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A guide to buying kids' trainers

It is a simple fact that kids are hard on shoes. They run, they jump, and they drag their feet, getting all the wear out they can from their shoes quickly. The following will show you how to choose the right kids' footwear with room to grow and with right support.

Size matters

Kid’s feet grow so fast at times that usually they outgrow a pair of shoes before they get the wear them out. Get the right fit measure for your child’s foot every time you buy shoes. There should be a half inch of space between the big toe and the toe of the shoe. The easiest way to measure this is by laying your thumb sideways at the toe of the shoe. Along with the length of the shoe, the width must also be right. Shoes that are too narrow will pinch the foot and cause a blister to form on the heel. Not all sizes are equal. Usually, shoe sizes correspond, no matter what brand of shoe you buy. However, there are occasions when a size fits differently from one brand to another. For example, a size five in Nike boys shoes may not fit the same as a size five in converse boys shoes. Do not rely on numbers only when buying shoes, always have your child try on the shoes and walk around in the shoes first to ensure the right fit.

Durability

Kids are always on the move, so their shoes need to be able to handle all the wear and tear they put them on.Just like buying good soccer equipment that takes a beating, you need shoes that take a beating also. Reinforcement Look for toes and heels that have reinforcement. Many shoes, today ,come with a thick toe and heel reinforcement that is hard to wear down, even when kids drag their toes when they walk. Material Kids’ shoes should be made of leather or canvas. Those are the most durable and allow the foot to breathe. Synthetic mesh on kid's running shoes is also a good material, especially for sports. Avoid any synthetic or plastic shoes.

Comfort

For good support, choose shoes which are flexible but which do not blend in the arch. Make sure the insoles are thick for comfort and absorbent for little sweating feet. It does not matter whether you buy top of the line kids, high tops or slip-on trainers. If the shoe is not comfortable, your child won’t wear it. Listen to your child when shopping, he will let you know right away whether it is comfortable or not.

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