As a matter of course, people try on shoes before buying them. Given the fact that kid’s feet grow rapidly and sizes vary by manufacturer, it can be a challenge to keep up with the size of your child’s shoe at a given point in time. When a parent considers a shoe’s comfort and the child’s activities and lifestyle, the quest for a shoe that fits your child’s feet is an ongoing concern. And God forbid if the parent buys shoes that the child regards as totally unsuitable for his hip lifestyle.
Yet adults are turning to the web with more frequency to purchase; the only difference between their needs and those of their children is the frequent size changes of their progeny.
There are a number of reasons to shop online - more selection, lower prices and greater convenience. Many online stores offer free shipping. Since many e-tailers allow for free or no-hassle returns, the online shopping experience should not be as harrowing as some might expect.
Remember these helpful hints when looking for kids’ shoes-online.
• Find a proper fit
Many e-tailers have a “company specific” sizing chart. Merely measure the child’s foot and match it with the sizing chart for the correct fit. Some also offer a printable shoe sizing chart. Print the shoe sizer, place the child’s foot on the matching size and Voila! - You’ve found your child’s correct fit.
• Save money when buying online
With a myriad of shoe companies online competing for your business, you’ll find bargain prices. In fact, almost without exception, a shoe e-tailer will offer lower prices than comparable ones found in brick-and-mortar shoe stores.
• Many online stores have options for narrow or wide feet
Contact the online store you’re considering for your purchase to find out if they offer a narrow or wide fit. If not, keep shopping. You’re bound to find one that does.
• Consider Shoe Material
Many parents choose leather as the material of choice for their children’s shoes. Why? Leather shoes are durable and will keep your kid’s feet dry and cool. Leather also inhibits odors, blisters and other common foot ailments. Make sure you avoid hardtop shoes - this may cause calluses on your child’s feet. Soles are of particular importance for children’s shoes when considering their active lifestyle. They need to be flexible yet durable. Finally, choose shoes that are lightweight. Kids tend to disfavor “clodhoppers” that inhibit their freedom of movement.