How often should I replace my children's shoes?

Babies don’t really need shoes, but the booties you choose instead shouldn’t cramp your little one’s feet, either. Once he or she starts crawling and walking, plan on shopping for a new pair of children’s shoes every couple of months as your toddler grows. Older children who are not growing as fast may be able to go a bit longer—unless the shoes no longer offer good support.

You’ll know it’s time to buy a new pair when the current ones become harder to slip on and close, or you notice any red spots or lines of pressure when you take them off. You can also press on the end of the toe box, to see if there is still a finger’s width of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe.

Take your kids along when you shop, have them wear their normal socks, and measure their feet each time. They should walk around in footwear to make sure it doesn’t pinch or slip.

For more tips on when to replace your child’s shoes and what type is best, call Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, CO at (303) 423-2520.