Children’s feet on the table

The proper way to buy children’s shoes

Buying good children’s shoes cannot not be rushed.  It requires time and a little patience - at the end of a long day or directly after a visit to the paediatrician is really not the right time. What must be taken into consideration so that your child gets the right shoes and can go through life on healthy feet? We have spoken to children’s shoe expert Annette v. Czarnowski and have 5 tips for you for buying children's shoes.

  • Your child only needs shoes when he or she is able to walk several steps independently because walking barefoot sustainably enhances motor skills.
  • Children should always be involved in buying shoes so that their feet can be measured and the right shoes can be found.
  • WMS – a natural fit. recommends that there should still be room for a 1-cent coin in front of the toes in new children’s shoes. This corresponds to two shoe sizes and is necessary for the feet to unroll and grow.
  • Children’s feet must be gently surrounded by good shoes that are the correct length and width so that they do not slide forwards or are constricted at the sides.
  • When buying children's shoes, look out for the WMS – a natural fit.seal of quality, which stands for proven fits for children’s shoes and reliable instruments for measuring children’s feet.


Waterproof the shoes directly after purchase so that your child does not get wet feet and the high-quality shoes are protected. There are new impregnation products on the market that do not use spray technology and are based on purely natural ingredients. Just like the your child’s skin, the “skin” of the good shoe will also be glad of good care. The material will remain flexible and can protect your child’s feet. Since children's feet grow 1–1.5 sizes per season/half year on average, it is best if you regularly take out the sole and check that the toe imprint has not yet reached the very front. If there are only a few millimetres to spare that means: time to buy new shoes!