Who doesn't love to kick off their shoes and socks for summer sandals? Keep your kids safe in sandals while having fun in the sun.
- Step 1: Don't flip for flip-flops. They have no support and few straps to prevent toe stubs or to keep little feet for slipping out of them.
- Step 2: Give your sandal selections the walk test. Have your child test them on carpet and on hard flooring. If your child can walk, run, and jump, then the shoe fits – you can bank on it.
- FACT: The temperature inside your child's shoe can reach 120 degrees.
- Step 3: Check the shoe for flexibility. Soles that are too rigid can hurt small feet, and shoes that twist like a pretzel don't offer enough support. Feet grow well into the late teens, and need proper support for muscles and arches.
- Step 4: Forget slip-ons or open-heel sandals. Look for a pair that has a back strap so little feet don't slide out when running or jumping.
- Step 5: Buy sandals the same size as closed-toe shoes. If you're not sure of the size, have your child's foot measured for length and width.
- TIP: If you child has one foot larger than the other, size to the larger foot.
- Step 6: Decide on the type of sandal you want to buy. Are you looking for dress sandals or a pair that's okay for playing in the sandbox?