When buying kids’ shoes, parents may lean toward ‘big’ in the hopes that children grow into the footwear. Why not spend just a little more on custom shoes? Rather than buy a standard pair, customize your own sneakers: make your own Nike kids’ shoes.
Custom Shoes Start with Custom Sizing
Kids’ shoes that are too big or too small not only hurt the child’s feet but might also lead to ingrown toenails and other foot problems. The Trimfoot Company urges parents – especially those of younger children – to measure each foot once a quarter for a three-year old toddler and more frequently for younger kids.
Due to erratic growth spurts, it is a good idea to carry on this practice as the child continues to get older. Do not be surprised to see that the feet are somewhat asymmetrical; it is normal for feet to be slightly differently sized. When you make your own Nike kids’ shoes, you can accommodate for this growth variation.
Custom Shoes from Nike
Visit the NikeID site and opt for the kids’ shoes section. A good choice is the Nike Shox Turbo+ 10 iD Running Shoe for $125. Customize shoes of this particular model by picking a regular or wide fit, choosing the overlay synthetic material and also opting for just the right size. Kids’ shoes range in sizes from 3.5 to 6 years.
When you make your own Nike of this particular model, it is possible to opt for different sizing of left and right shoes. Customize shoes further by selecting color patterns for the heels, swoosh, midfoot, shox, midsole and also the lining. This allows the parent to get as creative as desired. Other models may be more restrictive with respect to customization.
Pros and Cons of Making Your Own Nikes for Junior
It is fun to customize your own sneakers, and an older child is sure to appreciate the creative process that goes into the color and material choices. For the very young child, the expense associated with buying customized kids’ shoes may appear prohibitive — unless a younger sibling can wear these shoes as future hand-me-downs.
Another time when it pays to make your own Nikes is the presence of markedly irregular foot growth. Until the issue can be addressed by a pediatrician, custom shoes accommodate the current needs without having to resort to orthopedic shoes that might feel comfy but might make a young child feel self-conscious in a world where much of the footwear features a swoosh or similar symbol.