Here at Peekabookids we are passionate about fitting children’s shoes. In store we have a huge range of shoes and brands. Starting from prewalkers all the way up to adult sizes in school shoes. Due to the importance of having shoes fitted correctly, we only sell our shoes in store by trained fitters who are available 7 days a week, no appt needed! Some of the brands we stock include Bobux, Hush Puppies, Geox, Ricosta and many more.
Commonly asked questions;
When should my child start wearing their first proper shoes?
When your child has established walking unaided for a minimum of 2 weeks. This means they are nice and confidant not holding hands or furniture. Every child is completely different and this can be between 7 months and 2 years. A first shoe is to protect feet and should be designed around the shape of the feet. It should respond to the demands of your little ones foot ie weight bearing, balance and movement. They should be firm yet snug at the heel and flexible at the front.
How often should I check the fit of my child’s shoe?
For children under 4yrs generally every 8-12 weeks. Children’s feet grow erratically and could grow by a 1 1/2 size in this period. Children aged 4yrs and upwards should have shoes checked every 10-12 weeks (and at least every 4 months).
The measuring gauge showed my child as being a 7F although they have fitted into a different sized shoe?
A fitting gauge is only a guide for a qualified fitter to use and there are many variations in sizes and brands so the fitting is equally if not more important than the measurement.
How can we as parents help look after our child’s feet?
Make sure socks are good quality cotton and are not too small or misshapen. Check toe seams which can irritate toes, socks that are too small will restrict growth.
Do not hand down shoes! They take the shape of the previous wearer and will not support in vital areas.
Keep feet clean. Dry between toes and cut nails straight across and gently file any corners.