Why You Should Skip the Hand-me-Down Shoes
Yes, hand-me-downs can make life easier for parents with growing children. Kids do, after all, outgrow clothes, car seats, toys, and shoes so quickly! And being able to save money on items that have been barely used by passing them down to another child, or inheriting them from others, can help you avoid having to always buy brand new, expensive items.
We get it!
But while hand-me-downs can work great for kids’ outfits, they aren’t a good idea when it comes to footwear. In fact, you are better off skipping hand-me-down children’s shoes altogether. Why?
Let’s discuss this a bit.
No Two Feet are the Same
Shoes are designed to protect and support feet – whether they are for children’s feet or adult’s feet. And the longer they are worn, the more the insoles conform to the foot of the wearer, matching its shape. What’s more, the soles and other structures in the footwear will start to break down with use, making them less effective at supporting and protecting the lower limbs later.
So, what does that mean for feet?
Simply put, a worn-out pair of shoes will shape itself and develop wear and tear in spots that are unique to an individual’s foot – and this happens more quickly than you might think.
Now, even though most children outgrow their shoes well before they wear them out, all that standing, running, and playing they do is enough to form the footwear to their unique foot shape and biomechanics. Another child’s foot won’t fit quite the same inside a used shoe, which increases the second wearer’s risk for experiencing painful foot problems.
This also holds true when passing shoes down to younger siblings. It may seem like a money-saving plan, but doing so could be forcing children’s feet to form to shoes that don’t fit them correctly, and this could potentially contribute to a variety of problems and negatively impact your son or daughter’s foot health in the long run.
That’s why it’s better to skip the hand-me-down shoes.