As I am gearing up for back to school, the one thing that I noticed on all three kids’ “needs” list is tennis shoes. Sure, I could run down the street to Payless and pick some up, but have found that they don’t last as long and really don’t fit my kids’ feet the right way. Maybe I’m a bit of a “shoe snob” if you will, but I stick with the brands that have stood the test of time and are trusted by other moms. I guess that’s why I’m a fan of Stride Rite shoes.
In fact, Stride Rite recently sent us a pair of shoes to review. Not only was I pleased with the design and way the fit, my daughter was ESTATIC and fell in love with them. Oh — mind you — she selected a boys’ style. But they weren’t overly boyish. They really were great shoes. We both butt heads when it comes to shopping so when we can find something we both love then it is a major victory in our house!
Right now, Stride Rite Shoes is actually offering a BOGO 50% off sale. That is like an instant savings of 25% off of every style of shoe that they sell. So, you get great, high quality shoes and can save at the same time. When you are looking at shoes for your children, you do need to remember that good shoes are important as your children grow.
Few parents realize that children’s feet remain vulnerable to ill-fitting shoes right up to the age of 18 years. A survey of 1,132 Moms conducted by Mom Central Consulting (MCC) found:
- 96% of Moms surveyed felt that proper footwear is either very important or important for their child’s overall well-being, although they did not know the critical years for bone development or walking patterns.
- 80% of Moms never discussed the importance of foot development and proper footwear with their child’s pediatrician.
- 69% of the surveyed Moms did not know if their child’s shoes have been tested, even though a quality shoe is the most important factor when making a purchasing decision.
- 44% of Moms don’t know critical bones in the foot aren’t completely formed until age 5.
Fact: Up until age five, a child’s foot is still forming and is mostly cartilage, making it easy for parents to accidentally squeeze feet into ill-fitting shoes. The effects of childhood foot damage can show up in posture and walking gait even in the early 20s. The 20th shoe is just as important as the 1st.
This sale runs for quite a long time — July 27th through September 6th. So that gives you plenty of time to get to your local Stride Rite and find the perfect shoes for your children. You can find a location near you here.
Disclosure: Penny Pinchin’ Mom received a pair of shoes in order to facilitate her review. All opinions within this post are completely her own and were not influenced by any party.