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The Best Place to Find Kids' Shoes
for all Foot Shapes and Foot Problems

About Me

Hello everyone!

My name is Juan Valenzuela and I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, and I handle approximately one hundred shoe fittings/try ons per week.

about-me

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.

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.

about-me

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.

Have you taken your child to your medical professional due to flat feet, rolled ankles, toe walking, knocked knees, and were told that your child will eventually “outgrow” his or her foot condition? Please note that early intervention in children is key to prevent the condition from getting worse.

There are certain shoe styles that will help treat and prevent the foot issues mentioned above by allowing your child to walk and run straighter, improving your child’s overall posture.

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.

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 can 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 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 into 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.

Cheers,

Juan Pablo

Founder of fittingchildrenshoes.com

email. fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

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27 Comments on About Me

  1. Hi Juan,

    Thanks for sharing your expertise. I never thought there is so much to learn about our feet. I have two grandchildren. One is about four months. This will definitely be a great source of information when she begins to learn how to walk. I will have to share your website to my children. And I’m pretty sure this is going to be helpful to a lot of parents. Keep sharing!

    More blessings to you,

    Betcha

  2. I come from a day when I was told I needed orthopedic shoes and they had exray machines to check your shoe fit. In the movie “Forest Gump” he was fit with braces and it turned out that he was a very fast runner.
    I think they may have over reacted in that day and the pendulum swung to far the other way.It is good to see
    some one knowledgeable in the needs of children’s feet. I personally have a wide bone that caused my shoes to gap. I will share your site for my grand kids.

    Marty

    • Marty,

      I hope that you are wearing shoes that are wide enough and that they are accommodating your wide bone. Sometimes individuals tend to compensate the width with the length and that might be the cause why your shoe is gaping so much.

  3. I think your website looks excellent,with good advice for parents for the children.You have good experience and you should learn a lot from the other staff,I wish you well in your journey.Mark…

  4. Hello Juan, thank you for you site. Really valuable information that none of us think about. We take our feet for granted until they don’t work so well for us anymore. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge in such an easy way to understand. Its a site that I keep coming back to every time I want to know something about my feet and shoes.

  5. Juan, Very nice and informative website. I did not know that there were so much to know about your feet. This site is very good for parents and their children.
    You have set up a website, for parents that have been wanting to know information about their feet and there children.
    I wish you all the best and success!
    Keep up the good work and now I know where to go for information about feet! I am going to tell my daughter. She has two small children.
    Linda:))

  6. Great info Juan! I totally agree so many people do not understand the importance of a good fitting shoe or sneaker (tennis shoe to some). Children have a tendency to just accept what ever their parents say. If they are given the chance to give their opinions, they will. Their poor little feet need to be able to be given a chance to be comfortable and grow! I hope many parents take this site seriously.
    The site looks really nice and is easy to maneuver on. Well done.

    • Rebecca,

      The purpose of the website is to inform the parents about the importance of wearing the right type of shoe. That way they can make the most informative decision. I am glad that you found the website informative!

  7. I am looking for someone to train me in on children’s fittings in melbourne, Australia. Do you know of anyone by any chance? I am not having any luck finding someone, besides for Clarksville who won’t train me since I don’t sell their brand.

        • Hi Juan

          The industry gold standard here in the UK (and EMEA / rest of globe) is Society of Shoe Fitters. I’m aware there aren’t many members outside of the UK however, they offer an industry recognised Qualification in Footwear Fitting and can offer this remotely. We see many Podiatry clinicians qualify in order to support clinical care.

          https://www.shoefitters-uk.org

          Your site is very informative. As a Qualified Shoe Fitter myself, great info on foot health and fitting. Keep flying the flag! 🙂

          Thanks,

          Sam

          • Hi Sam,

            Thank you for reaching out. I actually tried to reach out to them several months ago about joining one of their courses but I never received a response.Do you live in the UK? Would you be able to help me get in contact with them?

  8. Finding Juan’s website was just wonderful ! David, 4 years old , had just gotten his first AFO, shoe stores were closed due to Covid concerns and it was a challenge to determine a proper shoe size, let alone style that was best, Thought he would need 2 different sizes at first given the size of the AFO. Juan takes the time to review pictures of the child’s foot measurements and the AFO dimensions then gives specific styles and size to purchase.
    Thanks to Juan’s expert advice David has great new shoes and can run and play without any problems. Juan provides his expertise free and I am so grateful.

  9. Hi Juan,

    Thanks so much for your offer to help! I don’t know if my sons feet would be considered pronated or not since he does look flat footed or have the obvious bend I see in the photos you shared. I took a few pictures I could send you. His issue is that he often tends to point the front of his feet out (like a V) rather than straight ahead when running, going downstairs, on his bike pedals. I would love some tips on choosing the right sneakers that could help with that – if such a thing is possible. Thank you!

  10. Hi Juan! My grandson is 12 and walks on top toes. From what I’ve read this could be very serious. I came across your orthotics. What are your suggestions.

  11. Hello. Thank you for your time and consideration. I am an adult woman with a child’s size foot. Standing on my ruler, my larger foot is 21 cm long. Width wise, I’m just over 8 cm at the widest part of my foot. I do not have high arches. It’s hard to find a good fitting sandal that doesn’t look like a child’s shoe, and that I can run around town in comfortably. I’m hoping you will have some good recommendations.

    • Hello Mrs Pulsipher,

      Based on the measurements that you sent me you should wear a kids’ shoe size 3 1/2 which translates to a women’s shoe size 5. However, this depends on whether the shoes fit long, short, or true to size.

      Before I can recommend specific sandals I need to know whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

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