How To Measure Kids Shoe Size In 3 Ways – Two Little Feet
We’ll admit it first, getting your child to stand still for an accurate measurement of his or her feet is one of the biggest challenges in the process of buying kids shoes. And, it is not even possible to cheat, especially when it's when you are buying the first pair of prewalker shoes for your baby's first steps. We have tried measuring while our child is lying down sleeping and did not get the right size.
So here are 3 easy yet accurate ways to measure your child’s feet to ensure that you don’t purchase the wrong sized shoes.
How to measure kids shoe size?
To have an accurate measurement, you should:
measure both feet, as each foot may differ in length. Sizing should be based on the larger foot.
measure feet with full body weight on them, equally. This ensures feet are at their largest when supporting body weight.
Here, we compare three methods of measuring a child’s feet to see which gives us the closest fit for Two Little Feet’s kids shoe collection:
1) Basic measurement
Items needed: White A4 paper, pen/pencil, ruler, a wall
Place a piece of white A4 paper against the edge of a wall. Make sure the paper is level on the floor and against the wall edge.
Have your child stand on the paper with the back of his/her heel touching the wall. Both feet should be squared with the full body weight resting equally on them.
Use the ruler to draw a line where the longest toe ends.
Measure the distance between the end of the paper and the line drawn.
Follow the same steps to measure the other feet. Take the longest measurement of both feet.
Add 1cm to the actual length to find the right size that provides enough wriggle room for those little toes.
Our results: 15.5cm length
2) Tracing/Footprint measurement
Items needed: White or coloured A4 paper, pen/pencil, ruler.
Place paper on the floor and have your child stand equally on it.
Use a pen or pencil to trace the outline of the feet.
Measure the the distance between the back of the heel and the longest toe. Make sure to measure both feet and take the longest measurement.
Add 1cm to the actual length to find the right size with ample wriggle room for toes.
Our results: 15.5cm length.
3) Foot ruler measurement
Items needed: Kids foot ruler or the original Brannock Device
Place foot ruler on an even floor surface.
Have your child step evenly on the ruler and take the measurement of both feet. Go with the longest measurement.
Add 1cm to the actual length to find the right size with ample wriggle room for toes.
Our results: 15.2 cm length
With the above measurements, our child wears Kids Size 8 for Sandals and Kids Size 9 (with socks) for Shoes with her regular width feet.
Kids shoe size chart
If you’re still puzzled about how to measure or check your kid’s foot size, you could try to download our printable kids shoe size measurement chart to get a more accurate reading.
Once you have your child’s measurements, you can try out our size assistant below to get size recommendations for our shoes and sandals.
Alternatively, if your child is already wearing shoes from another brand, you may convert the current shoe brand's size into ours using this Size Conversion Guide.
Note: If the shoes still didn’t fit nicely on your kid, you could still enjoy a one-time shoe size exchange (T&C apply).
Don’t forget to check out our children's shoe sizing update to better understand our sizing and find out about 5 tips when choosing children’s footwear as advised by a podiatrist.
Tips to measure kids shoe size
Here are some other useful tips when measuring and buying children’s shoes:
It’s natural for feet to swell in the day so avoid measuring your child’s feet in the morning. It’s always best to try on new shoes when you’ve been up and about for a few hours.
Give your child about 1cm from the end of the shoe to the full extended toe so that there is space for feet to grow.
Do not get shoes that are too big as this can cause harm to foot development. Additionally, kids may trip and fall if shoes are too big.
Do not get shoes that are too small either. If your child’s feet are in between sizes or two different sizes, go with the bigger size.
Stand, walk, jump, and dance. The best way to ensure a perfect fit is to have your child be active in them, rather than just stand and walk.
Signs that your child’s shoes are too big
A smaller shoe size may be needed if:
Your child trips or twists the ankles frequently.
Your child’s heel lifts off and out of the shoes when they are walking.
Your child is dragging the feet.
You child’s walk is affected.
Your child has blisters.
Signs that your child’s shoes are too small
A bigger size is most likely needed if:
The shoes are pressing deeply against your child’s skin.
Your child has blisters.
There is no space in the toe box - your child’s feet are squished!
Your child complains that the shoes are tight or uncomfortable. Knees, back, hip or joint pain can also be a sign of ill-fitting shoes.
Your child doesn’t seem to want to wear the shoes anymore.
How often do you need to measure your child’s feet?
