You can start to feel the shift in the air: children growing slowly more sullen; parents growing slowly more relieved. Back-to-school time shifts gears from days of leisure to days of learning, and it’s time to get prepared. If a new pair of children’s shoes is one of the items that needs to be crossed off your child’s list, here are some tips on finding the best pair.
Fit is one of the most essential elements when searching for back to school shoes, and it’s not always the easiest feat to accomplish with the rate at which young feet can grow. After reaching the age of 3, most children experience an increase of half a shoe size every 4-6 months. Getting help from a shoe store associate who specializes in children’s sizing can be a big help.
When seeking a proper fit, look first at the toe box up front. This should be roomy enough for your child’s toes to wiggle. Having extra room about the breadth of a finger in front of the toes should provide enough space for 3-6 months of growing.
If the shoes tie, they should be able to accommodate most foot widths. One thing that tends to get overlooked, however, is depth. The top of a shoe should not press on top of the toes or nails.
Whichever shoes catch your child’s eye, have him or her walk around in them at the store to make sure they are comfortable. Watch for slipping in the heel, which indicates an ill fit. If the shoes feel too small or uncomfortable, do not expect them to “break in” around your child’s feet. They are not the right shoes. Period.
If you would like additional advice on finding the right children’s shoes, or have found a problem during shoe-fitting season, don’t be afraid to give Family Foot Care & Surgery a call at (203) 876-7736 for our Milford Office or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office. We want to help you ensure your child’s feet have every opportunity to reach a happy and healthy maturity.