How to choose junior hiking footwear?

Properly equipping children for hiking means choosing the best footwear for them or with them.
We detail the important elements so that your child can explore without any discomfort.

How to choose junior hiking footwear?

How to choose good walking footwear??

1/ A FLEXIBLE SOLE BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST TECHNICAL

When learning to walk, it is recommended that the child's foot can feel the ground and establish balance. For this, 2 characteristics are to be taken into consideration:
- the grip: This is defined by the size of the crampons. The deeper and more sculpted they are, the more they will be able to withstand different ground conditions (mud, sand, snow, etc.) and therefore the grip will be better.
- the traction:It depends on the component, the softer the material with slightly less depth, the more it will have a " suction effect" depending on the terrain (rocks for example).
For children, it is better to favour a rather flexible sole, not very thick and slightly serrated. It provides comfort and grip on all types of paths.

How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?

Are there differences between hiking footwear for girls and boys?

There is no difference in morphology or shape between girls and boys. Before adolescence, foot typologies are not yet characterised. The choice may change depending on the design, colours or accessories.
We do not recommend opting for footwear with an arch:indeed, the latter will gradually take shape as the foot muscles strengthen when walking; no need to artificially support it.

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Finally, there is no perfect brand. The fittings are different according to the brands. The most important thing is that the footwear is adapted to your child's activity and habits.

It is therefore strongly recommended to go and try them on in the store to see if they feel good and comfortable when in action.
In addition to that, here are some tips and advice to test if the pair suits the child:
- Take a size above the “classic” size so that the footwear offers enough volume around the toes and that the toes do not touch the tip of the footwear.During exercise, feet swell, the larger size therefore allows for more space. In addition, it will also save you from buying a new pair every two weeks.
- Pass a finger behind the Achilles tendon and the upper to position the foot correctly and check the previous criteria.
- Try on the footwear, imitating the conditions and movements as closely as possible. Some stores offer on-site modules to test multiple terrains and angles.

Discover our favourite, the footwear that lasts and resists children!

How to choose junior hiking footwear?

A last little tip?
Hiking socks!

The sock's function is often minimized as it connects the sole to the footwear.. When in movement, badly chosen socks can create areas of friction.
To answer this, there are different sizes of uppers and models with various zones that are more reinforced, more breathable or more stretchy in certain zones. It is therefore important to have hiking socks that provide maximum support and comfort.

How to choose junior hiking footwear?
How to choose junior hiking footwear?

Alizée 

Avid hiker and former scout