As the weather changes it is important to protect children’s feet. Poorly-fitting footwear can do more harm than good. A few simple guidelines can help you get the right fit for your growing children.
Make sure there is 1/2"" space between the child’s longest toe and the end of the shoe. Remember that it’s natural for small children to curl their toes when trying on new shoes.
Children’s feet change size rapidly, so always have your child’s feet measured each time you purchase new shoes. Make sure that measurements are done while the child is standing for a more accurate sizing.
Avoid hand me down shoes. Second hand shoes can create improper balance because they may have worn out unevenly by the previous owner.
Carefully observe your child’s walking patterns. Does your child have toes that point in or out, excessively flat feet, or other gait abnormalities? These problems often require professional help.