Liewood Bre Sandals FAQ
How often do you need to buy your toddler new sandals?
The answer to this is largely dependent on frequency of use and how active your child is. Typically, toddlers will go through 2-3 pairs of shoes per year whether this be because they get worn out or whether it is simply due to your little one outgrowing them.
Ultimately, their Liewood Bre Sandals won’t last forever, but by investing in a pair of high quality sandals like these and taking as best care of them as possible, you can reduce the frequency in which you need to buy your toddler new sandals.
Do kids' sandals, boots, sneakers and shoes fit differently?
The straightforward answer is yes. Unfortunately, not all shoe styles are created equally and therefore may have a different fit. If measured professionally at a shoes store, kids shoes are often recommended on the basis of not only side but width, giving a slightly more accurate guide of which shoes will fit best. However, generally speaking, it is simply a case of trial and error.
Luckily, it is becoming more popular now that kids shoes are developed with this in mind and therefore come with adjustable features. Small Smart’s Liewood Bre Sandals, for example, have a nickel free adjustable buckle and press button fastening to ensure a secure fit!
Can I wash liewood bre sandals?
Yes. We strongly believe that no child should have to sacrifice having fun in their comfy sandals for the sake of a little mess! Therefore our Liewood Bre Sandals are easy to clean using mild soap and a damp cloth. To preserve the longevity of the sandals we recommend avoiding the use of harsh chemical cleaners.
What features should you look for in toddler shoes?
This kind of sandals you need for your toddler will depend largely on their daily activities. However, here are a few key features to consider when you are purchasing toddler shoes.
The shoe should be sturdy enough to support their ever-growing, wobbly feet. Having shoes that slip on and off may be convenient but unfortunately, this is a recipe for a lost shoe! Instead look out for shoes that are easy to slip on but also have some sort of strap or fastening that will ensure they stay secure.
Think about your preferred materials. For example, leather shoes take a lot of time and care in order to maintain them as well as being expensive for something your child will likely grow out of very quickly. Instead look for shoes that are made out of sustainable materials like canvas/fabric. This will be better for toddlers who've yet to learn about value and cleaning up their messy accidents.
For very young children and toddlers, having lace up shoes is not recommended. When choosing toddler shoes, look out for buckles, buttons, poppers or Velcro. Children can have very low attention spans and therefore tend to fidget and wiggle around more than usual when getting their shoes on. To encourage them to put and, more importantly, keep their shoes on, stick to the low hassle options!
How much growing room should you leave in kids shoes?
There are many factors that determine how long a shoe lasts, but here are some general guidelines: If you have an average-sized toddler, their shoe size should be half an inch or so larger than your child's foot length. Boys will typically need new shoes twice as often as girls do as they grow because their feet tend to grow more quickly in different places at different times. Girls' feet tend to grow more evenly which allows for slower wear and tear on individual pairs.
It is always better to overestimate shoe size to leave adequate space for the foot than buy something too small. It won't take long for the foot to grow into the shoe.
What can parents do to encourage toddlers to keep footwear on their feet?
First things first, if shoes are uncomfortable, your child will probably not enjoy wearing them. Therefore, buying sandals made from soft or super flexible material is the most important step in getting your toddler to keep their shoes on. Make sure that they are the right and don’t rub or pinch their feet uncomfortably. The wiggle test (if they can comfortably wiggle their toes in their shoes) will let you know if they're too small.
If you struggle with getting your toddler to keep their sandals on, you can try telling them what a good job they’re doing by taking care of their feet. Offering praise will make wearing shoes seem fun and rewarding. If all else fails, buy sandals in your child's favourite colours or patterns. Our Liewood Bre soles leave cute panda shaped footprints on any soft surface. This fun additional feature will make shoes more appealing - and perfect for the beach!