Ugg boots are often criticized for hurting women’s and children’s feet. Podiatrists and chiropractors believe that Ugg boots, which are particularly popular among young teenage girls, are leading to a rise in the number of people suffering pains in their feet and knees which might lead to ankle, hip and back problems. The plush lining also can create an ideal breeding ground for foot fungus. Ugg boots for children has become a controversial subject.
Maybe you and your child already own a pair of Ugg boots. Don’t worry, I am not here to judge. I actually own a pair of men Ugg boots that I use during the winter season. It is one of the most comfortable pieces of footwear I have ever owned. However, I understand that they don’t offer as much support as they should. It is hard for me to describe Ugg boots as a fashion item, because they do provide some functionality in them, now that some of their styles are even waterproof!
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 5 years, and the store has been carrying Ugg boots even before I started working there. I work in a store that specializes in children that have foot issues such as flat feet, knock knees, hammer toes… I have fitted toe-walkers, children with different sized feet (more than a whole size difference between their feet), and children that had six toes. I have seen it all and I am aware of the POSITIVE impact that good supportive footwear can have in our kids’ feet and legs overall health, as long as the shoes are fitted properly.
The Most Controversial Pair Of Boots: Ugg Boots!
Uggs and its offshoots are a very popular brand and genre of footwear worn for warmth and we tend to sell a ton of them at the store I work for. Every time we approach the winter season we start selling the classic styles, which consistently sell year after year, as well as the latest annual Ugg fashions.
The main problem with Ugg boots is that they are an unsupported piece of footwear. This is what most specialized shoe fitters and physicians who deal with injuries stemming from improper footwear believe. Based on my research and knowledge of fitting shoes, and foot-related health, I tend to agree with the opposition. Unsurprisingly, people tend to confuse supportive footwear with fashion footwear.
It’s been determined by people familiar in the field that Uggs offer no benefit to the foot, they in fact very well may be damaging your kids’ feet if she is wearing them for longer periods of time. Another example of a fashion shoe is Converse sneakers. Who doesn’t love Converse? However, this is a very flat shoe with no heel counter, but as long as the child is wearing them to the shopping mall for a couple of hours a day he should have no problem wearing them.
Parents need to understand the difference between an everyday running shoe, and a shoe that is meant to be worn for a maximum of 4 to 5 hours a day.Converse are not meant for doing PE with, running, or doing competitive sports. Does this qualify Converse shoes or Ugg boots as bad footwear or footwear that hurts children’s feet? This is where a parent’s good judgement needs to take effect.
They are fashion shoes, and that’s how they should be worn. As long as the child is wearing them a couple of hours a day (4-5 hours max) they will not harm your kids’ feet.Parents reaction is: ” I don’t want to spend 150 dollars in a pair of boots that my child can only wear for such a short period of time during the day”.
I get it, I wouldn’t want to spend all that money for a piece of footwear that my child will not wear as much, and will outgrow it in a couple of months.
What would happen if I could tell you that your child could wear his Ugg boots, or his Converse sneakers for longer periods of time?
As I mentioned before, we have a lot of children that come into the store that are flat-footed, low tone, or have some other type of foot problem. Parents usually explain me how upset their child is that she cannot wear Ugg boots or that they have been wanting Ugg boots for years and they can’t wear them because of their foot issues.
I always recommend good, supportive footwear for a child that is having foot issues. However, this doesn’t mean that the child can’tt wear the shoes she likes! For example, we started carrying a type of insert that fits inside the Ugg boots. These inserts come with a built in arch and a heel cup that provides arch and ankle support.
Will these inserts make Ugg boots more supportive? DEFINITELY! This means your child can wear them for longer periods of time, but he or she should still wear the sneakers when doing more intense activities.
I wrote a post where I describe some of the most common children foot problems and I describe the best inserts that reduce, or in some cases completely eliminate the foot pain that your child might be going through. The post is called:
A Fashion And Health Dilemma – Stop Uggs From Smelling
The next concern parents will deal with is the odor that will quickly rise with wear. Unless your child is a sweat-free specimen, her Uggs will get smelly, and fast. Ugg fans delight in the design of this quite frankly shoddy boot as it seems to encourage going sockless. Smelly boots are not the only problem this can create.
Skin infections like athlete’s foot and dermatitis will arise if your child is not wearing socks with the boots, since bare feet can really sweat in the fur. I strongly recommend making your child wear socks and spray the liner once a month with anti-fungal spray. There is an Ugg kit that comes with everything you need to clean them and make them look like new.
I always explain to parents that choosing the right sock size has the same importance as finding the correct shoe size. A sock that is too small or too long will make the footwear that your child is wearing uncomfortable. I explain the importance of wearing socks and describe the best breathable and seamless socks in this post:
Finding The Right Ugg Boot Size – Get It Right!
When you or your children are trying on Ugg boots, make sure they do not feel overly tight. At the same time they should not fit too loose, since they will stretch over a period of 1-2 weeks of wear. These boots do not come in half sizes, so if your child measure a 10 and a half, he or she probably needs an 11. You will always round up.
Make sure if it is raining outside or snowing you should not wear your Ugg boots since they will leave small stains in your boots! You can spray them to make them water friendly!
Do I Recommend Ugg Boots? – Find The Answer Below
I do, as long as you or your child wears them for what they are, a fashion item. These boots are “comfort” not “performance footwear.” Just because the brand name boot is better constructed doesn’t mean you can wear them for long periods of time. All of these fashion boots will NOT provide you with the control, cushion or support that a person who is standing or walking needs unless you wear them with the Superfeet insoles.
The Biggest Secret About Ugg Boots!
Since you are obviously interested in Ugg boots and you have come to my website and read what I had to say about them,I will reveal you one of the biggest secrets in footwear. Did you know that if you are a women shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller you can purchase the kids’ version of the Ugg boots? You will end up saving a lot of money!
I have fitted several of the moms that come to the store looking for Ugg boots for their children, and they end up buying boots for themselves too. And not just boots, you can do it with any type of footwear, as long as you are an 8 1/2 women shoe size or below. I wrote a post where you can learn more about this called: Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes! Now you can spread the word to your family and friends!
Ugg’s Boot-Where Do You Stand?
I understand that spending between $120 to $180 for a pair of fashion boots is not in everyone’s family budget, but some families do decide to purchase them for their children. Sometimes this might be a “must have item” for your child.
I have seen parents provide their offspring with some options, such as waiting for a sale, asking them to start saving to pay for the boots themselves, or suggest they might request them for their birthday. Some parents will chip in and tell the kid to pay for the rest.
I believe it is always best to provide the child with options instead of a plain “no.”Below you can find a selection of some of the most popular styles of Ugg boots!
Has your child been asking you for a pair of Ugg boots? Maybe she already owns a pair? Is she complaining about pain in her feet?Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit it from them!