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One Year Old Shoes

how do they do sizing for infant/toddler shoes? my daughter is one and walking all over, so i figured it was time to get her some shoes...i got a size one, thinking that was for a one year old, but they were too small, so i got a two. i measured her foot and the shoe, and it measured plenty big, yet it still seems small for her. but i don't want to get too big of a shoe or she might not be able to walk in them. any suggestions?? (she hates wearing shoes by the way!!)

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I took my little ones to the store with me so I could get the opinion of the sales person. Then, when I had the last child we just put the handme downs on her until the size seemed right :)

Robeez, Robeez, Robeez! Or Target's version of them. The soft leather protects their feet while still allowing their toes to "grip at" the ground. My little guy has just about worn out his first pair and I'll get another when it's time. He's almost 14 months old now. I'm planning to keep him in these until next spring, then I'll look for something like the Pedipeds or See Kai Run that have a nice, wide footbed. I let him go barefoot whenever possible and only put shoes on when we're going outside or to an inside public place where I know he'll be walking some. As far as sizing, the Robeez he's in now are a 12-18 month size. They go up to 18-24 months. Enjoy - there are some CUTE shoes out there!

If you can let her go with no shoes do this. Children need to walk barefoot to grip the floor with all their muscles of the foot. This will help to strenghen the muscles of the foot for better walking. If you must have shoes go to a children's shoe store and have her measued. Infant feet are often wide and need a wide shoe. I know this is expensive but worth the money.

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My pediatrition told me there should be space about the width of your thumb between the child's toes and the end of the shoe. However, she told me that it is best for the development of their feet if they are able to go barefoot.

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I have 4 children and my youngest is 1 yr old. It is still actually best to go barefoot for stability, balance and growth. Obviously, now that they are mobile they need footwear for protection too sometimes so I always took my kids to Stride Rite at Oak Park Mall. They can measure your child's foot and they have great, durable shoes. You could always go there first but if it's too pricey for you then just learn their size and shop somewhere else. Kids feet actually grow rather fast during the first few years and then it will eventually start to slow down. I'm a mom who feels like you get what you pay for so the cost was worth it because I was looking for quality. You want a shoe (for this age group) that will flex with their foot not be stiff as a board.

Also with winter around the corner...I definately would keep my little one in socks with grippers on the bottom and if you're going out then you can always cover those tiny toes in house shoes instead of stiff boots that are hard to walk in depending on where you're going. You just want to make sure their feet are protected. My favorite houseshoes are the ones from Lands End for kids. You can shop Lands End online, catalog or at local Sears stores. Best Wishes!

Hi. You can get your baby's foot measured (for free) at any store that sells baby/toddler shoes. I would find your local StrideRite. You DO NOT have to buy shoes there. They are very expensive. My youngest hated shoes. So, I kept him in those soft Robeez until we could work him into a pair of sneakers. You don't have to buy $30 Robeez either. Target sells a great knock-off for around $12. Good luck!

We take our kids to Stride Rite. They will measure the feet and have sizes for those hard to fit feet. My daughter turned 1 in July and she wears a 5XW, she can thank her dad for that later! We have used the Stride Rite in the Oak Park Mall and there is an outlet at Legends. Hope this helps!

You should take her to a proper children's shoe store and let trained professionals measure her feet. They will put her in the proper size shoe that she needs. With children it's very important that they have a good quality shoe that fit properly. Good luck.

Take her to the store with you and try them on her.

Take her to stride rite.. they will measure your babies feet properly.

I always took my boys to payless(still do), we have to be careful how much we spend and the boys still love the little store version of crocks. The worker can measure and let you know which size to look at. I really like the shoes b/c they are not stiff like most of the other shoes out there. I like to bend my foot when I walk, I figured my kids do to:o) They are easy to get on and off which is a plus when you are in a hurry or if your child is in the "on, off" mood all day;o) Also, VERY easy to clean!!

Hope this helps!
S.

They have some shoes at Target that are like knock offs of Robies...it is the only shoe my son who is 14 months has been able to walk in. They don't have very many sizes, I just held one up to my sons foot and made sure he had some wiggle room in the toe, they have elastic in them around the ankle and they seem comfy, he loves his shoe shoes as he calls them and even brings them to me to put on him when we are in the house.

