|Kids' feet grow fast. But when should you replace your child`s shoes? Simply when they are worn out or when the shoes are too small. Since kids' feet are growing fast, the shoes will probably get too small before they are worn out. But how can you notice? There should always be a gap/ room between kid's toes and the shoe tip. The child should be able to wiggle his or her toes - also "the little toe". The "toe space" should be minimum 1/4 inches (0,6 cm). Can't feel through shoe's upper? Remove the soles from each shoe and place the child's feet on top of them. You will then figure out whether the shoes are too small or not.
|You should also make sure that your child`s shoes are wide enough. Indications of too narrow shoes: - The shoes are bulging at the sides (usually the outer sides of the shoes). - The child is complaining on pain in this area. - If you notice irritated areas at the outer side of the foot (take of the child's socks and study both feet after he/she has worn the shoes for a while). See more about Shoe Width.
Never let a child wear too small shoes! Check their shoe size often (their feet are growing fast!) Since children's feet are developing, too small shoes can result in foot health problems. Many adult foot issues have their origins in poor-fitting shoes during childhood.
|* When buying new shoes, there should be a gap/ room (toe space) of approximately 1/2 inches - 3/4 inches (1.25 cm - 1.9 cm) between the longest toe and the end of the shoe (shoe tip).|
|* Always try on both shoes. Size can vary a bit from one foot to the other.|
|* Ask the child to stand while trying trying shoes on. If they sit, you will get a wrong impression.|
|* Watch your child walking with the shoes on. Make sure that the heel doesn't slip when he/she walks.|
|* Always try shoes with the type of socks you intend to use in the shoes. Try winter shoes with thicker winter socks, and summer shoes with thinner summer socks.|
|* Be careful with "almost right sized shoes". One size too large is OK (but not recommended). Too small shoes are a "NO-GO!" Never buy "a slightly too small" pair of shoes, just to hope they will fit after a "breaking in period". It will not happen!|
|* Ensure to buy shoes with laces, velcro or some other fastening system for children. Then it is possible to "adjust" shoes width, and it is also good for children's foot health.|
|The safest way to find a perfect-fitting pair shoes for your children's feet is definitely to try them on in a shoe store. But it is far more easy to shop kids' shoes Online - we know. And there are also more models to choose from Online. So if you like "living on the edge" - simply shop your kids' shoes Online. But if you do, always remember...|
|* Which shoe brand are you shopping for? Shoe sizing can often vary a bit between different shoe brands. Check if you already got a pair of shoes from the same brand. If you do, it is likely to believe you need the same size in the new pair of shoes.|
|* Ensure to buy shoes with laces, velcro or some other fastening system for children. Then it is possible to "adjust" shoes width, and it is also good for children's feet health.|
|* Which kind of socks will your children wear? Accommodate to wear i.e. thick socks in winter shoes. This might require approx. 1/4 inches (0,6 cm) larger size.|
|* Try the shoes on in your local store - and buy them Online! Is it rude? Not all all! Competition is a health sign - also in the shoe business. You might tell your local retailer that you have seen the shoes cheaper Online - and give her/him the opportunity to match this price. That's fair.|
|* Check the Online store's return policy. It might be necessary to return the shoes if they don't fit, so choose a Online store with a liberal return policy (some have free return included).|
|Measure your child's feet to find the right shoe size. How to measure? Simply see our Shoe Size Measuring Guide. It's easy! Use measurements as a guideline when trying new shoes in store, or when shopping shoes Online.|
|Are you living in the US, but found some cute girl's shoes in a European Online shoe store? Or have you seen the coolest boy's shoes in a Japanese eBay store? When shopping shoes Online, you might need a shoe size conversion chart that you can put your trust in. Check out our Children's Shoe Size Converter here. Happy shopping!|
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