In the world of infants, keeping children warm is a necessary concern. Small children can easily get chilled giving them runny noses and other ailments that can lead to infections as well as eventually hypothermia. Therefore, it is important to be sure the infant is kept warm at all times.
Baby shoes are able to help in this role because they provide a level of warmth as well as adding the parent’s sense of style in the attire and accessorizing of the infant.
The industry of baby shoes, like many clothing and accessory industries, is typically divided on gender lines. Infant footwear usually models the adult styles, minimized to the infant’s shoe size so that they resemble the adult in a cute manner. By and large the infant’s shoe will not be made of a heavy or metallic material so that the shoe is light on the infant’s foot. In most circumstances there is a rubber-like material on the base of the shoe giving it grip as compared to the rest of the light shoe composition.
In the regard of style, boys’ shoes will run the gamut from dress shoes to casual shoes and sandals. Boys’ baby shoes will typically have shoes that mirror the more formal leather slip on shoe that comes in all colors of beige, tan, and black. Male infant shoes also come in boots for the winter months, with fur insoles, as well as sandals for the summer months for the up and coming toddler. The sandals can be full enclosure or open toe and any variation in between, again usually based on the trends found in the adult population. Casual skater and more comfortable cloth shoes can also be found in a wider variety of colors with stripes, straps, Velcro, and buttons which make baby boy’s shoes just as diverse as the adult shoes they mimic.
Girls’ baby shoes also run tend to follow the trends of the adult female trends in shoes, although the female couture selection is typically larger than their adult male counterparts. Female infant shoes have a larger selection which mirrors a more selective color range than the boys as well as an emphasis on flowers, hearts, and bows which on integrated onto the toe area. Similar to boys, girls’ have boots for the winters with fur linings and sandals for the summer seasons. The girls also have an emphasis on ballet slippers, with several modifications in poke dots, stripes, bows, flowers, in all manner of feminine colors. By and large girls’ shoes run a similar style market as girls, but actually have an area of departure. Girls’ baby shoes depart from boys’ shoes in the areas of slippers, ballerina type shoes, and the specific patterns on the shoes which can be of various colored false animal skins.
Both boys’ and girls’ infant shoes can also be customized with the movies and cartoons that the child is usually exposed to. Companies such as Disney will market their movie characters onto sneakers and slippers in accompaniment to a major movie release, hoping to gain a marketable trend in the impressionable youth. Sports teams will also customize children’s attire, and specifically baby shoes, capitalizing on the desire of parents to show team spirit.