Also we got a cheap little pair of knock off "crocs" at walmart, he isn't as steady in these but I think they protect his feet a little better when we are outside playing.

According to my pediatrician with early walkers barefoot is actually better!

Good luck, my son wears a size 3 I think and I have always thought his feet were small!

B.

I started trying to put my son in shoes around that time too and he hated it! I also bought a pair of shoes too small because his foot was too FAT for the shoe, although the shoe was plenty long. This last weekend we went to Adidas at the Ozark outlet and were able to actually put the shoe on his feet b/c tags were not in the way, and ended up buying a pair of the ugliest shoes I've ever seen: Bright green high-top styled shoes. But the velcro front was made so that it would stretch/bulge out or tighten (for skinny feet, if your baby has those) to the foot. They had a buy 1 get 1 half off, so after my husband bought his shoes, our son's shoes were cheaper than Walmart.
On the bottom of the box there is usually a place to put their bare foot and it outlines what is the best size for them.

You might try taking her to either Target, Famous Footwear or Payless. They have a little mat that she can stand on where you can measure her foot. If she has a wide or chubby foot, Payless has a special kind of shoe and they seem to be very comfortable for a little one. My daughter had really wide foot when she was a baby and it was hard to find shoes that fit. They were about the only place that had shoes that worked.

If you find shoes that fit her well, she might like wearing them. BTW, Payless also has real leather kids shoes, so they don't make their feet sweaty and stinky.

I must agree with Tabitha, my 14 month old grandcild was taken to Stridrite in the mall, they were surprised this little boy had a EEE width, but they are knowledgeable enough to measure and fit them correctly.

my suggestion is trying them on her in the store. we let our girl run around in them and if they dont hurt or trip her up we figure it's the right size. she's 19 months and wears toddler size 6.

Go to Stride Rite and get measured! :-)

The one at Oak Park Mall has a contraption your daughter can stand on that can electronically measure everything. Or, go online to striderite.com and there's a section that walks you through measuring your child's feet to get the right fit. Good luck!

Stride Rite will measure your child's feet for free. They have an automatic measurer (your child will just stand in front of a machine on a mat and then you'll get a print-out of the size and wideth of shoes you should buy). Or, if you don't have a Stride Rite store by you, you can check out their website (striderite.com) and do the measurement straight from there.

You probably don't need my input since you have gotten so many responses, but I wanted to let you know about the shoes we just got for our one-year-old. They are called Shooshoos, and he doesn't mind wearing them because they are extremely light and soft-soled. They have elastic around the ankle, so they are hard for kids to get off. There is a great sizing chart somewhere on the web for them. We purchased the larges, I believe, and they are a bit big but they should fit through most of the winter. And they are absolutely adorable.

My son has the problem of the shoe is long enough, but his foot is to wide and fat on top! I found at one, the BEST Shoes, were the little leather ones, you can get them at Target in the baby department super cheap as compared to the name brand ones of Robeez! Same concept, just cheaper! Plus they say softer soles are better around this age. They fit my littles fat foot great, and they weren't as heavy as some shoes can be! They come in plenty of cute designs as well. You can also get them off Ebay a bit cheaper as well. They are sized by months, but I would go to Target and try them on to make sure. Good Luck!!

I prefer Robeez or Pedipeds. Target has the generic version of the Robeez too. They are sized by age. The soles are really flexible, which is very important for developing baby feet. Try to avoid anything with a thicker sole that impedes the natural flexibility of their feet. My daughter is 19 months and she's still in Pedipeds. I tried stride-rites, but don't like them as well. She does wear them when she's playing at places like the park, because they do provide more protection from sharp/hard objects.

Good afternoon! I always take my daughter to a reputable shoe store, generally a small, family-owned type thing. Usually, the staff there know how to fit children properly for shoes (usually no teenagers!) and will try the shoes on for you and let your child walk around the store a bit to make sure the fit is correct. Always make sure to size BOTH feet, as many children have one foot larger than the other. Also, after wearing the shoes, make sure there are no red marks on the toes, heels or sides of the feet. It is also recommended that children be fitted for shoes about every 2-3 months. My daughter usually changes about 1/2 size each season. Now that I have become a bit more familiar with sizing, I print off a size chart from Stride Rite website and measure my daughter myself. When she first started wearing shoes, I had her in such the wrong size!! I thought she was having gait abnormalities because I noticed her tripping and turning one of her feet inward. Come to find out, I had her in the wrong size shoe and once she was wearing the correct size/width, no problems at all!! Good luck to you!!

