There are a number of shoe fitting and shoe sizing criteria that we should all follow and they are especially important for children. When buying any children’s shoe we need to consider the shoes construction and materials, the type of outsole, the type of closure, the function of the shoe for certain activities, the supportive elements of the shoe and most importantly, the fit.
For many parents, shoe shopping may seem easier than a pop-quiz in gym class, but several important factors should be considered:
Children’s Feet Change With Age. Shoes That Don’t Fit Properly Can Aggravate the Feet. Never Hand Down Footwear. Examine the Heels. Take Your Child Shoe Shopping. Always Buy for the Larger Foot. Buy Shoes That Do Not Need a “Break-In” Period.
While purchasing clothing for children is mainly a cosmetic pursuit, the shoes you choose for children can affect their overall health. Shoes affect their balance and alignment, and improperly fitted shoes can lead to lifelong health problems. Use this guide the next time you have to buy shoes for children.
Kids' Size Conversions (1 – 5 years)
Advice for Buying Gently Used Footwear
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 children. Unfortunately, few people understand how important this activity is. In fact, selecting children’s footwear is more important than it is for adults!
You may not be aware of this, but our feet swell during the day. This is due to the constant effects of gravity drawing blood down to the lowest portions of our bodies.
Youth Size Conversions (6 – 10 years)
Because of this, shopping for children’s shoes is best done in the afternoon or evening. If you simply can’t make this happen, don’t sweat it too much. However, it is a factor worth considering if you have the ability to do so.
Children are often physically active and require shoes made from a breathable material such as canvas or leather. Quality materials prevent discomfort from poor posture, and ensure shoes don’t get wet and stinky. Checking for vents will ensure their feet are getting good air flow.
Children's shoes should have laces, velcro or some other fastening system. As a general rule, avoid backless or slip-on shoes for kids.
Look for shoes made from breathable materials, such as canvas or leather. In addition to being more durable, they will help to keep the child's foot cooler and dryer, helping to prevent blisters, discomfort, and smelly shoes.
Little feet are important. It is advisable to buy one quality pair rather than two cheaper pairs.
Leather is preferable for the upper part of the shoe because it allows feet to breathe. If these are out of your price range, a good pair of canvas or cloth shoes also allow the foot to breathe and can be more affordable.