Have you been looking for a place to buy your kids’ shoes now that all Stride Rite stores have closed down? Do you feel like there is no place to have your kids’ feet properly measured anymore?
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years now, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
I have fitted some of the best children’s shoes in the market, since we only carry good, supportive shoes that are also available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide (in order to guarantee that we can fit all type of children’s feet).
Providing your child with the correct pair of shoes takes more than picking one up from a shelve and trying it on. Finding the correct pair of shoes means providing your children with shoe style that provides the correct amount of support, and it’s available in the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.
Several parents have contacted me asking where they can buy their kids’ shoes now that all Stride Rite stores have closed down. I always recommend parents to take their children to the local children’s shoe store, but most independent shoe stores have been closing down as well.
That is the reason why I created map that showcases the best fitting remaining shoe stores in the country. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a local kids’ shoe store in your area and you must get your children’s shoes online, I will provide you with a set of guidelines on how to make sure you provide your child with the correct type of shoes in the correct shoe size!
For the last 3 years I have been helping parents find the correct pair of shoes for their kids’ online. But in order to be able to purchase your kids’ shoes online, you need to know your child’s exact foot size. START by taking a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your kids’ foot size from home:
I have been contacted by several parents asking me for guidance since they can’t seem to find the correct type of shoes for their children. Take a look at an example below:
“Stride Rite did a great job at properly measuring and finding the best shoes for my children with wide and extra wide feet, but what I didn’t like was that their own brand of shoes were each cut a little differently. I couldn’t just order a size up when necessary and always had to take my kids to the store, which was a hassle. If their sizing had been consistent I probably wouldn’t have bought shoes anywhere else”
I want to clarify that there is no shoe brand that makes their shoe sizes consistently. It’s important to understand every single shoe style will fit a little different, even among the same shoe brand. But here is when I come into play, since I have fitted most children’s shoes and I know exactly how each shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, or wide).
If you have been looking where to buy your kids’ shoes now that all Stride Rite stores have closed down, you came to the right place.
Three years ago I created Fitting Children’s Shoes, which is the best place to find your kids’ shoes that will fit for any foot problem. This website covers everything that you need to know about providing your child with the correct type of shoes and keeping his/her feet healthy.
It doesn’t matter if your child has narrow or extra wide feet with a high instep, I know which shoe styles will fit the shape of their feet.
I have written articles about the best snow boots, summer shoes, dress shoes, soccer cleats… you name it! It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always a particular shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and you will find it in my website. Go to the link below:
What Are Other Parents Saying? – You Are Not Alone!
These are some comments parents had when they found out that all Stride Rite stores were closing:
“I just found out today that my local Stride Rite is closing. Then I found out that all Stride Rite stores are closing. They are going to be online only basically. Does this bother anyone else as much as it bothers me? I like taking my kids in to have their feet measured and pick out shoes. I know a lot of people like ordering shoes online, but the sizing isn’t the same for all shoes and having to send shoes back and wait seems like a bigger pain than going to the store. I’m sorry I’m ranting but I’ve been feeling bummed”.
“They liquidated everything. There is an outlet that’s 45 minutes away but that’s far. My son has wide feet. It’s incredibly hard finding wide shoes. I wish I could boycott the brand, but I don’t have an alternative. I’ve ordered a shoe measurer to know when to size up”.
“I started buying my kids shoes on Amazon. They have some Stride Rite shoes and most have free returns. I just ordered a couple from there, but the wide widths just aren’t consistent. My son has a regular width pair from stride rite that fit him better than the wide width ones. Why does kids shoe shopping have to be so tough?”.
Stride Rite Stores Are Closed! – Where Can You Buy Your Kids’ Shoes Now?
In my opinion, Stride Rite stores didn’t do a good job fitting children’s shoes. This was due because they hire sales associates that weren’t properly trained on how to measure children’s feet.
I have helped hundreds of children who came to the shoe store complaining about foot and leg pain. This was mostly due to them not wearing either the correct shoe style or the correct shoe size, and most of these children were wearing shoes fitted from Stride Rite.
Always make sure that your children are wearing the correct type of shoes in the correct shoe size, or you will end up creating several foot issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Investing in a supportive, good-quality pair of shoes will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future.
Always check if there is a local, family owned children’s shoe store in your area where you can get your kids’ properly fitted for shoes. Places such as Nordstrom’s, Payless, or Kohls are NOT places I would recommend you take your children to be fitted for shoes.
Now that you know how to provide your child with the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at what are some of the best shoes for children.
The Best Shoes for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that when I review a particular shoe style is because I have fitted it before, since that is the only way for me to tell how supportive and well-made the shoes are, as well as how they fit. The shoes that I recommend below are all lightweight, flexible, breathable, and yet supportive to be worn for every day activities.
The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly):
This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measured in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Keep in mind that all of the shoes described above are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide, so no matter what type of shape your kids’ feet are, you will be able to provide them with a pair of good quality, supportive shoes!
If you are looking for a different type of shoe (sandal, boot, dress shoe, sport shoe, etc), all you have to do is go to my home page and type in the search box the type of shoes that you are looking for your child. Take a look at the image below for clarification purposes:
Have you been looking for a new place to shop for your children’s shoes? If you know of a good, independent shoe store in your area please share it below in the comments section so other parents can benefit from your experiences.