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 children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. It’s important for us to carry high quality and supportive shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to fit every single child.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: I recently created a map that will show you the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state. Go to the link below:
I have written over 350 articles that relate to children’s foot conditions and which shoes will help prevent and treat these conditions. . 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 style for their kids and I always tell me to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your children’s feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly and I will help you find it.
Shoes that are too short will cramp your kids’ toes and make them rub against each other or against the side of the shoes, while shoes that are too long will allow for too much foot movement inside the shoe and that constant movement and friction between your kids’ feet and the shoes might lead to the formation of blisters.
That is the reason why it’s so important to get your children’s shoes just right!
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.
If after looking at that map 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:
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/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 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 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 will prevent all these foot issues from happening and keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy. Socks also play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrow between your kids’ feet and the shoes.
While I can’t get into too much detail about the importance of socks in this article, you should take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the best socks for children. Go to the link below:
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 at least one specific shoe style that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly.
Never settle for shoes that run “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” or “extra wide”.
One example I always like to refer to is soccer cleats for children with wide or extra wide feet. 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 in order to take the pressure away from the widest part of the feet, which leads to compromising their stability and making them more prone to falling down and injure themselves.
If you happen to have a child with wide or extra wife feet that needs a pair of soccer cleats, there is another article I wrote where I describe them in detail. Go to the link below:
I have also fitted baseball. basketball, lacrosse, football cleats, sandals, boots, and even dress shoes that were available in wide or extra wide widths. Please remember that it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find them.
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 parents who might be looking for a children’s shoe store in your same area 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 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.
Please don’t forget to leave the name of your local children’s shoe store in the comments section area below.