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How To Buy Sandals For Children

Who doesn't love to kick off their shoes and socks for summer sandals? Keep your kids safe in sandals while having fun in the sun.


  • Step 1: Don't flip for flip-flops. They have no support and few straps to prevent toe stubs or to keep little feet for slipping out of them.
  • Step 2: Give your sandal selections the walk test. Have your child test them on carpet and on hard flooring. If your child can walk, run, and jump, then the shoe fits – you can bank on it.
  • FACT: The temperature inside your child's shoe can reach 120 degrees.
  • Step 3: Check the shoe for flexibility. Soles that are too rigid can hurt small feet, and shoes that twist like a pretzel don't offer enough support. Feet grow well into the late teens, and need proper support for muscles and arches.
  • Step 4: Forget slip-ons or open-heel sandals. Look for a pair that has a back strap so little feet don't slide out when running or jumping.
  • Step 5: Buy sandals the same size as closed-toe shoes. If you're not sure of the size, have your child's foot measured for length and width.
  • TIP: If you child has one foot larger than the other, size to the larger foot.
  • Step 6: Decide on the type of sandal you want to buy. Are you looking for dress sandals or a pair that's okay for playing in the sandbox?

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