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