:

✅ Heel Counter: This is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle and heel support. It’s important for the heel counter of the shoe to be firm, as the firmer it is, the more support it provides. Take a look at the picture below to identify where the heel counter of the shoe is located:

If your child is experiencing heel pain, it’s important to press on the heel counter of the shoes and make sure it feels firm instead of soft. If you press on the heel counter of the shoes and it feels flimsy or soft, then it means that the shoes won’t provide any type of heel or ankle support. Let’s take a look at the difference between shoe with a soft heel counter versus a shoe with a firm heel counter:

✅ Outsole: This is the bottom part of the shoe that provides arch support. It’s important for the shoes to always provide a supportive, substantial outsole in order to minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they become in contact with the ground. Below you can see the difference between a shoe with a substantial sole versus a shoe with a sole that is too thin and doesn’t provide the correct amount of support:

Another reason why the shoes must provide a substantial outsole is that it helps prevent your child’s shoes from wearing down faster than expected.

✅ Toe cap: This is the front part of the shoe that is often made of rubber or other highly abrasion-resistant materials and provides additional protection from scrapes and sharp hazards. Take a look at the picture below to identify where the toe cap of the shoe is located:

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Some children tend to drag their toes to the ground when walking or running that’s why it’s important for the toe cap of the shoes to be durable, in order to prevent the shoes from wearing down.

Toe-Box: This is also the front part of the shoe, but it covers the whole front of the shoe. You might have heard that certain children with wide feet require a shoe with a wider or rounder toe-box, or children with narrow feet require a shoe with a narrower toe-box. Take a look at the picture below to identify where the toe-box of the shoe is located:

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Shoes with rounder toe-boxes are the most effective ones when you have to fit an orthotic inside the shoes.

Eyelets: These are the holes where the shoelaces go through. Take a look at the picture to identify where the eyelets of the shoes are located:

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✅ Tongue: The tongue of the shoe is a strip of leather or other material located under the laces of a shoe. Sometimes when a child has narrow feet you will hear the shoe fitter recommend a tongue pad to be fitted on the tongue of the shoe. Take a look at the picture below for clarification to identify where the tongue of the shoe is located:

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Now that you know which are the different parts of the shoes, you can identify them and provide your child with the correct pair of shoes.

I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local kids’ shoe store that they trust. The issue is that most parents don’t have a local shoe store in they area – as most of them have been closing down –

I have been helping parents find their children’s shoes online for the last 5 years and I always tell them to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your children’s shoes are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly and I will help you find it!

If you need help finding a pair of everyday sneakers, dress shoessummer sandals, winter boots, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes you need. This tool is extremely effective as it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. I also tell you exactly how each shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that accommodate orthotics. Go to the link below:

Find The Best Shoe Style For Your Child’s Unique Feet

If there is a specific part of the shoe that you are still unclear of where is located please let me know in the comments section below.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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