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

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on where is the best place to buy toddler shoes?

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 children’s 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.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes 

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.

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Families of toddlers feel comfortable fitting their children’s 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 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 that your toddler is standing straight, and then place a measuring tape or ruler below your toddler’s heels. You must measure your toddler’s feet while standing, as on weight-bearing the foot becomes longer. 
  • Measure both feet up to the tip of your toddler’s longest toe (make sure that your toddler is not curling his/her toes). You must measure both feet since there is always one foot that is bigger than the other. Keep in mind that your toddler’s longest toe doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe — it may in fact be the second or even the third toe.
  • Make a note of that measurement in centimeters or inches or email me the image showing the measurements (such as you see below) to avoid confusion with the measurements.
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✅ Step 2: Pictures of Your Toddler’s Foot Width:

The pictures below will help me determine whether your toddler has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.  Also, the pictures will help me see whether your toddler has a high instep and additional information such as whether your toddler has flat feet or not. Below you can find examples of how the pictures should look like:

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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!)

Recap – What to Include in Your Email

  • Your child’s foot length measurements (or an image of their foot length measurements)
  • Three images of your child’s feet (see examples images above)
  • The country you live in

Feel free to include in your email any additional information I should know about your child’s feet.

How Much Does This Service Cost?

Due to the high volume of requests that I have been getting I am not able to provide this service for free anymore, there is now a $10 fee for this service.

Once payment is completed you will be redirected to a new page with further instructions.

You will then receive a response within 24 hours with your child’s exact foot length, shape, and specific shoe recommendations as needed

Please let me know if you have any questions:

fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

What are the Best Toddler 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 a 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, calluses, 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. In the meantime, I suggest that you take a look at the resource below:

The Best Shoes for Toddlers – Learn About the Best Shoe Styles for Your Toddler!

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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