In buying your kids’ shoes, correct fit should not be sacrificed for low prices especially at bargain stores and during the holiday sale.
Remember that children’s feet are shaped differently. The children bones are soft, muscles and ligaments are still developing and their feet are pressure sensitive.
Finding shoes that fit is essential for growing feet. Also, consider getting shoes that your kids will like. Invest on a pair that never to go out of style. When buying shoes for children, consider some of these tips:
a) Take kids shopping. You will know if they need a new pair of shoes when it’s harder to put on or walking becomes painful. Periodically check kid’s shoes every four to six months.
b) Look for sturdy shoes with good heel strength and support. Soles should be sturdy and thick enough to protect the feet from pain and injury, and flexible enough to bend with the foot.
c) Always have your kid’s feet measured when making a purchase. Feet should be measured while standing. Since one foot is usually larger than the other, buy shoes to accommodate the larger foot.
d) Shoe shopping should always be done later in the afternoon or evening, since feet swell over the course of the day.
e) Make sure the shoes fit properly . There’s should be a thumbs width between the end of the big toe and end of the shoe. If sides are bulging or wearing out more quickly than the rest of the shoes, then they may not be wide enough.
Toes that bends upward are also a sign of shoes that don’t fit properly. Don’t buy shoes that need a “break in” period. Good shoes should feel comfortable right away.
f) Select shoes that have lace or other fastening system. Avoid backless or slip on shoes for kids. Look for shoes from breathable materials such as canvass or leather. Textured sole provide traction and help prevents kid from slipping on slick surfaces.
g) Lacing shoes correctly is important. It is helpful to lace through each top eyelet twice to ensure a more snug fit. Children must be careful not to tie laces too tight, as they may cause injury to the nerves or tendons on the top of the foot or ankle.
h) Buy more than one pair of shoes. High tops or boots must be alternated with good quality sneakers or flat shoes.
i) Don’t wash shoes in the washing machine. Soap removes softening agents in the leather causing shoes to shrink and become hard.
Once you’ve found shoes that fit, allow children some input as to which shoes they prefer. Trust only children shoe brands that have been known for their quality.
Imitation shoes are not only made of substandard materials that easily break or worn out but may also cause discomfort and injury to your children.