- Shop for shoes in person. Store associates can help find the perfect fit and your child can test out the shoes.
- Your child should be able to wiggle their toes freely. Press the tip of your finger between the end of the shoe and your child’s toes; there should be about 1 inch of extra space.
- The heel of the shoe needs stability. Your child’s heel should not slide from side to side.
- The perfect shoes should have a good depth: not pressing down on your child’s toes, but not too loose around the ankle.
- Replace your child’s shoes every 3-6 months. A child’s foot increases one-half to one full size within that time.
- Closed-toe, athletic shoes are best for a child’s active lifestyle!
- Buy shoes made from breathable materials because children’s feet perspire more than adults'.
Mistakes to Avoid
- Don’t buy shoes that need to be “broken in.” They should be comfortable from the start if they are a perfect fit.
- Remember, one size does not fit the same in every shoe. If your child is a size 3 in one pair, they might be a size 3.5 or even a 4 in another!
- Don’t buy oversized shoes for your child to “grow into.”
If your child is still uncomfortable in their shoes or if you are concerned about your child’s gait, try talking to a professional such as a podiatrist, your pediatrician, or a physical therapist.
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