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6 Shoe Shopping Tips for Back to School


We are still in the midst of back to school shopping. I can't believe that the kids will be back in school in approximately 3 weeks. It seems like just yesterday they were released back into our care full time. No more school, and while it was great having them home, it's also going to be nice seeing them back in school. Before we do that we have to go through the motions of shopping, back to school shopping that is. While it may seem like something we should be accustomed to by now, it can get really hectic. Back to school shopping means trying on clothes, shoes and attempting to find a little sanity amongst the chaos.  We are all in search of the latest trends for our little ones and shoes are sure to be at the top of the list.


Our kids grow so quickly that it is important to provide them with proper footwear that not only makes you happy but their feet too. Shoe shopping for kids can get very expensive over time as their feet grow at a rapid rate and you'll be surprised to find that your little one's feet has grown at least 1 size since you last shopped around for shoes.

I wanted to put together a few tips for you. Here are a few things to remember when looking for that perfect pair of  back to school shoes:

1. It's important to measure a child's foot before buying; feet are seldom the same size, be sure to buy for the larger foot which is usually the right foot for most. Just like adults children's feet swell as well so shop later in the day to accommodate for a slight change in foot size.

2. Look for breathable materials. Their feet tend to sweat a lot, which is why kids usually have stinky feet, so look for a shoe that is preferably made of leather or even canvas as they tend to allow their feet to breathe.

3. Lace up those shoes and let your kids do a walk around the store.  If they're comfortable right away, it is the shoe to buy don't purchase shoes that require a "break in" period.

4. Look for a thick heel. There is a simple test you can do by pressing on both sides of the heel and if it doesn't collapse you've found the pair! While toddlers don't necessarily need heels, for older kids a heel of no more than 1 inch is preferable.

5. Check the shoe's toe flexibility. Kids are active and they need the shoes to bend with them so put the shoe's to the ultimate kid test in the store!

6. Always have the kids try on the shoes with the socks or nylons they plan on wearing with it, this way you know they have the perfect fit

You are now informed and ready to hit the store to find the perfect back to school shoes! And remember, never compromise quality just because you found a pair of shoe that was cheaper.

Are there any other tips you have for shoe shopping for kids? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Great tips for people who have kids going back to school, I no longer need to worry about that stuff.

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  2. These are some great tips! It's always important to let the child walk around the store in the shoes before buying them. When I was a kid and would just try them on, they felt so different once I got home.

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  3. Thick heels and breathable material are both very important, as well as having your child try walking around! I have seen a lot of parents just buy the right size, and the kids hate wearing them.

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  4. great tips!! I will be on the lookout for them now that my kids will be going to school!
    xo,
    Dee T
    http://HauteFrugalista.com
    @HauteFrugalista

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  5. These are great tips for parents! I find myself buying the wrong shoe size for myself a lot because i just buy the size without trying them on!

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  6. Great tips. You've ALWAYS got to check the fit, especially if you have young kids. My son is 14 now, but when he was young, he'd wear shoes that broke his toes if he thought they looked cool.

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  7. What a great list of tips. I know I can't believe school is just around the corner. I have 4 kiddos in school this year and need to get shopping done.

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  8. This is a great list of info! I think my teenage son's feet are about done growing though. Luckily shoe shopping is now fairly easy for us! <3

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  9. My mother always did all 6 of these when shoe shopping as a child. I still do them to this day!

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  10. Great tips. I can't believe it is already back to school time. I have to get on the whole back to school shopping thing. My youngest boy starts kindergarten this year. Eeek.

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  11. These are some great tips!! I'm getting ready to buy shoes this weekend!!

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  12. We are just now getting into the back to school shopping thing. Thankfully I got backpacks and lunch boxes over the summer, but we just received the school supply list. I am entering a new world here.

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  13. Those are some great tips. I always check to see how flexible the show is.

    Michelle F.

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  14. I agree with all your tips. I always consider buying shoes in the afternoon or in the evening so that I can measure the feet of my son properly. It's important to buy a shoe one or two inches bigger.

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  15. those sure are nifty tips. i make it a point to buy shoes one or two sizes bigger so that my little man can use it longer. i also go for quality comfy shoes so he will be most comfortable while walking around in them.

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  16. Great tips that I will be using in the next couple of weeks. Shoes. Shoe shopping is a nightmare in my family. My daughter has to try on EVERY pair the store has and my son refuses to try on any. He picks one pair and that is the ones he wants.

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  17. great tips, I love to triple check my kids shoes they need to walk and jump in the shoes. I always take the kids witth me and completely stopped buying shoes online I cannot get them to fit em well

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  18. Great tips, I had three and back to school made me pretty anxious when it came to shopping for shoes. Normal shoes plus tennis shoes. As they got older it all got so expensive. Great tips.

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  19. These are very important tips. Also, make sure you have shoes that bend forward and side to side. Many don't bend sideways which makes them break as kids change directions suddenly and often when the play and slant their feet on an angle when doing so.

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  20. This is great advice for shoe shopping. I love the list. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Smart tip on the socks. I've taken the kids in sandals, totally forgetting they needed socks. If disposables aren't available you have to go back another day.

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  22. Thanks for these awesome tips. I usually take my kids with me when we do shoe shopping that way they can try and fit it well. I agree in getting a bit bigger shoes because they outgrow it fast.

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  23. These are great tips! I always look for durable shoes

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  24. I am now feeling informed and raring to go! Blech...school shopping already

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  25. The few times I bought shoes for my son without taking him with me I ended up having to go back and get a bigger size.

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  26. I never go shoe shopping without the kids. I just don't like going back to the store just because I bought the wrong size.

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  27. Heh. I had no idea the right foot was typically the largest. For me, it's the left- go figure, I've just gotta be a weirdo.

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  28. number 3 is always a must i guess but all your tips is very helpful!

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  29. I have to remember to take my niece or nephew a little bit later in the day. I usually do it early on since I didn't think about their little feet swelling like ours do. Great tips that you've shared here.

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  30. These look like awesome tips! I'll have to bookmark this post for the future!

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  31. Great tips! I haven't started back to school shopping yet. But I need to get black leather shoes and white sport shoes for my son, besides his uniforms.

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  32. Love the back to school shoe shopping tips. You are right 100 % on the sure fit vs. thinking that you'll break them in to be more comfy.

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  33. These are pretty simple tips.. We haven't started back to school shopping, not until next weekend.. We just normall let them pick out some good durable sneakers.

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  34. These are simple and great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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