Children's feet

Children´s feet are not simply a small version of grown-up’s feet. They largely consist of cartilage and are therefore a lot softer and more flexible than fully-grown feet. The bones are still growing. It takes up to 18 years for the human foot to fully develop and for the bones to harden. Even the slightest pressure – from ill-fitting shoes, for instance – or from not having enough room to move can cause permanent damage to the foot.

The POLOLO SOFT collection

POLOLO Soft shoes are the best alternative to being barefoot because they give the foot exactly the room it needs for healthy development. When your child is standing, walking, jumping and running, the growing muscles are constantly being trained and strengthened in many ways. Strong muscles are the best prerequisite for healthy feet. Shoes should protect the feet from getting cold, wet or from being injured; when feet are healthy, shoes do not need to support them, and they do not accelerate learning to walk. Little feet and toes develop best when they can romp around barefoot. It is, however, often too cold, too dirty or simply too dangerous for the little ones to be allowed to do so. Our handmade SOFT leather slippers are like a non-slip second skin wrapping the little feet protectively and keeping them warm.

The POLOLO MINI MAXI shoe collection is designed for children who can already walk and are ready to explore the outdoors. The soft, smooth leather fits perfectly on the feet. The shoes stay on well and give feet the freedom to grow naturally, whether they are big or small. All of our shoes are made of premium vegetable-tanned leather and are uncoated, breathable and chromium-free. The shoes from the MINI MAXI collection have a thermoplastic rubber sole that is not only weather-resistant and hard-wearing but also easy to care for. The sole is wonderfully flexible and extends beyond the toe of the shoe in most of the models. This gives kids’ feet a full range of movement while providing the best protection for sensitive toes.


The insoles of our street shoes can usually be removed so that the correct size can be measured right on the child’s foot, making it easier to choose the right shoe size. It is also important for parents to know that they can check if the shoes still fit while they are being worn by removing the insoles and seeing whether the footprint, in particular the big toe, is getting too close to the end of the insole. If this happens – congratulations! Your kid has grown again 🙂 On to the next shoe size!

What to consider when buying children's shoes

The shoe should be at least 1 cm longer than the foot to allow enough room for it to move and grow. Children’s feet, just like grown-up’s feet, vary in shape during the day. This is why shoes should always be bought in the afternoon, if possible. The thumb test tells you whether the shoes fit your child’s feet or not. This test should be made when your child is standing up, if they already able to do so. The thumb should fit between the longest toe (this does not necessarily have to be the big toe) and the toe-cap of the shoe.

Most children are borne with healthy, perfect little feet. Help your child to protect them!