Tips and advice for buying shoes for kids
How happy would you be if you had a pair of shoes that only fit your feet as Cinderella did? She had a glass party slippers made by a fairy godmother. You would also be proud of your footwear if they were made by a fairy godmother or, in this case, your parents.
Picking shoes for kids is not that easy, but neither is it rocket science. The fashion aspects of what to pick cannot be downplayed since your children will need shoes from their early walking days onwards. So picking something with some flair is not such a bad thing if you can afford it. However, what matters the most is choosing footwear that fit your children perfectly. Hence, comfort is a paramount element when making a choice since kids’ feet are growing and ensure a lot of activities on any given day.
Why Does It Matter?
Babies are born with some rather soft and flexible feet that look adorable yet loaded with fat. However, the feet lose their fat and the bones expand as they grow and become more physically active. Shoes play a protective role preventing the feet from injuries. But they can also be the cause of foot deformities, thus the need to choose what your kid wears carefully. Their feet are yet to do a lifetime of walking, so they need to be pampered, and that involves getting the right pairs of shoes.
How To Measure Children’s Feet
Size is the first thing to consider when deciding which shoes will be perfect for your little bundles of joy. The market is awash with different brands of shoes which use their own sizing charts, and this does present some inconsistencies in the fit between models. The safest best would be consulting with a specialised shoe clerk to measure your kid’s feet.
When buying the shoes online, you can increase your chances of getting shoes with the perfect fit by printing a foot sizing chart of the brand in question and follow the instructions when you get home. Have your children standing when measuring their feet and they should be in socks. Standing ensures they have their full weight on their feet. Ensure that you go for a fit that leaves around three-quarters of an inch or an inch of space to account for the growth of the feet.
A ‘thumb test’ will be important when buying the shoes at the store. Press your thumb on near the tip of the shoes, placing it between the shoe’s toe and your child’s big toe; do this while the kid is standing. The thumb should fit in that space which is around half an inch. If the space feels big, the shoe is too big. And if the thumb can’t fit, the shoe is too small. But, it may not be that easy to tell if you are feeling the child’s toe. So, work from the back; ask the child to push the foot forward as far as possible and then try and fit one or two fingers at the heel. One finger means the shoe is the right fit, but two fingers imply a size down. If not fingers fit, then you should pick the pair that is the next size.
When And How Often To Buy Shoes
Children are a buzz of activity much of which happens while they are on their feet. As such, their shoes endure a lot and often need to be replaced every few months. But, the most critical reason for doing this is to allow the feet to grow. Kids can grow an entire shoe size within a month, and their toes start poking out of the socks, and you are left with no other choice but to go shoe-hunting. But why wait until their toes are pinned at the tip of the shoes? Do a monthly shoe check, and you always will stay ahead of things?
Consider doing the shoe-hunting with your kid and plan for it towards the end of the day. All that walking will cause their feet to swell, and this will help you avoid buying shoes that are a tight fit especially if you are shopping for athletic shoes.
What To Look For
Shoes keep your feet safe and warm, and the American Podiatrist Medical Association recommends that a child always should wear comfortable shoes. So, forget the break-in period or trying to accommodate that rather large foot; consider battling with a perfect fit that is comfy and breathable to prevent issues of sweat and fungi. Pick feet weak with a natural, soft material for your toddler – something with a good heel support, a rigid middle, and a bendable toe area. This is what you want from kid’s supportive shoes.
Durability is paramount when picking footwear for kids who are overly active. They play and run, and the shoes should endure all these rough love. So, choose a pair that will not fall apart too fast as opposed to buying several pairs. Children love shoes that the can just slip on and be off to play. Thus, pick shoes that have no laces.
Athletic shoes may not be an easy pick since they often have very little difference in performance as opposed to overall looks. However, you should consider the nature of your kid’s favorite sport and pick the right pair of shoes. Take running shoes, for instance, they are designed for forward movement and offer ample cushioning to the wearer. Soccer, Baseball, and Football shoes have studs, cleats, or spikes while tennis and basketball shoes provide extra support for sideto-side movement. In short, what you pick should suit the type of training and surfaces the children practice on.
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Where To Buy Shoes
It is better to buy the shoes in person, so that you can try them on and have a feel of how they fit; the same applies when shopping for your kid’s shoes since brands sizes are inconsistent. As such, consider buying shoes from a store that has a trustworthy return or exchange policy. When shopping online, you may try buying several pairs on eBay.com or http://www.Zappos.com that are a close size to that of child’s and return those that fail to fit.
Second-Hand Shoes – Yay or Nay?
Thrift shoe stores and hand-me-downs are an ideal option if you are planning to buy shoes while on a tight budget. The beauty of this option is you may find a fancy pair rarely worn. You, however, need to be sure that they are in good condition. Turn them over and check the soles and heels. Avoid buying shoes that are unevenly worn out, they lack balance and will be uncomfortable for your child. Also, remember to check the inside to ensure the toe box is in excellent condition, and the same applies to the outer surface. If all checks out, then buy the shoes.