Tips on Buying Footwear for Kids

Cinderella had her fate decided by a glass slipper.   Because the shoe fit, she got to marry the most sought-after prince during her time.  That type of happily ever after may never happen to any of us in this day and age, but we should still put a lot of thought into picking out the proper footwear- especially for our kids.

Buying shoes for kids- whether it’s dressy flats or functional baby rainboots- is not as easy as buying a carton of milk from the grocery store.  There are some important factors to consider when choosing footwear for children.

Remember the rule of thumb.  Make sure that there is a thumb’s width- roughly half an inch- between the tip of her big toe and the shoe.

Have your toddler stand up.  It’s best to have her standing while being measured.  Watch out for those toes.  Be sure she doesn’t curl them, or that’ll mess up the numbers.

Wear those socks.  When your kid tries out shoes, have her wear the socks which she’ll wear with the shoes.  That’ll help you get the proper fit.

Get your kid to walk in the shoe.  Pay careful attention to the back, making sure that it doesn’t slip up and down, as it could cause painful blisters.

Your kid’s safety and comfort are more important than saving money, so don’t think about buying shoes one or two sizes larger, just so she could wear it for a longer time.  Big shoes are difficult to walk in and can cause accidents.

Choosing kids’ shoes is no walk in the park, but with the tips above to guide you, you shouldn’t break a sweat.