How to Find the Best Shoe and Fit for Your Child – Personalized Online Shoe Fitting
My experience with children’s shoes comes from working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years. We specialize in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
I have helped parents find shoes for their children with foot conditions — flat feet, overpronation, low muscle tone — and complicated foot shapes — narrow, extra wide, high insteps.
My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience!
Families get referred to the shoe store I work for on a daily basis by pediatricians and physical therapists that want children to be properly fitted for shoes, and in certain cases, orthotics as well.
Most specialized 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. I am familiar with which shoe styles and which shoe brands are better than others from having fitted them before.
Before we move any forward, let’s check if you have a specialized children’s shoe store in your area.
Do You Have a Specialized Children’s Shoe Store in Your Area?
I always recommend parents take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at the 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 resource I created where I showcase the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to find a store close to you, keep on reading so I can help you find the perfect pair of shoes for your child.
The Importance of Providing Children with the Correct Pair of Shoes
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.
I can recommend the best type of shoes for your child based on your child’s foot condition or foot shape, but if you buy your children’s shoes online, you need to know your child’s exact foot size. Otherwise, you will end up wasting time and money having to return the shoes back and forth.
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 that will retrieve your child’s exact foot shape (length, width, and instep height).
1️⃣ Retrieving your child’s exact foot length.
Make sure that your child is standing straight, and then place a measuring tape or ruler below your child’s heels.
Measure both feet up to the tip of your child’s longest toe. You must measure both feet since there is always one foot that is bigger than the other. Keep in mind that your child’s longest toe isn’t necessarily the big toe — it may in fact be the second or even the third toe.
We will input your child’s foot measurements in the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device) to retrieve your child’s exact foot length.
Make a note of that measurement in centimeters or inches and proceed to step number 2.
2️⃣ Retrieving your child’s foot width, instep height, and possible foot condition.
I will need 3 pictures of your child’s feet from different angles. These images will help me determine whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet and a high instep. I also will be able to tell whether your child has a foot condition such as flat feet or rolled ankles.
Below you can find a sample of how the pictures should look like:
This image helps determine whether your child is flat footed and whether your child has a high instep or not.
This image helps determine whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
This image helps determine whether your child has rolled ankles or not.
Please note that I won’t need the measurements of your child’s foot width, the images will be sufficient to help me determine whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
Once you have the images ready, you should email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to include in your email any additional information I should know about your child’s feet:
Recap – What to Include in Your Email
- Your child’s foot length measurements (or an image of their foot length measurements)
- Three images of your child’s feet (see example images above)
- The country you live in
You will then receive a response within 24 hours with your child’s exact foot length, shape, and specific shoe recommendations as needed.
How Much Does This Service Cost?
This service is completely free. I am passionate about fitting children’s shoes as I truly believe that the correct type of shoes can be life-changing. Children’s feet are constantly developing, and what happens to their feet during their childhood will affect their physique as they grow older.
If you wish to support the work of Fitting Children’s Shoes, you can Donate Here Your support helps ensure that families around the world can find the correct shoes for their children, regardless of their foot shape or condition.
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 outgrown them.
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 of 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.