Is your child just starting to walk and is it time for the first pair of shoes? Or are you looking for shoes for your preschooler, but nothing seems to fit right?
Children's shoes need to fit perfectly - too tight and you risk problems. Too big and your child could trip over it.
The problem is that children's feet seem to grow at the speed of light. We've put together a handy chart of kids' shoe sizes for each age group, as well as some tips and tricks.
- Baby booties size chart (0-12 months)
- Children's Shoe Size Chart (1 to 5 years old)
- Size chart for children's shoes (six to ten years old)
- How to measure children's feet
- How often do you need to measure your child's feet?
- If your child is between two sizes
- Tips for buying shoes
- No more toe jams
Baby booties size chart (0-12 months)
|0,5||16||0||3.25 inches||8.3 centimeters|
|1||16||0,5||3.5 inches||8.9 centimeters|
|1,5||17||1||3.625 inches||9.2 centimeters|
|2||17||1||3.75 inches||9.5 centimeters|
|2.5||18||1,5||4 inches||10.2 centimeters|
|3||18||2||4.125 inches||10.5 centimeters|
|3.5||19||2.5||4.25 inches||10.8 centimeters|
|4||19||3||4.5 inches||11.4 centimeters|
|4.5||20||3.5||3.625 inches||11.7 centimeters|
|5||20||4||4.75 inches||12.1 centimeters|
Children's Shoe Size Chart (1 to 5 years old)
|5.5||21||4.5||5 inches||12.7 centimeters|
|6||22||5||5.125 inches||13 centimeters|
|6.5||22||5.5||5.25 inches||13.3 centimeters|
|7||23||6||5.5 inches||14 centimeters|
|7.5||23||6.5||5.625 inches||14.3 centimeters|
|8||24||7||5.75 inches||14.6 centimeters|
|8.5||25||7.5||6 inches||15.2 centimeters|
|9||25||8||6.125 inches||15.6 centimeters|
|9.5||26||8.5||6.25 inches||15.9 centimeters|
|10||27||9||6.5 inches||16.5 centimeters|
|10.5||27||9.5||6.625 inches||16.8 centimeters|
|11||28||10||6.75 inches||17.1 centimeters|
|11.5||29||10.5||7 inches||17.8 centimeters|
|12||30||11||7.125 inches||18.1 centimeters|
Size chart for children's shoes (six to ten years old)
|12.5||30||11.5||7.25 inches||18.4 centimeters|
|13||31||12||7.5 inches||19.1 centimeters|
|13.5||31||12.5||7.625 inches||19.4 centimeters|
|1||32||13||7.75 inches||19.7 centimeters|
|1,5||33||14||8 inches||20.3 centimeters|
|2||33||1||8.125 inches||20.6 centimeters|
|2.5||34||1,5||8.25 inches||21 centimeters|
|3||34||2||8.5 inches||21.6 centimeters|
|3.5||35||2.5||8.625 inches||21.9 centimeters|
|4||36||3||8.75 inches||22.2 centimeters|
|4.5||36||3.5||9 inches||22.9 centimeters|
|5||37||4||9.125 inches||23.2 centimeters|
|5.5||37||4.5||9.25 inches||23.5 centimeters|
|6||38||5||9.5 inches||24.1 centimeters|
|6.5||38||5.5||9.625 inches||24.4 centimeters|
|7||39||6||9.75 inches||24.8 centimeters|
How to measure children's feet
Measuring your child's feet is very easy and there are a few ways to do it. If in doubt, you can always get a second measurement from a professional at a children's shoe store. If you want to do it yourself, here are three easy methods:
Tracing is the most common way to measure children's feet at home - it's easy and doesn't require a lot of equipment. Here's what you need:
- A blank paper.
- A bookmark.
- A pair of bare feet.
think of both feet
If this is your first time sizing your childchildren's shoes, always measure both feet. It's not uncommon for one foot to be smaller than the other, so measure both to ensure optimal comfort.
Here's what you do:
- Trace the feet:Place your child on a piece of paper, a clipboard, or on a hard, uncarpeted floor. Try to have her lean against the wall with her back straight. Use the marker and trace around the feet - hold the marker at a right angle for best results.
- Measure the length:Get your child away from paper. Measure the length from the heel to the highest point of the big toe. Write down the results and mark them as length.
- Measure the width:Take the band and wrap it around the widest part of your child's foot (the ball of the foot). Mark where the end of the tape touches. Measure the length from the end of the tape to the mark and you will have the width.
- Find the size:Once you get your measurements, use your guide to find the right size.
Most shoe brands and manufacturers include a size chart - many even provide a handy chart to print out. These are handy and can help you find the perfect fit. You can check out your favorite brand's website - we love StrideRite's.
You will need the following:
- A printable guide (this is theone we use).
- A wall.
