To make the back-to-school shoe shop hassle-free, we’ve pulled together the top fitting tips from our kids’ shoe retailers Shoes & Sox, Williams, Mathers, Clarks, Betts Kids, Payless Shoes, The Athlete’s Foot and Spend-less Shoes.
Get shoes fitted in store. The expert fitting specialists will provide a 100% perfect fit guarantee and if you’re short on time why not book an appointment at your local Betts Kids?
Style. Whether your child is after black lace-ups, sandals or sporty shoes, consider their input as they will be wearing them daily so they’ll want to be comfortable in them.
Shop in the afternoon if possible. Feet swell during the day so trying on shoes after midday ensures a better fit.
Quality and price. Check the current back-to-school deals to find a style that fits your budget.
Durability. If your child is super active in the playground, choose a style that is tough enough for hard play, like the Smartfit range from Payless Shoes with a skid resistant outsole.
Encourage your child to wear their new shoes on a couple of afternoons before school starts so they can get used to how they feel.
Getting the right fit takes into consideration kids’ growing feet, the correct support for walking and play, comfort, width and length.
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