Is it okay for my child to wear used shoes?

Is it ok to recycle kid's shoes?In general, it’s not a good idea for you to pass used shoes to another child. Footwear molds to the foot of the child wearing it based on the shape and unique pressures of his or her lower limbs. The sole wears down in specific places for those reasons, too. Since one child has a different foot shape and gait pattern from another, walking in someone else’s hand-me-down shoes could be uncomfortable and have a negative effect on his or her lower limbs.

For young children using daily footwear that will be worn a lot, or sport shoes that will take a lot of abuse, new shoes really are the best. That way you can be sure the footwear is fitted to meet your son or daughter’s unique needs without wear and tear that could harm him or her. If you’re at all concerned about your child’s footwear or your son or daughter’s walking ability, talk with Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Parker, Castle Pines, and Cherry Creek, CO near Denver, CO. We’ll help you make sure your child grows with healthy, pain-free lower limbs. Call (303) 805-5156 or use our website to make an appointment.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC