The first thing you should do before taking your children school shopping for shoes is assess the shoes they already have. You should try to eliminate any shoes that are outdated, outgrown, or damaged beyond repair. Many people use the rule if your child hasn’t had the shoes on his or her feet within the last six months, it is a safe bet it’s time to get rid of them. By knowing which shoes your child already has, you are eliminating some of the chance of overspending on impulse purchases, as well as having more than enough pairs of the same type of shoe.
Next, it will be helpful to you to predetermine the shoe styles your child will need for school. More likely than not, there will be types of shoes your child will consider an absolute must. These shoe styles include pair of cool sneakers or gym shoes, one pair of dressy shoes and of course pair of casual shoes. You should try to take extreme care not to overspend on trendy shoes that your child really doesn’t need. If they simply cannot live without a trendy pair of shoes, you should try to limit your purchase to only one pair.
You should know their sizes, before you take your shopping trip for your child’s back to school shoes. This will help save time once you get to the shoe store, as a salesperson may not be immediately available. Plus, if you know your child’s size ahead of time, the salesperson will not have to measure his or her foot before retrieving the shoes your child wants to try on.
Finally, it will save you time and money if you know which shoe retailers are having sales. Purchasing your child’s shoes from the clearance rack will definitely help you stay within your back to school budget. Visiting a couple of department stores may not be a bad idea. They often have great deals on clearance shoes that are often of good quality.