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I am needing help with proper fit as we live in an area where we can't get our ds fitted for shoes. We just received our shoe order from Zappos for some See kai Run shoes. Really exciting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> This will be our first soled shoes for our ds-- we used robeez before.<br>
We ordered some sandals-Ocean and a pair from the 2007 Spring/summer line, Rashad, that have a different sole than the Oceans. We measured as best we could ds's foot and checked the SKR site for measurements for sizing. We decided on size 5 as we thought the measurements were too close for a size 4-he'd grow right out of them or might not even fit.<br><a href="http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/24873297/c/8647.html" target="_blank">http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/24873297/c/8647.html</a><br>
The sandals(Ocean) seemed pretty roomy length and width wise but seemed to be the right fit with space at the top of his big toe for some growth but not too much to make him trip-probably the amount of your pinky finger, Maybe a bit more. Do you want that much space in the length? what about give in the width?<br><a href="http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/24317282/c/97628.html" target="_blank">http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/24317282/c/97628.html</a><br>
Then we put on the Rashad, a closed toe sneaker type shoe with velcro closure. The size 5 Rashad seemed smaller than the Ocean just by looking at it. The new sole style seems to be the main difference. We had lots of difficulty just getting his foot into it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: He was not into getting his foot shoved into this thing but We finally got it on(i think without a sock) and it fit- fairly snug but with a little room at toe area but none in the width. I think the fat on top of his foot filled out this shoe. This shoe seemed like too much of a hassle to be right. How easy is it to get your SKR shoes on?<br><br>
Well, we ordered a size 6 in the Rashads just in case. That was much easier to get his foot into but then he had TONS of room in it. Definitely a thumb widths(and maybe even more) at the big toe. These seemed way too big! Even though he was walking in them ok, we thought- he's going to trip with all that extra length in the toe. Also this sole is not quite a flexible as the Ocean's sole(with the stitching on the outside). Maybe the fit of this particular shoe just isn't right for ds's feet. They are really cute shoes on and we are wanting one sneaker style for rainy days and our upcoming trip to a cooler weather place. Everyone seems to love their SKRs here....<br><br>
Any advice for me? How much do their feet grow during this second year? My ds is 15 mos. now. We are hoping these shoes will last him for summer and fall.<br><br>
Sorry this ended up being so long.
 

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I think the rule of thumb is to expect to replace shoes for a preschooler every 3 months, so I think trying to get two seasons (summer and fall) out of the same shoes is too optimistic. I have found that my daughter really does go up a size every 12 -13 weeks or so, so she bares this out, at least. Sorry; maybe your son's feet will grow more slowly.<br><br>
On the fit of the shoes you've got, it's too hard for me to tell despite your very good description, but maybe someone else will be more help. I can say that when the shoes are fitted correctly, especially when new, there does seem to be lots of room in the toe; more than I'd expect on a pair of my own shoes, for example.<br><br>
My advice would be to either order a device to measure his feet (like <a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=384" target="_blank">this</a>) or take him to a store like Stride-Rite and have them measured. My See Kai Run shoes fit very true to size...the sizer I have said she was just barely a 7 and the 7's fit well.<br><br>
Good fit is really important, so it's worth the effort.
 

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Thanks For The Reply,easygoer.<br>
Maybe We Will Send Them Back For Now And Just Wait To Get Him Fitted On Mainland When We Go For Our Trip. Want To Make Sure They Fit Right As I Know It Is Important.<br>
If Anyone Else Has Any Advice, I'd Still Like To Hear As The Shoes Won't Be Going In Today's Mail.
 

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What I've been told about new shoes is that you want a finger-width space at the toe to leave room for growth- so a thumb's width that you describe is perfect.<br><br>
As far as width, you should not have to shove your child's foot in, no matter how chubby the foot is! It should slide in easily. When your child is standing in the shoe, the leather should not look stretched across the top (too narrow), and neither should your child's foot slide around in it when he walks (too wide).<br><br>
I happen to have a child with wide feet, and when he was little, SKR shoes were a blessing because they tend (or at least did then) to run wide. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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