Don’t just go to one store and call it a day. Before you plan a shopping trip, look online at different stores to see who has the best tennis shoes, the best dress shoes, the best boots, the best whatever-kind-of-shoe you need. Look at who’s having a sale, what stores you have a gift card to, how you can save the absolute most, even if it means you spend more time than you’d like.
When you sacrifice your time, you don’t have to sacrifice your money. In my experience, it’s well worth it in the end.
Don’t Be a Brand Snob
This one hurts me to even write. I want the best for my kids. I want the brand name tennis shoes that have all the bells and whistles. I want them to look put-together even if it’s for a trip to the park.
But when your kid’s foot is growing at what seems like the speed of light, “ain’t nobody got time for that.”
So don’t be so set on one brand. The difference in quality between a well-known brand and a store brand can be very minimal, especially compared to the steep difference in price.
Coordinate Shoes with Outfits
When you go shoe shopping, think about your kids personal style. If your kids want neon green and purple shoes, but they wear a lot of pastels, the shoes will never get worn. Always coordinate shoes with outfits. That way, your kids get the most wear out of the shoes that may only fit for a short period of time.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on shoes for your kids to look put-together and feel good about themselves. Take your time when shopping for shoes and make sure that the shoe fits and has a little room for growth. Make sure it coordinates with the style of clothes your kids wear. And, make sure you’re getting a deal!