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Where is the Best Place to Buy Toddler Shoes? – Learn About My Free Virtual Shoe Fitting Service


Are you having a hard time finding a good, local children’s shoe store to take your toddler to be properly measured and fitted for shoes? Maybe you simply prefer to get your toddler’s shoes online.

I strongly suggest that you avoid taking your toddler for a shoe fitting at big retail stores such as Nordstrom, Foot Locker, or Payless. My main issue with these big retail stores is that their staff may not be fully trained to fit a wide range of childrens’ feet and foot conditions. This can make it difficult for large retail stores to ensure they are fitting your child in the best possible pair of shoes for them.

I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years, where we focus on helping children with “complicated” foot shapes, foot conditions, and leg conditions. As a shoe fitter, I handle approximately 100 shoe fittings/try-ons per week and have become very familiar with which shoes work best for each child.


Families of toddlers feel comfortable fitting their childrens’ shoes at our store and trust my expertise as a fitter to find their children comfortable yet supportive shoes.

The type of shoes you provide for your toddler is crucial for their foot development. Fitting your child in the wrong pair of shoes may constrict their feet, potentially obstructing the development of their foot nerves and bones (tarsals, metatarsals and phalanges). Over time, feet can conform to a shoe if they are restrictive.

Where is the Best Place to Buy Toddler Shoes?

Local independent or specialized child shoe stores are often great at fitting shoes for toddlers with well-trained staff. However, for families who prefer to buy shoes online or live in an area without a nearby specialized or independent shoe store, I have created a free resource to help them retrieve their toddler’s exact foot shape, instep height, and foot length.

Virtual Shoe Fitting by a Shoe Fitting Expert

Please follow these instructions below to achieve your child’s proper measurements:

Step 1: Measuring Your Toddler’s Exact Foot Length:

  • Make sure your child is standing straight and then place a measuring tape or ruler at their heels.
  • Measure both of their feet from the heel to the tip of their longest toe. One foot is always slightly bigger than the other, so measuring both feet is crucial for their shoes to accommodate the larger foot. Also, your child’s longest toe doesn’t necessarily have to be their big toe—it may be their second or even third toe.
  • Make a note of both measurements in centimeters or inches. Email me these measurements or simply email me images of the measurements to avoid confusion. See the image below as an example:

Step 2: Pictures of Your Toddler’s Foot Width:

Throughout the years, I have noticed that most toddlers tend to have wide or extra wide feet. However, to know for sure the width of your toddler’s feet (narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide) please also email me two pictures of their feet. These pictures will also help me determine whether or not your toddler has a high instep.

Below are example images of the two pictures you should send:


I handle approximately 100 shoe fittings/try-ons per week at work, so I will be able to determine your toddler’s foot width and shape with these images alone. (No need to measure their foot width or instep!)

It will take me less than 24 hours to respond with your toddler’s exact foot size. Once you have the necessary information ready, please email it to me at:


RECAP of What to Include in Your Email

  • Your child’s foot length measurements (or an image of their foot length measurements)
  • Two images of your child’s feet (see example images above)
  • The country you live in: Different countries have different shoe sizes and styles, this information will best help me advise you

What are the Best Toddler’s Shoes?

✅ Breathable shoes made from soft leather with lightweight flexible outsoles, well-padded ankles, and non-slip bottoms

✅ They should have a sturdy midsole and good, stiff heel counter where the heel sits

✅ They should always provide a secure closure (Velcro or shoelaces) to hold your toddler’s feet in place, so they do not slip forward

❌ Wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow can cause your toddler to develop blisters, call uses, corns, or ingrown toenails which can become infected. If you notice your toddler is constantly taking his or her shoes off, it is a red flag that they may be uncomfortable.

I am happy to recommend specific shoe brands and styles for your toddler based on their unique foot shape and size.

Keep in mind that toddlers’ feet grow very quickly, and their shoe size may need updating every 3 to 4 months. Don’t hesitate to contact me any time you suspect your toddler’s shoes may be too small.

If you have any questions please email me at fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to assist you 🙂


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