Winter and here and the questions… Thicket, no thicket? Tex membrane, is this really useful? Check out all our tips for choosing the shoe that best fits your child this winter.
First choice: filled or not filled?
For a week, the population of parents seeking shoes for their children is split in two: those who want filled shoes and others!As often, neither is right or wrong, both have their advantages and disadvantages…
Not filled shoes are in 100% of cases a good choice for the winter provided that they have a leather interior. As we often say in Benjie, it is the only material which guarantees optimal breathability to the foot of the child, or, let us remember, children sweat a lot of head and feet. In addition, it is insulating and protects the foot of moisture as all the skins… However, it do not hesitate to waxing to feed and allow him to retain all of its natural properties. A spray will also fine, it’s faster, but it’s also more chemical…
Be aware, however, that if the leather is immersed, it will take time to dry and will harden once dry. It’s called the cardboard effect. One solution in this case, the Regrease that he finds his flexibility. When it is very cold, children can also get a little cold toes, because if the leather well regulates the temperature, there can be no warming effect. Big socks are welcome or… shoes filled!
For filled shoes, check what type of wool it is: synthetic or natural. Rely also on the touch. This type of shoe is very comfortable. Children do not lie. I see it every day in the store that once they tried the thicket model, it is hard to go back!Only downside: evacuates sweat less. So beware of overheating that can regenerate a moisture on the foot from the inside, which is very unpleasant in winter!
Second point: does take a TEX membrane?
There are water resistant and water proofproducts. Water proof products are 100% waterproof thanks to membranes type goretex. It is a kind of “glove” in the shoe that prevents moisture from getting because all “ports” like eyelets, tongue etc. pass was welded “glove”. Look well if the zipper is waterproof. To find out, locate the material on the side which should resemble a ski jacket. If this is not the case, the water will be there…
These shoes are obviously great for the winter, but they are still very expensive because of international licenses for these products. In addition, they are often aesthetic… Finally, it’s really 100% useful only in circles or the foot is permanently exposed to moisture in the snow.
Therefore, a good alternative can be water resistant materials that will delay, or block for example rain water penetration. On the other hand, if the child jump feet first into a puddle, water can get through openings. There are several techniques, either by external treatment of the material (effect water repellent and others) by adding a synthetic layer type membrane between the inner lining and outside. This is the case of the B Tex of Benjie membrane. Note that on the external treatments, it is not useful to iron a spray, manufacturers him advising against even. On the sewn membranes, no worries since insulation is hidden and is not in contact with the outside of the shoe.
Now you’re ready to go (e) s to find the best shoes for your child this winter! And, don’t forget, trust your intuition of parent and the characteristics of your child that you only know by heart! He sweats a lot, is it chilly, is a stuntman in the rain, do you spend a lot of time in the mountains? Based on the responses, your choices will be good!