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The Best Place To Buy Kids Shoes – Avoid Stride Rite, Nordstrom, Payless…

Children Shoe Stores

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!

Kids Shoe Store

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:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

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!

Child Yelling Because Of Wrong Shoe Size

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.
  • Calluses.
  • Blisters.
  • Corns.
  • 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?

Where 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:

Kids Shoes On Amazon – Is Amazon The Best Place To Buy Your Kids’ Shoes?

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!


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17 Comments on The Best Place To Buy Kids Shoes – Avoid Stride Rite, Nordstrom, Payless…

  1. You have some really great information here for parents! It is so important for kids to have shoes that fit properly. I knew they could get blisters and foot pain but I didn’t realize all the other problems ill fitting shoes could cause. Children’s feet are still growing and they do need shoes that are properly fitted. Too many kids are given second hand shoes passed down from older siblings and this too can be very bad for their feet.

    I told my daughter to stop taking her kids’ to shoe stores in the mall because they always end up having blisters from their shoes! I agree that parents must stop taking their kids’to be fitted for shoes there!

    • Hello Margaret,

      The issue is that most local family owned kids’ shoe store are disappearing. It is hard to compete against big retailers and the Internet. We are lucky to be one of the most popular children’s shoe store in the country that specializes with children that have foot issues.

      Please feel free to message me anytime you have specific questions about your grandkids shoes!

  2. Hello Juan,

    I just viewed your article on children’s shoes and realized the importance that shoes have in keeping our kids’ feet healthy. I always used to buy the least expensive ones.

    How are the shoes on your website for long wear for active boys? My kids are destroying their shoes before they outgrown them and it’s starting to get really frustrating. Do you have a selection of good lasting shoes? Where can I get them online? I don’t have any kids’shoe stores I trust in my area… HELP

  3. Hello Juan Pablo

    Thanks for your tips on the best places to buy kids shoes.Buying kids shoes can be a real hassle, what with crowded shops, kids saying yes it`s a good fit with every pair they try, always wanting the ones you feel are not good.

    Many kids do not know their size, or just excited about new shiny shoes and settle for the wrong size which leads to foot and toes paid, but having then fitted properly can take care of this.

    Parents just have to know where/which shops will do proper fitting so as to get it right. Which is the best online store to get shoes for kids? Quality and affordable ones!

  4. Hey Juan

    I don’t have a local shoe store so we are going about 100km to our capital city. But up to now – I must admit I didn’t pay such an attention to the fitting of shoe. We usually went to some big sports shoe shop and the only thing that the sales person asked our kid – do you feel the shoes fit you? But as understood from your website – shoe fitting is much more than this.

    Besides that, I recently watched some boradcast on children shoes and there was mentioned that kids don’t feel if the shoe is too small when they try it on. So this is definitely not the right method of fitting the shoes. Do you know where I can find extra wide shoes for my child? I can’t seem to find them at our local stores or online.

    • Arta,

      It’s awesome how you travel that far to make sure your kid’ shoes fit! However, if you are travelling that far to take your kids’ to be fitted at sports shoe shops where they don’t really know how to measure or fit kids’ shoes, you are wasting your time! Feel free to drop me a message anytime you are not 100% sure your kids’ shoes fit.

      Here you can find the best shoes for a child that has an extra wide foot: Children Extra Wide Shoes – Prevent Blisters, Calluses, And Corns!

  5. Hi Juan,
    I am so glad that I read this informative article on the importance of proper fit for childrens’ shoes! I was unaware of the many problems that could arise from incorrect sizing. I love that your solution to shop local. It is so important to promote local and small businesses. Now I know that by doing so I am also giving my son the best care. I also really appreciate that you took the time to share the best pricing options. This article has been very informative. I feel more confident in purchasing my son’s next pair of shoes now. Thank you!

    • Katie,

      I am glad that you found the post informative! I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to their local children’s shoe store to have their feet properly measured and their shoes properly fitted. Don’t hesitate to contact me any time you have a specific question!

  6. This website it great! I have 2 toddlers and my eldest has wide feet so it has been difficult to shop for him online. You have provided some great resources and now that summer is coming I will be reading up on flip-flops. Do you have any recommendations regarding children flip-flops for wide feet?

  7. Hello Juan,
    Thank you for this article. It is very informative. Many of these issues is my concern as well.

    I have taken my daughter to Stride Rite (when they were open) to have her fitted. The staff gave me ambiguous information that left me more confused.

    Now I have learned from you that what we really need is to seek out a local children’s shoe store. I don’t know of any in my area. Where are you located?


    • Hello Naomi,

      The children’s shoe store that I work for is located in Potomac, Maryland. It’s sad to see so many fitting shoe stores going out of business. I hope you can find a place that you can trust taking your kids to have their feet measured.

  8. Hi there. I am in the DFW area in Texas. Does anyone know of a store in this area? I am not finding any non-chain stores. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello Liz,

      I don’t know about any local family shoe store in your area, but hopefully someone from your area will respond to your comment. It has happened in other posts I wrote that people ask about local shoe stores in their area and other people will get back at them!

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