Friday, June 27, 2014

How Much Do You Spend on Kid's Shoes?



There are so many decisions to make when it comes to purchasing shoes for your children. You have to determine whether you purchase new shoes every time you purchase new clothing or whether you wait until the shoes they currently wear start to show signs of wear. You also have to consider how many pairs of shoes your children need at any given time, considering how fast their feet grow.  Being the mother of three children, I can attest to the fact that my daughter has always owned more shoes than my boys!  I am loving these American Flag sneakers for Mr. 6 Year Old right now.  Fitting for July 4th, but cute all year around in my opinion!
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And for those of you who have daughter's, how cute are these?

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You don't want to spend a ton of money on shoes that never get worn because your child has too many options. You also don't want to bring home a cute outfit for your child only to discover that they don't have shoes that fit the style of the outfit. Children do need different types of shoes, but they don't need piles of expensive shoes that are going to get passed on without much wear.

This brings up the issue of determining how much of your budget you invest in kids sneakers and flip-flops. You may assume that more expensive shoes are made of higher-quality materials and will last longer, but that isn't always true. You don't always need to spend a lot of money to get what your children need from their shoes.  My boys both tend to like these kinds of slides the most.  

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And a cute girl's version.  
 
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The following guidelines will help you determine how much to spend on each pair of shoes you purchase for each of your children:

If your child will wear a pair of shoes at least four times a week, then you can justify spending a bit more on the shoes. The more the shoes are worn, the faster they will wear down if they are not made from durable materials.  My youngest son typically wears the same couple of pairs of shoes to school every day.  He still goes to reccess, so he needs something that he can run and play in.  I am loving these for him right now.  I have learned from experience to purchase school shoes that don't show dirt, so for me, I try to avoid white on the soles, or anywhere, for that matter, if I know they are going to be worn at school when they play outside.  

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And a cute girl's version.

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When buying shoes for special occasions, focus on style more than price. Your child probably won't wear these shoes more than once or twice, so it doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on them.  It is very rarely that either of my boys would need anything more dressy than these.  I like these because you can dress them up or down.  And, they pretty much match anything!
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And a cute girl's version.  

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Select styles and colors that will coordinate with many outfits in your child's closet. You can spend more on each pair of shoes because you need to purchase fewer pairs.

You also have to consider your child's specific needs and habits. Some children latch onto one pair of shoes and want to wear them everyday while other children enjoy wearing different styles and colors. Some children also wear their shoes down faster than others because they are more active outdoors. Your child's typical rate of growth is another factor because it determines how long you have before they outgrow their shoes.

Here is a great place to shop for kids sneakers and flip-flops.  Check it out!  You may find something you, or the kids in your life, like!