I have worked in the comfort shoe industry long enough to know how important it is to fit a shoe. I haven’t worked in a children’s store as long, but it only takes a day to watch a parent have a melt-down over fitting their toddler’s shoes to realize….
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!
Fitting your baby’s, toddler’s, or kid’s shoes should be fun, especially when it’s the first time! If you are frustrated don’t just guess. If you convince your child that they like the shoe and tell them how great the shoes are, you will NEVER know if they really do feel good on their feet.
Here at The Red Wagon we like to make things nice and easy for everyone, so below is a list of some tips and recommendations that we hope help. Although, I will miss hearing “You should serve Bloody Marys while trying on shoes”
lets start with the babies…
- On average your baby’s feet grow 1/2 size every 2-3 months
- The Width of your pinky finger is a good way to check for growing space between the end of their big toe and front of the shoe
- First walkers need a shoe that is very flexible; however, make sure there is enough of a sole to protect their little feet outside
Next comes the toddlers and kids
- On average your toddler/child’s feet grow 2 sizes a year
- A Thumbs width of space is about 1/2 a size and is a good amount of growing space to have when buying a shoe
- Some styles of shoes will require aOr as close to right on as you can get, which mean less growing space (Mary janes, Ballet flats, and any shoe that will slip or doesn’t have laces/Velcro).
Important tips for ANY shoe buyer
- EVERYONE should be measured before buying new shoes. Your feet change even when your done growing. Lucky for your and your child The Red Wagon has a brannock here!
- Children’s shoes should always be bought with room to grow, we never want their toes to touch the end of the shoe.
- ALWAYS try on the shoes before buying them! All brands and styles run differently and you may need to try a few before finding the perfect fit!
We hope this helps with your shoe fitting panics, melt downs and worries!
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