Summer Shoes for Little Feet


When you have kids, you know how hard you strive to get them the best of the best of whatever you’re buying for them. You find the best back-to-school sales, you cook healthy meals for them, you research the absolute best doctors to take them to. It can get exhausting! We’re here to help you take the guesswork out of at least one part of it: their shoes!

The structure, material, quality, support and comfort features in kids’ shoes vary greatly from pair to pair. With the rising temperatures during this summer, it’s tempting to just let them go everywhere in flip-flops, or even barefoot! Unfortunately, flip-flops don’t have the proper foot support for growing feet and developmental issues can occur as their bones continue to grow.

Here are some other things to consider when you’re buying shoes for your kids this summer:

  • Barefoot is not best – Being barefoot is great indoors. It prevents the spread of outdoor germs in the house and promotes strong muscle development. However, when your kid is running around outside, shoes are a must. Barefoot kids are at a greater risk of contracting a foot disease, getting a foot fungus, or sustaining an injury.
  • Sandal tips – While we mentioned flip-flops are not supportive enough to be a good everyday shoe for your child, sandals are occasionally a different story. If you’re looking at sandals to help keep your kids’ feet cool, look for arch support, heel cupping, and shock absorption. These are a must as they can prevent injury to your child’s foot and encourage proper bone growth. As with any shoe, make sure they fit properly to prevent any rubbing or tripping.
  • Water shoes are great – If you’re going to the pool or the river, water shoes are a must. They keep little feet protected and also prevent slipping on any mossy rocks. They also make feet less prone to sunburn (sunscreen is still a must though!)
  • Sneakers are the best option – Generally, a nice supportive pair of sneakers is best for your kids’ growing feet. The keyword for kids’ shoes is supportive! Breathable materials like mesh or cotton canvas are best, especially during summer.
  • Socks are a must – If your child is going out in sneakers, they must wear socks. Skipping the socks put them at risk for contracting infections, bacteria, and fungus.

Are you looking for the perfect shoe for your kiddo? Or have you noticed anything about their gait or foot development that needs attention? Dr. David R. Sullivan here at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC, is highly trained and able to answer any questions about your children’s feet. To schedule an appointment, contact us today. You can call our conveniently located Westfield, IN office at 317-896-6655.