A few tips to buying the appropriate shoe for children include:
• Go shopping together – this allows your child’s feet to be measured professionally, and your child can test the shoe for a proper fit, give you their opinion of it, and learn from you the finer points of buying a good shoe.
•Test the shoe before allowing a child to try it on. Check for a stiff heel by pressing on both sides of the heel counter; it shouldn’t collapse under the pressure. Bend the shoe with your hands to ensure it will bend with your child’s toes; it shouldn’t be too stiff. Try twisting the shoe; it should be rigid across the middle and never twist in that area.