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A Guide to Buying Kids Shoes

Buying shoes for your kids is one of the most interesting shopping activities that you will ever engage in. However at the same time it can also be an overwhelming task given the wide variety of kid's shoes that you have available out there. Furthermore the type of shoes also varies according to the age and size of your child so there are a number of things that you need to keep in mind when buying kids shoes.

The age of your child will determine the choices that you have open to you. For example if you are looking to buy shoes for your newborn then the basic purpose is to provide them with a covering for their feet so that they may keep warm. Of course you also want them to be looking cute. Ideally you would want to go for infant shoes that have soft soles and have been made using plush breathable material.

Booties tend to be the most popular shoes for kids. If you want to go for something fancier then you might want to explore the variety of lambskin shoes. In case you live in regions that experience cold climates you would want to compliment the booties with slipper socks so as to ensure that the baby's feet keep warm. And if you will be taking your infant outdoors in the winter you should look for winter boots that have specially created large openings that allow you to easily slip them on your newborn's feet. They are made of soft material which does not require you to twist the feet of your young one and can be put on with utmost ease. They are tied using draw strings and ensure that your baby's feet will keep warm in the biting chill.

You will need to change the type of shoes that your child will wear once it reaches the crawling age. At this age the soft sole shoes will not suffice. Rather you need to look into other kid's shoes that are based on the elastic ankle system which allows better coverage, ease of use and comfort for this stage.

As your child progresses from the crawling age to the walker age you will need to provide them with solid shoes that provide them with support as they take their wobbly steps. However you need to make sure that the shoes that you put on your little ones at this stage are soft sole. This is imperative to ensure the healthy growth of your child. Flexible yet thin leather sole sandals are an excellent choice to go for at this age. You will also be able to find kid's shoes with flexible rubber soles which are also good for babies that are learning to stand on their own.

With your child now progressing towards the running stage, you need to ensure maximum protection for your child. Shoes for this stage tend to have thicker soles most commonly made using flexible rubber. Sandals for summer and closed boots or sneakers for winters are the ideal choice.