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Shoe Sizing 101: How to Measure Your Child's Feet at Home

Learn how to measure your child's feet at home for proper shoe sizing, ensuring comfort, healthy posture, and foot development.

Azka Zaheer - Writer for First Walkers
By Azka Zaheer
Davor Štefanović - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated August 14, 2023.

Measuring your child's feet is essential for maintaining proper foot health and balance, as incorrect infant shoe size can cause a variety of problems and babies can have problems with their feet if they're too tight. It's crucial to buy the right footwear for each stage of walking and to note the differences in girls' and boys' shoe sizing.

In this guide, we will show you how to measure your child's feet at home accurately.

Measuring Your Child's Feet at Home

By following these easy steps, you can take correct measurements of your child's feet without any hassle.

  • Gather basic materials, such as a measuring tape or ruler, plain paper, and a pen or pencil.
  • Have your child stand comfortably against the wall with bare feet on the plain paper.
  • Trace your child's feet with a pen or pencil on plain paper, keeping the pen or pencil perpendicular to the paper.
  • Use the measuring tape or ruler to measure the distance between the heel and the big toe to determine the foot length. Foot width can be measured by estimating the widest part of the feet.
  • Repeat the procedure on the other foot. Use the longer measurement, as it's normal to have slightly different-sized feet.
  • Check a conversion chart to determine what shoe size your measurement relates to. It is recommended to add 1.5 cm of extra space for growth and wiggle room.

Perfect Fit for Happy Feet

Measuring a child's feet is a critical step before purchasing brand-new shoes. Follow the outlined steps to get the most accurate results and ensure the perfect fit. Check out First Walkers shoes on our website to discover comfortable options that provide plenty of room for your child's feet and support healthy posture.

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