The best way to make sure your kids’ shoes fit properly is to take your children to have their feet properly measured and their shoes properly fitted at a local children’s shoe store that you trust. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and I know everything that relates to kids’ shoes!
Many parents have contacted me concerned that they don’t have a trusted children’s shoe store in their area and want to know where they can get their kids’ shoes online while making sure that the shoes fit!
Most parents only care about the amount of space their kids have to grow into their shoes. Once I am done fitting the child in a pair of shoes the parents tend to immediately ask, “Is there enough room to let my son/daughter grow into the shoes?”
I respond that I left the appropriate amount of room to grow into the shoe, and if we fit the shoes with a length that increases the space further, we will compromise the child’s stability. It seems like that is all they care about because they relate shoe length with how long the child will be able to wear the shoes.
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 because the child will outgrow the width of the shoes faster than the length! That means that you would end up replacing the shoes even if there was still space in the front of the shoe!
Shoes come in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide widths. There is also a third factor that directly influences how shoes fit and that is called the instep of the foot. I believe that 8 out of 10 parents don’t know what the instep of the foot is. The instep is the top of our feet, which frequently goes unnoticed when fitting the shoes. 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 huge roles in the way shoes fit, which is why it is always best to have your kids’ shoes fitted by a person who knows what they are doing. Start by reading this post where I describe how to buy shoes for kids. You can find that post here:
In this post, I will describe how to make sure your kids’ shoes fit and provide you with a description of the best fitting shoes for children!
Follow These Guidelines To Make Sure Your Kids’ Shoes Fit!
Making sure your child shoes fit requires awareness of your child’s foot growth and multiple trips to your kids’ shoe store. It is 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 fit properly:
- Like I mentioned before, getting the correct shoe width is just as important as getting the correct shoe length for your child to grow into the shoe. Let me put it this way, it doesn’t matter if there is still space between the end of your child’s toes and the end of the shoe, if the little toe is pressed against the side of the shoe, you will have to replace your kids’ shoes before they develop a blister! If this happens to your child, it means that they outgrew the width of the shoe faster than the length. If this has happened to your child, you need to get him or her wider shoes next time. I describe the best shoes for wide feet in this post:
- Pick up your 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 (the back of the shoes that provides ankle support) is too soft, that means that it is time for your child to get new shoes! The firmer the heel counter, the better! Keep this in mind that it doesn’t matter how supportive the heel counter of the shoe is if your child is taking their shoes off without undoing the velcro strap or the shoe laces. Yanking off shoes will wear them down faster!
Children should always outgrow their shoes before anything happens to them. The exception is that your child wear is wearing their shoes for longer than they are supposed to. I wrote a post about how long should shoes last for children, so you can get a better idea of exactly how frequently you should be replacing your kids’ shoes. The post is called:
Several parents have contacted me asking how they would measure their kids feet from home since if they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust. If you want to learn how to measure your kids’ feet from home, take a look at a PDF I created which will explain you exactly how to measure your kids’ feet and find their correct shoe size.
You can find that PDF below:
You should ALWAYS measure both feet because one foot is usually larger than the other in most cases. If you notice that one of the feet is larger, you should make use of the foot that is the largest. This goes along with the width of the feet as well.
You should always leave 1/4″ for adequate wiggle room for your child’s toes and for proper foot growth (remember that kids’ feet grow fast and we must leave some growing room for them). Shoes that are too short or too narrow will lead to bone, back and muscle problems later in life!
PLEASE NOTE: The most effective way to get your kids shoe width is to use the Brannock Device. I wrote a post about this tool and you can find that article here:
The Story At The Shopping Mall!
I have been fitting children’s shoes for so long now that even I can look at the children’s shoes while I’m walking down the street and identify if they were correctly fitted or not! Last weekend, I was walking around the mall shopping on the weekend when a family that frequents the shoe store regularly saw me and asked me to check little Jonas’s shoes to make sure they were fitting him okay… I know it sounds quite odd… But I honestly didn’t mind and was happy to see that family!
The shoes fit him perfectly and I told them that I would see them in a month at the shoe store for another shoe check. While it was quite odd having to check Jonas ‘s shoes in the middle of a shopping mall, I understood that the parents only wanted to make sure his toes weren’t being cramped by the shoes!
Another funny instance happened when one dad asked me if I thought his kids shoes were ready to be replaced… Take a look at the pair of shoes that the child was wearing and you will understand why the story is so funny…
What Are The Best Fitting Shoes For Kids? The Secret Revealed
Shoes that are fitted properly will PREVENT foot problems and injuries. DO NOT EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPERLY FITTED SHOES! They will end up saving you a lot of money on the long run. Making sure your children shoes fit is important in the prevention of calluses, blisters, corns, ingrown toenails… etc. Several foot problems and foot injuries can be prevented just by wearing the right type of shoes!
Now that you know how to make sure your kids’ shoes are fitting properly, it’s time to look at the best fitting children’s shoes. I will describe the shoes that have everyday support and are available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths!
Below you can find a selection of the best fitting shoes for children!
The shoes in the first-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row 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.
Now that you know how shoes are supposed to fit, you should have the peace of mind that the shoes that 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!
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! I explain the importance of wearing the correct sock size in more detail here:
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? Or do you have to shop online for your children’s shoes? Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all benefit it from them.