Are laces best for baby shoes?
We get a lot of people asking – ‘Aren’t laces really awkward on baby shoes?’. It’s true that velcro has a certain lure – the speed of doing-up and un-doing shoes cannot be denied. And the elasticated slip-on looks, at a glance, to be no-fuss.
But the truth is that laces offer a far superior fitting baby shoe to velcro or elastic. Laces allow the shoe to be gathered to the baby foot perfectly, meaning that the shoe forms a second-skin to the foot. And that is not something that can be under-estimated. There are three main reasons that laces are brilliant for babies shoes and toddlers shoes.
1. Getting the baby shoes on!
The laces allow for the shoe to be opened wide to slide the foot inside. ALL parents will know the struggle of trying to get a baby shoe on when their child is curling their toes. Having a wide opening means the foot can slide easily in, rather than fighting to get the shoe on, and not ever really being sure that it’s on properly.
2. Fitting the baby shoe to the foot
Once the foot is in the shoe, the laces then gather the shoe gently to the shape of the foot, rather than squashing the foot into an existing shape. We all know that every baby and child is different, and this applies to their feet too. So it’s only reasonable to expect that their feet deserve to be treated as individuals, to be given a shoe that fits them perfectly rather than being forced into an unnatural shape. I’m sure most parents can also attest to having bought baby or toddler shoes that are the right size by measurements, but then the straps don’t fasten loose or tight enough, leaving the shoes un-usable. Or with the elasticated shoe – the constant struggle (also applies to socks) of the shoe being kicked off. Not the case with laces!
3. Allowing the foot to move and grow
Once on and fastened, the lace-up baby or toddler shoe forms a second-skin – making them best for ease of movement. This is not only important to allow the foot to develop properly (as a baby’s foot is mostly cartilage until the age of four, so un-restrictive shoes are very important to allow proper development of the bones), but also to allow your little one to move freely and explore the world around them. To give them the freedom to play as if barefoot (but with the protection that soft shoes provide). Because they shouldn’t be worrying about their shoes, and neither should you! Those first steps should be care-free, so it’s important to make sure their first shoes are hassle-free.
Note – we find a double-tie works best for extra-security, and always check the laces are the right length to remove risk of tripping.
We’d love to hear what you think in the comments!