Buying shoes for children – what to remember
We all know how fast children grow, and when it comes to their clothing we can usually tell if their trousers are getting too small or their shirts are becoming a little snug. But when their shoes become too small, we often need to be more perceptive as it’s not always as obvious – and is really not good for their feet! A lot of parents can find buying new shoes a difficult task for their little ones, only to have them grow out of them within two weeks. But having shoes that fit correctly are essential, and here’s how you can make that process a little bit easier.
Knowing when they need new shoes
To make sure you’re buying shoes for your children at the right time, make sure you ask them regularly if their shoes are comfortable. As we know kids can become attached to their belongings and might not be entirely truthful when asked if their shoes are too small, particularly if they don’t want to get rid of them. So make sure you physically check the inside and outside of their shoes for wear and tear, and also keep an eye on how your child is walking. If they are walking on tip toes a lot, or their gait has suddenly changed, it’s a sign that their shoes might be quite uncomfortable.
Measuring their feet
Taking children shopping inevitably ends up being quite a stressful experience, especially when you need them to try things on. So when you go to buy them new shoes, it might be best to go to a retailer who specialise in childrenswear. The assistants will be trained to measure your child’s feet properly, and they will also be used to kids throwing tantrums – so you don’t have to worry as much if your child starts to get a little stressed out. Measuring their feet is something that is very important, so make sure it’s not rushed – you could even see if you can book appointments to see them so you don’t have to wait for ages in a busy store on a Saturday afternoon.
Versatility is important
We all know how much choice there is out there for kids’ shoes, so depending on the season try get something that can be suitable for school as well as play – saving you a fortune on buying lots of different pairs for different occasions. From Lelli Kelly pumps for girls to Geox trainers for boys, these sorts of shoes that can be worn when kids are playing and are also comfortable to wear during a long day at school.
Comfort is key
Making sure the shoes are well made is important, for comfort purposes and also for safety. Your child will be running around all over, so a good grip on the sole is definitely recommended to help prevent them from slipping. Other practicalities aside, it’s important your child feels comfortable wearing the shoes. Letting them help in the process of choosing the shoes (obviously within reason) rather than forcing them to wear something they really hate. That way you will know that your child will enjoy wearing their shoes, and they will end up getting the most out of them.
It can be quite an arduous task to find all these features when it comes to a pair of child’s shoes, but it will definitely be worth it as well fitted shoes = happy feet for your kids.