Choosing children’s shoes

At no time in life will a person’s feet grow more than during childhood. Between the ages of 12 and 30 months, a child will likely go up a size every 2 to 3 months. Growth gradually slows, and a child may only need a size-up every 4 months or so until the age of 4 and every 6 months from ages 4 to 6 years.

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Take baby steps. A baby that’s not walking yet certainly doesn’t need the support of shoes. Instead, just cover those tender tootsies with socks or booties. Once a baby’s pulling himself up to try walking, look for shoes that are flexible and shaped like the foot.

Time to toddle? Tots who’ve really taken to the whole walking thing can work up a sweat, so choose shoes that allow baby’s feet to breathe. High-tops may seem tough to put on those wiggly feet, but it works both ways – baby will be less likely to take them off!

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Ease growing pains. Because of all the shifts in size, have both of your child’s feet measured at the store before selecting or having your child try on shoes.

Give a little wiggle room. Select shoes that are about a half-size larger than their measured foot size to allow room for growth. Your child should be able to wiggle their toes inside the shoes.

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