KIDS SHOES & FOOT FACTS:
- Young children's feet grow by 2 to 3 sizes a year, and then by 1 to 2 sizes a year from the age of 5.
- Children feel little or no pain if their shoes are too small because their bones are still soft. This is why we need to regularly check the shoes they're wearing. If they're too small, the front of the shoe will start to become misshapen because of the pressure of the child's toes, and sometimes the lining will tear. This means they need a bigger size.
- A child's foot should be supported by their shoes without being constricted. If you can get a finger between your child's heel and the back of the shoe, this is a good indication that they're wearing the right size. This gap allows for growing room and thrust (the forward movement and bend of the foot in contact with the ground).
- When looking at the bottom (sole) of the shoe, it should be relatively straight (not curved in too much) - the foot is straight, so the shoe should be straight.
- The fastening mechanism (laces, velcro) should hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe.
- Check that the shoes are flexible across the ball of the foot, as this is where the foot bends.
- The shoes should have rounded toe boxes to give the toes possibility to move.
- Leather and canvas are the best material - they are more durable and can breathe. An absorbent insole is very helpful, as the foot can sweat a lot - children are very active!
There is a quick process you can use to measure your child's shoe size in just a few minutes.
Below we present some of our tips on how to properly measure the rate and how to choose the shoes according to our table contained on this website.
1. Always measure your child's feet towards the end of the day. This will ensure that any expansion or swelling has already taken place and you are taking the largest reading.
2. Take a shoe measurement while the child is wearing the socks they normally wear.
3. Take a piece of paper and lay it on a flat hard surface.
Make sure your child is standing when you measure her foot, draw the outline of the foot.
Measure the distance between points A and B.
You can use inches or centimeters. If you need to convert inches into centimeters, you can multiply the inches by 2.54 and convert the number.
4. Simply take the child's length measurement and add 1/5 inch or 5 mm to that number.
Because children often have two differently sized feet, it's important to always measure both feet and fit to accommodate the larger foot.