I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have found shoes for some of the most complicated feet out there, including children with narrow or extra wide feet, and high insteps.
When children are flat footed, have rolled ankles, low muscle tone, and any other foot condition that you might think of, they require a particular type of shoes (and in certain cases orthotics) to help treat that condition.
For the last 3 years I have been helping families find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
I have noticed how most children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and we are left with big retailers that don’t offer personalized attention and have little experience in properly fitting children’s shoes.
That is the reason why 3 years ago I decided to create Fitting Children’s Shoes, a website that covers every single issue that relates to children’s shoes and how they fit, including the most effective ways on how to solve your child’s foot and leg pain. I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes and orthotics, since I am familiar with which shoe styles and which shoe brands are better than others.
Bones in children are not entirely developed. If a shoe is not properly fitted, then the body’s biomechanics can be altered. Therefore my webpage is primarily an advisory or a recommendation on effective care for children’s feet.
Families get referred to the shoe store I work for on a daily basis by pediatricians, physical/occupational therapists that want these children to be properly fitted for shoes, and in certain cases, orthotics as well.
I have helped many families with children who were experiencing foot and leg pain find the perfect pair of shoes (and in some cases orthotics as well), to reduce, or fully eliminate the pain that the child was experiencing.
Personalized Shoe Fitting for your Child – It Takes 2 Simple Steps!
I am here to offer you a personalized shoe fitting experience for your child.
The FIRST STEP is to figure out your child’s exact foot size, which involves figuring out the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.
I am located in Bethesda, Maryland, but I get contacted by hundreds of parents from different parts of the US asking for help about finding a particular shoe style for their child’s feet. Some parents prefer to email me traces of their kids’ feet along with pictures to figure out their actual foot size, while some parents prefer to FaceTime so I can get a better look at the child’s feet (this allows to check the instep of the foot as well). You can let me know which method you are most comfortable with by e-mailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you believe your child is flat footed and overpronating, I will definitely feel more comfortable doing a FaceTime session where I can actually watch your child walk. If you prefer you can also record videos of your child walking and send them to me.
The SECOND STEP is to identify which type of shoes you need for your child. Once you tell me what type of shoes you are looking for your child, then I can start showing you a selection of the best shoes based on your chid’s foot condition and on the shape of your child’s feet. I think here is where I play a key role, since I am familiar with how most shoe brands and shoe styles fit.
Let me expand on this real quick…
We always want to provide children with a half size longer (there should be 3/8 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoes) of the size that they measure at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room. However, shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they fit you will need to adjust the final shoe size that you get for your child.
For example, if your toddler measures a foot size 8 in the shoe measuring scale, but the particular shoe style that you are looking for your child fits “short”, then instead of needing a shoe size 8 ½ (that will be the size your child needs to allow for growing room if the shoe fitted “true to size”) your will have to provide your child with a shoe size 9, since the shoes fit “short”. On the other hand, if the shoes fit long, you will need to provide your child with a shoe size 8 (same size that he measured), since the shoes already fit long
Once I have your child’s correct shoe size, I will send you a list of shoe options based on your child’s needs. If your children are flat footed, they will need a shoe that provides good arch and ankle support to help them walk and run straighter. If your children are having foot and leg pain, you will need a shoe that is supportive and deep enough to accommodate an orthotic. If your child has smelly feet, you will need a shoe that is breathable and comes with an antibacterial insole. These are just a few examples, but my point is that I will be able to recommend a shoe based on your child’s foot needs.
I will keep a chart with your family’s last name in order to keep records on how your child’s feet are growing, and I will be able to send you an email reminding you when it will be a good time to start looking for new shoes.
This is an example of how I keep records of how the child is growing and send an email reminder to that specific family when it’s time to check if their child needs new shoes:
For example, let’s say you have a 2 year old toddler who wears a shoe size 7. Based on your toddler’s age, you should be getting ready to replace the shoes after 3 1/2 to 4 months from the time that you first you got him/her the shoes. If you have a child that is 7 years old and wears a shoe size 12, then you will be getting an email from me after 5 months from the time that you first purchased the shoes, since that is the standard growing rate for a 7 year old.
The idea is to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy by making sure that they are wearing the correct shoe size and that they don’t keep wearing the shoes if they have outgrow them.
If you don’t have a local shoe store in your area, I am here to help you find the perfect pair of shoes for your child, no matter how narrow or wide your child’s feet might be. I have helped parents find shoes for their children that they were not even aware that they existed.
Let’s Check If You Have a Good Fitting Kids’ Shoe Store in your Area!
Please keep in mind that I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store that they trust. This personalized shoe fitting experience that I am offering is for those parents who don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area.
Let’s make sure that you don’t have a local good fitting children’s shoe store in your area. Take a look at a map I created where I showcase the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a good fitting shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article I wrote along with a video where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Like I mentioned before, once you have your child’s foot size, then we are ready to start looking for a pair of shoes for your child. You can send me your child’s foot size or your child’s foot measurements (by tracing your child’s feet in a piece of paper), and I will be able to tell you what shoe size your child needs.
Parents need to understand that not all children can wear all shoes. With my years of experience fitting shoes, I can tell when a child walking by me has had their shoes fitted properly.
Much parents attention focuses on what styles to buy for their little ones. but many of them overlook one of the most crucial elements of shoe shopping: the importance of properly sizing their kids’ feet.
Providing your children with the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size will go a long way in keeping their feet and legs healthy, and preventing back problems in the future.