Shopping for children’s shoes can be difficult at best. If you do not want to make several trips to the store to exchange poor choices, you need the child to be with you when you shop. Any child who cannot communicate to you about what feels right or what they want will require special attention. It takes a master to balance what the child needs and what the child wants. Furthermore, it takes someone who is on their toes to determine just what those things are.
It would be nice if you could choose a pair of kid’s shoes, have the child try them on, and buy them if the child said they fit. First of all, it is unlikely to happen that way. The child will have different ideas of what shoes are the best than you do. A child learns to get across their points better after starting elementary school. Before that, it is anybody’s guess what your child is thinking about the shoes you have brought for them to try on. The only thing you will know is that your child will show some form of emotion. It is up to you to determine whether they are happy, disappointed, upset, or simply do not care. It is important to know, because if you buy shoes the child hates, they may refuse to put them on. A child might also hide the shoes if they do not want to wear them. It is better to buy shoes they like in the beginning.
No matter how the child feels about the way the shoe looks, you have to make sure that the shoes fit. Try the shoe on the child and see how easily it goes on. If it is a real chore to put it on, remember that you will be facing the job every time your child gets dressed. Besides, you do not want your child’s foot to suffer from ill-fitting shoes. If the shoe goes on too easily, watch to make sure it does not come off just as easily. Kids’ shoes need to be comfortable, but they can cause as much foot trouble if they are too big as if they are too small.
Test your child’s shoes with your fingertips by pushing down on the end of the shoe near the toe. You can tell by this how long your child’s feet are in comparison to the shoes. If the shoes are too short, the toes will be pushing against the end of the shoe possibly even curling under. If you try shoes on a child and find this to be the case, those shoes are way too small and you will generally need to go up at least a full size to find a shoe that fits. Large shoes are obvious when you push down near the end of the shoe and feel nothing there at all. You should feel the ends of the child’s toes close, but not at the end of the toe of the shoe.
What shoes should you try on your child? There are dozens of different makers of kids’ shoes. You can get kids’ Nike shoes, kids’ New Balance shoes, and Michael Jordan shoes for kids, among others. If your child gravitates towards a certain pair of shoes, by all means, let the child try them on if they are not too offensive. This is where finding a balance between what a child needs and what a child wants is most important.