Practical tips for buying the right Richter children’s shoes

Richter children’s shoes are well equipped: they help children take their first wobbly steps and provide necessary support when they are running or climbing. For Richter children’s shoes to be most effective, it is important that the shoes fit perfectly! After all, the healthy development of children’s feet is only possible if the shoes sit properly. And of course we hope that our shoes, which we have made with skilful craftsmanship and great attention to detail, ensure that you and your children derive lots of pleasure and fun when they are worn.

Parents should pay special attention to the following points when buying shoes:

  • Children must be present when the shoes are bought so that their feet can be measured for the right fit.
  • The correct size of the shoes is determined from the length of both feet while standing.
  • Leave enough space in front of the toes! Please bear in mind that children’s shoes should be approx. 12 mm longer than their feet.
  • Removable insoles facilitate the purchase of the right shoe: simply remove the insole, put the child’s foot on it and check the size. Tip: standard insoles can quickly and easily be exchanged if necessary for orthopaedic inlay soles.
  • The ball area must not be not too narrow or too wide. Shoes are of the right width when they closely fit at the instep and in the heel area so that the foot cannot slide about in the shoe.
  • Don’t rely on the thumb test when buying the shoes! The reason is that most children pull in their toes when they feel the pressure of the finger.
  • Be sure to plan for a change of shoes! After being worn, shoes must dry out and air to ensure optimum climate comfort inside the shoe.

ATTENTION! If children like a shoe, then it will always fit 🙂

Children's feet are different!

  • Please note: Children’s feet are not just a miniature edition of adults’ feet! Children’s feet are different!
  • A baby’s foot is made up of 28 bones, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles as well as many joints and tendons which ensure the foot’s freedom of movement.
  • Children’s feet are much softer and more pliable because their foot bones only develop slowly from soft and cartilaginous structures.
  • Since the children’s nervous system is still in the process of developing, children do not immediately feel whether a shoe is too small or is pinching.

Growth

  • You can expect the length of children’s feet to grow on average by 1.5 mm each month at the age of 1–3 years.
  • At the age of 3–6 years, children’s feet grow in length by an average of 1 mm each month.
  • At the age of 6–10 years, the length of children’s feet grows somewhat less than 1 mm each month.