Choose the right slippers for your little princess

Well, this is true with a little addition, having a good collection of shoes is not restricted to women only these days, our daughters follow the row 😉

My husband always cribs about my shoe collection which I never wear now, with Anaaya, he is cornered and keeps saying I will need a separate cupboard soon just for the shoes for both of you. 😊 My little munchkin is just 2.5 half and she has started to show signs of her preferences when it comes to clothes and shoes … yeah you read right!

I recently bought slippers for girls and trust me; I was taken aback at the options available. Old school thought maybe but so many options weren’t there during our times I wonder. Hmm! We have flats to heels, all kinds of fancy stuff for these kiddos. However, few things we need to keep in mind as parents before we buy slippers for girls are –

Age-appropriateness: 

Proper functioning of 26 bones forming a human foot determines lifetime mobility. Wearing the wrong or ill-fitting slippers for girls can lead to injuries. In one of the articles, Dr Alpana Dogre, a Physiotherapist from Chennai mentions that a child’s feet may develop till the age of 18 but, by the age of 10 the pace of growth reduces. As parents, we need to buy age-appropriate footwear, something that works for a 10 yr. old. may not work for a 3-4 yr. old. Different slippers for girls are available for different developmental stages that we need to keep in mind. 

For Toddlers, we may use breathable, soft fabrics and soles because their feet perspire a lot. They are just learning to walk and their feet are vulnerable, we need to protect them. Whereas, for a young child (4-8 yrs.) they want the flexibility to support their hyperactive lifestyle and growth spurts. Pre-teens and Teens wish to experiment more with their choice.

Size & Fit of Shoes:

Whatever may be the occasion, comfort should always be the priority.  When it comes to the size of the slippers, some parents have the thought process that since the child is in the growing stage, we can buy a bigger size. It’s a big mistake because wearing the incorrect size can lead to injuries; however, wearing the correct size will give complete comfort to your child. The best time to measure the size of the footwear is the end of the day because that’s the largest size a child can have post all activities throughout the day. 

Secondly, buy the shoes and ask your child to walk in them for a few mins before buying them. If you are buying online, prefer a website with a return or exchange facility in case of any issues.

An occasion to wear:

Your footwear should be appropriate for the activity your child is focussing upon. Children up to 3 yrs. may have flat feet so shoes which support the feet are important. 

Similarly, for a family function or a casual setting, the choice of shoes will differ.

Also, quality plays a vital role. Inferior quality shoes can cause damage to your little one. Do share your thoughts and experiences 😊

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2 comments

  1. It is really so important to buy age-appropriate footwear for kids. Of course they need to be colourful and trendy too, but not at the cost of comfort, especially in growing children.

  2. It feels like it’s been ages since I bought good slippers for my girl. Just yesterday she told me that she doesn’t have good slippers. Got to check out the collection.

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