• Find a shoe store that is trained to and will measure your kid’s feet. A trained shoe fitter will check for length of the Heel to toe and heel to ball of the foot as well as length. That funny little think that rests against the side of the big toe on a Brannick Device (Foot Measuring Device).
→ Important: Feet should be measured when standing not sitting.
• Choose leather uppers or other breathable shoes to reduce the chances of fungal infections.
• Avoid slip-ons, rather choose lace-ups, straps or Velcro as these act like a seat-belt, keeping the feet secure.
• Flats and ballet pumps do not provide support.
→ Ideally the arch area should offer support.
• The heel cup of the shoe should fit exactly without being too tight or too loose.
→ Your should not be able to slip your finger past the first knuckle in the top of the heel, between it and the heel of the foot.
• The toe area should allow the toes to move and not be squashed at the sides.
• Allow about a finger width’s space between the toes and the end of the shoe for growth. Check this periodically to make sure your child’s feet haven’t had a growth spurt.
• Heels should have a broad base and be moderately low, but not flat for young children.
• Wear new shoes in the house first to make sure they do not hurt or rub.
• Finally, it is always a good idea to check your children’s feet and shoes regularly for blisters, cuts, infections, etc. and watch-out for any growth-spurts!