Have you been looking for a place to buy your kids’ shoes now that all Stride Rite stores have closed? DO you feel like there is no place to have your kids’ feet properly measured?
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 8 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and they way they FIT. We specialize in children with foot and leg issues, so we provide orthotic fitting as well.
I have fitted some of the best children 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 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. I always recommend parents to take their children to the local children’s shoe store, but independent shoe stores have been closing as well.
If you don’t have 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 will provide your child with the correct TYPE of shoes and the correct shoe SIZE!
I have been contacted by several parents asking for HELP in where to find their kids shoes. 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. You should know by now that ALL shoes 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 shoe and I know exactly how each one is cut.
If you have been looking where to buy your kids’ shoes now that all STRIDE RITE stores closed, I will describe in this post how to make sure your kids shoes FIT and what are the best kids’ shoe styles.
What Are Parents Saying? – You Are Not Alone!
These are some comments parents have had when they found out all Stride Rite stores were closing:
“I just found out today that my local Stride Rite is closing. Then I found out 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 Have Closed! – Where Can You Find Kids’ Shoes?
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 and find shoe accordingly.
I have helped hundreds of children who came to the shoe store that I work for that were complaining about foot and leg pain. This was mostly due to them not wearing either the correct shoe style or the correct shoe size. These children were wearing shoes fitted at Stride Rite.
You must make sure you are providing your kids with the correct pair of shoes, or you will end up creating several foot issues.
Investing in a supportive, good-quality pair of shoes will end up saving you a lot of 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.
I have been helping hundreds of parents find the correct pair of shoes for their kids online. But in order to be able to purchase your kids’ shoes online, start by reading a post I wrote where I describe EXACTLY how to make sure your children are wearing the correct shoe size and you can find it below:
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 everyday children’s shoes.
The Best Everyday Shoes For Kids – The Secret Revealed
The shoes that I recommend in this article are all lightweight, flexible, breathable, and yet supportive to be worn for everyday activities and I have fitted all of these shoe styles before so I know what type of features they provide.
Below you can find a selection of the best everyday shoes for children!
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 measures in the shoe measuring scale 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 seasonal footwear, 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.
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 a particular shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and you will find it in my website.
For example, did you know that soccer cleats in extra wide widths existed? Or that dress shoes for children with narrow feet were available?
I have helped several children who were ready to quit soccer find a pair of cleats that were wide enough for their feet. Have you ever played a sport in shoes that were too narrow? There is no way you can enjoy playing the game when your toes are all cramped against each other.
TRUST ME when I tell you that there is at least one shoe style for children who have “complicated feet” and I will HELP you find it!
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 because parents are always contacting me asking if I know of a good shoe store in their particular area.