It's important for anyone to try on shoes before buying them, but it is especially so with kids' shoes.
Since children's feet grow so quickly, and sizes vary from brand to brand, it's difficult to know what size your child needs at any given time.
Add to that the importance of comfort; keeping up with your child's changing lifestyle and activities; and making sure the shoes are cool enough to pass muster this month, finding shoe that fit your child's feet and needs is an ever-changing event.
Kids' Shoes OnlineFor those reasons, I used to think that buying children's shoes online was not the best idea. But then it occurred to me that with the exception of frequent size changes, all those same arguments could be made against adults buying shoes online -- yet, more and more, people are turning to the web for their footwear needs.
In addition to having a larger selection of brands and sizes than what is available in most local shoe stores, online shoe stores also offer a more convenient way of shopping for shoes.
And since many of them offer free or easy returns, ordering shoes for growing feet may not be as difficult as one would expect. So, why shouldn't shopping for kids' shoes be as simple as shopping for adult footwear? Especially when shopping for kids' shoes can be such a nightmare for many parents.
I can now see how the advantages may outweigh the disadvantages, but due to the sizing issue, I still think parents should proceed with caution when shopping for on the web for children's shoes.
The following pages contain tips to make the experience go a little more smoothly, as well as detailed information on a few of my favorite online shoe stores.
Kids' Shoes - Tips for Shopping Online
Shoe Stores for Kids