Buying shoes for children can be more difficult than one might expect. With so many different styles on the market to choose from, it can be difficult to determine the best pair for your little one. While this might not seem like a major decision, it is important that children have proper footwear while their feet are still developing in order to avoid complications like bunions or deformities that would require treatment from a tailor’s bunion pad. If your child needs a new pair of shoes, here are a few tips to help you make the big purchase.
- Avoid Hand Me Downs
Shopping for your child’s clothing can be extensive, and you might find that it is better for your wallet (and the planet!) to take advantage of hand me downs from family and friends with children of a similar age. Although hand me down clothing is a great hack for parents on a budget or those wanting to cut down on waste, hand me down shoes are not the best options for young children. When shoes are broken in by one child, they conform to their specific foot. Passing these shoes onto another child with completely different feet is a recipe for disaster, and can lead to discomfort and blisters among the potential for other complications. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so always splurge on a new pair of shoes when your child is in need of a new pair.
- Consider Your Child’s Needs
While this might sound like common sense, be sure to shop for shoes with your child’s specific needs in mind. If your child is unable to tie their shoes, opt for a pair with Velcro. If your child loves to play outside, get their shoes dirty, or is generally pretty rough on their feet, it might be a good idea to invest in a high quality and durable pair of shoes that will withstand the test of time and endure whatever your child puts them through.
- Let Your Child Help
To make shoe shopping easier, bring your child with you! This will allow for them to easily try on different pairs while informing you of the styles, colors, and features that they like. This will not only ensure that you buy them a pair of shoes that fit and are as comfortable as possible, but this will get them excited about their new shoes, so they are more likely to want to wear them!