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:
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:
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.
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:
- 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:
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:
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!
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.