Wednesday, February 24, 2010
5 "Steps" to Buying Kids' Shoes
Once your little one has taken their first steps, it is time to buy them shoes. Most parents buy kids' shoes based entirely on the way they look, however there are five important things you should consider before you choose their shoes:
Your little one's feet are still developing, and you want to make sure they are getting the support they need while they practice walking. Measuring your child's feet will make sure you are buying the correct sized shoes and will make sure they are comfortable for those tender little toes. For simple instructions on how to measure your child's feet, check my instructions on the main Katie Bug Shoes website.
Kids' shoes run from the very cheap to the ultra expensive. However, once you've found a middle ground and a style of shoe that you are interested in buying, you can shop around and look for the best deal online. Considering that you have to buy new shoes for your toddler every few months, it definitely pays to get the best deal possible.
3. Friends & Customer Reviews
Before you settle on a pair of shoes, talk to your friends and see if they have experience with them. You can also read customer reviews online and find out if there are any reoccurring issues with the shoes you are considering.
4. Your Kids' Opinions
Your kids are the ones who have to wear them, so make sure they are comfortable enough. Ask them if they hurt, or if they feel good. Ask them if they think they look nice. A child who loves their new shoes will want to wear them everywhere they go; but if they don't like them, you'll be fighting them to wear them every step of the way (no pun intended).
5. Trustworthy Retailers
Make sure that the shoes you buy are from trustworthy retailers (online or off) with a good reputation. Check their return policy before you buy, find out what their shipping costs are, and note how communicative they are when issues arise.
As always, we hope you'll consider Katie Bug Shoes when shopping for your toddler's shoes. We are happy to answer any questions about our line of quality, stylish shoes for your little one.