What makes a Healthy Shoe?

Livie and Luca’s Joyful Foot Philosophy is that our shoes should be lightweightflexiblefunctional, breathable, have plenty of wiggle room and just the right amount of whimsical detail to captivate you and your little one.

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What’s behind this philosophy? We know these things innately, having watched our children and realizing what works and what doesn’t about a shoe. Just like us, if a shoe isn’t comfortable or doesn’t feel right, it’s not staying on. We all know that the right shoe for our child is one that feels like an extension of their foot and one that slips on without a tantrum by the front door! And just like us, the shoe has to be pleasing to the eyes to fully win our hearts.
But what do the experts say?

Breathable and flexible…

The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society says that “Shoes for toddlers, age 9 months to 3 years, should allow the foot to breathe since their feet perspire a great amount. Avoid synthetic materials that don’t breathe.” That’s why Livie & Luca uses high-quality genuine leather that allows that breathability as well as flexibility and durability.

Wiggle Room….

“Seventy percent of children wear shoes with D and E widths. Most boys wear E width and most girls wear D width. You should examine the depth of the shoe to make sure the top of the shoe doesn’t press on the toes or the toenails. Look for shoes with rounded toe boxes to give the toes more room for movement,” advises the AOFAS. We design nice wide shoes for kids with a rounded toe box that provides plenty of wiggle room.


Shoes should be comfortable from the moment they are tried on. Livie & Luca’s shoes are flexible and functional from the get go. “If new shoes need to be “broken in,” it means either they were not properly designed or not properly fitted for your child’s foot,” says the AOFAS. “Poorly fitting children’s shoes can cause toe problems, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, calluses and bunions.” No thank you!


The experts also say a lightweight shoe is key because children use a lot of energy walking at this age. Again, we want our shoes to feel like a natural extension of the feet. The best toddler shoes are lightweight, not clunky and chunky.

Ruche in Vintage Brown, Rose, Pearl, and White

Ruche in Vintage Brown, Rose, Pearl, and White

We know the term “orthopedic shoes” conjures up some not-so stylish images but healthy foot development is so important to us that we’re proud to say we make stylish orthopedic shoes for kids! We take pride in the fact that we design beautiful kids dress shoes that your little one does not want to kick off as soon as the wedding is over or baby walking shoes that delight while still mimicking barefoot movement.

So rest easy knowing that we’ve got the health and comfort covered, as well as the cute!

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