I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with which are the best children’s shoe brands and which are the best shoe styles among those brands.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: I recently created an article along with a video that has the most updated information on how to make sure that your kids’ shoes are fitting properly. Please click on the link below:
I always explain to parents that the best way to make sure that their children’s shoes fit is to take their kids to be properly fitted for shoes to their local children’s shoe store that they trust. The issue is that most children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and chances are that if you reading this article you don’t have a store in your area.
This is the main reason why for the last 3 years I have dedicated myself to helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online. However, in order to be able to purchase your kids’ shoes online, you must know your child’s exact foot size.
I created an article along with a video where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
The most common mistake I see parents make when buying shoes for their children is focusing too much about the amount of space that their kids will have to grow into their shoes. Once I am done fitting a child in a pair of shoes parents tend to immediately ask:
“Is there enough room for my child to grow into the shoes?”
I always explain them how I left the appropriate amount of growing room, which is 3/8 of an inch between the child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. If I happen to go any longer, I might end up compromising the child’s stability and make him/her more prone to falling down.
Please keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how much length space you leave for your child to grow into the shoes, if you fail to provide your child with the correct shoe width (narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide), your child might end up outgrowing the width of the shoes faster than the length. This means that you will end up having to replace the shoes even if there is still space in the front of the shoes.
Shoes come in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. There is also a third factor that directly influences how shoes fit and that is called the instep of the foot. If you don’t know what the instep of the foot is, you can’t possibly be providing your child with the correct type of shoes. I believe that 8 out of 10 parents don’t know what the instep of the foot is. The instep is the top part of the feet, which frequently goes unnoticed when fitting the shoes. Here is where the instep of the foot is:
If a child has a high instep, they will require a deeper shoe so the top of the foot doesn’t rub against the top of the shoe.
All of these factors play key roles in the way that shoes fit, which is why it’s always best to have your kids’ shoes fitted by a person who knows what they are doing.
Let’s answer one of the most common questions parents have: How can I make sure my kids’ shoes fit?
I will show you how to make sure your kids’ shoes fit and also provide you with a selection of the best fitting shoes for children.
Making Sure Your Kids’ Shoes Fit – Follow These 3 Simple Steps ✅
Making sure that your children’s shoes fit requires awareness of your child’s foot growth and multiple trips to your kids’ shoe store, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
I have helped several parents realize that they should have going to the store much earlier. They often end up feeling so bad about cramping their kids’toes in the shoes.
Follow these guidelines below to make sure your kids’ shoes are fitting properly:
- The first step: Make sure that your child stands up straight and check if there is enough wiggle/growing room in the front of the shoes (you should allow approximately 3/8 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe). You can remove the inner sole of the shoe and have your child standup on them to be able to visualize the amount of growing room better.
- The second step: Check whether the width of the shoe is fitting correctly. Check the widest part of the foot, and make sure the small toe or the pinky toe is not being pressed against the side of the shoe. If the shoes are too narrow for your kids’ feet, you will notice a bump right around this area of the shoe.
- The third step: Make sure there is no extra space around the heels. You can check this by sliding your finger around the heel, if you feel like you can fit one or two fingers around the heel area it means that the shoes are too wide. You don’t want your child’s shoes moving up and down since this can lead to blisters, calluses, or corns.
If you check all three steps and everything looks good, your child is all set up! This will guarantee that your kids’ shoes fit.
Now that you know how shoes are supposed to fit, you should have the peace of mind that the shoes your child is wearing are the correct size. Remember that children impose an enormous amount of stress not only on their feet, but their legs also. Some children live more active lifestyles than adults do!
IMPORTANT TIP: I always recommend parents to frequently pick up their kids’ shoes and carefully inspect them for signs of wear and tear. If the sole of the shoe is too worn down or the heel counter is too soft, that means that it is time for your child to get new shoes. This is where the heel counter of the shoe is located:
Children should always outgrow their shoes before they destroy them. If you want to get a better idea on how fast do children’s feet grow based on their age, I wrote a post about how long should shoes last for children. Go to the link below:
The Best Fitting Shoes for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Good quality shoes that are properly fitted shoes will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Now that you know how to make sure your kids’ shoes are fitting properly, it’s time to take a look at the best fitting children’s shoes that I have fitted before. These shoe styles will be available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths.
Here you can find a selection of the best fitting shoes for children:
The first selection is for toddlers and they will fit a toddler with narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).
This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measured in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
The selection is for older children (4 years old or older) and will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Don’t forget about the importance of wearing the correct pair of socks. They play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy and make a huge difference in the way shoes feel on your child’s feet.
Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, and they will prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes as well as the formation of blisters. While I can’t get into too much detail about the importance of wearing socks in this article, there is another article I wrote where I describe the best socks for children. Go to the link below:
Do you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? Please let us know in the comments section below since other parents might be living in that same area.