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Shoe Fitting Tips & Tricks

Follow these shoe-fitting guidelines when purchasing shoes for your child.

Fitting Schedule

1 - 2.5 years

Every 2 - 3 months

2.5 - 4 years Every 4 months
4 - 6 years Every 6 months

Shoe Fitting Shopping Product Guide

Internal Shoe Lifts/ Limb Length Discrepancy

Zappos! Adaptive

  • Wide widths available in all sizes
  • Build a pair in different sizes at no extra cost

The Orthotic Shop - Keeping Pace

  • Each shoe comes standard with 3 insoles
  • 3/16” of available lift inside shoe

Piedro Children’s Orthopedic Sneaker

  • Each shoe comes standard with 3 insoles
  • Available with Velcro straps or laces
  • Toe box is wide and deep
  • Sizes: 4 Toddler to 10 Youth/Kids

Sure Step

  • Each shoe comes standard with 2 insoles
  • Available in toddler and youth/kid sizes

Target - Cat & Jack

  • Extra-long Velcro straps
  • Runs large (i.e. Size 4 Cat & Jack = Size 5 Keeping Place)
  • 1 insole 3/16” and 1/2” deep at heel cup

Target - Flat Socks

  • OTC insoles like Dr. Scholl’s, but no counters Rubber + Felt combination
  • 1/8” thick each
  • Adult size product permits 2 toddler size custom cuts per insert/insole
  • 2 insoles per package

Ankle/Foot Orthotics

Billy Footwear

  • Standard and wide widths available
  • Styles include high top, low top, tennis shoes, and casual shoes
  • Sizes available from toddler (size 10) to adult
  • Full, zipper closure for step in access
  • Laces maintain appearance of standard shoes
  • WDR and XDR indicate styles more specific to AFO fit
  • Standard with 1 removable insole
  • Available at these retailers: Zappos! Adaptive, Nordstrom, Amazon, Kohl’s, DSW, and Target

SmartKnit Socks

  • Seamless
  • Moisture wicking
  • AFO and over-the-calf lengths
  • Available at these retailers: Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Zappos!

For A Pair In Different Sizes

Does your child have AFO on one foot or is one foot shorter than the other? These companies offer a pair of shoes in mixed sizes at no extra cost.

Zappos! Adaptive

Shop “Single Shoes” in your search.

Sure Step

Must call to order for different sizes; online orders only come in same-size pairs.

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