Painless shoe shopping for you and your kids starts when you lay down some ground rules. Descending on the shoe store with a herd of cranky children and no game plan is a recipe for disaster. However, planning ahead and defining a few key factors in your shopping goal can make the experience easy instead of a nightmare.
Take one child at a time
Shoe shopping gets easier when you take only one child at a time with you or at least lay down the order in which each child will be given attention during the shopping excursion. Take the process one step at a time:
Utilize available help
Don't forget that the shoe store staff is there to help customers. Let the staff size your child's foot while you scout for deals. Ask some questions about what's in style and help your child select shoes that will let him or her feel on a par with classmates even if the brand is a knockoff.
When in doubt on sizing, go a half size up and buy some socks on the thicker side. Kids grow fast, and nothing is more annoying than having them complain of pinched toes only weeks after a shoe-shopping excursion
Babies are easy for the first several months of their lives... at least when it comes to the shoe department. Since babies don't walk until they're almost a year old, they don't need shoes to support their tiny feet.
Anyone who has ever bought children's clothing knows how expensive it can be. But with a little careful planning and a willingness to go where the deals are, you could be saving money on children's clothing as soon as your very next shopping trip!