Fancy footwork is an understatement these days. Shoe shopping for my three kids in any one of the many mega-stores outfitted with shelving from floor to ceiling stocked with every possible variety of shoe types in a vast array of styles, colors and sizes is quite the spectacle to observe. Raising independent thinking, always on-the-go, fashion forward kids gives parents so much more to consider when shopping for quality kids shoes. We had the opportunity to experience the #BoundlessWonder of fun, functional shoes with KEEN Kids shoes.
Helping to make our shoe shopping experience easier for everyone, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers families these helpful guidelines for buying shoes in a quick-reference infographic. Knowing beforehand these 3 super tips to buying shoes for kids helps to minimize foot-related injuries and accidents caused by wearing improperly fitted or worn out shoes.
Did you know that children's feet can grow up to as much as two shoe sizes in as little as six months? During your search for new shoes take into account leaving a little extra "growing" room for foot growth when buying shoes. Always remember that you should never buy your kids shoes that are outright too big, walking around in oversized shoes causes their feet to slide forward, putting an excessive amount of pressure on their little toes. Foot and ankle surgeons suggest to parents finding a good fitting shoe that leaves about a finger's width from the front end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.
Children with special concerns such as narrow or wider feet, or high or fallen arches should have shoes that will adequately support their feet. For instance, when buying shoes for kids with flat feet, select shoes with a wider toe space, maximum arch support and providing shock absorption for the best level of comfort. Keep informed about the best shoes to buy for your kids and yourself, ACFAS provides educational information to the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its patient education website. For more information on your children's foot and ankle health or to schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon in your area, visit the American College of Foot and Surgeons' patient education website at FootHealthFacts.org.