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How to Check if There is Growing Room in Your Kids’ Shoes? – The Most Effective Way!

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Are you always wondering when it’s the correct time to replace your kids’ shoes? Parents are always asking me how can they tell when it’s the perfect time to have their children fitted for new shoes. Whether your purchase your kids’ shoes online or at your local shoe store, it’s important to know when is the correct time to purchase your child some new shoes.

This is really important since if your child is wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, this can lead to several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I handle approximately two hundred shoe fittings and try-ons per week. I have fitted hundreds of children’s shoes, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others. I am also an expert when it comes to fitting children in the correct pair of shoes.

Shoes that are too short or too narrow will make your child’s toes rub against the front or the side of the shoes.

While most children’s shoe stores will tell you when it’s the right time to bring back your child to be measured for new shoes based on their age, this method doesn’t always works correctly due to the simple fact that every child grows at a different rate. There are certain guidelines I can provide you with that will help you determine when might be a good tie to replace your kids’ shoes, but please keep in mind that these guidelines are just an estimate.

You will notice that most children’s shoe stores will tell you that if, for example, your child is 2 years old you will need to come back in around 3 to 4 months to check how the shoes are fitting. The issue is that every 2-year-old grows at a different rate, and while 3 to 4 months it’s the standard time to check, your child might be ready for new shoes sooner.

My point is that while there is a standard time to check if your children have outgrown their shoes based on their age, wouldn’t you want to be 100% sure that your child’s shoes are fitting correctly?

This method that I will show you works best for parents who don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area and must end up purchasing their kids’ shoes online.

The first thing that I want you to do is to check if your child’s shoes come with a removable insole. This shouldn’t be an issue since 90% of the shoes now come with a removable insole.

The Best Method to Check if Your Child has Growing Room ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This method that I use will tell you exactly when it’s time to replace your kids’ shoes.

I believe this is the most effective method since it’s not based on your child’s age, and you will be able to actually visualize how much growing room there is left in your kids’ shoes.

You can check if your child has growing room in the shoes by following these 3 simple steps:

The 1st STEP is to start by pulling the original insoles of the shoes out like shown in the picture below:Shoes With Removable Insoles

The 2nd STEP is to have your child stand up in both insoles. Please remember that most people have a half a size difference between their feet, hence the important of checking both feet. In this step you also need to make sure that your child is standing up straight and looking straight ahead. Also make sure to align the back of  your child’s feet perfectly with the back of the insoles. Please take a look at the picture below for clarification:

Kids Standing Up In Insoles

The 3rd STEP is to check whether your child still has growing room or not. The first picture shows a child standing up in the insoles and we can clearly see there is still growing room. We want to allow approximately 3/8 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. Also notice how the left foot is longer than the right one (that’s why it’s always important to look at both feet).

Kids Growing Room

This second picture shows the same child but in this case the toes are all the way up in the insoles, which means that it’s time to get new shoes.

Growing Room In Shoes

This is the most effective method I have found for parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store that they TRUST and must purchase their kids’ shoes online.

This method can also save you a trip to your local shoe store, since you will know exactly when it’s time to get your child new shoes!

If you are not sure whether you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best children’s shoe stores in the United States:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

While I have been fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years, I have also been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online for the last 3 years.

I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide or how narrow your kids’ feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of your kids’ feet and I will HELP YOU find it.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this method or if you can’t seem to find a particular shoe style for your child’s feet.

Is there a particular method that you use to check if your child still has growing room in his/her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.


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