Kids’ shoes



Back-to-school shoe shopping for your kids: making an informed decision


Let’s be honest Who really knows about the effects of shoe types on your children’s motor development, biomechanics and musculoskeletal health?


Let’s be skeptical On what basis are “professionals” making their recommendations relative to the purchase of “good” shoes for your kids?


Let’s be critical Marketing trends define what you find on store shelves. Most shoes on the market are inadequate.


Let’s be rigorous Kids’ shoes should be as close to being barefoot as possible, and your children should wear them for as long as possible during their development.


Let’s be clear The criteria that define what are good kids’ shoes are as follows: as thin as possible, with no heel to toe drop whatsoever, as flexible as possible and as close to the actual shape of the feet as possible (wider at the forefoot)…, and for all types of shoes (street wear, physical education, running, etc.)


Let’s be bold The criteria defining a good pair of shoes ARE NOT based on pricing, brands or the name of a store… Almost everywhere you go, you’ll find a few good shoes and a lot of crappy ones.


Let’s be practical Go to a large department store or a specialized running shoe retailer. Ask for flexible and thin shoes, with no heel to toe drop. Check them out for yourself :). Make sure that the shoes are comfortable when your kids try them on (no pressure points and enough space for the toes), whether they are walking or running. A size too large is better than a size too small.   For more information: encart Kmag (French)  and the TV show Trucs et compagnie on V (French also).