Children’s feet grow by half a size every three months on average. So it’s best to measure your child’s feet every three to four months to ensure that their current pair of shoes still fit well.
It’s important that your child wears shoes that fit them well as ill-fitting shoes can cause harm to their feet in addition to falls and accidents. If you’re unsure whether you’ve got the right size for them, check out our sizing guide today.
Depending on your child's walking phases, pick your choice of footwear from our wide range of kids’ sneakers and sandals. Remember to check the size chart of our products before purchase.
You should also check out the article on 5 Tips When Choosing Children’s Footwear, A Podiatrist's Advice to help you select the best shoes based on their age.
Kelvin Tay Kai Ming BSc (Podiatry) First Class Hons (UK)
Kelvin Tay, affectionately known as ‘Kai Kai’ or ‘Ah Tay’ by patients enrolled in the University of Southampton with the Ministry of Health Health Sciences Scholarship Award and graduated with First Class Honours in 2010. Kelvin’s main interest is in Sports Podiatry and his work in Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital and Changi Sports Medicine Centre has given him extensive experience in foot care and wound management.
Fluent in English, Mandarin and Hokkien, Kelvin has also been an executive committee member of Singapore’s Podiatry Association since 2013. He has won numerous awards including the SingHealth Service Quality Silver Award 2012 (SGH), the Eastern Health Alliance Caring Awards (Silver 2013-2014) and the Quarterly Best Service Award 2014 (CGH).
He is currently a Senior Group Partner and Principal Podiatrist at Physio & Sole Clinic.
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Kids’ Shoe Size in Inches Chart
Are you struggling to find your child’s ideal shoe size? Whether your child’s shoes don’t fit quite right or you just want to double-check that you’re buying the right size, we’ve created the chart below to eliminate any confusion. Our chart allows you to find any kid’s shoe size in inches and cross-reference it with conventional U.S. sizing conventions. It covers infant, child, and youth sizes.
How to Measure
If you want to know how to measure your kid’s shoe size accurately, just do the following:
Trace a line around your child’s barefoot using a sheet of paper and a pen.
Measure the full length of the foot from heel to toe.
Use the measurement (in inches) to find your child’s corresponding U.S. kid’s shoe size in inches on the chart below.
So, for example, if the child is 7 years old and the foot measures 8.5 inches in length, the child would fit best in a youth size 3 shoe. Of course, kids’ shoe size measurements are not always exact. So if you purchase a pair of orthopedic children’s shoes at HealthyFeetStore.com and they don’t fit as well as you’d hoped, you can exchange them as many times as you need to — completely free of charge!
Kids' Size Conversions
Infant (0 - 12 months)
Children (1 - 5 years) 18 months
Youth (6 - 10 years)
Other Factors Influencing Kids’ Shoe Sizes
Kids’ shoe size measurements are not just limited to length. If you want to ensure maximum comfort, you have to consider the width as well. If the length is right, but the shoes still feel snug, refer to our shoe width measurement chart to determine how to find the optimal width.
How to choose the right shoe size for a child
Instructions, common mistakes and useful tips.
On the website of the Dinomama.ru online store, we try to give as much detailed information as possible about the dimensions of each of the shoe models and we ourselves take measurements of the insoles, which we publish in the product cards.
Often a situation arises when the same shoe size differs significantly from different manufacturers. And even for one brand, the length of the insole for boots can be one, and for sneakers - another. Therefore, we always advise when choosing a size to focus primarily on the length of the child's foot, and not on the size of the shoes that he is currently wearing. In this article, we will tell you how to correctly measure the length of a child's foot and how to use the tips on our website to choose the right shoe size.
How to measure your feet correctly
1. Place your child on a piece of paper and trace the outlines of the feet. The measurement should be taken while standing on a hard floor (not on a carpet) and in the evening, because. due to the rush of blood, the legs may increase slightly in size in the evening. Hold the pencil strictly perpendicular to the floor.
2. You need to measure both feet, because they may differ slightly - then when choosing shoes, be guided by the measurements of the foot that is longer.
3. Draw a line from the heel to the longest toe in the picture and measure its distance - you will get the value of the actual foot length in centimeters.
