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How To Avoid Choosing The Wrong Toddler Shoes

Toddler shoes are an essential part of every child’s ensemble. When going shopping for toddler shoes, you should keep these tips in mind to avoid buying the wrong shoes for your toddler.

What You Should Avoid When Buying Toddler Shoes

Poor Quality of Construction

While buying inexpensive shoes for your toddler is more economical because your little one will only wear it for six months, poorly made shoes will wear out faster as compared to quality made shoes so you will have to replace them and spend more money. It is easy to identify the quality of the shoes. Well made shoes have stitches that are sewn while cheaply made shoes are glued instead of sewn - no wonder they fall apart so easily.

Wrong Fit

Buying ill-fitting toddler shoes can cause toe problems such as bunion, calluses, ingrown toenails and hammer toes. Have your toddler’s feet measured at your local shoe store or refer to a shoe size chart you can download from the internet. Examine the depth of the shoes. Make sure shoes have rounded toe boxes to give toes ample room for movement without being too big and the top of the shoes should not squeeze the toes.

Stiff Soles

Thick, hard soles can be very painful, limits mobility of the toes and increases the risk of falling and sliding. Toddler shoes with heels makes balancing harder for your little one causing the foot to slide forward making your toddler walk slower. Look for toddler shoes made from breathable materials such as canvas or leather, a padded insole and a flat outer sole which offers balance and flexibility.

Neglecting To Try On Shoes Before Buying

Buying shoes without fitting them first is a big no-no. Remember, shoes differ in fit. So make sure to bring your toddler with you when shopping for shoes. Have him try both shoes and let your toddler walk around the store to ensure the heels do not slip out.

Here is an extra tip – fit shoes at the end of the day since a child’s feet swell and are bigger later in the day.

Fashionable Shoes

It is okay to buy shoes that feature his favorite cartoon character or superhero. However, once your little one outgrows his fascination, he will more likely refuse to wear his shoes, creating an unnecessary struggle. Opt for toddler shoes with a plain design and with a color (e.g. brown, beige, white, black) that will complement most of his outfits.

Velcro Straps

It is easier to put shoes on and off with Velcro fasteners. But for a growing child who knows how to remove the Velcro straps, this can be a hassle. Choose shoes with laces instead so they will not come undone as often and your toddler will not be able to take his shoes off anytime, especially when he is at the playground or is walking on uneven surfaces.

Buying the right shoes for your toddler does not have to be a daunting task. Just keep these tips in mind and you will be able to find a pair your toddler will be comfortable in.

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