BABY SHOE SHOPPING FAQ
Even in the best of
circumstances, buying shoes for babies can be a stressful experience.
If you still haven't found the answer you are looking for after reading
through this FAQ, please do not hesitate to contact us with your
specific question. It is our goal to provide you with the information
you need to make your shopping experience at EncoreBaby.com as pleasant
as possible! And don't forget to check back often, as we will be
increasing our shoe inventory with brand new, well-known product lines!
Why should my baby wear shoes at all?
answer to this question depends on your personal tastes as well as
geography. Keeping your baby barefoot around the house is probably just
fine, but your little one’s feet may require more when you go out.
Depending on the weather and how much time will be spent out of doors,
you might want to protect your baby’s feet from getting sunburned in
the summer and from suffering the cold in the winter. Shoes also help
protect your baby’s feet from accidental injury like scratches or
When should my baby switch from soft-soled shoes to hard-soled shoes?
shoes are generally designed to be used as a foot covering to protect
your baby’s feet, or as an accessory to an outfit. Hard-soled shoes are
intended to be worn by babies who are able to stand on their own
without support or are already walking.
Can shoes cause harm to a baby’s growing feet?
if the size and fit are wrong for your baby. Babies who aren’t walking
yet need extra room in the toe box to wiggle their toes, as well as
softer soles that won’t interfere with their muscle development. Babies
who are already walking need more protection against the rough surfaces
beneath their feet, as well as some support for balance and stability.
long as you know which type of shoe is appropriate for your baby’s
current needs, you do not need to worry about causing harm.
Size and Fit
How should baby shoes fit?
the pre-walker, you want to get soft-soled shoes that are
loose-fitting. Your baby’s toes should never be able to touch the end
of the shoe. Some shoe manufacturers list shoe size based on an
age-to-size guideline, whereas others provide specific foot length
measurements for each size. Do not rely on the age-to-size guideline,
as your baby’s feet may not fall into the “average” size, nor may they
be growing at the “average” rate. It’s best always to measure your
child’s feet and then consult the shoe manufacturer’s Web site to
determine which size is appropriate.
That having been said, we
can also mention that many parents go ahead and follow the age-to-size
guideline and just buy a size larger than their child’s age. That way,
instead of risking buying shoes too small, it’s guaranteed that the
shoes will be the correct size, even if they aren’t right now!
How do I know what size to get?
depends on how the manufacturer defines its measurements. Some provide
a downloadable measurement file, which is a .PDF file with
different-sized outlines of feet so that you can compare them to your
baby’s feet to determine the size. Others assign each shoe size a
measurement in inches. And some simply provide an age-to-size
guideline, which is the least reliable method of determining size.
provide size information based on what is available to us from the
manufacturer. Some of our shoe styles indicate size by the length of
the baby’s foot in inches; other styles don’t have any information
whatsoever. Over the course of time, we plan to only offer products
that provide you with all the information you need to ensure that you
are getting the size you need.
After we receive our order, how will we know if they fit properly?
are several ways to determine whether the shoes are a good fit. If the
shoe’s upper is soft enough, you should be able to grab a bit of
material on top of the foot. If you can’t, it means the shoe might be
too tight at the ball of the foot. You should also be able to squeeze
your pinky between your baby’s heel and the shoe, as well as fit the
full width of your thumb between the end of your baby’s toe and the tip
of the shoe.
How can I tell the difference between soft-soled and hard-soled shoes when I am buying them online?
we carry multiple product lines, we cannot give you a hard-and-fast
answer to this question. In most cases, shoes for newborns (size 0 and
1) are soft-soled, and shoes for toddlers, girls, and boys (size 5 and
up) are hard-soled. The grey area is in our shoes for infants (sizes 2
thru 4), as shoes in these sizes come in both the soft-soled
(pre-walker) and hard-soled (toddler) styles.
information is not clearly stated in the product description field
(click on the specific product to get the detailed description), then
we apologize to you for the oversight, and ask that you contact us
(http://www.encorebaby.com/cat/contact_us.php) or call us toll-free at
1.877.870.2229 and we will provide you with the exact information you
need about any of the shoes you are looking at!
Quality and Cost
How much should I expect to pay for baby shoes?
that old adage, “You get what you pay for”? It holds true for baby
shoes, too. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you may not
necessarily need to get your baby a pair of gold-tipped Prada sandals,
especially when your baby is likely to outgrow them within 1 or 2
months in their first year, and every 2 to 3 months in their second and
We strive to provide a variety of styles for
different tastes and lifestyles that are affordable, fashionable, and
comfortable. We also sell below the manufacturer’s suggested retail
price, and we do a lot of comparison shopping to ensure that our prices
are below those of the many other stores we visit.
How long does a pair of shoes last?
pair of shoes lasts only as long as they fit your baby’s feet
comfortably. Don’t expect to be able to use the same pair for more than
a month or two in your baby’s first year, or for more than 2-3 months
in the second year. Of course, if you are asking how long a pair of
shoes will maintain their usability, the answer is “longer than your
baby will wear them!”
I heard that it’s bad to buy pre-owned shoes because they are “shaped” to another baby’s foot. Is it true?
is one of those “it depends” questions. It is not a good idea to buy a
shoe that’s already molded to another child’s foot, but it’s important
to know when this is the case and when it is not.
not “break in” shoes, and soft shoes and booties do not permanently
retain the shape left by a child’s foot. Babies simply do not stay in
one shoe long enough to make any kind of imprint in it. In contrast,
you do not want to buy a pre-owned shoe if a child of walking age wore
it on a regular basis. If the child only wore the shoe a couple of
times, you needn’t worry about it being broken in.
Does the make of the shoe (leather, synthetics, canvas, etc) make a difference?
makes the greatest difference when your baby is of walking age, or is
about to start walking. When your baby is learning to stand and take
those first few steps, it is really important that the soles of the
shoes be soft enough to allow your baby to feel the texture of the
floor or other walking surface through the shoe. It is also important
that your baby’s foot be able to breathe through the shoe and that the
shoe be flexible and roomy enough to give the toes some wiggling room.
Returns and Exchanges
What is your return policy for baby shoes?
return policy for shoes is the same as our regular return policy
(http://www.encorebaby.com/cat/return_policy.php). We accept returns on
all new items as long as the tag is still attached and the item has not
been tampered with, washed, or sullied.
What if my baby has a growth spurt and the shoes are too small by the time we receive them?
are no “what ifs” about it! As soon as you cross “buy baby shoes” off
your list, you may as well uncross it, because it will be time to go
shopping again! It’s best to plan ahead by buying a size or two larger
than your baby’s current size so that you are ready with a new pair
when those little feet suddenly stop fitting comfortably in the shoes
they are wearing right now.
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