THE INSIDE MEASUREMENT IS NOT ACCURATE, WHY IS THAT?
Taking the inside measurement can be tricky. You can rest assured that there is always competent staff here at Kavat who carry out inside measurement of the Kavat shoes. If you are going to measure your shoes at home, it’s important to have the right technique to get the most accurate measurement possible. For more information, please go to the tab Measuring the shoe. We have also noticed that different measuring sticks can provide slightly different results. AZEZZO is the measuring stick we believe comes closest to reality, and this is the stick we at Kavat are using. But fact remains, different people use different amount of force and place the stick differently when measuring shoes. The fact that different people may get different results by a couple of millimetres is not that unusual, that is why we provide approximative numbers.
WHY DO YOU GIVE YOUR INSIDE MEASUREMENTS IN APPROXIMATIVE NUMBERS?
Different people may get different results by a couple of millimetres when measuring the same shoe, because of where the stick is placed and how hard the stick is being pushed out. That is why we give our measurements in approximative numbers. For more information, please read under “Measuring the shoe”.
WHAT SIZE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Always start by measuring the feet of your child or yourself. An unlined/thinlined shoe should be between 10 and 15 millimetres longer that the foot, and Wellington boots and warmlined shoes should be between 15 and 20 millimetres longer that the foot. Please see the size guide for relevant shoe and choose the size where the inside measurement matches the recommendations. Never just pick a shoe size, ALWAYS compare the provided inside measurement to your child’s measurement before purchase. Unlike children, adults don’t need a margin for growth, but the shoe should nevertheless always be at least 5mm longer than the foot to be able to move freely.
WHEN IS A SHOE TOO SMALL?
Make a habit of measuring the feet of your children on a regular basis, a child’s foot can grow as much as 5mm in a month during growth spurts. The foot needs a space of 5mm to be able to move freely and for this reason a shoe is outgrown when there is less than 5mm space in front of the toes.
HOW FAST DOES THE FOOT GROW?
It’s hard to say exactly how fast children’s feet grow. We know they grow in spurts, and that they can grow as much as 5 mm in a month. Make a habit of measuring your child’s feet on a regular basis to avoid walking around in too small shoes.
This is how much children’s feet grow per year:
1-2 years, about 20mm
2-3 years, about 15mm
3-5 years, about 10mm
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF MY SHOES?
Please see the separate shoe care instructions for every model. Don’t forget the inside, be sure to get rid of any sand or gravel and change the inner sole when needed.
CAN I WASH MY SHOES IN THE WASHING MACHINE?
Unless specifically recommended in the instructions, machine washing is not something we recommend and is done at own risk. Leather shoes can shrink and rupture if you’re unlucky. If you want to take a chance anyway, go with a mild detergent and wash at a low temperature (30 degrees Celsius). Leave the shoes to dry at room temperature.
CAN I DRY MY SHOES IN A DRYING CABINET?
This is not something we recommend, and you do it at own risk since the materials in the shoes can dry up and break. I you want to take a chance anyway, use low heat and make sure the shoes aren’t placed directly by the fan. Wet shoes are best dried at room temperature. Some newsprint or socks filled with cat litter can be placed inside the shoes to help soak up the moisture. Take out any removable insoles.
WHY DO THE FEET GET WET?
One of the main reasons to why kids’ feet get wet is sweat. Kids’ feet sweat several centilitres every day! Some of the foot moisture evaporates upwards and out through the opening of the shoe, and the rest should be absorbed by the socks and the material on the inside of the shoe. The right shoe for the right occasion can prevent lots of damp feet and shoes.
Another reason is that kids are experts in finding puddles to jump in and love to play in snow and slushy spots. For that reason it is not very uncommon that water and slush gets in through the shaft of the shoe. To find out if your shoes take on water, just lower the foot section of the shoe in a water bath for a little while.
HOW DO I PREVENT WET FEET?
The right shoes for the right occasion! At temperatures above freezing we do not recommend winter shoes.
Preferably use wool socks to keep the feet dry and use different pairs to let the shoes properly dry in between use.
Socks filled with cat litter placed in the shoes overnight can help in absorbing the moisture.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO DRY MY SHOES?
Always take out any removable insoles, avoid radiators and drying cabinets with too much heat on. With too much heat the leather and membrane might crack and break, leaving your shoes ruined. We suggest filling the shoes with newsprint or socks filled with cat litter which absorbs the moisture.
HOW DO I PREVENT COLD FEET?
Be sure to use shoes in the right size. If the shoes are too tight the blood flow can be impaired, leaving your feet cold. We recommend wool socks, keeping your feet warm even in moist conditions. Socks made of cotton or synthetic materials get wet quickly, dissipate heat and leave your feet cold. The socks should provide an airy layer between foot and shoe.
WHY DOES MY CHILD HAVE COLD FEET?
Of course, there are many different reasons for cold feet. One of the most common one is wearing too tight shoes. Make sure you have enough space in your shoes. If the shoe is to tight, the blood flow is impaired and your foot gets cold.
Another reason might be that your child has wet feet. Make sure shoes and socks are dry before the child goes outside. We always recommend wool socks!