Hello everyone! My name is Juan Valenzuela and I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years.
Parents across the country are increasingly ordering their children’s shoes online—unfortunately, without the benefit of proper shoe fittings—because most specialty children’s shoe stores nationally are closing their doors.
I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I see hundreds of children’s feet each week and I handle approximately 200 shoe fittings/try ons per week.
As a fitter, my mission is to provide your child with the best fit possible.
I created this site primarily to provide an effective platform to showcase the benefits and limitations of properly and improperly fitted shoes among children.
Bones in children are not entirely developed. If a shoe is not properly fitted, then the body’s biomechanics can be altered. Therefore my webpage is primarily an advisory or a recommendation on effective care for children’s feet. I will achieve this through sharing my personal experience based on everything that I have learned over the years.
The fact that I work for a store where I do not get paid commission or receive any incentives allows me to focus on providing the customer with the best fit possible. Why am I emphasizing the importance of fitted shoes? Children that wear improperly fitted shoes suffer severe foot, knee and back problems. To avoid problems with bunions, blisters, calluses, painful tendonitis and even inflammation of the growth centers of the bones, proper fit is imperative.
I know which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands are better than others. There are certain shoe styles that will treat and prevent foot issues such as overpronation, knocked knees, low muscle tone, rolled ankles, or any other issues that you might think of.
Parents need to understand that not all children can wear all shoes. With my years of experience fitting shoes, I can tell when a child walking by me has had their shoes fitted properly.
I always recommend that parents take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store. However, many department store employees work on commission. Their primary goal is to make a sale. So please take this in to consideration when you shop. Independent stores will usually have the most experienced shoe fitters while department stores will usually have salespeople. If you don’t have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust, I am going to show you the simplest, yet most effective way to measure your child’s foot size from home and a selection of the best fitting shoes for children.
Founder of : fittingchildrenshoes.com