4 Tips When Buying Shoes For Kids

4 Tips When Buying Shoes For Kids

May 24 , 2021


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Did you know, a child’s foot can continue to grow until the age of 20 - (that’s a lot of shoes!)

Actually, well-fitted shoes are extremely important to your kid’s foot health and development.

Because shoes that don’t fit properly will cause problems such as corns, blisters and ingrown toenails, which can all be very painful.

In the long term, this could potentially lead to foot deformities, issues with walking and overall posture.

In fact, many problems in adult feet are a direct cause for poorly-fitted shoes during childhood, and that is why it’s so important to get the right shoes at every stage.

Here are 5 tips to help you find the best shoes for your kids.

1. Professional Measuring

Instead of measuring your child’s feet at home, it’s always best to get them professionally measured in the shop.

Simply, shoe shops have the particular equipment, such as a gauge, to accurately find the correct length and width for your child’s feet.

Furthermore, your child should be stood up during their measuring so that their feet are spread apart, as well as wearing the appropriate socks.

Lastly, ensure both feet are measured as there can be differences and take several measurements to be 100% sure.

2. Do Not Oversize

Parents will often buy shoes for their children that are too big, thinking that they will grow into them and the shoes will last longer.

However, this can be a problem for infants who are learning to walk and are wobbly on their feet.

In other words, buying shoes that are too big for your child can leave them vulnerable to trips and falls which can lead to serious injuries.

So, do not oversize and only buy the correct, properly-fitted pair of shoes.

3. Always Check The Toes

Although we said not to buy shoes that are too big, it’s still important that there is adequate space in the front of the shoe to allow your child’s toes to properly spread.

As such, having a little space (1 - 2 cm)  will prevent overcrowding and ensure there is no added pressure on the toes.

With this in mind, you should allow for about a thumb’s width from the longest toe to the front of the shoe, so your child can wiggle their toes freely without falling over.

4. Rubber Soles

It’s no secret - kids are full of energy!

They love to explore, run and climb but they don’t really look to see if the ground is wet or slippery.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to buy shoes with rubber soles as they provide the best grip.

Moreover, rubber soles have great durability and are well suited for bad weather and active children.

Closing Thoughts

Ultimately, you must make sure you are taking the time to measure your kids feet and buy them properly-fitted shoes.

Whilst at the same time, ensuring the shoes you buy offer good support and comfort to prevent problems from occurring later on in life.

Get in touch to find out more.

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