During back-to-school season and throughout the year, one of the most
important purchases on any parent’s shopping list should be a pair of proper
fitting shoes for their child. For many parents, shoe shopping may seem
easier than a pop-quiz in gym class – but several important factors should
1-CHILDREN’S FEET CHANGE
Shoe and sock sizes may
change every few months as a child’s feet grow.
2- SHOES THAT DON’T FIT PROPERLY CAN AGGRAVATE THE FEET.
Always measure a child’s feet before buying shoes, and watch for
signs of irritation.
3-NEVER HAND DOWN
Just because a shoe size fits one
child comfortably doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way.
Also, sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
4- EXAMINE THE HEELS
Children may wear through the heels of shoes
quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can
indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist
5- TAKE YOUR CHILD SHOE SHOPPING
Every shoe fits differently.
Letting a child have a say in the shoe buying process promotes
healthy foot habits down the road.
6- ALWAYS BUY FOR THE LARGER FOOT.
Feet are seldom precisely
the same size.
7-BUY SHOES THAT DO NOT NEED A “BREAK-IN” PERIOD.
Shoes should be comfortable immediately. Also make sure to have your
child try on shoes with socks or tights, if that’s how they’ll be worn.