The clothes your kids wore last fall might still fit – perhaps sweaters are snugger and sleeves are a smidge shorter, but often last year’s clothes will “work.” When it comes to shoes, there’s a lot less room for error. Shoes that are too small can cause pain and blisters, and your kids’ feet might not even fit in them!
If you’re in the market for kids’ shoes, there’s no better place to go than The Factory Outlets of Lake George. With three different shopping centers, this haven for back-to-school shoppers has stores that will cover all your kids’ footwear needs at prices that can’t be beat. Here’s a rundown of where to find the goods.
A staple of children’s footwear, sneakers are the perfect everyday shoe. They’re ideal for walking or biking to school, running around on the playground, participating in gym class and allowing your kid to move comfortably and safely through their day.
The centers at Lake George feature several retailers that specialize in sportswear and athletic footwear including Adidas, Reebok, New Balance, Olympia Sports and Under Armor. You’ll also find lots of kid-friendly kicks at Sketchers. PacSun and Zumiez have fashion-forward sneakers catering to skaters and other cool kids. Picky teens in particular will find their stylish selection appealing.
As the weather gets colder, many families turn to boots. They can withstand mud, rain, sleet and snow without getting waterlogged and messy, plus they provide extra warmth and protection from slippage. Stop by Timberland at the Adirondak Outlet Mall for some classic rugged boots or look at the selection in Olympia Sports at the Log Jam Outlet.
If you’re looking for a style that will stand up to any weather, L.L. Bean is a great place to find snow boots and other footwear built to be outdoors. They also offer a lifetime warranty on their products so you can be sure the boots you buy will last.
Little kids need shoes too – even if they’re still figuring out the whole walking thing, young ones can benefit from the protection a solid pair of shoes offers.
Head to The Factory Outlets at Lake George to find several stores geared to kids’ clothing that also feature footwear. Browse around The Children’s Place, Carters, Gymboree or Osh Kosh B’gosh to find flats, sneakers, cool kicks and other footwear for the tiniest feet.
Whether it’s for a weekly church visit, a fancy dinner party, a fall wedding or picture day, most kids need at least one pair of dress shoes for the finer occasions in life. Famous Footwear has kids shoes as well as adult shoes and often has brand-name dress shoes in stock for a great price. If you’re looking for sparkly flats, smart oxfords and other dressy styles, Famous Footwear is definitely worth a stop.
Wherever your search takes you, remember these tips to make your shoe-shopping a success:
- Bring socks
Having your kids wear their usual socks when trying on sneakers and boots is a key part of accurately assessing fit. Feel where their big toes is – it shouldn’t be touching the front of the shoe.
- Get measured
Have an associate measure your kids’ feet, possibly at each store since different brands can run big or small.
- Walk the walk
Make sure kids walk around in the shoes to see if they’ll really be comfortable for moving around. If their heels pop out, that’s a sign that the shoes are too big.
- Pay attention to material
Some suede can’t get wet and leather often stretches with wear. Noting the material will tell you important things about care, longevity and fit.
Are you ready to feast your eyes on a glorious array of kids’ footwear? Head to The Factory Outlets at Lake George to get your school shopping on. Searching for a really good deal? Before you go, download a coupon booklet to maximize your savings.