Wearing the wrong shoe size can impact your child later in life. The following reasons shed light on why proper footwear is essential for growing kids


Imagine how uncomfortable it would be to wear the wrong shoe size on a daily basis. But many parents may not realize this is the reality for their young child, especially for toddlers who can’t effectively communicate how poorly their shoes may be fitting. Unfortunately, momentary discomfort isn’t the only consequence of wearing the wromng size shoe for children. In fact, it can have ramifications later on in life for your child as their feet continue to grow. The following reasons shed light on why wearing the right shoe size is crucial for growing children.

Improper Shoe Sizes Can Lead To Physical Deformities

It’s important to wear supportive footwear no matter your age – children included. But for children that are stuck wearing the wrong sizes, it can hinder the growth and development of their feet later in life. This can lead to all sorts of physical problems, including minor foot ailments, such as blisters, cuts, and other sore spots. It can also cause ingrown toenails or feet deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, calluses, and corns. This is true not only of children who may be wearing the wrong size, but of adults, as well.

As improper footwear hinders the growth and development of a child’s feet, this can lead to mobility issues. Loss of mobility will make children less stable on their feet, and as such, it increases the likelihood that they may fall and hurt themselves. It can similarly lead to a reduction in resilience and athleticism, which can leave your child frustrated, especially if it impacts their ability to keep up with their peers.

How To Ensure Your Child’s Shoes Fits Properly

Parents need to be diligent to check their child’s foot size to avoid the aforementioned issues. For kids under the age of six, parents should be ensuring every 6-8 weeks that the shoes are still a good fit, given how quickly children’s feet can grow out of their current size.

  • Watch for signs of irritation such as redness as it is a common sign that the shoes are too tight or too loose. Be on the lookout for overly worn areas and bulging sides.
  • Check the front of the shoes while your child is standing up straight to ensure there is enough wiggle room for toe freedom. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do this in most shoes. Pressing your thumb in front of the shoes may cause your child to curl up their toes and it’s often hard to get an accurate estimate this way.
  • Check the sides and top of the shoes, especially where the pinky (little) toe is positioned. If you notice extra bulging or a bump around this area, the shoes are likely too narrow.
  • Check the heel of the shoes. When the foot is pushed to the front of the shoe, you should be able to get the first knuckle of your pinkie down the back of the shoe on the sides of the heel without much wiggle room.


A part of ensuring your child’s health is determining they have the proper footwear to support their development and growth. Keep these tips in mind when judging the fit of your child’s footwear and remember to do it frequently to ensure they’re not left with ill-fitting shoes and a life-long of consequences.


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