Did you know that the number 1 reason children won’t keep their shoes on is because the shoes are too tight? Is your child curling his or her toes every time you try to put their shoes on? And just when you think that you have finally won the battle and the shoes have made it on their feet, they kick them off! Let’s take a look at the following scenario:
You took your child to your local kids’ shoe store to be fitted for her first pair of walking shoes, you got her feet properly measured, you found a pair of soft and flexible shoes, you chose the cutest style, and now… she won’t keep her shoes on! Not only will she not keep her shoes on, She screams her lungs out every time you try to put the shoes on!
While most children who refuse to put or keep their shoes on are infants, I have seen this happened with older kids as well. In these cases, we may or we may not get any feedback from the child to realize what the issue is. I can guarantee you that most of the time it is because the shoes are too short, or too narrow for your kids’ feet.
You might think that you have it all figured it out, and that your child is definitely wearing the correct shoe size, but think again! Shoes come in all different widths, and children may have narrow, wide, or extra wide feet. It is important that you provide your child with the correct shoe size not just in length, but also width.
STOP providing your child with the wrong pair of shoes.
STOP taking them to be fitted for shoes at places like Nordstrom’s , Stride Rite, or Payless! Find out why here:
STOP thinking that socks are not important. They actually play a key role in keeping our kids feet comfortable and healthy! Did you know that getting the correct type and sock size for your child is just as important as getting the correct shoe size?
Finding The Perfect Pair Of Shoes For Your Child – Learn The Secret
There are three things to take into consideration when you are trying to find the perfect pair of shoes for your kids:
- The amount of growing room left in the shoe. We want some growing room in the shoes but not so much that we would compromise the child’s stability.
- The width of the shoe. Remember: shoes come in medium, wide, and extra wide.
- The INSTEP of the foot, I can guarantee that 8 out of 10 parents don’t know what the instep of the foot is. Fitting the instep of the foot is just as important as getting the correct shoe length. The instep is the top part of our feet, and I have fitted hundreds of children who had high insteps. This requires a wider and deeper shoe to prevent the instep from rubbing against the top of the shoe.
If you want to learn more about the best shoes for children with high insteps, you can read a post I wrote called:
I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 6 years now, and while I love children and I have fun doing what I do, babies are a huge unknown when they come to get fitted for their first pair of shoes! You don’t know if they will be happy and smile, or whether they will scream their lungs out right into your ear when you are getting ready to measure their feet!
I explain to parents that is totally normal for children to cry when they are fitted for their first pair of shoes. It is a new experience to them, and new experiences are scary for most people! While it might only be a matter of time, before your child develops the habit of taking their shoes off, you should strongly consider having his feet measured again and make sure they are wearing the correct shoe size.
Now, several parents have contacted me asking me where they can get their kids’ shoes online since they don’t have a kids’ shoe store in their area that they trust. I always explain to them that the best thing for their kids’ feet is to be properly measured, so if you have to drive the extra mile to find a children’s shoe store that you trust, do it! If you must get your kids’ shoe online, the best place to find them and the best way to find the correct shoe size can be found in this post:
I have found that children who are constantly taking their shoes off are trying to tell us something! That something may be that the shoes are too tight and pinching their toes. Fitting a child into his or her first pair of shoes feels like a great responsibility. Shoes play a huge role in healthy foot development, and wearing the correct shoe size will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy throughout their development.
If your kids shoes are not fitted properly, you are putting your child at risk for developing serious foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns!
What Are The Steps To Take When A Child Won’t Keep His Shoes On?
- The first step is to make sure that the shoes fit correctly. Remember that babies tend to have wide or extra wide feet, and getting the correct shoe width is just as important as getting the correct shoe length. Stop worrying so much about how the space you leave for your child’s feet to grow into the shoe! If you want to have a better idea about how long should shoes last for children, take a look at this post where I explain how fast kids’ feet grow depending on their age:
- If your child is wearing the correct shoe size but insists in taking his or her shoes off, look for a pair of lace up sneakers. These sneakers are harder for your child to take them off and with time, they will eventually get used to wearing shoes!
It is always harder to fit baby shoes because we cannot get any feedback from them, while older children can express their discomfort and show us exactly where the shoe are bothering them!
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF WELL FITTING SHOES! The simple act of providing our kids with the correct shoes will keep their feet and legs healthy, and it will end up saving you a lot of money in the years to come.
Where Can I Find Wide or Extra Wide Shoes For My Child?
If you have found that the problem with your kids’ shoes was that they were too narrow, I can show you a selection of wide and extra wide shoes for children whom I have previously fitted at the store! Remember that I always recommend to parents to take their children to a local kids shoe store that they trust in order to get their feet properly measured and their shoes properly fitted. If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store in your area, below you will find the best shoes for children with wide and extra wide feet!
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.
Don’t Forget About The Socks! – The Best Kids’ Socks
Yes! Socks play a huge role in the way shoes feel. I always recommend seamless socks for babies, which allows them to easily stretch and move their toes freely without any restrictions. Have you noticed how babies are always wiggling their toes? This is their way of strengthening their feet, hence the importance of shoes that are wide enough and socks that don’t restrict toe movement.
Shoes and socks work together to keep our kids’ feet healthy. I wrote a post about the best seamless socks for kids and the best places where you can find them:
My Child Curls His Toes Every Time I Try To Put The Shoes On!
Here are some proven tricks that you can try to put your kids’ shoes on more easily:
- Tickle their feet before putting the shoes on.
- Distract them with a toy or a treat before putting the shoes on.
- Sit together and play a game where mom and dad take their shoes off and put them on again.
Some children can’t stand the way shoes or socks feel on their feet, even the seams of the socks can really put them in a bad mood!
If you have an older child who is always complaining about his shoes and socks, take a look at a post I wrote that might help you prevent or completely eliminate that issue:
Stop fighting with your child every time is time to put shoes or socks on! Start by making sure they are wearing the correct shoe and sock size, and you will see what a huge difference it makes!
Does your child refuse to wear shoes and repeatedly take them off? Do you know any tricks to make it easier to get the shoes on? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit it from them!