Do you often have a hard time finding shoes that fit your child properly? Do you feel like you end up returning many of the shoes you buy, and are uncertain if those you keep are appropriate?
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier specialty children’s shoe store, a leader in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems as well as provide regular shoe fittings for all children, whatever their needs are.
Through my experience fitting thousands of children, I have become very familiar with most shoe brands and styles. I know exactly how each shoe style runs (for example, short, long, narrow, or wide), so can help families find the best shoe for their child’s specific needs.
There are several online retailers who carry children’s shoes, but NONE of them will ensure parents identify the correct shoe size for their children. Those other retail sites publish reviews from parents stating whether the shoe runs long, short, wide, or narrow; however, it is unclear whether those parents knew their child’s actual foot size to being with.
I have created a tool that allows you to filter shoe options by your child’s unique footprint. The tool involves a simple process in which consumers select the child’s age, shoe size, type of shoe that you are looking for, whether you want velcro closure or shoelaces, and other important features such as whether the shoe is machine washable, lightweight, supportive, waterproof, and/or is capable of accommodating an orthotic.
How does this tool I created to fit children’s shoes differ from those found on other commercial sites such as Amazon, Zappos, DSW, or 6PM?
The tool involves shoe styles that I have fitted before, so I know exactly how each shoe style fits and what type of features it will provide for your child’s feet.This unique tool allows parents to search given their child’s age, shoe size, shoe type, and closure type, as well as other important features children may require related to instep height and orthotics.
Also, if you check for example the Zappos website, you will notice that consumers cannot filter by children’s instep height, which is a key factor in identifying the correct shoe size.
You CAN’T possibly provide your child with the correct shoe size if you don’t know whether or not they have a high instep. The instep is the top part of our feet, which frequently goes unnoticed when fitting shoes. If children have a high instep, they will require a deeper shoe, so the top of the foot doesn’t rub against the top of the shoe.
Did you know that it doesn’t matter how much space you leave length-wise in your kids’ shoes, if you fail to provide the correct shoe width? Children will outgrow the width of the shoes faster than the length. Therefore, many parents needlessly replace their children’s shoes, even when there is still adequate space in the front of the shoe, due to purchasing shoes with incorrect width.
All of these factors play huge roles in the way shoes fit, which is why it is always best to have your kids’ shoes fitted by a person who is experienced with children with a wide range of needs.
You can search by filtering all of these important criteria in one tool, which will yield an appropriate, custom selection based on your specific needs!