EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: Eight Tips for Buying the Right Shoes for Your Little One #pediped

Eight Tips for Buying the Right Shoes for Your Little One #pediped

With summer approaching, it's important to outfit your child in the proper footwear for all of the adventures their sure to find! Many moms dread shoe shopping for their little ones and let's face it, it's not always easy. If you fall into this camp, we're hoping we can help make it feel like less of a chore and more of a special time between you and your toddler. Check out our tips below and one of our top brand recommendations that promotes healthy foot development in kids, pediped Footwear.
1. Seek out light-weight shoes.
2. Low ankle is best, no high tops just yet.
3. Choose a shoe shape that matches your child's foot shape.
4. Non-slip bottoms are a must. Kids need all the extra stability they can get as they grow.
5. Materials matter--don't cheap out. You want something breathable, that doesn't rub against baby's skin.
6. Look for shoes that you can get on and off with ease. There's nothing worse than struggling to get your little one's foot in the shoe!
7. Adjustable fit - Whether you choose straps or laces, be sure they securely hold child's foot in place. If their heel is slipping out, it's a clear sign that you don't have the right fit. Check to be sure there's about a half an inch of space between your child's big toe and the tip of the shoe.
8. Flexibility - It's so important for your toddler's shoe to move with them as they walk, run, climb and bend.

**Once you've found the right pair of shoes for your child, be sure to monitor their skin, toenails, foot alignment and posture over time for signs of discomfort or growth that may mean a new pair is needed. Remember, kids grow quickly and their feet grow often!

pediped Footwear
This kids' shoe brand has been receiving accolades for years, receiving awards such as Children's Foot Brand of the Year, for good reason. Their shoes consistently check of all the boxes when we talk about high quality materials, flexibility, no-slip bottoms, on/off ease, and light-weight, adjustable fit. The designs are really fun for kids and we find that these shoes last for so much longer than leading brands we've purchased in the past. They're approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for their quality designs which promote healthy foot development.

This season, we've chosen the Grip 'N' Go Gustan Grey sandals for our active little one. The Grip 'N' Go line is designed for ages 9 months to 3-years-old. It's got all of the features we're looking for. We especially love the memory foam foot bed for comfort, breathable leather lining, and natural rubber sole for non-slip support. For toddlers, we prefer the closed-toe that this design offers for extra protection and stability as they play. The hook and loop fastener makes adjusting to the proper fit a breeze. This sandal has G2 Technology™, which is a technology specially designed for children transitioning from early walking to walking with a more confident stride.

A Quick Bit About pediped
"pediped® Footwear was founded in 2005 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth in their quest for the perfect soft-soled shoe for their first daughter. Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award winning company the fastest-growing children's footwear brand in the United States. pediped® Footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development. pediped® footwear is sold in over 200 stores in the United States and worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®."

We hope that these tips make shoe shopping for your little one much easier as your get ready for the summer season. Don't forget to find us on Instagram to share your own tips and tell us how it went!

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Disclosure: The products in this post were provided by pediped. As always, our posts are our own opinions.