How to Fit Kids shoes at Home
Looking for tips on how to measure your child’s feet at home? Director and children’s shoe fitting expert Garek Begg shares his top tips for measuring children’s feet. This provides general advice and detail on some of the potential pitfalls, when measuring and fitting your child’s feet from home.
should I Measure my Child’s Feet at Home?
Actually the first question to ask is ‘How do I check if my child’s shoes still fit properly?’ When it comes to your child’s feet, measuring is only the first part of the process. Measuring feet only gives us a guide as to where to start – e.g. how long is your foot. Measuring feet in our stores is helpful to show us where to start, but far from the definitive in terms of telling us which is the right shoe.
The checking of the fit of the shoes is the most important part of the process. The reason for this is, that different styles and brands of shoe won’t always fit in the same size and further, don’t always fit true to size. Different last shapes (the moulds that shoes are made on) or even different materials can further alter the way they fit – narrow versus wide, as well as shallow versus deep.
In children’s shoe fitting stores, experience is extremely valuable and our qualified children’s shoe fitters are required to complete at least 50 cross-checked shoe fittings before we consider them qualified. This experience is practically very difficult to replicate at home since many children may only have between three and six pairs of shoes in an entire year. Please contact us and ask for more detailed tips and advice if you need us.
check the fit of your childrens shoes at home
While children’s shoe fitting experts are not available, with stores closed down, the best advice we can give at the moment is to try to check the length in the existing shoes yourself. We recommend that you visit your local expert shoe fitting shoe as soon as you can.
- Before you start, stand your child in front of you barefoot and see which toes are longest, it won’t always be the big toe!
- Now, socks back on, make sure the heels are secure at the back of the shoe AND the fastenings are securely done up.
- Then, with the child standing relaxed and straight, press gently but firmly enough that you can sense where you are touching on the foot.
- Move slowly down from the big joint towards the tip of the big toe. You should eventually feel the top of the big toe (the easiest to find) which may or may not be touching the front of the upper. Was this the longest toe? If not you need to establish where the longest toes end.
- If the longest toes are touching anywhere at the front, they are obviously too short. If there is a definite gap round the toe, the size is probably OK for now.
Another tip you can try is to check the pattern of wear inside the shoe. Once a shoe has been worn for a week or so, normally a dust pattern appears on the insole at the front. This can give a good indicator of where the toes are, bearing in mind the top of the toe is always further forward. This can be replicated with talcum powder BUT beware of the mess!
One flaw with this check can be when the shoes are not properly fastened on; allowing the foot to slide to the front of the shoe. This can mean toes are being continually damaged by being banged up against the front of the shoe – time for a new pair.
How Do I know my baby’s first shoe size
If you want to buy shoes for your baby who has never been fitted before, unfortunately the above doesn’t help. We would always recommend trying to avoid or minimise time wearing shoes for babies and toddlers learning to walk. Infants generally don’t need shoes except to protect from dirt, knocks and the elements – during winter the latter is not so much of an issue.
If you need to measure at home and can’t get to a store for expert fitting advice, the best option is to get something soft that will not do damage if incorrectly fitted.
This can be really effective protection for little feet until you can visit your local shop. If you email us we’ll be able to advise. Our range of Clarks First Shoes includes a wide variety of little baby shoe options. and softer canvas styles are a great place to start, because firmer materials slightly harder to judge in terms of fitting (e.g. hard to tell they are too small).
Fitting of children’s first shoes is tricky and we take a lot of care to avoid distress in our stores. Since shoe shopping and shoe fitting is going to be a repeated adventure over the years (many times) its best to make it as good an experience as you can.
How to check if my childs shoes are too tight?
You probably want to know how your kids width fitting can be measured; the answer is on an appropriate gauge. Numerous gauges exist, all with different scales for length and width; some with weight on others weight off and all gauges will have a degree of ‘growing room’ included – space for your toes. Many brands of shoes don’t offer width fittings making online purchases just guesswork.
Hopefully our advice will help you find the best size and fit to try. Remember but there is no substitute for trying on and fit testing – checking how long your child’s foot is with a gauge is only going to tell you where to start.
The safest way to proceed if you need a new pair is to go up a ½ or potentially whole size in the same shoe in the same width fitting. When you go up a shoe size, a shoe becomes both longer and proportionately wider too. If you can identify the style for us that you have had before, and fitted well, we should be able to offer something similar. Styles made on the same last are generally safest – since the shape of the style is consistent.
If the fitting was checked by one of our expert shoe fitters, it’s highly likely that style and fitting is still appropriate. If you’re on our loyalty scheme we can easily access the style, size, fitting and purchase date of the previous pair. This will also help guide us to the best choice.
All of our store managers have completed extensive shoe fitting training with the Society of Shoe Fitters. Begg Shoes is a member of the Children’s Foot Health register too.