The Importance of a Good Fitting Shoe
While many parents like to find great shoe deals at big discount stores – or even small ones – we do think it is important to consider getting the proper measurement for each type of shoe, as shoes will be worn differently – and for different reasons.
One of the main reasons we don’t like squeezing growing feet into “too small” shoes is that you want to make sure you are giving your child a little room to continue growing, but not so much room that they can’t walk properly. Until age 5, the bones in your feet are not yet hard or fully formed, so you do want some wiggle room.
Both Pediped and Stride Rite are well-known for offering shoes that are considered good for the development of tiny feet, and we couldn’t agree more.
It has been recommended by professionals that you buy one pair of shoes – even at a higher price – that are the right fit for wearing all day. It is also important to listen to you kids when they say a shoe is uncomfortable. At The Perfect Fit, we work with you and your child to get the proper measurement and comfort level, as well as the longest-wearing shoes that you and your child can live with and actually love! We will measure their feet, try on different brands, make sure they fit, and are easy to walk in. For example, if your child measures size 7 on one foot, and 6.5 on the other, we may try on a 7, 7.5 or 8 in different brands. You may end up with a size 7 dress shoe and a size 8 sneaker because of the fit! You won’t be able to make those assumptions by sticking with a specific size for a period of time and buying shoes without your kids’ feet present – at least, we don’t advise it.
This is also the reason we don’t recommend buying ahead of time. For example, your child was a 3 last year and a 4 this year. This doesn’t automatically mean you should buy size 5 sandals for next summer. He might skip two sizes and be a 6. Then what do you do with the great deal you got on sandals? As you get closer to the season, you might be able to pull it off, but if the shoe is uncomfortable, it won’t work anyway.
Getting your children’s feet measured is the first step (pun intended) toward comfort leading to healthy feet and happy kids. We hope to provide that service to you every time you come into our store!