I completely agree go to Stride rite and have measured. I did the same for my two girls for their first pair of shoes but after they outgrew their first pair of walking shoes we go to all the shoe stores.

We also take out kids to Payless to have their foot measured. They always measure bigger then where I think they will. Also, if she is walking, she really should have shoes with hard soles to help support her feet. She might walk kind of funny in them at first but she will get used to them. I never saw any point in spending lots of money on shoes that they will most likely grow out of in a couple of months unless of course they need them to correct a problem. We have also had just as much luck with shoes from Walmart once you know her size.

Our daughter has been walking for a couple of months and I just started making her wear shoes outside. She doesn't really like them, so it's been a struggle, but she's getting used to it. I just tell her the rule is that she has to put them on to go outside. The sizes are inconsistent it seems to me. She has one pair that are size 2 and one that are size 3. I think I need to take her to Stride Rite to really get her fitted, though. I know it's important to have good fitting shoes, I just haven't wanted to spend the money yet since she doesn't wear them very often. Now that fall's almost here, though, and she'll need to have them on more, it's time!

Hi K S,
She probably has a high instep and a wide foot, a lot of babies do. Go to www.striderite.com right under the banner they have an e-fit guide. You can print this off and have your daughter stand, she needs to stand on it as your foot spreads when you stand up. This measures the length,but they also have a strip to cut out that measureses the width by wrapping it around the foot. I worked in shoes and love shoes and can tell you that you probably just need a wide width, StrideRite is a great place to get shoes for babies just starting to walk because they have shoes for the different stages of walking. Sears has wide widths also. I am sure other places do as well, actually even payless has some wide widths in baby shoes. Reguardless of where you get the shoes it would be a good idea to take her with you and get her foot measured, it will be a little difficult but it helps, to try them on and make one trip than to have to keep returning them. Good luck!
M.

I would go to Stride Rite. They do the best measuring, I think. They're shoes are pricey but I feel your daughter will get the best fit especially since she doesn't like shoes. In case you are wondering, no I don't work for Stride Rite I just went there for my 3 boys first shoes.

i have "baby bigfoot" (of course, i'm no delicate flower!) my 1 y/o wears a 5, and only stays is a pair of shoes for about 2 weeks! good luck

Your child may need wide shoes. Even if you just have them measured at Stride Rite you would know what size she is. I know they are expensive but I put both my kids in Stride Rite shoes the first couple of years since I know they are good for their feet. Good luck and remember that she won't be this little for long so enjoy it!

The Stride Rite stores have excellent shoes and will fit your child's feet. As mentioned by another writer, she may need a wide. Mine does. Stride Rites are a bit pricier, but you are getting a quality shoe for your child's foot. Besides the retail stores, I have bought on-line from them since I know what size she's wearing. BTW, they always have sales in-store and on-line.

I took my little ones to the store with me so I could get the opinion of the sales person. Then, when I had the last child we just put the handme downs on her until the size seemed right :)

I don't know if you've considered soft-soled shoes, but Robeez makes a good-fitting leather sole that stretches with the slight size changes. They run 0-6 mo., 6-12 mo., 12-24 mo., etc. They are soft-soled with elastic/leather stretching around the ankle to keep them on. Both of my daughters seemed to love them. They're online for around $28 or you can find them in certain retail shops. There are also other generic brands of the same shoe at Target for less $. But the neat thing is that Robeez don't restrict movement and flexibility for growth. They are like soft slippers that kids can wear outside (of course not near broken glass or anything).

Also, for a traditional hard-soled shoe, certain on-line kid's clothing stores have sizing charts that you can print off and measure her foot size so that its less of a guessing game. I believe the Children's Place website has one - "shop" around for shoes on this site and you will find the size chart. Hope this helps.
K.

Go to the mall and have her foot measured at a kids shoe store. I think Lauries shoes at Chesterfield mall has kids shoes and adults. They will measure her and you'll know for sure what size she wears.

At a year old your child should be wearing between a 3-7 depending on the child. My 1 year old son wears a 7 but my friends almost 2 year old only wears a 6 so every child is different. Go to payless's website and print off a shoe size chart for infant/toddler and youth. It helps, I have 3 of them.

