Perhaps the most important consideration to make while buying kids’ shoes is determining what they will be used for most frequently. Our collection of kids’ shoes includes everything from casual sneakers for everyday use, kids’ boots for winter weather or running shoes for kids during gym class.
Kids that will be active throughout the day will desire a comfortable shoe, and a lot of parents will simply buy a kids’ running shoe in this situation. Available in a variety of styles and colors, these running shoes are casual enough to be worn with many outfits, but provide the ankle support and flexibility necessary for running around.
Remember that the general use of the shoe is the most important consideration when buying the right shoe for your kids. We feature a number of sport specific shoes including kids’ shoes for skateboarding, wrestling, tennis, golf or basketball. We also feature kids’ outdoor boots and shoes like kids’ snowboarding, hunting and hiking boots for kids for outdoor sports.
Consider the type of laces you’ll want your child to have. Shoelaces are fine for kids who know how to tie their shoes, where bungee or another alternate closure is preferred for those who cannot yet tie their own shoes. Kids like to be able to get their shoes on quickly when they need them, so buy shoes that help them feel successful in getting their shoes on themselves.
If you’re a parent or have lots of experience with kids, you realize that their feet grow quickly. Because of this, budget is a buying consideration for many families. Generally, the younger the child, the faster their feet are going to grow. While this may lead to buying shoes for kids that are a size or two larger than they need, remember that shoes that are too large can make the child clumsy and more prone to falling. When standing, the tip of the toe should be about an adult-finger width from the tip of the shoe, ensuring that the shoe flexes at the right position and is most comfortable for the child.
Kids are active! It’s important to buy shoes that are comfortable and fit well. Look for shoes that are flexible at the ball of the foot where the child’s toes bend. Kids’ shoes should easily flex when an adult tries to bend them. After buying your shoes, check the child’s feet often for irritation around their heel, toes and sides of feet to ensure the shoes are not irritating the skin and causing blisters.
If the shoes are for activity, look for breathable shoes. Feet can overheat causing sweat and general discomfort. For this reason, many shoes for kids include an anti-microbial sock liner and breathable features.
Lastly, take advice from your fellow kids’ shoe buyers! Ask your friends which shoes they prefer for their own children and take into consideration our recommendations.