Sunday, June 1, 2014

20 How to Choose Shoes for Kids Tips | from parents for parents

Shopping for Lil Pumpkin {heck, any kind of shopping!!} is fun, but sometimes can cause a little headache... especially when it comes to shoes. Some are pretty, but not too comfortable. Some are well-made, but too expensive. Some we like, but Lil Pumpkin doesn't. That's usually why when we find a certain shoe brand that we all love and adore, we are such loyal customers and keep going back haha.

I wanted to hear how other parents went shoe-shopping with their children so asked them to share with me their wisdom and experience {thank you!}. Hope you'll find it useful too, so here are 20 How to Choose Shoes for Kids Tips from the parents, for other parents!


1. It should be comfortable, neither be too big or too small.. and light-weight made up of breathable material. - Mummy Ashmika

2. When comes to buying shoes, I always get a huge headache as my kids are fussy. Not comfy? They don't wear. Not nice? They reject! So the only way to get shoes for them is to bring them along. We get the best fit and they choose the design! - Mummy Eliz

3. Check reviews from fellow mommies! - Mummy Cuteflower

4. It is very important to get proper shoes with good cushioning and can protect the child's feet for long walks. Looking awesome is secondary, but a definite bonus! - Mummy Mabel

5. I'll make sure that there is a finger space at the back after my kid wears it. This will make sure not too tight or too loose. Also shoe sole must be good material to give good support to foot sole. - Mummy Joanna

6. Aside from arch & heel support, I go for airy shoes and definitely must have closed toe protection. - Mummy Shirley

7. For me, the most important factor is it must be comfortable for my son, easy to put on and remove by himself. I usually get him to try on the shoe and walk a few rounds around the shop and buy a slightly bigger size so there is room for growth and thicker socks. - Mummy Xgg

8. Just like adults, I'll try to do shoe shopping in the afternoon or evening, since feet swell over the course of the day. Also I'll ensure there is 1/2 inch between the edge of the shoe toe and the edge of my child's toes. - Mummy Siu Ching

9. I usually squeeze and bend the shoes to see if the soles are flexible or hard. Usually hard base shoes will be quite uncomfortable for children, so I would avoid that. Apart from that, I will also pull the shoes wide apart to see how stretchable it is because most of the time, we hurt our kids while wearing shoes for them because they are too stiff for them to wiggle their feet in! - Mummy Jacqualine

10. My little girl’s feet are fleshy so I’d pick shoes with wider and roomier cut to accommodate her feet better. Other factors that I’d look into when choosing her shoes are cushioning and flexibility but I would let her choose the color so that she feels participated in the process and will be happy wearing her shoes. - Mummy Janette

11. I will surely look for a shoe that can be washable and that doesn't have too much glittery, sparkling things in it as I know that they fade off easily when contacted with water. - Mummy Arsheita

12. I only buy tried and tested brands like pediped and seekairun for my kids. This is especially important for first walkers so that the foundation is set right. - Mummy Jaime

13. I'd feel the insides with the back of my fingers to ensure that there isn't any part of the shoes that could potentially hurt the feet first before buying. - Mummy Cherie

14. Preferably machine washable ones as well because I have boys, they are so active and they get their shoes dirty so easily! - Daddy Robert

15. I will have my little one’s feet measured and fitted with comfortable, breathable and flexible shoes every 3 to 4 months. as shoes that do not fit properly during her childhood times can contribute to poor foot development, which may leads to bone, back and muscle problems later in life. - Mummy Jean

16. Ensure that the sole of the shoes is non-slippery! - Mummy Ning

17. I like getting my kids to walk over a marble or smooth surface so that I can see how the shoe grips the ground! - Mummy Debs

18. While it's tempting to buy shoes that are much bigger, shoes that are ill-fitted cause a child to trip and develop foot problems. Always buy the right size. - Mummy Catherine

19. If a brand has the shoe in my size as well, I'll wear it for a feel of how it'll be like for my daughter. - Mummy Estella

20. Watch them to walk and make sure that the heels don't slip out. - Mummy Jess

Any other tips for choosing shoes for kids? 
What are your favourite kids shoes brands?



Masshole Mommy said...

Those are all such good tips.

mail4rosey said...

That's a smart idea to try the brand yourself when it comes in your size!

Ai Sakura said...

Masshole Mommy: yup, grateful they shared!

Mail4rosey: Yes and maybe buy it together if it's ok for a matchy-matchy outfit too hahahaha

Theresa Mahoney said...

I hate shoe shopping with my girls. My oldest can never find a pair she likes. My youngest wants every pair she sees. I wish there was a happy median in there somewhere!

An Apel a Day said...

Such great tips. One thing is a fact for me. I have to have my kids with me now when I buy for them. They grow so fast, and their tastes change.

Isaak has bigger feet than Mica did at his age. Right now Mica is going to need new shoes after camp. They get so dirty!

Madeline Heng said...

Definitely agree must bring the kid along!

Anonymous said...

Really, thank you for these tips. I've been looking for shoes for my first grade kid, there is a lot of to choose from and it is hard to pick a right one. Also there is a huge listings with kids footwear wholesale , where the prices are a much lower, but it is not comfortable to buy them in big quantities.