"Through our years of experience selling and fitting children's footwear, we have learned these useful and important facts about kids feet.
Growing feet are developing feet.
The foot is a complex structure comprised of 26 bones. These bones are designed to support the entire body, adapt to uneven surfaces and absorb shock. A baby’s foot contains more cartilage than bone, which, over time, will fuse and harden into adult bones. Although the structure of the foot develops fully by the first 2 years, the bones themselves do not fully develop and harden until around the age of 13. This is why it is crucial to have good shoes early on, so that the bones are allowed to develop naturally."