Measuring Is Key
Step One: Load your children into your car. Step Two: Drive to your local children’s shoe store. Step Three: Wrangle your children into the store and let the chaos begin. Only kidding. Sort of.
Shopping with children for shoes can be a challenge, especially if you have twins. So why not make it easier on yourself and head to your nearest neighborhood children’s shoe store, where the employees will help measure your children’s feet, find the right shoes for them, and send you on your way with little damage or scarring.
Once you have made it into the store, the first step is to get your children’s feet measured. If you have younger twins under age two, it is easiest to bring them in a stroller and have them measured one at a time. At most children’s shoe stores, employees are trained to measure your children’s feet with care and expertise. However, the brannock, the device used to measure children’s feet, can often scare children, and it reassures them when you stay by their side or have them stay in your lap during the process. While one twin is being measured, it is important that the other twin is entertained and reassured that he or she is not forgotten. If he or she is in the stroller, remember to keep it near you so he or she can still see you well. Bringing some snacks or toys or, if possible, bringing along another adult to keep one twin occupied while the other is taken care of will help the process go a lot smoother.
If your twins are older, setting some rules and guidelines before going shopping is important. Make sure they know the rules—no running out of the store, stay within eyesight, no screaming or fighting, and if this happens there will be a time-out or some other consequence. It may help to make a game out of the shopping trip or set up a buddy system. And if the twins are older, the measuring will go a lot faster (hopefully).
Time To Find Shoes
After the twins are measured, it is time to find the shoes. The sales employees will help the process go quickly by pointing out the right shoes for your children. Your shopping experience will go a lot faster if you make sure there are the right sizes available before settling on a shoe. If your twins are young, it is important to pick out a few pairs of shoes at once to try on. Again, it will go easier doing one twin one at a time. Continue with the distraction game with the twin who remains in the stroller.
If the twins are older, you can make them a part of the shopping process by having them be your helpers—pick a number of shoes in the right size and ask them what they like about the shoes—the colors, the shape, etc.
Once you pick out a promising shoe, an employee will make sure it’s the right fit and then off to the register you can go. Now the most painful part comes. Paying. While you can’t always choose the time when you need new shoes for your children, keep in mind shoe stores like Stride Rite have Buy One, Get One 50% off sales a few times a year and some outlet locations which will make your wallet breathe a little more.
Once you’ve paid, your done! Voila! The shoes are bought and now on to the next.
Feeling overwhelmed? Check out this list of children’s shoe stores where you can find great staff, service, and shoes for your children.
Looking to find the right shoe for your child? Is he or she a pre-walker, early walker, or on the go? Check out Stride Rite’s website where you can find the right shoes for your child, no matter what stage he or she is in.
Want to hear from an expert? Check out this podiatrist mom’s blog.
You’re not alone if you think shoe shopping with your kids is nightmarish!