Everywhere you look parents and kids are flocking to the mall for back to school shopping. Shoes are often at the top of the list. Kid's feet have likely gotten bigger after summer break and shoes are worn out after all the summertime activities such as camp and summer trips.
If you're one of those parents, you could probably use some help picking the best shoes for your kids.
Here are my 5 top guidelines for back-to-school shoe shopping:
1. Select a shoe store with knowledgeable sales people
You have a lot of choice when it comes to shopping for kid's shoes. Although it may seem like a good idea to save some money and go to a discount shoe store, it's not. Choose a shoe store with knowledgeable sales people who will ensure your kids gets shoes that fit properly.
2. Get Their Feet Measured
Since kids feet can go through a big growth spurt during the summer, make sure to get their feet measured. Shoes should have at least one thumb's width between the tip of the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
If your kid has one foot that's longer than the other, go with the size of the longer foot. In some cases you might have to buy two pairs of shoes to ensure proper fit if there is a big discrepancy between sizes, but this is rare.
3. Go For Immediate Comfort
Your kids should not be wincing as they put the shoes on and walk around in them. Shoes should be immediately comfortable. Shoes should never require a break-in period.
4. Make Sure Shoes Are Sturdy
Avoid ballet flats and tennis shoes that roll up like mush. These shoes will not provide the support your kids feet need to ensure proper foot alignment. This is particular true if your kid has flat feet and is older than four. Kids with flat feet are at higher risk for future foot problems, back, and hip pain if they wear shoes that don't provide proper support. Test shoes before you buy them by checking out my video "How to Test Any Shoe for Stability".
5. Check the Wear Patterns of Your Kids Shoes
Once you've bought the shoes, it's important to stay vigilant when it comes to your kid's feet. One thing you can do is check the wear patterns of their shoes. If they're wearing out unevenly, it could be due to a foot problem. Taking them to see a podiatrist to ensure that there's not an underlying foot problem is the best thing to do.
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