How to Size Your Child's Feet & Choose The Right Shoes

Parents searching for the right-sized kids shoes for their little ones know how frustrating and exhausting this task can be. Of course, you know that sizing your child's feet is an essential step in finding shoes that actually fit, but it can be tricky if you don't know how. Below are some tips and tricks for sizing your children's feet at home and ultimately choosing the right kids shoes.  

Let's get started finding the perfect shoe fit for your little one!

Parenting Tips for Sizing Kids Shoes

  • Have your child stand up and take off their socks.
  • Measure the length and width of both feet with a ruler or measuring tape. Be sure to measure both the longest point (heel to toe) and the widest point (across the ball of the foot).
  • Make a note of the measurements.
  • Allow for some growing room. Kids' feet grow quickly, so you should always buy shoes one-half inch longer than their feet as this allows for growth.
Also, be sure to measure both feet since most children have one foot larger than the other!

8 Top Tips for Picking Kids Shoes

  • Try on different shoe brands to find one that is right for your child's size and shape of their foot. Not all shoe brands are the same, and different styles tend to fit differently.
  • Take your child along when shopping for shoes so they can try them on and walk around in them before making a purchase. This will give you a better idea of how the shoe fits and whether it is comfortable. Ouchy toes are not going to encourage regular shoe wearing!
  • Ensure the shoes have hard soles (for toddlers) and good arch support, as this helps support your child's natural foot position while walking and running.
  • Opt for flexible materials such as canvas, leather, nylon mesh, or other breathable fabrics to allow room for growth and movement of the foot.
  • Look for protective features such as non-skid soles or reinforced toes to provide extra protection.
  • Choose shoes with a strap or laces to help keep the shoe in place and provide additional support.
  • Ensure the shoe fits snugly without being too tight, as a too-snug shoe can cause discomfort and blisters.

The tips above are relevant for girls and boys kids shoes.

Should Babies Wear Shoes?

According to the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, babies should not wear shoes until they can walk independently. Why? Because the bones in a baby's feet are mostly cartilage (soft and pliable) and "designed to function barefoot" when first learning to walk.

Before this stage of development, it's best to keep babies barefoot or allow them to wear socks with grippy bottoms for traction.

However, once they become more active and start walking on their own, soft-soled baby shoes such as moccasins or leather sneakers are the best choice for maximum comfort and protection. Check out these adorable Harriet- High Top Oxfords- soft sole baby shoes!

The Final Boot

Choosing the right size for your kid's feet is one of the most important parenting tips since it helps ensure proper foot health and development. There are numerous free online shoe charts and guides available that offer helpful sizing tips and advice. However, here's one Piper Finn uses for their toddler shoe range. Happy shoe shopping!

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