Buying Childrens Shoes

When shoes are needed, you should take your child along to a recognised and qualified store which should be able to measure your child’s feet accurately and advise you on the best type of shoes for your child. Try to make sure that shoes are not too big. Shoes should still be fairly soft in order for the child to feel the surface they are walking on as they did as a barefoot walker. It is vital that care is taken to ensure that if the child requires shoes which have unusual or special measurements that these are what are provided and not a compromise solution, or nearest fit.

Your child’s feet should be measured on a regular basis and notice should be taken of any discomfort or sore patches which shoes may cause. You may need to make sure that your child does not try and force their feet into unsuitable shoes, simply because they prefer the style. There are many shoe sizes available; and just because your child’s friend takes a certain size of shoe is no reason why they should try and wear the same. Try to make sure that your child tries a pair of shoes on, as shoe sizes can differ, even in adults. As the child gets older it is often worth trying discount stores as well as higher cost stores. As a child’s feet grow regularly, it can be an expensive business and finding a good supplier, especially one that will save you money is well worth finding.

It is worth buying your child shoes, such as training shoes which they can use to play in. These are often more comfortable, but it does also allow you to keep school shoes in better condition for longer. You can purchase shoes with Velcro fasteners for younger children but children should also learn to tie shoelaces on their own. As children grow their feet tend to sweat, especially if they are active. In Summer months it is a good idea to buy shoes which allow their feet to breathe, such as canvas shoes. In Winter, waterproof boots or shoes are an option. It may be an idea to buy these a couple of sizes bigger to allow them to wear several layers of socks, or thicker socks during the cold weather. If your child requires special inserts, such as orthotics which support the arch of the foot, you should take them with you when ever you buy new shoes.

Whenever you buy shoes you should make sure that any warranty information available is given to you. Where the shoes have worn out for no other reason than your child has worn them regularly, the store should replace them, provided you can produce the receipt.

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