The art of fit
From generation to generation, we have designed and manufactured quality shoes for children. More than a century of experience and tradition has taught us the importance of precisely crafted footwear. Patternmakers, modellers and designers have passed along their savoir-faire over the years in our workshop in the Vendée region of France.
What is fit?
Fit is all the characteristics of a shoe that enable it to dress the foot correctly and comfortably. Size is, of course, one of the main factors to take into account when choosing the right pair of shoes, but it is not the only one. Fit is also defined by the width of the shoe, its volume – rendered in three dimensions by the last – and its construction.
The ideal shoe
For a child’s shoe to be ideal, the foot must not slide forward when walking, the heel must be contained so as not to slip out of the shoe, and finally, the volume at the front must be sufficient during the entire flexing movement. The design is similar to that of adult footwear, with additional technical features. Shoes for children who have reached the walking stage require rigorous fit qualities.
Every foot is different. For the same length, the foot can be wider or narrower, the volume of the instep – its upper part – larger or smaller. These factors determine the ideal fit for the foot's support and health. We also refer to narrow, standard or wide fits. Knowing the particularities of the child's foot is essential to proposing the appropriate shape.
Crafting the last is a demanding skill that requires experience and savoir-faire. Each model has a different last to address the needs of different morphologies. That's why we offer custom-printable pedometers for each of our models, as well as a fit indicator. Our in-store teams are at your disposal to advise you and help you choose the shoe best suited to your child's needs.