Have you ever taken your kids to be fitted for shoes at Nordstrom, Stride Rite, or Payless? I have been working for an independent specialized children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and we often help children that come to our store wearing the wrong shoe sizes after being fitted in those stores!
Children wearing shoes fitted from these places consistently wear the WRONG shoe size. Unless you know how shoes are supposed to fit, I wouldn’t recommend you taking your kids to any of those big retailers. The salespeople who work there are not properly trained to fit shoes. Most of the shoe brands that they carry are not even available in different widths (medium, wide, or extra wide)!
Your kids’ feet and legs are important! The next time you need to buy shoes for your kids, do it in a place that you trust!
At the store I work at, I have helped many parents who bring their children to be fitted for shoes when their kids start complaining about foot, leg, or back pain. Before you decide WHERE to take your child to get fitted for shoes, do some research and read reviews about that particular place. Your kids’ feet are important and you MUST take care of them.
Several children come to our shoe store wearing the wrong pair of shoes or the wrong shoe size. It is hard for me to believe that someone would fit a child (who more often than not, can’t speak up when they are in discomfort) in a pair of shoes that don’t fit, just to make a sale!!! The level of irresponsibility from these shoe stores is so unbelievable that I felt obligated to reach out to parents and let them know to that they need to STOP taking their kids’ to be fitted for shoes at those retail stores!
I always recommend that parents take their kids’ to be fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store. However, a number of parents have contacted me asking me where they can get their kids’ shoes online since they don’t have a shoe store in their area that they trust. I will show you the best place to get your kids’ shoes online, but before you MUST read this post and learn the secret of making make sure your kids’ shoes are fit properly. The post is called:
Why You Must Avoid Buying Kids Shoes At Big Retailers!
I have fitted several children who received help from big retailers wearing shoe sizes that were either too big, too small, or too narrow… Not surprisingly, they were never the right size, either! I will share one experience that really upset me
I was assisting a mother and her 18 month old child who came wearing arch support (piece of rubber that goes inside the shoe) that they purchased from Stride Rite. The mother explained to me that the physical therapist recommended extra arch support in the shoe so that the child could walk better, but after fitting the arch support in the shoes, the child simply refused to walk.
Once I proceeded to take the kids’ shoes off to measure her feet and assess her feet better, I found out that the arch support that they put inside the shoes, was almost the SIZE OF THE SHOE! The mother was so upset when she saw the size of the arch support. An arch support is supposed to fit behind the arch of the foot, not behind the entire kids’ foot! And this is just one of many examples. We experienced several issues from children who came wearing shoes from Stride Rite!
I think I will never forget that day! Children’s feet are constantly developing, and we MUST fit them in the correct pair of shoes in order to keep their feet, legs, and back healthy. Making sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size will save you a lot of money in the future since you will keep his feet, legs, and back healthy.
WARNING: Wearing The Wrong Shoe Size Leads To Several Issues!
At the children’s shoe store that I work for, we receive referrals from physical therapists and pediatricians because we specialize in children who have foot or leg issues. Wearing the appropriate shoes and the correct shoe size is important to the health of your child’s feet, legs, and back!
Not wearing the correct shoe size can lead to several foot, leg, and back problems such as:
- Foot Pain.
- Lower back pain.
- Knee pain.
- Ankle pain.
- Ingrown Toenails.
Simply providing our kids’ with the right type of shoes prevents all of these foot and leg issues and makes sure that your child’s feet develop properly. It is important to get a good supportive shoe for your child to provide their feet and legs with the right support necessary to perform his every day activities. However, it doesn’t matter how much support the shoe has if it is not fitted properly. Your child won’t get any of the benefits the shoe has to offer if their shoes are not fit properly, and it will end up creating problems to his feet sooner or later.
You are probably asking yourself, where do I take my child to get properly fitted for shoes? Where is the best place to buy kids’ shoes?
The Best Place To Buy Kids’ Shoes – The Secret Revealed!
The best place to buy kids’ shoes is at your local, family owned children’s shoe store. These specialized shoe stores hire seasoned individuals who are trained to be shoe fitters. AsI mentioned before, I have been working for a children’s shoe store for more than 6 years now, and I have been trained by staff who have been fitting children’s shoes for over 20 years!!!
They taught me about the importance of fitting shoes, how to measure a child’s feet properly, and most importantly that no child will leave the store without a pair of shoes that fit him or her correctly!
A specialized kids’ shoe store has several advantages, but several parents have contacted me asking where the best place to buy their kids’ shoes online would be. I explain that in a post called:
The most important thing when you buy shoes for your child is to go to a children’s shoe store that you TRUST. I believe that the customers who come to the children’s shoe store that I work for appreciate seeing the familiar faces of the staff. Receiving help from someone they already trust gives them a peace of mind. You will end up saving a lot of money in the long run if you are taking care of your kids’s feet properly from a young age.
While I can’t help you find the correct shoe size for your kid without looking at their feet, I can provide you with a selection of the best fitting children’s shoes. These are styles that come in different widths: medium, wide, and extra wide.
Below you can find a selection of the best fitting children shoes!
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.
These are the best fitting shoes for kids’ in terms of support, quality, durability, and they will fit kids’ with the widest feet out there since they are available in extra wide!
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF WELL-FITTED SHOES! I have helped children who have had foot, knee, leg, and lower back pain by fitting them in the right pair of shoes! After wearing correct shoes for 3 to 5 months, their pain becomes significantly reduced and in some cases it fully disappears.
Don’t forget to provide your child with the correct pair of socks! Did you know that getting the correct sock size is just as important as getting the right shoe size? A sock that is too small will cramp your kids’ toes and won’t allow their toes to move freely. However, socks that are too big will bunch up and feel uncomfortable.
I wrote a post where I describe the best kids’ socks and the way you can make sure you can get the right sock size for your child! You can find that post here: The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Grippers Or No Grippers?
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? What is the name of the store? Do you have to shop for your kids’ shoes online because you don’t have a local children’s shoe store in your area? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!