Child does needs quality orthopedic supportive shoes from the day they start learning to walk. European shoes are supportive, with flexible sole, good orthopedic arch and ankle support to avoid flat feet, ankle pronation, pigeon toes and later body gait issues. Children feet are forming as they growing so this is the only time to align them properly. The images below show how shoes develop and affect child's feet, posture and gait. Remember, is is best to buy 2 pairs of quality supportive shoes per season (6-7 months) then 10 pairs of poorly made ones.