How to Buy Shoes for Kids

We all love our kids, and we want those precious toes to be in the nicest, sturdiest, but also most fashionable kicks possible. We want style and comfort for them, and we’d also not like to spend a ton of money. This is usually because, kids tend to grow out of their shoes pretty quickly.

So we all face the dilemma of how to get our kids good shoes at a good price. We have to balance price and quality, along with style and affordability. As our kids get bigger, we also have to find a way to make them happy–in style and trendiness.

But of course, we need to prepare our kids to be wise consumers themselves. We do not help our kids by buying them the most expensive thing that catches their eye every time.So does this seem impossible? It’s really not. Here are some tips on how to get some great shoes for a great price:​


Quality Matters

Since kids’ feet are still growing, it’s that much more important to buy good, quality shoes that provide adequate support. As a general rule, parents should choose shoes with some kind of fastening system, laces or Velcro, and avoid slip-on or backless shoes. These do not provide the same levels of support.

You want their shoes to be flexible and well-ventilated that allow plenty of room for growth. Kids’ feet grow fast, and you want their feet to stay cool and dry, and you also don’t want to have to buy shoes every month.

Choosing well-made shoes is important for your kids’ feet. Blisters, calluses, and sores can all happen with poorly-made shoes, and the problems that come from shoes that don’t provide proper support can last for years.

Fit Matters

It’s important to choose stores that can offer advice and guidance in selecting the right shoes and the right fit for your child. Both brick-and-mortar and online retailers employ people who know what they are talking about with kids’ shoe fit and can help you avoid any problems.Keep your eye out for websites and retailers that offer advice and guidance on how to shop for kids’ shoes.

Don’t Overspend

Now you know that you paying attention to quality, understand that there are options that will let you buy kids shoes without breaking the bank. Many of these opportunities also help support small businesses.

Your child is likely to grow out of the shoes quickly, so of course you don't want to pay too much.There are many smaller retail stores that can help you out with price and fit. Personal attention and dedication to the business help many smaller stores offer a better deal when considering both sides of the equation.

In addition, often small, boutique retailers will carry styles and brands that are both high-quality and very stylish, different than the mass-produced wares found at your local Wal-Mart. If your child is dying for a pair of shoes that aren’t up to your standards–explain to them that wearing cheaply-made shoes can be the beginning of a long road of foot problems.​

Involve Your Child

You’ve done your research, and you feel good about the quality, customer service, and price of the retailer you’ve decided to work with. Now, it’s important to remember to let your child help in the decision-making.

New shoes are magical for little kids–they can make a child feel like they can run faster or jump higher just by wearing cool shoes. You will empower your kid to have their own opinions and start thinking about their own personal style if you let them help pick their shoes.

Let them have a say in color and style. Have them explain to you why they are picking what they have selected and what appeals to them about the shoe they are looking at. This is an opportunity for you to let your child express themselves and show them that you are listening.

Picking shoes doesn’t have to be traumatic–it can even be an exercise in negotiation and frustration management. Keep in mind that experts believe that it is healthy for children to learn to deal with disappointment.

Don’t think you have to buy them everything they want, instead, use the opportunity to explain both about your budget and the importance of support for their feet. Give them reasons for the decisions you need to make and help them develop good coping, shopping, and budgeting skills for their futures.​

The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, you want what’s best for your kid–this includes something as simple as a pair of shoes. Don’t worry if you have to disappoint them now and then–it’s completely normal.

Buying good quality shoes that are affordable and fit right can be tough, but it is totally possible. if you just do a little bit of research and have a ton of patience, you will be able to get the best shoes for your kids.​

Sarah Clark

Hi, I'm Sarah Clark. I like to write about mommies and their babies. Sometimes, even if I don’t, I like to hear stories from other mothers. I may not be an expert mommy by any means, but I am happy to share what works for mothers out there. I, for once, would like to build a community for mothers. And that's here in Giant Mommy.

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