It’s back to school time for many families out there and we all want to put our best foot forward. How do you do that? With TSUKIHOSHI shoes, of course! TSUKIHOSHI shoes (established in Japan in 1873) are made with a kid’s foot in mind, because a child’s foot is different from an adult’s foot. They take 4 things into consideration when making their shoes:
- Balanced Landing – Kid’s tend to land on the arch side of their feet when they are walking. This means that kid’s need more support in their shoes. TSUKIHOSHI adds a solid half sock board and a solid heel to help provide stability in the heel of the shoe
- Arch Support – The arch of a child’s foot isn’t fully formed yet. TSUKIHOSHI shoes have a ”Molded Cup Insole” to help children’s arches, while also helping to neutralize foot odor (it’s coated with Green-Tea Polyphenol that deodorizes the smell in the shoes)
- Light & Flexible – TSUKIHOSHI shoes have a “Flex-Joint Outsole” that lets kid’s feet bend along the line from the joint of the big toe to the joint of the little toe
- Barefoot-like Comfort – It’s common for kid’s feet to have excessive inward tilting toward the arches when walking & running. TSUKIHOSHI shoes provide space in the toe area to keep those little toes in an unrestricted position
When I told my 6 year old son that he could choose which TSUKIHOSHI shoes he wanted to review, he had a lot of fun checking out the new styles in the Fall collection. So many of the shoe styles feature bright, fun colors and he is very much into that. Ryan chose the Youth 100 “Spark” shoes in green & orange. At first, I was wishing he would have chosen something a little less flashy but as soon as we got them and took them out of the box, I knew they were the perfect shoes for him! He’s a VERY active kid that loves running and climbing so I know that his feet will be comfortable and safe in his new shoes. Ryan loves his new shoes & can’t wait to show them off on the first day of 1st grade.
Whether you’re looking for a baby shoe (sizes 4-8), a child’s shoe (sizes 7-1) or a youth shoe (12-5), you’re bound to find something that your child will love. (You can print out a sizing chart to make sure you’re getting your child the right size). Plus, you’ll know that your child is wearing a shoe that was specifically designed for a child’s foot.
Something else I love is that TSUKIHOSHI shoes can be washed in the washing machine. You can wash them in cold water (without any other clothes in the machine) and let them air dry. That’s all you have to do for fresh, clean shoes!
Several of TSUKIHOSHI’s shoes have received awards, too. The Child 01 style (available in 7 different colors) was awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for promoting healthy foot development. The Child 20 style has been awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval. TSUKIHOSI is also a proud 2014 U.S. sponsor of Autism Speaks, which is helping solve the puzzle of autism (on the bottom of Child 21 (KAZ) shoes and Child 26 (FLARE) shoes, you’ll see that the tread looks like puzzle pieces!)