We get it. It can be a pain to fit shoes for children. You will also have to re-fit them every few weeks. But, making sure your child’s shoes fit correctly is the best thing you can do to help their growth! Incorrect fitting shoes in childhood are the main cause of most podiatry problems.
Let’s get to the business. We all know sizing and conversion charts and even have our expert fitting tool that we think is superior to others (well, we would). You can.
No matter what tool you use to help you squeeze your tiny feet into smaller shoes, it doesn’t take into consideration the fidgeting feet and squirming children.
You can help your child fit shoes by putting them in a straitjacket. Then, get milkshakes and M&Ms to coax them to be good.
These are not the only poor parenting methods. Here are seven more shoe-fitting tips for kids to ensure that they have the perfect shoe.
KIDS SHOE FITTING HACKS FOR CHANGING YOUR LIFE
Here’s a list of shoe-fitting tips for children:
- Do not wait until the end
- To take shopping with you, create your own shoelace guide
- No break-in period. Shoes for children should feel comfortable right from the start.
- Your secret weapon for fitting shoes for kids is the thumb measurement
- It takes two! Always wear the larger shoe
- You can watch them move. Get your child to walk and waddle in the shoes before you buy.
- Regularly check your shoes for fit and make sure you re-fit them!
Learn more and you will be a true superstar.
1. WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE DAY
Here’s a fun trick you can use to shoe shop with your children. Bloating will result from all the walking and tumbling you do throughout the day.
You can leave the shoe fitting until the evening or afternoon so that your child’s feet grow as much as possible (without growing). To get a good measurement of their mid-play foot size if they are walking early, you can coax them from the pram to their feet.
You might purchase shoes that are too small for your child’s feet when they are playing, but fine when they are sleeping in their pram. This is not good for their feet development.
When the foot is stretched out most, standing is the best position to measure it.
2. CREATE A SHOELEASE SIZE GUIDE
Shoe shops love making shoe fitting difficult. This is why every brand of shoe seems to fit differently, even if the sizes are identical.
Create your own size guide to beat us at our own game. For best results, measure your baby’s feet from heel to toe. Tie a knot at the toe and heel of the shoelace. It’s better than carrying around an old, smelly shoe.
3. NO BREAK-IN PERSISTENT
Ladies, we’re watching you. Your ankle-breaking high heels are not what a child’s Mary Janes look like. A child’s growing feet are very different to yours.
Your child will probably have worn sandals to the beach by the time they are able to walk on their feet.
How can you make it Goldilocks perfect! Shoes that are too big could cause your child to have difficulty walking. Shoes that are too small could cause problems with their foot development.
4. THE THUMB MEASUREMENT
When fitting shoes for your child, there is one essential tool you must have.
To measure important things like the heel grip, support for the ankle, and shoe width, you’ll use your thumb.
Your thumb should be snugly between the heel of your child’s shoe and the back to ensure that the shoe is securely secured. Your baby should have enough space between the shoe and his ankle to prevent blisters.
To ensure that your child has a comfortable space (a thumb width), between their toes, and the end of the shoe, press down with your thumb.
5. IT TAKES TWO TANGOES
It may not always be obvious but almost everyone has one foot that’s larger than the other. Measure your child’s feet and make sure you always fit a shoe against the larger foot. Fitting to the larger foot will ensure comfort as shoes that are too small can be restrictive.
6. WATCH THEM MOVEMENT
Before you buy shoes for your child, make sure they have a chance to walk in them.
Pay attention to their movements and see if they are natural. Are the shoes slipping at the heels? Is your child stepping gingerly?
Ask them. However, if you know children, the brightly colored shoes are more appealing to them than their new sneakers.
Ask them questions about their shoes to ensure they are comfortable. Give details! Ask them about the sensations of their toes and back.
Be sure to be attentive. Make it a game and make them perform star jumps or hop. See if their movements are as fluid as possible. Whether their shoes restrict their movement in any way.
7. REFIT OLD SHOES
Wait? Are you asking me to endure the entire process with an old pair? You are!
Your child’s feet are growing. Your child will eventually outgrow your shoes. You want to ensure that they have the right shoes for their age, and stage of foot development.
To give your child freedom, comfort, and protection, we have designed our shoes to fit every stage of their growth.