It is really important to choose a proper shoe size. We do not recommend buying shoes for your child that are too big, as buying bigger footwear does not necessarily mean it will last longer. As shoes need to provide stability for little feet, they have to fit perfectly. Shoes which do not fit properly crease in the wrong places, while your child is on the move and as a result, the outer material is ruined much faster. Your child's feet are also not safe, won't feel comfortable and little toes will grow tired of holding onto the shoes.
We have to remember that kids explore the world differently than adults and by the time the 'too big' shoes become just right, the outer leather will most likely already be destroyed.
We recommend that every parent checks their child's foot size regularly to guarantee their shoes fit well and offer the support they need. Regular checks are best as an infant's foot can grow at a rapid rate. For example, between 8 - 18 months of age, a child's foot may grow up to 3 sizes. If your child doesn't like wearing shoes she/he used to love or wants to be carried it's a good idea to check their current shoe size as this can be a sign of ill-fitting and uncomfortable footwear.
The first shoes are very important because they have a direct influence on your child's foot development. The size of the shoe should be well fitted to the length and width of the child's foot.
Before choosing shoe size, you should measure your child's feet. It is important to measure both of them as usually one foot is bigger than the other and shoes should be fitted to the bigger one.
There are two ways of measuring your child's feet (do this on a flat, solid surface):
1. Your child has to stand on a sheet of paper, with his/her back and heel against the wall. Mark the longest toe (note: sometimes 2nd toe is bigger than the 1st). use a ruler (in centimeters) to measure the distance between the wall and marked point. Please see pictures below.
2. Place your child's feet on a paper and contour them, holding the pen upright and straight. Measure (in centimeters) the distance between the heel and the longest toe. Please see pictures below.
When you have the longer foot's measurement ready, convert it into shoe size. Please see attached tables and note that different brands use different sizing.
|insole in cm||11.5-11.7||12.0-12.4||12.7-13.5||13.4-14.0||14.0-14.7||14.6-15.5||15.5-16.2||16.2-16.8|
|insole in cm||11.0||12.0||12.5||13.0||14.0||14.5||15.0||16.0||16.5|
|foot length in cm||11.0||12.5||13.5||14.7||16.0|
|foot length in cm||10.8||12.2||13.6||15.0|
The shoe should be 7-9 millimeters bigger than the foot, because child's feet move forward while walking. Sandals should be 4-5 millimeters longer than the foot to prevent toes from touching the ground.
Remember, children's feet grow very fast, you should measure them every 3 months to make sure your little one is wearing proper size. Wearing shoes that are too small can deform feet and can lead to a posture defect in the future.