“I advise parents to remove the footbed from the shoe and let the child stand on it on the floor. In this case, there should be about a kid’s thumb width of room between the big toe and the end of the footbed.”
— Dr. Micha Bahr
Shoe selection Choose the right footwear for the tour
To avoid complaints and to aid the natural growth of their feet, a good pair of children’s hiking boots is a good investment. Children’s feet are not just the mini version of adult feet, they are much more exacting. Roughly a quarter of the bones in a human body are found in the feet. But in children this bone tissue is not yet fully developed. Added to this is the fact that children’s ligaments are still significantly more elastic and their sensation of pain is less well developed. That’s why children in shoe shops can’t say whether a shoe fits or not: They can bunch their toes together without it being uncomfortable. But how can the right size be identified? A relatively reliable method is removing the inner sole, which can be done with all LOWA shoes. This not only lets you identify the right length, but also check whether the shoe has the right width.