How to Survive Buying Shoes for Your Little Ones


As any parent will tell you, buying shoes for little ones is an activity that really should come with a health warming. With the potential to reduce both adults and children to floods of tears, shoe shopping for the under 12s is a risky, but necessary, business. To avoid potential fall-out, we’ve compiled some must-read tips to ensure you all survive in one piece.

Choose your Time Wisely
Unless you have a death wish, don’t go shoe shopping at 2pm on a Saturday. Not only will this be the busiest time of the day but shops will be crowded and staff will not have as much time to devote to you. Likewise, the end of the day is also a no-no. Instead, try and go as close to opening time as possible as there will be more space and also more staff to serve you. It also means there is more chance of getting items ordered in if needs be.

Be Weather-Wise
If you think it’s a good idea to take your little terror shopping directly from the park, think again, especially if it’s hot. Warm weather will cause feet to expand slightly meaning the correct size won’t feel right. Although most stores do issue either refunds or exchanges, it’s much better for your sanity to get it right the first time.

Do your Research
There are times when it pays to be organised and buying shoes is certainly one of them. If possible, have a look online to find shoes both you and your child likes before going into the store. We’d also recommend phoning ahead to check they have particular sizes and ask if they can reserve them for you.

You Can Do It!
The last thing to remember is that a pair of shoes is not worth having an argument about. Always focus on the positives of the shoes your little one is trying on and try to remain as calm as possible. It really doesn’t have to be stressful. Good luck!

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