How to Shop for Children’s Shoes


Since our slogan is “All shoes, all the time!” today we are talking about children’s shoes. (We will be adding some men’s shoes and running shoes posts soon too!)

When shopping for children’s shoes, it can be tricky, especially for toddlers or other small children who can’t verbalize to parents how good or how bad the shoes feel on their pudgy little feet. Another factor to consider is the shape of your child’s foot. Consider asking yourself these questions when shopping for shoes for your little ones: “Does my child have flat feet?” “Does my child walk in-toed (commonly referred to as pigeon-toed)?” “Does my child over pronate?” “Does my child wear his or her shoes out unevenly?” “Does my child seem to go through shoes quicker than average, as compared to my other children?” “Does my child wear orthotics (which will usually require a half size or full size larger shoe)?” “Does my child complain of painful heels or painful feet while walking or running?” If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you have special considerations to make when buying shoes for your child. After reading these tips, if you still have questions, feel free to ask me below in the comments section or ask your podiatrist. 🙂

Here is an excerpt from my podiatry blog on this subject:

“Shoe Shopping Tips:
*Shoes that don’t fit properly can aggravate the feet. Always measure a child’s feet before buying shoes, and watch for signs of irritation.
*Never hand down footwear. Just because a shoe size fits one child comfortably doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way. Also, sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
*Examine the heels. Children may wear through the heels of shoes quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist.
*Take your child shoe shopping. Every shoe fits differently. Letting a child have a say in the shoe buying process promotes healthy foot habits down the road.
*Always buy for the larger foot. Feet are seldom precisely the same size.
*Buy shoes that do not need a “break-in” period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately.
*Make sure to have your child try on shoes with socks or tights, if that’s how they’ll be worn.”

I hope that helps the parents with questions on the subject! Happy shopping, moms and dads (and grandparents)! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes in 2011,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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