Comfort over Style? Expert Tips when Shopping for Girls Shoes
For most moms, girls’ shoes need not just be comfortable, but also at the same time stylish. This is because shoes are a staple fashion item for almost every woman, and they need to learn how to glam up with their footwear at an early age. However, when it comes to shoes for little girls, style should not always be a priority. In fact, there are other equally important things to look for, such as comfort and durability.
But how should you shop for girls’ shoes? If you have a daughter who is growing up fast and you want to teach her how to balance fashion with function when it comes to shoes, then here is a quick and easy shopping guide:
- Start with basic structures and designs.
A lot of shoes today come with different styles and embellishments, but many of these are not really necessary. In fact, the fancier the shoes, the more difficult it would be to match them with different outfits.
This is something you have to consider when shopping for a pair of shoes for girls. You may want to start with basic designs that have no or minimal accent whatsoever, so that your girl will be able to explore on her own which garments work best with her shoes.
Of course, you go with bold colours, such as red, pink, or yellow, but make sure these are able to work with the different clothes your child has in her wardrobe.
- Sole durability.
Just like boys, girls tend to be playful. They run around and oftentimes they get dirty too. This also calls for durable shoes, and you have to make sure that the soles of their footwear can keep up with their energetic attitude.
When shopping for shoes, it is a must that you check both the inner and outer soles. Feel if the insole is soft and cushioned appropriately, and the outer sole if it is thick enough and made of the right rubber material. Having a sturdy but flexible outer sole and a cushioned insole in the shoes allow girls to get energetic throughout the day.
- Straps or no straps?
Teenage girls like wearing flats, both for school and for leisure. Younger girls on the other hand are usually enticed by fancy designs, including traps. Strapped shoes are common among leather shoes, and they are starting to be included in rubber shoe designs as well. These strapped variants work well with younger girls since they move faster and more often compared to teenagers.
If you want to keep them comfortable in their strapped shoes, better look for shoes that use Velcro tape. Velcro fasteners are more durable compared to the leather belt and buckle, and at the same time are more convenient compared to shoelaces.
However, if they are growing up, they may then ditch girls’ shoes with fasteners and go for footwear with no straps instead.
- Comfort and fit.
Lastly, you have to consider how the shoes fit on your girl’s feet. This does not just cover the size of the feet, but more importantly how the feet can move while in the shoes. The feet should not feel trapped and stiff inside the shoes even if the shoes are fastened. The area surrounding the toes should not always be wide, otherwise it would be difficult for the feet to carry the shoes (oftentimes people end up dragging the shoes) with ease.
Shopping for quality girls’ shoes is always an investment, but it’s worth it, especially when you see your girl choose matching outfits for her shoes. By getting the right shoe choice, the more confidence your daughter develops each time she wears her shoes.