The Shoe That Fits

My and my husband's addiction to comfortable & attractive shoes wasn’t forwarded to our toddler. Total bummer.  He refuses to wear anything but his Crocks. Good choice. But the world of shoes is so colorful. Maybe someday he’ll expand his horizons. Or maybe he’ll remain a simple guy. Practical shoes. One-pair-per-season.

Baby shoes are ever-so adorable. Pint-size shoes, who wouldn’t want millions? When Jack started pulling himself up and around, I bought seven pairs of shoes. He wore three. Today, the two-year-old has two pairs. Wears one, as mentioned. Kid feet grow at an abnormally fast pace, and it’s recommended to have your baby/toddler’s foot measured every three months.

Unfortunately for Jack, his feet resemble mine. Wide & pudgy. Ever since we began fitting his feet, he was in need of shoes with a wide width. Now he’s in a double wide. With more than a year of footwear searches, I’ve discovered a few choices that don’t sacrifice style for comfort.  Here are a few of my favorite youth shoes:

Crocs. Aka Jack’s ultimate favorite. Cheap, easy to clean and surprisingly durable. The perfect summer shoe. They come in basic sizes, but the open style fits almost any foot. Even Jack’s double wide. Zulily is currently having an amazing sale on kid Crocs, up to 55 percent off.

Stride Rite. Wide range of comfortable, stylish, sturdy shoes. We’re lucky to always find a fun fit in Jack’s extra-special size. 

Tiny TOMS. Awesome prints, stylish varieties, simply adorable. The website also helps you find a location near you. Also unique & trendy gifts for baby showers, birthdays, holidays, etc. 

Pediped. Their shoes are based on a child’s mobility & development. Baby/Toddler shoes include infant/walking beginner, active toddler & confident walkers. They also have a great selection of youth shoes. They only come in regular sizes, no wides/double wides.

Sanuk. My favorite shoes of all-time. The yoga mat bottom makes them the ultimate shoe of comfort.  Flip flops start at extra small sizes (8/9 youth) and shoes for age 6 and up.

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