Stride Rite Closing all Stores – Find Out Where to Buy Your Kids’ Shoes!

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? Many families used to take their children to be fitted for shoes at Stride Rite, and since they close most of their stores, these families don’t know where they should take their children to be properly fitted for shoes.

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 —to guarantee that we can fit all types of children’s feet.

Providing your child with the correct pair of shoes takes more than picking one up from a shelf and trying it on. Finding the correct pair of shoes means providing your children with a shoe style that provides the correct amount of support, and it’s available in the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.

Do You Have a Specialized Children’s Shoe Store In Your Area?

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 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 a resource that showcases the best-fitting remaining shoe stores in the country.

If after looking at that resource 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.

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

For the last 5 years, I have been helping parents find the correct pair of shoes for their kids online. But 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.

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.

I have been contacted by several parents asking me for guidance as 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 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 no shoe brand makes their shoe sizes consistent. It’s important to understand that every single shoe style fits a little differently, even among the same shoe brand. But here is when I come into play, as 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.

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 device to measure 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 fits him better than the wide width ones. Why does shopping for kids’ shoes 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 as they hired 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 by 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 on their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

Investing in a supportive, good-quality pair of shoes is going to 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 kids.

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 everyday activities.

The Best Shoes for Kids

The shoes below are capable of fitting kids with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet (choose the width accordingly). Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If you can’t seem to find a specific shoe style for your child’s feet please contact me directly: [email protected] 

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 knowledge and experiences.