Proper Fitting Advice

Here are a few tips that may help when looking for shoes for your child.  We recommend and provide a complete fitting assessment for all customers at our store.


    1.     Fit is different than size. Only focusing on the size you buy is a mistake as all shoes fit differently.
    2.    Babies do not need arch or ankle support (yes, that’s a tough message to your mother-in-law).
    3.    Wide footed children can easily fit in some shoes that are not labeled “wide” or “extra wide”, it always depends on the shoe, which are all different.
    4.    Excessively sweaty or smelly feet are caused by the footwear in some cases.
    5.    You can not fit heels. Footwear is designed to “move” on heels when fit properly and blisters develop from shoes too small, not too big.
    6.    A shoe too small is much more damaging than one too large. Most people who do it themselves usually buy children’s footwear too small

What to Consider When Purchasing Your Child's First Shoes
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         •    Consider a store that specializes in shoes for growing feet. In the early years, a child's foot may be wide through the arch, so proper fitting in the width is important.
     •    A sneaker or soft soled shoe is a good choice. A typical, low-cut sneaker allows the child to develop the ligaments and muscles around the ankle that are necessary for developing good balance and stabilization.
     •    The toe box should be roomy and wide enough for the toes to wiggle. A finger's breadth of extra length will usually allow for about 3-to-6 months of growth, depending on the child's age and growth rate.

Your child's foot may grow faster than you expect at different ages and stages, so it is important to check the fit of your child's shoes regularly. If the shoes become difficult to place on the foot, and/or the child consistently wants their shoes off, it may mean that the shoes have become too small.


How Shoes Impact Foot Development

One quarter (25%) of all the bones in the human body are in feet. The biggest threat to your child’s developing feet are improperly fitted shoes! The best footwear is flexible, light weight and correctly fit.


    •    The critical development years happen from infancy and extend into the toddler years.
    •    The bones in a baby’s foot are made of cartilage, the same flexible substance you find in your ears and nose.
    •    A shoe that is too rigid or too tight can change the shape of your child’s foot.
    •    Around 70% of foot problems come from wearing the wrong footwear or ill-fitting shoes.
    •    A child’s feet develop until he or she is about 18 years old.
    •    A child’s feet grow in spurts and often require new shoes every 3 to 6 months depending on the child's age and growth rate.

Hand-me-down-shoes

It is not recommended for children to wear hand-me-down shoes. Most shoes form to the foot, so wearing hand-me-downs that have already been "formed" can affect the shape of your child’s foot.
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