Childrens Shoe Fitting Guide

Childrens Sizing

Before we start any discussion of how to measure your children's shoes, we should start by declaring that we consider the safest way of ensuring your child is fitted correctly is to have them fitted by a trained shoe fitter at your local retailer.

However, if you are confident of your child's shoe size, Internet shopping offers a convenience demanded by today's busy lifestyles. Retailers are recognising that parents are able to assess their children's shoe size and want to buy online as well as buying from traditional shops - which is why so many of us now have websites selling children's shoes online as well as selling them in our stores.

Society of Shoe Fitters

Our proprietor Mike Small is a Society of Shoe Fitters (SSF) trained shoe fitter.  Members of our team have experience and training in other national retail chains. All our staff who fit children have attended shoe fitting training sessions. Please do email us with your queries before buying - Mike and Sophia will endeavour to answer your queries as soon as possible.

Please see our Children's Shoe Fitting Chart to convert between UK and EU sizes.

Please see below for more advise on measuring your children's feet and assessing their shoe size. Please remember you are welcome to email us for advice before ordering.

How to Assess Your Children's Shoe Size

Assessing shoe size accurately and consistently (children and adults) is not easy, even when you have SSF recommended measuring gauges and a trained shoe fitter to hand. Even the best gauges can vary in their readings from gauge to gauge. Trained children's shoe fitters will be aware of how their gauges relate to their own stock - which is why they are able to quickly find appropriate fitting shoes from their stock.

You can obtain a guide to your child's sizing by using a measuring guide: UP TO SIZE 1 PRINT OUT SIZING GUIDE - or for larger sizes you can use this UP TO SIZE 8  PRING OUT SIZING GUIDE. This does not assess width measurement - which can be particularly important in some types of shoes.  With velcro and lace fastening school shoes there is some room to adjust fitting. Pediped shoes have two insoles which allow some adjustment of the width fitting.

What to Check When Your Shoes Arrive

If you decide to assess your children's shoe size and order online, you should make the following checks when the shoes arrive:

  • Assess the size when the child is standing bearing weight equally on both feet.
  • Socks or no socks depending on how the footwear will usually be worn.
  • There should be 1.5 cm between the longest toe (may be the second toe rather than the big toe) and the end of the shoe.
  • Check that the shoe is not too tight or too loose across the front (vamp).
  • Ask the child to walk around with the shoes on (preferably on a carpeted surface to avoid marking the soles until you are sure they fit) - the shoes shoud be firm around the heel and not slip up and down while walking.

How Often Should I Check My Child's Shoe Size?

Up to the age five the feet can grow up to two sizes a year, after this time feet tend to grow more slowly. However growth can be quite erratic – occurring in fits and starts. The table below should be considered an approximate guide, there may be times when more rapid growth makes more regular checks necessary. 

 Shoe Fitting Checks
Every 4 – 6 weeks For infants 0 – 3 years
Every 6 – 8 weeks For Children 3 – 4 years
Every 10 – 12 weeks For Children 4 – 16 years