Our girls have very different feet. One has really narrow feet, one has flat feet, one still has a little of her baby feet left, and of course, one has feet that are all baby. Shoe shopping for and with kids isn’t really as fun as mom’s shoe shopping. I end up guessing their size often, crossing my fingers and bringing the shoes home to try out later. I’ll let you guess how often that works out.
I’ve teamed up with Parrish Heel Kids, a kids shoe and accessory store to bring you 5 tips for getting the best fit for kids shoes, presented to you in kid terms!
It’s always best to bring child with you and have both feet measured at time of purchase, if possible. Note that a child’s left and right foot may differ by as much as a full size. Always have the fit specialist fit the larger foot.
There should be approximately ½ inch of space between the end of your longest toe and the end of the toe box, or roughly your THUMB width sideways.
Take my breath away.
Choose shoes with breathable, lightweight materials. Soft leather or cloth is best. Stiff leather shoes can interfere with foot development, and synthetics, which don’t breathe.
Bend the soles make sure the shoes you select are flexible. They should be flexible and gripping, not smooth and stiff. A non-skid rubber sole with ridges will offer the best traction.
Think about the type of shoes you are looking to purchase and bring the appropriate type of socks/tights etc. that your little one will likely wear with the shoes. This will ensure a better fit.
Have a say.
Let the kids feel like they are having a say in their shoe choice (if they are old enough) and listen to them. If they say it feels funny, or looks too sparkly, they don’t like the shoe. You want your kids to like their shoes because shoe battles every day are not fun!
One to GROW on.
Make sure to walk/run or even play hopscotch in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. Spend time wearing the shoes at home indoors on the carpet (to keep bottoms from getting worn), this helps confirm the fit is a good one.
Parrish Heel Kids made sure to follow all of the tips and made sure we were aware of the tips for getting a good fit. Just like any other clothing or shoe item, we didn’t really pay attention to the number. Our oldest could fit in a 1 in one shoe and a 3 in another. It’s all about the fit and how it feels. We were bummed we missed their shoe tying classes, too.
In addition to cute shoes and shoe tying classes, they also have an assortment of great accessories, from hair bows and headbands to bowties and regular ties for little boys! They even have seasonal items like knitted hats.
One of my favorite things is their leggings and shorts specifically for under skirts (on the left on the wall). We struggle to find shorts that are a good fit and provide coverage without adding bulk under a dress or skirt. (My legging loving 5 year old had to be told to take them off after trying to wear them a THIRD day in a row!).
How do you make sure you get a good fit for your kids shoes?
Thank you to Parrish Heel Kids for having us out to the store and providing the girls with a pair of shoes. We will definitely be back! All thoughts are 100% our own.