Children’s feet – Children’s shoes

Lectures Symposium “Children’s Feet-Children’s Shoes 2003”

Lectures Symposium “Children’s Feet-Children’s Shoes 2003”

Salzburg, October 25, 2003
Reports in PDF-format (German version)

180 participants from Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland took part in the symposium “Children’s Feet-Children’s Shoes” in Salzburg on October 25, 2003. For further inquiries please contact us: (

Univ. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Groll-Knapp: Slippers or barefoot in kindergarten?

Board of Directors, Institute for Environmental Health of the Medical University Vienna

In her report, the author presents results of the tests which were carried out as part of the research project “Children’s Feet-Children’s Shoes”. For the first time it could be proven that children who wear shoes which are too small have a higher risk of developing deformations of the foot.

Dr. Wieland Kinz: The Austrian Research Project “Children’s Feet-Children’s Shoes”

Sport Scientist, team member of the Research Project Children’s Feet-Children’s Shoes

An interesting look at the surprising results of the Research Project from three points of view: from the view point of parents, the shoe industry and of children’s feet. The results of the Parent-Questionnaire and the measurements of the inner length of children’s shoes show that much remains to be done…

Dr. Christian Klein:Children’ feet in shoes which are too short

Orthopaedist and member of the Research Project “Children’s feet-Children’s Shoes”

Children’s feet look can quite funny during the first few years and many parents find this strange. Often this turns out to be completely normal and a part of the growing process. One thing that is not good for little feet is wearing shoes that don’t fit.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefan Größing: Walking,-Running-Jumping: Children need exercise

Sports educationalist ,Institute of Sports Science at the University of Salzburg

Some things to think about on the subject of children and exercise: Did you know that 6-8 year olds watch up to 40 hours of television per week? The results: Poor posture, weight problems and reduced motor skills – just to name a few.

Andreas Tepest: From Öko-Test to the TÜV-certificate

Quality Management, Deichmann

1999 was a difficult year for the children’s shoe department at Deichmann: Ökotest discovered forbidden substances in the materials of children’s shoes. After this, Deichmann launched an exemplary testing programme for harmful substances and managed to successfully pass the TÜV-certificate for harmful substances in 2002.