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.
Kids' Shoe Shopping Tips
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 at 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 Shoe Size
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.
Shop Shoes Abroad!
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. Happy shopping!