Also for teaching her how great shoes are make a big deal out of them. We told my daughter they were fabulous shoes and when she wore them we clapped and told her how beautiful she was, now she cant even get dressed without putting her shoes on. And never goes outside without shoes.. its a fight to get her to go swimming without shoes LOL!!

Take her in to a children's shoe store (Laurie's is a good one, so is Stride Rite). They measure for you to make sure you are getting the right size. And they have cookies! And they are used to children, so they don't mind some crazy behavior every now and then.
Good luck!

I would take her somewhere like Stride Right that will size her for you and help you with suggestions. She may not like them because they don't fit well. It will probably be a little more expensive, but it is worth it for her first pair of shoes.
Hope that helps!

Robeez, Robeez, Robeez! Or Target's version of them. The soft leather protects their feet while still allowing their toes to "grip at" the ground. My little guy has just about worn out his first pair and I'll get another when it's time. He's almost 14 months old now. I'm planning to keep him in these until next spring, then I'll look for something like the Pedipeds or See Kai Run that have a nice, wide footbed. I let him go barefoot whenever possible and only put shoes on when we're going outside or to an inside public place where I know he'll be walking some. As far as sizing, the Robeez he's in now are a 12-18 month size. They go up to 18-24 months. Enjoy - there are some CUTE shoes out there!

You can take her to a shoe store like Payless and they will measure her foot.

Payless has shoes for prewalkers from size 1-4 they will measure her foot having a small shoe will hurt her feet and she may refuse to walk.I always put shoes on my kids since babies especially out in public walkers or not.Just because she is 1 doesn't mean that is her shoe size she may be a size 3 even if a lil big put socks on her and they will fill out,belive me they grow to fast to keep buying shoes every few weeks.She may dislike to wear them but it is better than having a child go around in public barefooted walking who knows what she good pick up.Also try a few minutes in the day to wear them around and take them off a good fitted shoe may be all she needs if the others are to tight.Sahm of 2 and 1 more on the way

I'm not sure how they do it. 1s I think they figure is the 1st size that will fit on their foot. My girls were wearing shoes around 2 months and they were in a 1. My youngest is now 14 months and is growing into a size 5. Her 4s just got grown out of. She is following how her sister was too cause she is now wearing sissy's old 5s. I hope this helps:-) Good luck, I have never enjoyed trying to find shoes that fit!

If you can let her go with no shoes do this. Children need to walk barefoot to grip the floor with all their muscles of the foot. This will help to strenghen the muscles of the foot for better walking. If you must have shoes go to a children's shoe store and have her measued. Infant feet are often wide and need a wide shoe. I know this is expensive but worth the money.

Have her measured by a professional. That is the only way to know and then remember that different shoes are different sizes even though they say the same size. Payless shoes always ran bigger, but shoes at Kohl's and Penneys were usually right on. When my kiddos started walking we put them in Keds and they did just fine. In fact that was the only tennis shoe they wore until they were in 1st and 2nd grade. To get her used to wearing shoes, have her wear them anytime she leaves the house, even if it is to just check the mail. That is how both my daughters got used to shoes. Now they won't even leave the house without something on their feet, I think I created monsters in that realm, but they have good feet. Good luck and God Bless.

I take my little boy to Stride Rite at Oak Park mall. They specialize in kids shoes.

I see nearly everyone mentioned stride rite. Good reason for that, they really are the only shoe store that measures correctly. Yes they are more expensive but if you buy the stride rite brand and your kid destroys them (all four of my kids used this) they will replace them for free. My oldest son actually had one pair replaced four times before he outgrew them. Yes my daughters destroyed their shoes as well.

It works the same way as with anyone buying shoes. You take her to the store and have her feet measured. IF you are buying somewhere without a measurer, go to payless and measure her feet first. At 11 months my daughter wore a 3 if that helps. There are toddler sizes, then they move on to kids sizes, then adult.

Go to Taylor's at Town Center Plaza. They have tons of adorable kids shoes and they will help you with the fit. Stride Rite will also measure and fit, but they are the only shoes that my daughter doesn't seem to like. I know TCP is having a sidewalk sale this weekend and the girl at Taylor's told me they will have lots of shoes for $5 and $10 a pair. I'd highly recommend See Kai Run and Pedipeds, they are some of the best shoes for developing feet.

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