As parents, we want our children to be safe and comfortable in everything they do, and that includes what they wear on their feet. When it comes to children's footwear, one feature that is often overlooked but very important is the ankle fastener. Ankle fasteners, such as straps or laces, provide crucial support, stability, fit, and safety for growing feet.

Why Should Your Child' Footwear Have Ankle Fastener?

Support and Stability

Ankle fasteners help to support a child's ankle and keep their foot in place, reducing the risk of twisting or spraining an ankle while walking, running, or playing. They also help to stabilise the foot within the shoe, preventing excessive movement or slipping that can cause discomfort or blisters. This is especially important for active children who are constantly on the go and need the extra support and stability that ankle fasteners provide.


Ankle fasteners allow for adjustment and customisation of the fit, which is essential for growing feet. Children's feet can grow quickly, and shoes may need to be adjusted to accommodate these changes. Ankle fasteners help ensure a proper fit and prevent the foot from sliding forward or rubbing against the shoe, which can cause discomfort or blisters.


Ankle fasteners can help to prevent children from tripping or stumbling over loose or poorly fitting shoes. This is especially important for young children who are still developing their coordination and balance. With ankle fasteners, shoes stay securely in place, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

Is Footwear Without Ankle Fastener Safe?

In general, slip-on footwear may not be the best option for children, especially for active or younger ones who need more support and a proper fit. Poor fit can lead to problems such as rubbing, chafing, or blisters, which can be painful and lead to foot problems over time. 

Slip-on footwear can also be a safety hazard for children, especially for those who are just learning to walk or have not yet developed good coordination.

In summary, ankle fasteners are an important feature of children's footwear that provide support, stability, fit, and safety for growing feet. At Two Little Feet, all our shoes and sandals design come with adjustable 'Hook and Loop', Bungee Cord or Swivel Button Closure. One more little fact, 'Hook and Loop' system makes wearing shoes a lot easier for your little ones. It will help train your child's motor skills too!

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Looking for more options?

For babies just starting to walk, check out this curated Wobbly Steps Collection for first walkers who are still walking with support.

If your child is walking steadily, we have curated a Steady Walking Kids Shoes and Sandals Collection.

Have an active running and jumping child at home? Look no further than our most supportive kids sneakers and children sandals for Active Running young ones!

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