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    A friend gave me some hand me down clothes for the baby boy I am expecting
    since I cant pass down my daughter's clothes. Also included was a large bag
    of shoes. I am debating whether to have my son wear them or donate it. Are
    2nd hand shoes bad for their feet. I personally would not wear 2nd hand shoes
    myself but little kids wear shoes for such a little while and then they outgrow
    them so what do you think?
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    Unless the shoe is falling apart, NO, they are NOT bad for anyone's
    feet. It's the only way to shoe kids these days, with kids shoe's
    going from $10-80/pair, and kids feet growing on average of a full
    size to 2 sizes per year. Even if you buy the $10 pair each time,
    and only have 1 pair per time, and if they grow 2 full sizes a year,
    that's $40 a year for shoe's alone.

    Because kids grow out of shoe's so fast, you can find some really
    cute shoes that have been barely worn, and they're usually dirt
    cheap, too. I stock up at yard sales for the kids. Each kid gets 1
    new pair of tennis shoes a year, unless they out grow them and I
    can't find them 2nd hand, then they'll get another pair. I've also
    been blessed with kids whose feet just don't seem to grow, though.
    My 10 year old is only now in a size 12.5USA, while my 7 year old is
    in the same. My 4 year old is still only in a 9 (she was in a 7 up
    until about November, when she had a growth spurt). My two neices on
    the other hand, one is 4 months older than my youngest, the other is
    8 months younger, and both are in size 11 shoes already. That seems
    big to me, but considering that's more normal, well.. I consider
    myself lucky that they have small feet.

    But yes, 2nd hand shoes are perfectly fine for kids to wear (and
    adults too! I just steer clear of icky looking ones), and since they
    were free, I'd go ahead and just count yourself as lucky!
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    Unless the shoe is falling apart, NO, they are NOT bad for anyone's
    feet. It's the only way to shoe kids these days, with kids shoe's
    going from $10-80/pair, and kids feet growing on average of a full
    size to 2 sizes per year. Even if you buy the $10 pair each time,
    and only have 1 pair per time, and if they grow 2 full sizes a year,
    that's $40 a year for shoe's alone.

    Because kids grow out of shoe's so fast, you can find some really
    cute shoes that have been barely worn, and they're usually dirt
    cheap, too. I stock up at yard sales for the kids. Each kid gets 1
    new pair of tennis shoes a year, unless they out grow them and I
    can't find them 2nd hand, then they'll get another pair. I've also
    been blessed with kids whose feet just don't seem to grow, though.
    My 10 year old is only now in a size 12.5USA, while my 7 year old is
    in the same. My 4 year old is still only in a 9 (she was in a 7 up
    until about November, when she had a growth spurt). My two neices on
    the other hand, one is 4 months older than my youngest, the other is
    8 months younger, and both are in size 11 shoes already. That seems
    big to me, but considering that's more normal, well.. I consider
    myself lucky that they have small feet.

    But yes, 2nd hand shoes are perfectly fine for kids to wear (and
    adults too! I just steer clear of icky looking ones), and since they
    were free, I'd go ahead and just count yourself as lucky!
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    My SIL bought shoes for her son and he outgrew
    them in only a couple days! I have been lucky to
    get these little boots that look BRAND NEW and
    they are just adorable.

    If can get shoes for free take them.

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    My SIL bought shoes for her son and he outgrew
    them in only a couple days! I have been lucky to
    get these little boots that look BRAND NEW and
    they are just adorable.

    If can get shoes for free take them.

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    Depends on the shoes...if the sole is not worn down (slanting) or there is some
    reason to not use them, I would give it a go. Personally, my kids and both
    adults in the household have at one time or another worn "used" shoes.....I
    usually spritz some lysol or something inside them and give them a good sunning
    before anyone wears them...
    It's pretty much personal choice I think, unless you have a child that needs
    specific shoes for correcting a problem with their feet/walking progress.
    JMHO
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    My daughter will be 5 in April and because of her many disabilities one of the
    doctors she sees is an orthopedic one, specialize in bones. She has to have
    braces for her ankles becaue of walking issues. When she got her braces the
    first time I asked about buying a pair of used shoes to fit over the braces
    instead of new ones. He told me never to buy used shoes for children who are
    still growing even if they have no problems. The reason is that a child's foot
    is still forming and when you buy a pair of new shoes, the shoes conform to the
    shape of your child's foot. When you buy a used pair then the "conforming" can
    not take place correctly because the prior users foot has already done it. If
    you look at a pair of shoes that you wear, you will notice how the cushion in
    the shoes shapes itself to your foot. The only shoes that are safe to get used
    are ones you only plan on wearing once (like prom shoes) or are worn by someone
    who does not walk (as in an infant or someone confined to a
    wheelchair, no pressure on the cushion). After he told me everything about
    shoes and how they fit your foot, I went home and looked at my 7 and 9 year olds
    shoes (they wear the same size) and noticed that the cushion was shaped
    differently in each. I had them put the opposite shoes on (7 year old put 9 year
    olds shoes and vice versa) and they both said that they were uncomfortable. I
    have never bought used shoes in the 24 years I have been a mother and I am glad
    I never did because of all the problems that can occur ove time. I have 6 kids
    with another on the way. In my opinion, if the shoes have not been worn by
    another for walking then they would be okay but if they were used by a walking
    child I wouldn't but like I said it is my opinion and the opinion of the
    orthopedic doctors I have met.

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    Spray them out with lysol and let them wear them. Also depending on what they
    are made of, you can throw them in the dryer on hot for a few minutes to help
    kill any germs you think might be there.

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