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Kids’ Shoe Stores – Find Out About the Best Children’s Shoe Stores in Your Area!


I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a specialized children’s shoe store, where we specialize in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We need to carry high-quality and supportive shoes that are available in different widths, as that’s the only way we can guarantee to fit every single child. I am going to show you a list of the best kids’ shoe stores based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.


Children’s feet come in all shapes and sizes such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide, and instep height also plays a key role in what shoes that child can wear.

Kids’ Shoe Stores – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

While I have written specific articles explaining how to figure out your kids’ foot size from home, the most effective way to make sure your children are wearing the correct shoe size is to take them 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 down, and we are left with big retailers such as Nordstrom’s or Payless that hire sales associates that don’t know how to properly fit shoes. That is the reason why I created a list that showcases the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape From Home

If you still can’t seem to find a local children’s shoe store in your area, start by reading an article I wrote where I explain the simplest yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

Let Us Know About a Good Children’s Shoe Store in Your Area!

Do you have a good-fitting children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? Please help other families who might be looking for a children’s shoe store in your same area by telling us about your experience and whether you recommend that shoe store or not.

I receive several emails from parents that want to know about good-fitting children’s shoe stores in their area.

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: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com 

Be Careful Where You Take Your Child to Be Fitted for Shoes!

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

I have helped several children that were experiencing foot and leg pain, and most of the time the pain was related to the child wearing the wrong shoe style or the wrong shoe size. Most of the time these children were fitted for shoes at the shopping mall in stores such as Nordstrom’s, Foot Locker or Stride Rite, and I am sure you have heard of these 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, as well as foot and leg pain.

I don’t know if you heard but most Stride Rite shoe stores have closed nationwide now. I am not surprised as 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 get really worried, but in most cases, this pain is coming from wearing the wrong shoe size or the wrong type of shoes. Something so simple such as providing your child with the correct pair of shoes will prevent foot and leg pain and save you time and money.

Something so simple just as providing your child with the correct shoe size helps prevent all of these foot issues from happening and you will be keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy. Socks also play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes.


There Are Kids’ Shoes That You Didn’t Even Know Existed!

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 always at least one specific shoe style that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly.

Never settle for shoes that run or fit “narrower” 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 as wide (W) or extra wide (XW).

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


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6 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,


  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?


    • 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.

  3. Hello! I am aiming to open a children’s shoe store and I am in the beginning stage. Do you have any advice for learning to fit children’s shoes properly? I have not been in the shoe business before but have a passion for it, and owning my own business. Thank you

    • Hello Spence,

      Congratulations for your initiative, this must be a very exciting time for you. There is a lot of information that involves fitting children’s shoes, and properly measuring and figuring out the correct child’s foot size is the first step in finding the correct pair of shoes, since different shoe styles fit different, even among the same shoe brand. If you want more information you can email me at: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

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