Do you have a baby with a foot condition that requires him/her to wear supportive shoes? Is your baby having stability issues and falling down?
When babies are learning how to walk it is normal for them to fall occasionally. However, you want to look into other reasons of why your baby or toddler might keep falling down. The first step is to check the shoes that they are wearing. Shoes that are too small or too long will compromise your baby’s stability and they can create foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Wearing the correct type of shoes in the correct shoe size will allow your babies to learn hoy to walk comfortably and keep their feet healthy at the same time. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years, where we take care of children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I handle approximately 200 hundred shoe fittings/try-ons per week.
Did you know that if your babies have a foot condition or are having trouble balancing and learning how to walk there are certain shoes that can help improve their balance? I am not talking about orthopedic shoes. Wearing the correct type of shoes will help your baby or toddler walk and run straighter.
There is a particular high top shoe style for babies and toddlers that have proven to be the most effective one when it comes to treating, preventing, and helping kids balance.
This shoe style has proven to help babies and toddlers with the following conditions:
- Low Muscle Tone
- Flat Feet
- Rolled Ankles
- Knock Knees
This style is also the most recommended by pediatricians and physical therapists for children who have foot problems. Let me clarify, even if your children don’t have any foot problems, they can still wear this shoe style.
I am here to help those parents whose babies or toddlers continue falling down after learning how to walk or are flat footed and need shoes with more support and structure.
Certain babies are born with flat feet and this condition is believed to be hereditary. Please keep in mind that if you don’t notice an arch on your babies’ feet this doesn’t mean that your baby is automatically flat footed. There is usually a fat pad under it which will prevent you from seeing it.
A baby or toddler who is flat footed will walk and run differently, and you may notice their feet and legs turning inwards or outwards with every step. The main issue with children being flat footed is that it can lead to foot and leg pain, since children are putting pressure on parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to. Also, flat feet, don’t have the arches to provide shock absorption every time the feet impact the ground.
I will show you which is the best shoe style for babies who have stability issues, flat feet, and have trouble keeping their feet and legs straight when they walk.
I have fitted and tested this shoe style on hundreds of babies and toddlers, and the difference it makes in the way they walk is amazing. You will notice and improvement in the way they walk and run immediately.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: This shoe style was only available in white but it’s also available in brown and black now.
The 5 Most Important Features this Shoe Style Provides!
Why is this shoe style the most recommended not just by me but by most pediatricians and physical therapists as well? This shoe style provides several features that most babies and toddler shoes do not.
Besides helping your babies and toddlers feel more secure and stable when they walk, the firm heel counter of the shoe allows for better lateral movement support and the structure of the shoe prevents your babies and toddler’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards or outwards.
Let’s take a look at the features this shoe style will provide to your babies or toddler’s feet:
- Ankle support for better lateral movement ❤️
- Sensory pods in the sole to allow your baby to feel the ground ❤️
- Lightweight and Flexible ❤️
- A substantial sole that provides more support and prevents babies and toddler’s feet from turning inwards or outwards ❤️
- Availability in medium, wide, and extra wide widths ❤️
If your baby or toddler has extra wide feet and you always have problems finding shoes that are wide enough, I can guarantee that this shoe style will fit the shape their feet perfectly. This is truly one of the best fittings shoe styles for babies and toddlers.
Helping Babies and Toddlers Balance – Shoes Play a Key Role!
Parents are always anxious about their babies first steps. Please remember that is always best to leave your babies barefoot around the house when they are learning how to walk. This will allow for healthy foot development. However, shoes come into play when you take your babies to the playground or the shopping mall, since we want their feet to be protected. When a baby is learning how to walk, shoes serve as a means of warmth and protection.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your baby won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their babies and toddlers to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
I know what works for babies and toddlers from my experience of actually testing and fitting the shoes and observing how the child reacts to them.
This shoe style it’s great for babies or toddlers who have stability issues, flat feet, knock-knees, low muscle tone, or rolled ankles. This classic high top will improve your babies’ stability by helping them walk straighter.
Now that you know what features this shoe style will provide and how to figure out your babies foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best white high top baby shoes.
The Best White High Top Baby Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
If your child’s gait doesn’t improve after wearing this shoe style, then you might have to consider providing him or her with a pair of orthotics.
Here you can find the best white high top baby shoes:
Both 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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device) in order to allow for growing room.
Now you can treat and prevent your baby’s and toddler’s foot conditions and help them balance at the same time.
The fact that they come in wide and extra wide widths it’s really important since most babies and toddlers have wide feet. The extra wide width will even fit your baby and toddler with a high instep.
Before you leave I wanted to tell you that socks play a key role in keeping your babies feet healthy.
I have found seamless socks to be the most effective ones when it comes to keeping your baby’s feet healthy, but it’s not only important for socks to be seamless, they need to be the correct size as well. A pair of socks that is too short will constrict toe movement and make your baby’s toes overlap and rub against each other. On the other hand, a pair of socks that is too long will bunch up below your baby’s feet and make your baby uncomfortable.
I describe the best baby socks in another article I wrote called:
Have you tried this shoe style for your baby before? Have you found another shoe style that has worked better for your baby’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from them.