4. Round the result up to 5 mm (for example, if you get a foot length of 11.3 cm, you need to take a value of 11.5 cm).
How to determine the size of the shoe size suitable for a child and what tips are there on Dinomama.ru
On our website, the length of the insole is indicated in the product card and in the filters, we do these measurements manually. Compare the numbers and choose the correct shoe size, taking into account the recommended stock: for summer shoes it is from 0.5 to 1 cm, for winter from 1 to 1.5 cm. If there are no measurements in some model, then we will make them according to your request, just write or call us.
How we measure insoles
The insole is measured edge to edge at the widest point at the toes. If the insole with a bend on the heel, it also goes to sleep. Pictured below is an 18 cm insole.
Reima has shoes that use the HappyFit insole. It has a line of recommended stock and emoticons: sad and joyful. We measure the whole insole - with a bend on the heel, if there is one, and up to the edge of the insole at the toes. If you want to know how long the insole is to the smiley line, just subtract 1.5 cm from the insole length.
For closed shoes with a non-removable insole, as well as shoes with a non-removable inner liner - insert a rigid tape measure into the shoe until it stops in the fingers and bend it at the edge of the heel. In the photo below, the insole is 16.9 cm. In the photo below, the insole is 15.4 cm. In the photo below, the insole is 16.5 cm.
The most common mistakes parents make when sizing children's shoes
if you are assessing the margin by putting your finger between the heel and heel of the child - see that the child does not bend the fingers at this moment
shoes cannot be measured while the child is sitting or lying down - under the weight of the body, the foot lengthens by 3-6 mm
do not measure the foot in the air with a measuring tape or ruler
Well, if you still have doubts, then come with your child to try on our showroom in Moscow, where our managers will be happy to tell you what shoe size to choose.
With best wishes, Marina
Mother of 4 testers of overalls,
choose the best goods for Dinomama.ru!
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How to measure a child's foot correctly
How to measure the leg correctly?
In this article we will show you how correctly take measurements of the child’s legs so that the shoes for your baby are convenient, comfortable and most importantly - physiologically correct!
Visiting a children's shoe store today can be a real challenge for children and their parents. Unlike adults, children, do not really like numerous and tedious fittings. But the problem is that in young children the leg grows quite quickly, and this means that you want it, you don’t want it, and you have to buy new clothes much more often than adults. And here parents have to decide how to lure the child into the store, and then also persuade them to try on several pairs of shoes in order to pick up right size.
How to measure correctly
Measure your child's foot correctly. It is better to do it at the end of the day, when blood rushes and the foot increases slightly in size. Measurements desirable carry out in socks.
1. Place a sheet of paper on a flat surface.
2. Ask the baby to stand with his feet on the sheet. The child must stand do not sit: this is how the foot bears a large load, so its size is slightly increases.
3. Trace the contours of both feet of the child, holding the pencil in an upright position (in front along the thumb, and behind it is obligatory along the very edge of the heel)
4. Measure the distance in centimeters from the big toe to the heel. To do this necessarily follows the "traces" of both legs of the child: if the values \u200b\u200bare obtained different, then the largest of them is taken as the basis.
5. Babies from a few months to 1 year old can be measured with the help of a rope. First, we measure the foot with a rope, and then the fixed we apply the length to the ruler and get the result in centimeters
Shoes and stock: how not to make a mistake
In any case, regardless of type or season, new shoes should be with a margin. And this is not only a reserve "for growth", as some parents suggest. It is also needed for other purposes.
These additional millimeters are required for the so-called bend (push). In their absence, the stop starts deform. It is also important to consider physiology: when walking, the size of the foot lengthens (up to 7 mm). Spare space in the shoe prevents pressure on leg, eliminates the possibility that the baby will begin to bend his fingers, as well as allows the foot to grow freely. More stock in winter shoes will allow you to wear warm socks, and an additional air cushion will protect the legs from the cold.
Stock in shoes for different seasons should be different. In summer sandals or sandals to real size you need to add from 6-8 mm to 1 cm. If you choose sports shoes or demi-season, the margin is not less than 1 cm, for winter - 1-1.5 cm.
And one more note. Buying shoes from stock, it is important to pay attention to the indicators of completeness. Because in some cases, plus 1 cm in length significantly affects the width of the shoe, which can "dangling" on a thin leg. In this case, there will be no benefit from the stock. none
Wrong shoes in childhood is one of the causes of flat feet in adolescence, which leads to a curvature of posture. Wearing tight shoes leads to blood circulation, and in boots and boots "for growth" the position of the leg is so freely that the gait becomes shuffling.
Don't rely on your baby's feelings when choosing the size.