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By Dr. Michael Stein
November 28, 2014
Category: Footwear

Protect children's feet with proper bootsHere in the Bay Area we’re blessed with extremely mild temperatures year round. That said, if you want to protect your little one’s feet on chilly, rainy days, you’ll need to invest in a good pair of boots. Now that the winter sports season has officially begun, if you’re looking to make a day or weekend trip with the family out to Bear Valley, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood, or Squaw Valley, you’ll need to invest in a good pair of winter boots. Keep some things in mind when fitting boots on your child.

First, sizing. Boot sizes usually don’t precisely match sizes on your everyday sneakers—particularly winter boots, which feature a thick liner and often have to fit over heavy socks (or an extra pair). When fitting boots in the store, make sure your child is wearing the same kind of socks she might wear up in the mountains on a frigid day. It can also be helpful to remove the liner first and make sure that fits. Once the liner is on, put the boot back on over it (with your little one’s feet still inside) and have your child walk around. The fit should be comfortable, but firm enough that the boot doesn’t slide around. Often, the right fit will be around a size larger than your child’s regular shoes.

You want the entire boot to be fully waterproof and weatherproof to shut out snow, rain, moisture, and cold temperatures. Rubber soles and a tall upper made of a fully weatherproof material is a must. Make sure the soles have plenty of grooves, too—especially for little ones still unsure of their gait. Plenty of traction is mandatory for slippery conditions.

Boots are heavier and bulkier to get on and off than regular shoes, so if your child is still having trouble putting on shoes by himself, or need you to do it for him, you want to pick a style that gets on and off easily. Boots that can open wide and then close via Velcro strap, flap, or zipper will be much easier to pull onto a small, squirmy foot.

If you have any questions or concerns about your little one’s foot health or footwear, call (510) 483-3390 and have the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay take a look at your child’s feet. We want you and your whole family looking and feeling great this winter—wherever that winter takes you.

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