Protect Your Kids' Feet with this Comprehensive Shoe Buying Guide

A child in in blue shoes has several arrows coming out of their shoes going in many directions.Kids tend to go through fashion trends like babies go through diapers. The speed with which they change their habits and styles may shift so quickly that as a parent, you struggle to keep up. Kids grow out of their clothes and shoes just as quickly as they do their style. But don’t be tempted into getting shoes that are too large for your kids’ feet. Getting shoes that your child will grow into may save money in the short term, but it could also end up leading to blisters and other foot and ankle issues.

Make sure to buy shoes that fit your kids’ feet right at the time of purchase. Follow our shoe buying guide below to protect your children’s feet from the most common foot issues. 

How to measure kids’ shoes

Make sure to take the length and width of your children’s feet into account when on the lookout for new shoes. There are some measurement guidelines you can follow. Make sure to go through the following tests to get the right measurements. 

  1. Length test - Feel the top of the shoe for the longest toe. For toddlers and older kids, there should be an index finger’s length between the end of the shoe and their toe. 
  2. Width test - If you notice your child’s foot pressing the shoe out, you have the wrong size. If your kid tells you their little toe hurts when they stand up, that is a bad sign. 
  3. Heel grip test - Check if your kid’s shoes slip at all when you pull on the heel of their shoe.
  4. Depth test - If you see a crease in the shoe when you press your thumb on top, the shoe may have too great of a depth. 

Steps to buying the right kids’ shoes

Keep the following suggestions when picking out the right shoes for your kid:

  • Shop together - Make sure to go shopping with them. If you are with them, you can use those guidelines above to help them pick the right shoe.
  • Focus on the bigger foot - People often have a bigger foot. Make sure to buy a pair of shoes with the bigger one in mind. 
  • The sole matters most - Textured soles help your child keep their footing. Rubber-soled shoes are good for absorption and proper cushioning. 
  • Different tying options - If your child is young enough to still struggle with laces, consider different clasps, velcro, or another type of tying that will help them out. 

Kids grow up so quickly, and their feet grow with them. Get the right shoes to keep their feet happy and healthy. If you notice any foot or ankle issues for your kid, consider bringing them in to see the experts at one of our Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers. We have three locations to serve you and your kids best. 

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