Is your baby ready to take his or her first steps? Are you ready to take him/her to play outside? Once you are ready to take your baby to play outside that’s when a pair of shoes come into play.
The shoes will serve mostly as protection, since they will be very lightweight and flexible to allow your baby’s feet to develop naturally.
It’s important that you provide your baby with the correct pair of shoes since they will directly affect their balance and have a direct impact in the way they walk.
Providing your child with the correct type of shoes involves getting the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size (this means that you need to provide your child with the correct shoe length AND the correct shoe width).
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have worked at a children’s shoe store for 10 years. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.
So the question is: Where can you take your baby to be properly fitted for shoes and be 100% sure he/she gets the correct shoe size?
When parents ask me where they can get their baby’s shoes, I always recommend that they take them to their local children’s shoe store that they TRUST, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly.
The issue is that most children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and parents have to end up buying their children’s shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you know your child’s exact shoe size and the particular style that you need.
Here is when I come into play, since I have been helping parents find their kids’ shoes online for the last three years. I am familiar with how most children’s shoe styles fit, so I will be able to tell you how that particular shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, wide).
If you are unsure about whether you have a local children’s shoe store in your area you can always leave me a message in the comments section below and I will be able to guide you, and other parents might respond from that particular area and will be able to tell you where to go.
I want you to keep one thing in mind, it doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of their feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it!
I have fitted children with the widest feet in everyday shoes, sandals, and even cleats (there are certain soccer and baseball cleats available in extra wide).
If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store in your area, I will help you find the perfect pair of shoes for your child! I created a tool that will allow you to filter by your child’s unique footprint such as foot width (narrow, medium, wide, and extra) and other important factors such as instep height or if you need an orthotic fitted inside the shoe. I explain this tool in more detail at the end of the article.
Where To Buy Baby Shoes – Get Quality Shoes At The Best Price!
I always tell parents that if they don’t have a local children’s shoe store in their area they should purchase their shoes from Amazon since they tend to offer a great selection of kids’ shoes for the best price. Sometimes you might be able to find a great quality shoe that just because they are an older style version you will end up paying much less.
Let’s take a look at the reasons why I recommend Amazon over other online shoe retailers:
- Customer service: Amazon is known for their amazing customer service.
- Prices: Amazon prices are by far the BEST. No other online shoe retailer has the wide selection of shoes and the lower prices that Amazon has to offer when it comes to children’s shoes.
- Reviews: These reviews come from parents just like you that have tried a particular shoe style for their child and will be able to tell you if they have been happy with it. They will also tell you whether the shoe runs long, short, narrow, or wide.
- Fast and free shipping: Do you need your kids’ shoes delivered fast? Amazon offers faster shipping than most online retailers and very low shipping fees. If you are a member of their program you will get free shipping!
I have found that it doesn’t matter what type of shoe style you are looking for your child: ballet flats, sport shoes, sandals, boots, loafers, mary janes, slippers, running shoes, uniform school shoes or crib shoe.…
Amazon has them all!
For example, take a look at the best selection of baby shoes that are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide!
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.
If you are purchasing your kids’shoes online, you must first make sure you know exactly what size they need. That is the reason why I created an article that will show you the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s shoe size. You can find that article here:
Remember when I mentioned above that one great feature of Amazon is the “review section”? Well, this can be confusing because when a parent states that a particular shoe style shoe runs long or short, it’s unclear whether that parent knew his or her child’s actual shoe size to begin with.
I believe that parents can tell whether the shoe held up properly and whether it is made of good quality materials, but when it comes to knowing how the shoe fits, you need an opinion from someone who actually has fitted those shoes before and knows how they FIT.
That is the reason why I decided to create a tool that will help parents find their kids’ shoes online and also describe how the shoe actually fits (short, long, narrow, wide). I have fitted all of these shoe styles before so I am familiar with how they fit.
If you ever need a pair of everyday, summer, winter, or sport shoes, you can find them all in the tool I created which will let you filter by the type of shoes you need.
I believe this tool will be extremely valuable to you since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide and also tell you exactly how each shoe style is cut (short, long, narrow, or wide).
It will also allow you to filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic!
If you are interested in using this tool to find your kids’ shoes you can find it in an article I wrote called:
Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good children’s shoe store in their area. If you happen to have one, please let us know in the comments section below so we can all benefit from your experience.