Fitting Children’s Shoes: The Number One Place to Find Your Kids’ Shoes

Kids Shoe Stores – Find Out About The Best Children’s Shoe Stores In Your Area!

Kids Shoe Store

Hello parents, my name is Juan Pablo and I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.

I have written over 250 articles explaining parents the importance of providing their children with the correct shoe size and the correct shoe style. This will allow to keep their feet and legs healthy and prevent several feet and back issues in the long run.

I have spoken with several frustrated parents that can’t seem to find a particular shoe width or a particular shoe style for their children. I want you to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your children’s feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of his or her feet perfectly.

Shoes that are too short will cramp your kids’ toes and make them rub against each other or against the side or front of the shoe, while shoes that are too long will allow for too much foot movement inside the shoe and also lead to the toes rubbing against the shoe.

Shoes that are too narrow will also lead to the toes cramping each and shoes that are too wide will also allow for too much foot movement. This will lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.

That is the reason why it’s so important to get your children’s shoes just right.

While I have written several articles explaining how to measure your kids’ shoes at home and find shoes accordingly, the most effective way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size is to take him or her to your local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.

The problem is that most children’s shoe stores have been closing, and we are left with big retailers such as Nordstrom’s or Payless that hire sales associates that don’t know how to fit shoes.

UPDATE: I recently created an article that shows the best children’s shoe stores by state, and you can find that article here:

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

I wanted to create this article first for parents to understand the key role that shoes play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, and secondly to allow for parents that live in different areas to share where they are located and if they are is a good children’s shoe store in their area that they will recommend. This will be extremely helpful to other parents living in the same area as you that might not that shoe store existed.

If you are one of those parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store in your area, START by reading an article I wrote where I explain how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:

How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!

In this article, I will describe why it’s important to have your child fitted for shoes at your local children’s shoe stores and I want parents to share their location if they have a local kids’ shoe store in their area that they trust.

Children's Shoe Store

Be Careful Where You Take Your Child To Be Fitted For Shoes!

At the shoe store that I work for we help families that come to the store referred by their pediatricians or physical therapists, to have their children evaluated and fitted for orthotics and good, supportive shoes.

I have helped several children that were experiencing foot and leg pain, and I can tell you with confidence that 70% of the time the pain is due to them NOT wearing the correct shoe style or/and the correct shoe size. Most of the time these children were fitted for shoes at the shopping mall in stores such as Nordstrom’s or Stride Rite, and I am sure you have heard of these two places before. My main issue with these stores is that they don’t train their staff to be able to properly fit your children in the correct pair of shoes.

It’s really frustrating when I see a child that was fitted in these stores wearing the wrong shoe size, because wearing the wrong pair of shoes will lead to several feet issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, and foot and leg pain.

I don’t know if you heard but Stride Rites stores have closed nationwide now. I am not surprised since they did a horrible job fitting children’s shoes. I remember helping several children that were wearing shoes fitted at Stride Rite and were experiencing foot and leg pain.

When children start complaining about foot and leg pain parents to get really worried, but in most cases this pain is coming from wearing the wrong shoe size or the wrong type of shoes. Something si simple such as providing your child with the correct pair of shoes will prevent foot and leg pain and save you time and money.

I remember helping several children that were wearing shoes fitted at Stride Rite and were experiencing foot and leg pain.

STOP Providing Your Child With The Wrong Shoe Size!

The reason why I am always emphasizing to parents about the importance of properly fitted shoes is that the wrong shoe size or the wrong shoe style will lead to the several feet and leg issues:

  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Blisters
  • Foot and leg pain
  • Hip pain
  • Lower back pain

Something so simple just as providing your child with the correct shoe size will prevent all these foot issues from happening and keep your kids feet and legs healthy. Also, while most children don’t like or refuse to wear socks, it’s important to explain them the importance of wearing them, since socks act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes.

You should take a look at a post I wrote where I describe why it’s important to provide children with the correct type and size of socks:

The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Grippers Or No Grippers?

Kids' Good Shoes

Did you know that children’s shoes come in different widths? For example, children might have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, and there is at least one specific shoe style that will fit the shape of his or her feet perfectly.

Never settle for shoes that “run longer” or “wider” than others, if your child has wide or extra wide feet, request the person helping you to provide your child with shoes that are actually labeled “wide” or “extra wide”.

One example I like to make is about children’s soccer cleats in wide or extra wide widths. Did you know that soccer cleats in wide and extra wide widths actually existed? Most parents are not aware of this, and they end up fitting their kids’ in cleats that are too long, which leads to compromising their stability and making them more prone to falling down and injure themselves

Here you can find the article about soccer cleats in wide and extra wide widths:

Wide Soccer Cleats For Kids – The Best Wide And Extra Wide Soccer Cleats For Children!

That is just one example, but if you go through my website you will find how  shoes in wide and extra wide widths are available for different type of shoes.  I have fitted baseball and football cleats, sandals, boots, and even dress shoes that are available in wide or extra wide widths.Please remember that it doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of his or her feet perfectly.

Let Us Know About A Good Children’s Shoe Store In Your Area!

Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? Please help other parents who might be looking for a children’s shoe store in the same area where you are located by telling us your experience and whether you recommend that shoe store or not.

I receive several emails from parents that want to know about children’s shoe stores in their area. The shoe store that I work for is located in Potomac, Maryland, and it’s called Shoe Train.

If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store to take your kids to, below you can find an article where I describe a selection of the best kids’ sneakers that are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide in 2018!

The Best Kids Running Shoes In 2018 – Keep Your Kids’ Feet And Legs Healthy!

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime you are unsure about how a particular shoe style fits, or if you can’t seem to find a certain shoe style for your child! Remember that no matter what type of shoe you are looking for your child, it does EXIST, and I will help you find it!

Please don’t forget to leave the name of your local children’s shoe store in the comments section area below.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LET’S START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

4 Comments on Kids Shoe Stores – Find Out About The Best Children’s Shoe Stores In Your Area!

  1. How do we know if they have received the proper training? Is there some kind of certification we can look for? Long ago I remember the people at our Stride Rite said they were trained in proper fitting (that’s why people went to their stores), but it sounds from your posts like I should not have believed them. Should I just try to stay away from any “chain” stores? There don’t seem to be many children’s shoe stores in Central MA, please help!

    • Hello Christy,

      We helped a lot of children who were fitted at Stride Rite and came to our store with foot and leg pain due to wearing the wrong sized shoes. I think they make staff at Stride Rite take a certification, but they had such a big turnover that I guess it didn’t work for them. I wasn’t surprised to hear that several if not all their stores are closed now.

      I was lucky to bet trained and work with shoe fitters that have been fitting shoes for over 20 years.

      It’s hard to find a children’s shoe store that you can TRUST, but locally owned stores tend to provide better service than chain stores. I am working on putting together a database with the best children’s shoe stores by state, but I will probably have it done by August. Hopefully in the meantime someone from Central MA will let us know if there are any good kids’ shoe stores in that area.

      I hope this helps,

      Juan

  2. Hi,
    I live in New York area. Any recommendations for good kids fitting store for my son who has a flat feet and in-toeing?

    Thanks!
    Madhuri

    • Hello Madhuri,

      I am not from the area but I have heard that the two most popular and family owned children’s shoe stores in the New York area are “Tip Toe Shoes” and “Runnin’ Wild Kids Shoes”. However, if there are any parents in the area that have a children’s shoe store that they TRUST please let Madhuri know.

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