Tips





- Wait to buy shoes until you child starts walking. Research suggests that babies develop health, well-developed feet when they learn to walk barefoot.

- Many babies have an extra wide foot and may need special shoes. So make sure the sales person measures the length and width of "both" feet.

- If you buy the shoes too big it may cause your baby to trip.

- Toes should have 1/2-inch clearance.

- Make sure the heels don’t slip out! Try heel pads if a heel is too wide but the rest of the shoe fits.

- Toddlers feet can grow and entire size or more every three months. So have them measured on a regular basis.

- Watch for scrunched up toes. Which can be a tell tell sign that your kids shoes may be too small.

- Examine their feet regular for blisters or red spots, evidence that their shoes don’t fit.

- Try shopping at discount stores. They are perfect sources for shoes that get limited wear.

- Leather holds up better than vinyl, and stitching last longer than glue.

- During summer or warm months, try cheap canvas sneakers for playing in sand boxes, jumping in puddles or wondering in creeks... you get the picture!

- Purchase rain and winter boots a size or even two bigger. Most retailers wont restock boots, even if they do sell out of a size, until the following year's season.

- Most rain shoes don’t come in wide sizes; you may have to go up in size to get the extra width.