Children’s feet grow at a fast pace. Around 3 and 4 years old, children can move through multiple shoe sizes a year. It may not seem all that long since you last bought your toddler a new pair of shoes. But already, they may be needing a size upgrade.
With high street shops closed due to the pandemic, you’re probably going to be buying your children shoes online. Whilst this saves some hassle, it does mean that you now have to measure your child’s feet yourself. So, what is the easiest way to do this? And how can you ensure your measurements are accurate, to save you having to make any returns?
Measuring at home with a foot gauge
Measuring your children’s feet at home is simple, thanks to a wealth of printable foot gauges. These printable gauges will come loaded with measurements and size information. All you need to do is print it out to the correct scale. Then, simply attach the foot gauge to a hard floor surface with some tape to keep it still.
Now, the only difficulty is getting your kids to keep their feet still on the sheet. But with this done, you will have reliable length and width measurements for your child’s left and right feet.
With this simple method, you can get a good idea of your children’s feet size. This will allow you to make more informed choices when purchasing new shoes.
The importance of measuring
Getting the size right will save you time and money on any potential returns. But most importantly, correctly fitting shoes ensure the health of your children’s feet at a time when they’re growing. A comfortable fit will also give kids the confidence to explore the world on their own.
Of course, you’ll still want to check your children’s shoes fit when they arrive. About a thumb’s width between the big toe and the end of the shoe is ideal. As well as this, check the width too. And finally, give the shoe a tug at the heel. It should stay on, but also have some ‘give’.
But with measurements to hand, it’s much more likely you’ll get the size right first time.