Most parents don’t understand how important it is to provide their kids with the correct pair of shoes. It’s not just about getting the correct shoe style, but getting the correct shoe size as well.
Most fitting children’s shoe stores have been closing down, so parents end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but in order to be able to buy your kids’ shoes online, you need to know your child’s exact foot size.
Which leads me to ask you the following question: Are you 100% sure that you know your child’s exact foot size?
I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
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. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
The good thing is that certain online retailers offer free returns and free shipping, that way you won’t waste your valuable money. However, you will end up wasting a lot of your valuable time if you don’t your chid’s correct foot size and the specific shoe styles that you need to order for your child.
I will show you the most effective way to how to buy kids’ shoes online, but first let me show you the most common mistakes parents make when buying their kids’ shoes online.
Common Mistakes Parents Make when Ordering Kids’ Shoes Online
►Not Taking Into Account the Child’s Instep ☹️
It will hard to order your kids’ shoes online if you don’t know if your child has a high instep or not. Do you know what the instep of the foot is? Take a look at the picture below to find out where the instep of the foot is located:
The instep is the top part of the foot, and some children might have a high instep. When children have a high instep they require a different type of shoe, since in most cases, the shoe needs to be deeper for your child’s foot to fit comfortably inside the shoe.
I explain what the instep of the foot is in more detail as well as the best shoes for children who have a high instep in another article. If you believe that your child might have a high instep go to the link below:
Noe let’s move on to which is the second common mistake parents make when buying their kids’ shoes.
►Assuming that the size that your child measures in the foot measuring scale will automatically translate to your child’s actual shoe size ☹️
Shoe styles can run long, short, wide, or narrow, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the shoe size that you get for your child.
One thing I have learned after fitting children’s shoes through all of these years is that the size the child measures is just a starting point when trying to find shoes that fit.
►Assuming that the big toe is always the longest toe ☹️
Your child’s longest toe might be the second or the third toe, and when you are trying to figure out your child’s foot size, you always need to measure to the longest toe.
I have no intention to confuse or worry you about whether the shoes you are providing for your kids fit properly, I am here to clarify confusion and make you aware of the importance of well-fitting shoes.
Buying your kids shoes online doesn’t mean scrolling down through the pictures and choosing the shoe that looks the most stylish or the one that is available in your kids’ shoe size. If you are looking to buy your kids’ shoe online, you must know the particular shoe brands that come in different widths and those that are made of better quality and provide more support.
Buying Your Kids’ Shoes Online – Follow These Easy Steps!
The first step is to figure out your child’s exact foot size and also find out whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. We already covered this step, and basically what you have to do is to take a look at the following article:
While your kids’ foot size is just a starting point, you must know your exact kids foot size to be able to order the correct shoe size online.
Once you figure out your child’s exact foot size, you are ready to take the second step, which is finding the correct shoe style for your child.
You will soon learn that more expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes for your child. However, please don’t provide your child with shoes from Walmart or Target. There is a reason those shoes are so cheap. I have seen that some of these shoes are made out of plastic or cardboard, offering little to no breathability and providing no support and no flexibility for your kids’ feet.
You will end up creating all sort of foot problems for your kids’ feet, which will end up costing you so much more money in the future.
The fact is that when you buy low quality shoes, your kids’ end up wearing them down faster than expected, which results not only in a waste of your valuable money, but a waste of your valuable time as well.
It’s not easy to identify which shoes will be better for your kids’ feet, since there are no two pair of feet alike. It’s not enough to put shoes on your kids’ feet and wait to see whether they will complain about them. Assuming that your kids’ shoes fit just because your kids’ don’t show any signs of discomfort is another common mistake parents make.
I have fitted hundreds of different kids’ shoe styles from several different shoe brands, so let me show you the most popular kids’ shoe style that I have fitted before.The shoes below are lightweight, flexible, breathable, supportive, and they are available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths,, so please choose your child’s shoe width accordingly.
The Best Kids’ Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
This first selection is for toddlers:
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.
This selection is for older children (4 years old and above):
This selection of shoes also 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.
How Can You Make Sure Your Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Let’s Find Out!
So you measured your kids’ feet…
You chose the correct shoe style in the correct shoe size…
Now, the question is, how can you make sure your kids’ shoes are fitting correctly?
✅ FIRST STEP
Check that the shoes are not too narrow for your kids’ feet. Make sure your kids’ small toe (also called the pinky toe) is not pressing against the side of the shoe. If you notice a bump pressing against the side of the shoe then it means that the shoes are too narrow for your kids’ feet, since the other toes are pressing your kids’ small toe to the side of the shoes.
Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
It is important to check that particular area of the shoe because providing your child with shoes that are too narrow will make your child more prone to developing blisters and corns.
If you have checked that area of the shoe and found that there was no pressure on your kids’ small toe, you can proceed to check the front area of the shoe, where we want some growing room for your kids’ feet to grow into the shoe, but not so much that we would compromise their stability.
✅ SECOND STEP
We want about 3/8 of an inch of space from the end of the longest toe to the end of the shoes (the longest toe might not always be the big toe, so please take this into consideration when you are measuring your kids’ feet)
✅ THIRD STEP
You need to make sure that the heel counter of the shoe fits snugly around your kids’ ankles. We don’t want any slipping or too much movement between your kids’ feet and the shoes. If you feel like you can fit one of your fingers around the heel area of the shoe, then the shoe is too wide for your kids’ feet.
If you check all three steps and everything looks good, your child is good to go. This will guarantee that your child is wearing the correct shoe size.
You can also refer to another article along with a video I created where I describe how to check if your kids’ shoes are fitting correctly in more detail. Go to the link below:
Do you normally shop for your kids shoes online? Do you find yourself wasting time having to return them all the time? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!