Buying the right size shoe for your child (without getting fitted in store)
Sounds pretty crazy, but according to a recent survey (by Blitzresults), over two thirds of kids are stepping out in the wrong size shoes, with a shocking 65% of children wearing shoes that are too small for them. In other words, you could be causing some serious foot damage before your little one even learns to run (check out our top tips for buying baby shoes also). With this in mind, Baby Bootique have put together a simple three step guide to find the right fit. Added bonus, there’s no need to head in store.
Step one: Measure both feet
Sounds logical, but don’t fall into the trap of just measuring one foot, as in more cases than not, we all have differently sized feet. To measure, all you need is some paper, a pencil and a ruler. Standing upright, have your child place both their bare feet down on the paper. Draw the outline of both feet and then measure with a ruler the foot length from the top of the biggest toe to the heel. When it comes to size, we recommend going by the longer foot. To avoid clown shoes, it might be a bit of a balancing act (pardon the pun), but generally allow for approximately a thumb’s width (1-1.5cm) of wiggle and/or sock room if required.
Step two: Check individual footwear size guides
Unfortunately, there is no mandatory standard for shoe sizing, so all brands can slightly differ. In other words, don’t rely on a universal or current shoe size. At Baby Bootique, we have size guides available online for every footwear brand that we stock including Natives,Old Soles,Saltwater sandals,Freedom Moses,Bobux and more!
Step three: Re-measure and check size regularly
We’ve all been there! Those brand-new shoes you only brought a few months ago, no longer fit. Argh! Kids tend to grown in spurts, so pay attention to any growth signs (such as endless hunger) and re-measure and check their foot size every couple of months. As they haven’t fully developed the sense of touch, children may squeeze into shoes that are too tight without even realising, so don’t rely on them just to tell you.
Top tip: Remember to update their socks too, as socks too tight can also restrict foot growth!