While finding shoes for your child can be a time-consuming headache, ensuring that they are correctly fitted is one of the most important things you can do for their development!
Buy shoes in the afternoon, as feet can swell over the course of the day.
Have your child’s feet measured before choosing shoes - what might seem comfortable to them for a minute or two in the store may not be comfortable after a day of playing. Measure both feet while standing and, since one foot is often larger than the other, buy shoes to accommodate the larger of the two.
Have at least a thumbs width (approximately 12mm) between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe, on the larger foot.
Remember sizes may differ between brands, so consider the actual measurements of the shoe in front of you, not the number on the box.
While it may be tempting to buy shoes that are too big as our children grow so quickly, you should never buy more than one size bigger than required. Shoes that are too big can cause your child to trip and stumble.
Children’s shoes should have laces, velcro or some other fastener. Avoid backless or slip on shoes.
While they may look cute, always avoid heels on your child’s shoes.
Look for a patterned or textured sole, as this will provide traction and help prevent your child from slipping.
Check for a good fit every 2-3 months. Don’t wait for your child to tell you that they are too tight.
As children’s feet are often flat, make sure there is enough width to accommodate their feet and enough depth to ensure they are not too tight when laced up.
Look for shoes made from breathable materials, such as canvas or leather. In addition to being more durable, they will help keep your child’s feet dry and cool, helping to prevent blisters, discomfort, and smelly shoes.