In the same way you teach a child to lift his head or taste with a pacifier, a prewalker is a training shoe. This means it should not be put on a child throughout the entire day, but a few hours a day.
The change from socks to shoes is uncomfortable for many children, however a prewalker will feel more like a sock when put on. Therefore a prewalker is not intended for the child to learn to walk faster, but instead to give them a positive experience of wearing shoes. The right support can help a child to walk with their feet flat on the ground, instead of walking on their heels or toes. In addition, if the child is pronating, ie walking on the inside or outside of the foot, a prewalker will show him what it feels like when the foot is placed flatter on the surface.
A child who walks on flat feet will experience a greater balance and better foot grip, teaching him to do the same when walking bare foot or with gripper socks.
Petit is built with a thicker sole, thus is defined as an outdoor prewalker. The sole remains very flexible thanks to its construction consisting of an air layer between the outside and the insole. The Petit does insulate better from the outside surface and provides a greater shock absorption. The rubber crawler nose on the Petit also makes it more durable than the Prewalker.
The Petit is ideal for children starting in a nursery or daycare, accommodating them well with the new changes in their lives.
It is important to note that your child will grow out of their prewalker within a period of 3 months. In most cases the prewalker will mold to its owner's feet, therefore they should not be handed down to others once outgrown, no matter how new or worn the leather looks.
NOTE: You cannot return the prewalker, if it is worn in outdoors.
A baby foot consists primarily of cartilage and fat. It can be compared to a bread dough that can be shaped. If you put the dough in a French bread form, the bread will naturally have a large width, and if you place it in a rye bread form, it will be tall and narrow. Similar to this, if a child wears shoes that are too narrow or small for his feet, then the feet will adapt to this shape as well.
It is easier to find suitable footwear for narrow feet, rather than wider feet. This is because fit is crucial, and every shoemaker knows that a heel must be narrow and grip around the heel. A wide fit for shoes does not only fit a narrow or standard foot, but also a wide foot.
It is also important to buy shoes that are not too narrow. This can often be double checked by taking the shoe's insole out, and placing the child's foot on it. If the foot is wider than the width of the insole, it is recommended to look for a wider model.
NOTE: If the insole of the shoe moves from side to side, it is an acceptable rule of thumb that the foot should not exceed the width of the sole.
We often buy shoes with our eyes instead of our feet. However it is important to remember that the big toe is usually longer than the others. Narrow footwear can often confine the big toe to limited space, and this is a problem because the big toe has a high impact on balance.
Children's feet may not necessarily grow linearly. This is why it is always an advantage to buy shoes with removable insoles, to be able to continuously check if the shoe still fits the foot. This is less of an issue with older children, as they will usually express it if their shoes feel uncomfortable or too tight. However smaller children do not have the same nerve endings in their feet, and as their feet will grow, they will simply bend their toes to adapt to the narrower space available in their shoes.
Most shoes have a toe cap, so from outside the shoe it is not possible to feel where the toes end or sense how much space the shoe allows, when the child is standing.
A size 23 in one model and a size 25 in another, could easily have the same inner dimensions. This is why it is important to check the inside measurements of a shoe, instead of purchasing it based on its size.
In addition to this, the fact that we work with children's shoes makes the task more difficult because of the added growth space. This added space consists of 3 different parts, growth allowance, sliding allowance and rounding allowance.
Growth allowance is available space for the child's feet to grow in, as they grow rapidly throughout childhood.
Sliding allowance, also found in adult shoes, is an added 0.5 cm to prevent the toes from rubbing against the snout of the shoe each time the child takes a step.
Rounding allowance depends on the width of shoe's toe. A narrower toe requires a larger rounding allowance than a foot-shaped toe. This is because the full length of the shoe cannot accommodate the width of the foot.
It is recommended to add 1 to 1.2 cm of added growth space for prewalkers, starter shoes, sandals and rubber boots, and a an added growth space of 1.2 to 1.5 cm for shoes and boots. The smaller the feet are, the more imbalanced, and the smaller the growth allowance. This also applies to footwear that does not have adjustment options, i.e. rubber boots must not be bought too large, as this will restrict the child's natural movement and play.
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Shoes that are bought too large will wear out faster, as the material will bend in places it should not. The sole will also be used faster, as the children will drag the shoes instead of lifting them from the surface.
NOTE: Many rubber boots, including ours at Bundgaard, will often fall larger in size than the other shoes from the same brand, therefore it is important to check the internal measurements before purchase.
The flexibility of the boot will ensure the rubber does not crack, and will follow the child's movements better than other materials would, i.e. plastic.
Wool is the ideal lining material for a child that gets cold or hot easily. It is a very versatile material as it can be used throughout all seasons due to its capacity regulate body temperature.
Leather is a durable and flexible material with the right care. It is comfortable against the skin and shapes to its surroundings. This means that the shoe will shape itself to the child's foot.
Check the size:
Every 3 months when the child is between 0-3 years old
Every 4 months when the child is between 4-6 years old
Every 5 months when the child is between 7-10 years old
A child will begin to walk without balance, holding on to his surroundings. Prewalker shoes are the best option once the child starts to get up or taking his first steps.
A prewalker is a soft shoe, for the child that crawls and walks. The inside of the shoe is also soft and comfortable, with a heel cap that provides better support than a slipper without restricting the child when he crawls. The sole is non-slippery and thin, for the child to feel the surface on which he walks.
A Prewalker has a very thin sole, thus is defined as an indoor prewalker. However nothing prevents them to be used outside in the months where the ground temperature is comfortable. It is best not to put them to wear once the ground temperature hits below 15°C.
Each individual feet are different, and still should fit the shoes they wear correctly. When buying a pair of shoes, the width and height of the foot should be taken into account. It is not enough to buy a shoe based on its size, as this only indicates the length of the shoe.
It is better to understand the a shoe size, to know if it falls too big or too small. A shoe that is too large for the child's foot will limit the child rather than enabling him to grow within it.
Natural rubber is a very durable and flexible material. Therefore the rubber boots, unlike the other shoes, can be handed down to others.
Leather and wool are both natural materials with great qualities; they are breathable and sweat-proof. If the feet get cold, then the rest of the body often feels cold as well, and vice versa. A good footwear will provide comfort and flexibility for the children to play in for hours without feeling the need to change shoes or feeling sweaty or cold.
Unfortunately a pair of shoes can rarely be passed down to another, although it would both be cheaper and better for the environment cycle. Shoes will wear out quickly, leather especially. A shoe that has been worn a few times may be passed down, due to its little use. However after more wear than this, the outsole can become crooked, the insole will take the imprint and shape of the child's foot and the leather may expand. These factors can affect the support of the shoe negatively, if worn by another child. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the moment the foot leaves an imprint on the insole, then the shoe should no longer be handed down.
We recommend that you check the size regularly. To do so you should take out the insole from the shoe and measure the foot on top of it. When there is only 0.5 cm left between the longest toe and the top end of the insole, this is the time the purchase another pair of shoes.