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Buying shoes for toddler boys can be a challenge. While you may want your young man to look stylish, comfort and support for their growing feet is more important. Around the house, barefoot is best for your toddler but when outdoor activities are planned, good shoes are a must.
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Use Actual Foot Measurements
Take your toddler son to a local shoe store to have their feet measured before purchasing shoes online. Measurements mean everything for your child’s growing feet. A shoe store that specializes in children’s shoes is ideal. Both feet should be measured to ensure that the proper size and style are purchased.
Toddler feet grow rapidly, so new shoes may need to be purchased every 3 or so months. When a bigger size is needed, follow the same process, by getting measurements and purchasing based upon those measurements.
Buy the Right Size
Many parents buy shoes that are a size or two too big to allow for growth and to cut down on the frequency that shoes are purchased. This is not a good idea. Your toddler needs the right fit in his shoes at all times. When he wears the right size, his feet will develop as they are supposed to.
Check the Fit at the Heel
Watch how your son walks in his shoes. Pay special attention to the heel. If it seems that the heels are too lose, it can actually lead to friction caused blisters and discomfort. A shoe with a reinforced heel and extra padding, like the Hess II shoe, help with minimizing friction and add support at the same time.
My middle son recently had the opportunity to try out the Hess II shoe in red and when he saw them his face immediately lit up. They are cute, comfortable, and can be worn for a variety of different occasions. This is his first time having some shoes from See Kai Run, but it definitely won’t be his last. The best part about these shoes in my opinion, is the Velcro snaps. He doesn’t know how to tie his shoes yet, so I don’t have to worry about him walking on his shoestrings at preschool if they come untied, which results in me always having to replace shoestrings more often than I like to admit.
Forget Shoe Trends
Trends in kids’ shoes change frequently. Options with pointed toes or lifts can actually hinder proper foot development. Always look for comfort and support first. Your toddler son can still be stylish and have proper support at the same time. Options like the Milton, for example, are dress shoes for toddler boys with soft leather and a big toe box. These features allow for proper foot development and allow the foot to flex without restriction for comfort.
My youngest son was able to try out the Milton shoe and he has a shoe fetish (like his mommy), so he immediately had to try them on and model them. He finds them to be comfortable and the best part is these shoes can be paired with virtually everything in his closet.
The Milton shoe is his second pair of shoes from See Kai Run and I can vouch and say that these shoes are well made because the boots we received in September are still holding up well like the day that they arrived.
Easy, but Secure Closures
Toddler boys like to do things themselves, including putting on their own shoes. Easy closures like Velcro let your son have a bit of independence when dressing. A shoe like the Donovan have a Velcro strap and faux laces. The faux laces are there for style but are affixed to the shoe. Easy closure options also reduce the amount of time it will take to get your toddler ready to head out the door, also leading to less meltdowns from being fussed with.
My oldest son was able to try out the Donovan shoes from See Kai Run and he fell in love with them too. They are black shoes so they match everything he wears and they can easily be paired with jeans or shorts. I also tend to have the shoestring issue with him too, so the Velcro closure was just what he needed.
Closing Thoughts on Shoes
Along with a proper fit, the material used to make the shoe is also important. Steer clear from plastic or rubber-based shoes. Options made from cloth, canvas or leather allow the foot to breathe and are often more flexible than synthetic materials. When your toddler boy has the right fit and proper comfort, tantrums to remove his shoes should decrease. One of the main reasons that toddlers take their shoes off is due to discomfort.
What do you consider when shopping for shoes for your toddler?