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Here are some tips to consider when purchasing children's shoes:

Children do not need shoes until they are walking. Pre-walkers are better off in bare feet or socks with tread on the bottom.

Have your child's feet measured each time you buy shoes, children's feet grow fast.

Make sure you measure both feet and buy shoes a 1/2 size larger than what they are measuring.

For early walkers, buy shoes with a flexible sole and avoid high-top shoes or boots.

Shop when children are well-rested and well-fed for a more successful outing.

Before you leave the shoe store, have the children walk and run in the shoes to avoid having them tell you that they hurt later.

Never buy shoes assuming that they will stretch if they hurt in the store.

Avoid clunky heels and slip on shoes that may fall off the feet for children under 6.

Ask for extra sets of laces and heel pads, in case you need them later.

If you are trying to save time getting your children ready, look for shoes with velcro closures.

Check your children's shoes often to make sure that they are still fitting properly. You should have a thumbnail's worth of room between their big toe and the end of the shoe.

Try and avoid hand-me down shoes which may not mold properly to your child's foot.