One of Master C’s favourite books at the moment is Topsy and Tim’s New Shoes. In it, as the title suggests, the twins go off to buy some new shoes with their mum, and Topsy decides that she wants a pair of pink party shoes rather than the sensible pair her mum wants her to buy. Even with the sales assistant explaining why it is important to have shoes that fit well and don’t crush all your toes together it’s a hard sell to get Topsy to agree. It’s a scenario that I’m sure many mothers of girls have, and I know I’ve certainly been there with Little Miss C before.
It is so, so important to make sure you buy children’s shoes that fit well, and that are right for the stage of foot development and walking for your child at the time. There’s actually a fair amount to know and whilst any good shoe seller will know all this themselves, I always believe that as a parent there’s no harm in being as informed as you can be about things. I think this infographic from Charles Clinkard provides an excellent overview, and has also certainly taught me a lot about my children’s feet.
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