- Credit card.
- Your son.
Here is the breakdown of what you do:
- Prepare print:After printing out the instructions, use scissors to cut along the dotted lines - cut the rulers to length and width. Then take the tape and attach the length ruler to the floor - try to align the curved line with the wall. The idea is that the heel is against the wall.
- Measure the length:Place your child's foot on the length ruler, with the heel resting against the wall, in line with the curved line. Then use a marker to mark the first line after the big toe - write the length in the space provided. Remember to use the correct column for your right or left foot.
- Measure the width:With your child standing, use the width ruler and slide it under the foot. Wrap it tightly around the widest part and mark where the ruler meets the "align here" mark. Write down the results.
- Try a shoelace:A shoelace also works for measuring width. Roll it up at the widest part and mark where the end meets the tip. Remove it and measure the distance between the mark and the end that went around the foot.
3.Use a shoe size gauge
Using a size gauge is another easy way to measure your child's shoe size. They are available online and at some shoe stores.
Here's what you need:
And this is what you do:
- stand up:Ask your child to stand and look straight ahead.
- Place foot:Look at your gauge and locate where the heel should be. Then position your right heel.
- Note the results:Write down the numbers facing you and they should be the right length.
- Measure the width:Some shoe gauges have a bar that you slide over your child's foot to measure the width. See instructions. If not, you can use the lacing or shoelace techniques mentioned in the two methods above.
How often do you need to measure your child's feet?
Tiny feet grow fast – between the ages of two and six, your feet can grow half a size every two to four months. Experts recommend changing shoes every two to three months until the age of four. To ensure correct sizing, measure feet every two months(1).
After the fourth birthday, foot growth slows down a bit and they may not need to change shoes as often. Experts recommend every four to six months. However, continue to measure your feet at least every three to four months.
If your child is between two sizes
Not all feet are the same - sometimes two feet of the same child can grow differently. If your child is between sizes, it is always recommended to choose the larger foot.
It is better to have a shoe that is one size larger. Wearing shoes that are too small can lead to problems such as foot deformities or ingrown toenails.(2).
Tips for buying shoes
1.Tips for buying baby shoes
Before your baby can walk, you don't need shoes. During this time, baby shoes such as booties, soft soles and socks are best suited. Once your child takes their first steps, it's time toa support shoe (3).
do not hurry
Hard-soled shoes like Mary Janes may look adorable, but they won't help your child walk. Such shoes can even delay the walk. Being barefoot helps baby develop coordination and strength in the legs and feet.
- Go for breathable and lightweight:When it comes to a new walker, comfort is key. Look for something made of fabric or soft faux leather.
- Single mace:When looking at shoes, try to bend the soles. If they bend easily, they will provide good support for your new rollator. If not, leave them on the shelf.
- Shopping afternoon:Baby's feet tend to swell later in the day. In order for the shoe to fit perfectly, go shopping in the afternoon.
- Check the fit:Try placing your little finger between the baby's heel and the back of the shoe while he is standing. If it's tight, the shoe is probably too small.
2.Baby shoe buying tips
- Bring socks:If you don't buy sandals, your child will most likely have to wear socks with shoes. Use thematching socks- thick forWinterstiefeland take it for summer tennis. Then the shoe also fits with additional padding.
- Forgotten trends:Don't succumb to the latest trends in clogs, pointed boots or high heels. They are unlikely to provide useful support for a child who is still walking. Instead, opt for something supportive.
- Provide options:Some kids want to make their own choices about what to wear. In that case, find different but matching shoes and ask your child to choose the one he likes best.
- Go to velcro:A Velcro like Velcro is much easier for a child to put on without assistance. Thus, your child will learn to put on shoes, and you will save time, otherwise you would waste tying shoelaces.
3.Shoe buying tips for older kids
- Let them move:Once your child is wearing both shoes, let him walk around the store. Watch how they walk and see if the shoe is supportive or feels uncomfortable. Then ask your child how he is feeling - be specific - ask if he feels tight or too loose.
- Affirmative:While your child is wearing the shoes, try to get your thumb between the heel and the back of the shoe - you want it snug but not tight so you don't get blisters. Then press forward with your thumb - feel your big toe and how far away it is. There should be a thumb's width between the toe and the tip of the shoe.
- Don't think too big:When you're on a budget, it can be tempting to buy a shoe a few sizes too big. This isn't ideal - at this age, your child is active and needs a supportive shoe that won't come off unexpectedly.
No more toe jams
Finding the right shoe size for your child is important. Shoes that are too small can cause long-term side effects, and shoes that are too big prevent them from walking or playing properly. Using a children's shoe size chart is a great way to get an idea of which size to choose.
Measure your child's feet regularly, depending on their age. It's easy to trace at home, use a printable guide, or purchase a sizing guide.
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