How To Measure Children’s Feet At Home

We’re all busy, right? The good news is that you don’t have to wait in line for your child’s feet to be measured in-store…. it is so easy and much fun to do it yourself from the comfort of your home. Hopefully our how to measure children’s feet guide will help eliminate at least one stress in your life that you don’t have time for!

Before you start, make sure you follow these simple guidelines first:

  • It is advisable to measure your childs feet later in the day, preferably in the evening. This is because the foot expands throughout the day
  • Ensure your little one is wearing socks, since they are most likely going to be wearing socks when they wear their shoes.
  • Get all your tools ready for action, you will need the following:

A flat surface



A measuring tape or ruler

A child’s foot to measure!

Now for the fun part

  • Ask your little one to stand one foot on the paper
  • Draw around your child’s foot keeping the pencil as upright as possible all the way around. Repeat with the other foot.
  • If your child is wriggly, the most important marks to ensure you capture are; the heel and the end of the longest toe.
  • Make sure you measure each foot separately, as many children will have one foot slightly bigger than the other.
  • Measure from the middle of the heel to the end of the longest toe on each foot and make a note of the measurement in centimeters.
  • Aim to add 1cm growing room onto your child’s foot measurement (minimum recommended 0.5cm – maximum recommended 1.5cm). For summer open toe sandals, aim for no more than 1cm.

Now that you have the measurement, head over to our Shoe Size Chart to get the correct shoe size for your little one.

When you receive your shoes, to fit them, make sure that you:

  • Open the shoe to its widest point. Ask your child to stand up, then place your fingers around the top of the shoe, making sure that there are no gaps between the heel and the shoe.
  • Gently press the top of the shoe at the toes, to make sure the longest toe has good growing/wriggle room.
  • Feel around the sides of the shoe to make sure there is no bulging, indicating the shoe is too tight.
  • Ask your child to walk/jump/skip/stand on tippy toes so that you can gauge the shoe’s fit. Your child should be able to do exactly the same as if they were barefoot.

It is important that you regularly check your child’s shoe size. Even though we are an online retailer, we still believe a child should have shoes that have the correct fitting. So if you need any help and guidance, please email us at or call 01753 358 238

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