The Essential Parents Guide to Buying Children’s Shoes

We, as parents, are so used to popping in to a high street store to get our children in shoes. Buying new footwear for your child online is a relatively new concept, one with both benefits and potential pitfalls. Online shopping needn’t be a pain though, in-fact it could save you time and money compared to visiting the high street. What’s more, you can adopt a very similar approach.

In this guide, it will give you some handy tips to buying new footwear for your child online:

First of all, ensure that you’ve measured your children’s feet. Their feet will have growth spurts, much like their height. One minute they could be a size six, and stay a six for months, the next their feet could grow two sizes bigger in a matter of weeks. Therefore it’s important that you measure their feet, just before you order their footwear. You can either go in to a high street store for this part of the buying process, or you can print a footwear size chart online. It’s really up to you. Another word of advice is; try and print a size chart from the store you could be ordering from, as each store could have slightly different sizes. You may also find it useful to compare the different sizes from other countries.

If your child is between sizes, make sure that you always buy them the next size up. Squashed up feet, in any footwear, can be very damaging for your child’s health. Ensuring that they have correctly measured footwear is half the battle.

Now that you’ve measured your child’s feet, you can start looking out for those perfect shoes, trainers or boots you’ve wanted to buy.

There are lots of different styles, for both girls and boys. Some may have sparkles, others may have characters, just ensure that you put quality ahead of trends. Quality is always the winner.

In addition to thinking about style, you should avoid backless footwear. Children, as we know, have poorer co-ordination than grown-ups, leaving them exposed to the potential of tripping up over and causing serious injury themselves.

While your child is growing up, they will want to start putting their shoes, trainers or boots on themselves. Think about what stage they are at, and whether getting Velcro, laces, or slip-ons will best for them.

Kids also have very high energy levels, so it’s important to look at footwear that enables their feet to breath. Allowing air around the feet will ensure that their feet stay healthy.

When will the footwear be worn? Think about tread, and the materials that the footwear is made from. Obviously during the winter canvas, sandals are other open footwear are a no-no. They just aren’t practical. Whilst during the summer more confined footwear could cause problems.

Once you know what shoes you want to buy, it’s all about shopping around. One of the perks about shopping online is the amount of websites that sell shoes. These are nearly always cheaper than buying on the high street.

So, shop online for the next pair of children’s shoes you buy and pick up a bargain!

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