I have never quite understood why parents would buy their children skate shoes. if they are going to skate, why not have real skates or taking them ice skating, my favorite sport. My bias against these skate shoes was underscored by an article in the American Academy of Pediatrics. This was a summary of an aritcle by Ruth Shah and W. Fates from Michigan State University.
They studied skate injures in five to fourteen-year-olds between 2002 and 2006 and found that 3525 kids had been injured. The injuries ranged from fractures (46.7%) to contusions (17.9%), sprains (17.2%), concusions (6.6%), dislocations, and some internal injuries. There were no deaths, but I wonder if the shoe makers should not reconsider having these shoes on the market. Just watching one of these kids try to skate with their skate shoes is always painful to me. it seems an abnormal way to skate. A family ice skating excurison can be a wonderful experience. There is a freedom of movement that is almost unrivaled by any other sport I have tried. Yes, a child can be injured in any sport, but skate shoes cannot be considered as a true sport. Common sense would dictate that a child either walk with good shoes or skate with the skates designed for real skating.