It’s back to school again! Whether your child attends a public or private school, it’s likely time for you to purchase new uniform items. I have a lot of recommendations for fitting your child in shoes for the school year.
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 5 years now, and besides carrying the best shoe brands for kids to fit them for their everyday footwear, we also specialize in children who have foot problems. When back to school season hits, it’s mad house at the shoe store. Parents take their children to be fitted for their school shoes, and since we are a fitting store, we take the time to make sure every child leaves wearing the perfect shoe size. This does leads to parents waiting from thirty minutes to an hour for their turn.
Parents wait because they know that their children will get the same specialized attention when their turn comes, and parents like to leave the store with a peace of mind that their kids’ shoes fit perfectly. We are one of the best fitting children shoe stores in the country. It is really important to fit your kids’ back to school shoes properly. Fitting these small people whilst pleasing them (and their parents), requires special skills and attention.
Children are peculiar about what they wear and how it fits, and this is demonstrated most basically through shoe choice. My advice is to go in with your children under the guise that these are the brands that they can choose from, and no, they cannot walk away with shoes that are tight or loose. I will describe the best, most durable back to school shoes that I have previously fitted at the shoe store that I work for. I will also show you which back to school shoes come in wide, and extra wide widths so you can make sure your child is wearing the correct pair of shoes!
The Importance Of Finding The Right Shoe Size – Get It Right!
There are two features that back to school shoes must provide:
✅ Good everyday support.
✅ Excellent durability.
Your child will be wearing his back to school shoes at recess, the playground, and physical education class. The shoes must provide your child with the appropriate everyday support to protect his feet and legs, and prevent foot and legs injuries. The shoes must also provide good durability so your child can outgrown the shoes before anything happens to them.
I wrote a post about the best shoes for children that you might be interested in reading if you have a child that is rough on shoes and needs maximum support in his/her shoes. The post is called:
Did you know that shoes come in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide? Parents are always worried about how much space they need to leave in the front of the shoe for their child to grow into the shoe, and they tend to ignore the width of the shoe. The width of the shoe has the same importance as the length. If there is plenty of space in the front of the shoe, but the shoes are not wide enough, your child will end up outgrowing the width faster than the length, which means you will have to replace the shoes sooner than you expected to.
This is also how foot problems arise, since the child will complain about his shoes feeling too tight, but the parents will keep checking the length of the shoe and telling the child the shoes fit right. The real problem is in the width of the shoe, the width parents! The child will keep wearing the shoes, and the small toe will keep rubbing against the side of the shoe which can lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
Now that you know the importance of getting the right shoe size for your child, I will show you which are the best back to school shoes for your child!
Your Guide To Buying Back To School Shoes-The Most Durable Shoes
Have you heard of a shoe called the Dirty Buck? This is one of the most popular back to school shoes. However, they are made by several different shoe companies and it’s quality varies by each brand. The Dirty Buck by Jumping Jacks and Stride Rite is most recommended and extremely popular. Popularity aside, this is a classic shoe and these brands ensure the best fit with the most child-proof quality.
The shoe brand Jumping Jacks used to make the Dirty Buck in N, M, W, and XW but due to customer misinformation which lead to low demand they had to drop the narrow and extra wide width. We use to sell the narrow and extra wide all the time considering we are a fitting shoe store. Leaving that aside, the Dirty Buck by Sperry is the most durable and best well-made back to school shoe in the market right now which is also available in wide widths.This shoe type is recommended for private school dwellers.
Did you know that shoes came in different widths? If you have a child that has a wide or extra wide foot and you are having a hard time finding shoes to fit his feet, take a look at this post I wrote where I show parents the best shoes that come in wide and extra wide widths. The post is called:
Below you can find a picture of the Dirty Buck, if you didn’t know how it looked like!
For public school, boat shoes by Sperry for kids are the most popular ones among children. The fit is great because they are available in medium and wide widths. These are time-tested durable shoes, and they will survive under various weather conditions! These are all unisex which must be noted. Your child’s shoes do not need to be gender specific – it’s 2017!
Here is a picture of a Sperry boat shoe!
For girls specifically, there is a shoe called Claire by Stride Rite that is sort of that brand’s answer to the Mary Jane. This shoe is made out of leather and traditionally comes in black, navy, and brown and fits medium, wide, or extra wide feet. This is an exceptional shoe for your daughter to grow into. The quality of this shoe is outstanding and your daughter will outgrow the shoes before anything happens to them. It also has the plus that orthotics or inserts can be put in this type of shoe since it comes with a removable insole.
Below a picture of the shoe made by Stride Rite called Claire!
Those are the three most popular back to school shoes for children. I already described my recommendation for the best back to school shoes for girls and boys. But what about sneakers? Children need to get ready for those PE classes with the best kind of footwear possible. When purchasing a pair of sneakers for your son or daughter you want to make sure they are going to hold up and provide them with the best support possible.
If you were looking to get your child a pair of everyday sneakers, then you can read a post I wrote where I describe the best sneakers for kids’. The post is called:
The Best Kids Sneakers – Learn About The Best Shoes For Children Ages 3 Through 10. Some schools require children to only wear all black or all white shoes. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles shoe companies have to offer.
Black Or White Back To School Shoes? Find Them Here!
I’ve noted that private schools often but not always insist on black and white sneakers. These you will find with the New Balance and the Stride Rite brand. Whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet this brand will accommodate his/her feet since their shoes come in all shapes and sizes! New Balance are Stride Rite are one of the very top choices when it comes to footwear in general.
In this post you can find a selection of the best all black shoes for kids:
In this post you can find a selection of the best all white shoes for kids:
These are super durable, the fit is fantastic and varied, and the style is admirably timeless. You’re never too cool for New Balance! Off the playground and out of gym class, you can always outfit your kids with more colorful New Balance sneaks that will have them be the sartorial envy of all their peers (and parents)!
After Summer time is over children have probably destroyed their shoes, whether they were having too much fun at camp or where running around with their friends and family. With that said, even though their shoes might still fit they should probably replace them before heading back to school.
Below you can find a selection of the best back to school shoes for children! These shoes styles are available in different widths which guarantees that they will fit any type of children’s’ feet.
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All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”,which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Mom! All These Shoes Feel Too Tight!
Parents, please keep in mind that when you take your children to get fitted for shoes their one and only answer to every single pair they try might be “too tight”, “too pinchy”, “take them off right now!”…. Everything feels “too tight” after wearing flip flops and Crocs all summer, so it might take some parenting to make them understand that.
I always recommend parents to have their children fitted for shoes at their local shoe store, where a shoe fitter will be able to properly measure and find shoes that fit the shape of their kids’ feet perfectly. However, a lot of parents don’t have a local children shoe store in their area that they trust. If that is your case, now you know which are the best kids’ shoes for back to school!
Do not forget about the socks! Getting the right sock size has the same importance as getting the right shoe size! You can learn about how to find the right sock size and the best quality socks (seamless) in a post called:
Happy back to school year!
Does your child already has a pair of back to school shoes? Have you found any particular shoe style that works best? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!