Did you know that almost two thirds of all children are wearing shoes that are too small! That means only 35% of kids are actually wearing the correct size in sneakers, and only 11 % of those few have room to grow. It might not sound like a big deal, but squeezing those growing tootsies into a too-tight pair of shoes can cause some serious problems, including foot deformities and other potential issues. We're sharing a few simple tips, tricks, and hacks to help ensure you are buying shoes that fit your kids properly.
- Go by the longer foot: The right and left foot are rarely the same length. A difference of up to half an inch is normal, that’s almost one whole shoe size. Therefore, parents should always go by the longer foot when buying shoes.
- Don’t rely on the shoe size: Shoe manufacturers label shoes with standard sizes, the ones we all know. But, there is no mandatory industry standard for shoe sizing, so each brand will vary. Be sure to try on every shoe carefully.
- Give ‘em room: Most parents are aware that feet need some room, but usually underestimate the actual room needed. At least ½ inch of additional room is optimal, it’s the only way kids can roll their foot properly when walking.
- Do a regular check: Tim Lilling, expert at blitzresults.com, tells us that, "Because the sense of touch isn’t fully developed in children yet, they have a tendency to squeeze their feet into shoes that are much too small, they don’t even notice it. Therefore, parents must measure their children’s feet every 2 months." A measuring guide, useful conversion tools and a lot of information on how to choose shoes with the perfect fit can be found HERE.
This is not a sponsored post. Tips were provided by BlitzResults.com. All opinions are our own.