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How to Find the Perfect All-Season Shoes for Your Child

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Jovan Mijailović
Edited by Jovan Mijailović

Updated October 2, 2023.

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When raising children, ensuring their comfort and safety is a top priority for parents. This extends to footwear, where choosing the right shoes for different seasons is crucial for the well-being of their growing feet.

In this article, we'll explore the importance of all-season footwear for kids and provide insights into what to wear in the rain, snow, and more.

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Importance of All-Weather Shoes

All-season shoes protect your kid from weather conditions like rain, snow, heat, and cold. They're professionally fitted, guaranteeing comfort and suitability for your child's feet as they grow and develop.

How Often Should You Buy New Shoes for Kids?

Babies experience rapid foot growth, increasing by half a size every two months until the age of two and then half a size every two to three months until they reach three years. Then, their feet grow half a size every four months until they turn five.

Features to Look For When Buying Seasonal Shoes for Children

When selecting all-season shoes for your child, focus on three essential features: versatility, durability, and comfort. Ensure that the shoes fit properly and support your child's foot development.

Versatility means that the shoes should complement various outfits and occasions, making them a practical choice for all seasons. Finally, prioritise shoes made from high-quality materials that are professionally constructed to ensure durability and longevity.

Benefits of Breathable Material

Children sweat more than adults because they have a higher gland density. Proper ventilation and breathability in shoes are vital to allow airflow, prevent moisture buildup, and keep the feet cool and dry.

Are Waterproof Shoes Breathable?

Yes, most kids' waterproof shoes are also breathable. This is because they use different coatings and membranes to keep water out while allowing air to circulate.

Shoes without proper ventilation trap heat and moisture and lead to excessive sweating and foot odour. They also create a warm, damp environment that promotes the growth of moulds, potentially causing health issues.

Weather Considerations

The right shoe for your kid depends on the weather conditions in your area and the season.

  • Winter: Prioritize warm, water-resistant shoes that keep your child's feet cosy and protected from snow, ice, and cold winds. Look for those with good traction to prevent slips and injuries, such as snow boots and insulated sneakers.
  • Summer: Choose lightweight, breathable shoes that dry your child's feet, well-ventilated, and odour-free. Suitable options include sandals, flip-flops, or loafers.
  • Spring: Pick shoes that match the season's mood during this transitional season. Colourful and versatile sneakers and flats are excellent choices.
  • Autumn: As temperatures cool down in autumn, look for footwear that provides warmth and comfort, such as boots and canvas plimsolls.

Have different pairs of shoes for various weather conditions rather than relying on a single all-weather shoe. Weather-specific shoes ensure maximum protection and comfort, addressing the specific challenges of different seasons and environments.

» Learn how to waterproof your kid's shoes

Year-Round Comfort and Safety

Providing your child with appropriate all-season footwear is essential for their comfort, foot development, and overall well-being. Consider the changing needs of each season and invest in versatile, durable, and breathable shoes to keep your child's feet happy and healthy year-round.

For durable all-season kids' shoes, consider exploring First Walker's collections. They feature extended ankle and high built-in arch support, ensuring proper foot alignment while your little one is out exploring.


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