It’s frustrating to help your teen find the right shoes, only to learn that in under a year, they won’t fit anymore. Then you have to go through the same old process all over again, and the cost can really add up.
Plus, they might have a particular style so they fit in and don’t get teased.
So here’s what to do to help them get a style they like and the support their feet need:
1. Measure Your Teen’s Feet Whenever You Can
Always measure your teen’s feet when possible because you never know how much they’ll grow.
Whether you’re at the mall, shoe store, a retail store, or the podiatrist, just give their feet a quick check.
That way, if they’re complaining about their shoes, you can have an idea if it’s a legitimate complaint.
That leads us into the second tip.
2. Always Get Your Teen Comfortably Fitting Shoes
Don’t get shoes one size too large. Yes, it’s tempting to think that your teen will grow into them.
But, the problem is that too large of shoes will make them unstable when walking or running.
Sure, they’ll last longer. So, they can actually increase the risk of a foot or ankle injury.
To get the right fit for your teen, make sure they can comfortably wiggle their toes freely without their toes slipping or getting squished.
Basically, they’ll need about a thumb’s width from their big toe to the front of their shoe.
Don’t worry too much about the stated size of the shoe. Manufacturers make the same size in different ways. So, the same stated size can fit differently.
3. Watch Out for Wear
Check the tread and midsole of your teen’s shoes regularly. Their shoes should show wear where the balls of their feet and middles of their heels come into contact with the ground.
If you see uneven wear in other areas, that means it’s time for new shoes.
4. Help Your Teen Be Aware of What They Wear
Backless footwear, like flip-flops, can alter the way your teen walks, which eventually leads to injuries.
High heels expose them to injury too.
Your daughter should consider platform or wedge heels instead of stilettos.
Flip-flops and other similar casual footwear are okay to wear. Your son or daughter simply shouldn’t wear them all the time.
Keeping your teen happy and safe with the right shoes can be a difficult task. But with these strategies at hand, you can accomplish both.
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