These feet are made for walking
We've been holding out on buying new shoes for our biggest girl for some time. She started first grade at her new school in her tattered Teva's, her shoes of the summer. By the end of her first week of school, we realized we couldn't wait for her birthday. We HAD to get her new functional multi-use shoes: something comfy for all the walking we do, something anti-stink for all the funk that can arise, something durable for all the kicking at rocks or stomping in leaves she does, something feminine for her inner-princess inside. We ended up at the Nordstrom downtown. Here are some tips and pointers the kid-shoe professionals shared with us:
Get real. For combatting the shoe stink, go with real leather over rubber or synthetics. Geox makes great aerated shoes with holes in the soles for maximum breathing. A "microporous sole" is what they call it.
Measure up. Getting sized up is important, having the kids heel pushed all the way to the bottom of the measuring device and having them stand to place all weight on the foot being measured. When the shoe's on, a thumb-sized gap is good growing room, not soo much space that the shoe is floppy.
Width matters. Some shoes run wide (like German brand Elephanten or Stride Rite), some run narrow (like Italian brand Primigi). Trying them on will definitely give a feel whether the width is right: a good snug but not tight fit.
Buy new. Being an avid consigner/purchaser of formerly-loved consigned goods, this is not what I wanted to hear. The kid-shoe professional told us that each child wears in their shoe so the sole conforms to their own foot. Wearing another child's shoe can hinder the growth of the foot or even damage the foot. I guess it makes sense.
I need to get my 20 month old some new shoes! We've been buying him See Kai Runs, but he needs a size 9 now, and he's been walking for quite a while, so I don't know if this brand is what he needs at this point, since they are geared for early walkers. Any suggestions? I don't know which brand to go with or where to get them.