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Buying shoes for children can be troublesome. Not only because there are many different types of shoes to choose from but also considering how fast a child's feet grows and then there is also the finding proper foot support for them. But don't worry! Hush Puppies is here to guide you on how to measure kids' foot size correctly without leaving your home and give you tips on buying comfortable shoes for them.

Did you know?

According to Family Features, a leading provider of free food and lifestyle content, that a child's foot develops until they reach the age of 18 and the most significant changes occurs on their first seven years. Below is a table on how fast kids' feet grow:

Age Average Growth
Under 15 months ½ size every 2 months
15 months - 2 yrs ½ size every 2-3 months
2-3 yrs ½ size every 3-4 months
3-5 years ½ size every 4 months
2 Guides In Measuring A Child's Feet @ home

What you need:

  • your child's feet with socks on
  • shoe size guide (click here for the print)
  • scissors
  • tape
  • pencil
  • flat floor & wall
  • credit card (for print scale)

Steps:

  1. Print the size guide

    For the right fit, print the guide at "100% scale" (uncheck "page scaling").
    Get your credit card and make sure that it fits in the box between the outlines located on the print to ensure the scale is correct.

  2. Measure the size of your kids' feet (cm or inches)

    Length (On your print)

    • Cut out width ruler and set aside. Tape size guide to a hard floor with the curved line touching a wall.
    • Place one foot on the length ruler, aligning heel with curved line.
    • Mark the first visible line past longest toe with pencil.
    • Record measurement and repeat for other foot.

    Width (On your print)

    • With child standing, wrap the width ruler around the widest part of the foot.
    • Mark the line that meets the arrows with a pencil. Ensure you mark the side closest to the ankle.
    • Determine where your child’s length measurement falls within that line. For instance, if your child’s length is 7:
      • » If arrows align with the 7, the width is medium.
      • » If arrows align with the 7, the width is wide.
      • » If arrows align with the 7, the width is extra wide.
    • Record each foot’s width.

What you need:

  • your child's feet with socks on
  • flat floor & wall
  • a piece of paper
  • pen or marker
  • shoelace or string
  • ruler

Steps:

  1. Trace feet on the paper

    Make an outline of your kids' foot on a piece of paper using a pen or marker.

  2. Measure the size of your kids' foot (cm or inches)

    Length (on your outline)

    Measure the length of the foot by using your ruler from the heel to the tip of the big toe.

    Width (on your outline)

    Get your shoelace or string and wrap them on the ball of the foot (but not too tight), which is the widest part of our feet, then note where the two endings meet. Then, measure that part of the shoelace with a ruler.

  3. Repeat with the other foot
Note: If your child’s feet are two different sizes, choose the larger one.
If your child is between widths, use the wider one.

With the measurements you've collected, convert them now to shoe sizes in our kids shoe size chart.
Hush Puppies uses US size

Kids' Size Conversion Chart
 

Now you're ready to buy the perfect shoes for your kids!

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Tips on buying shoes for your kids

Measure your kids' feet at least twice
Now you know how to measure your child's feet properly, you might want to do at least two measurements before buying their shoes to make sure you have to correct sizes. You may do it at different time of the day, or within a week.

Afternoon Shoe Shopping
Did you know that our feet swell over the course of the day?
This means that it is not a good idea to shop shoes in the morning if you didn't get the proper size of your kid's feet yet.

It's their shoes, not yours
As children are sensitive about the look of their shoes, let your kids choose the style and color. You are just responsible for ensuring that the shoes are comfortable and a perfect fit.

Make sure the materials are light and flexible
It is very important that the shoes for your kids are flexible and light as this will allow them to move freely. Rigid is bad for toddlers. Don't make them wear rock-hard shoes!

Rule of 'Thumb'
Once you have chosen the shoes for your kid, you must remember to leave some "wiggle room" for your child's feet room to breathe and grow without cramping their feet. To measure the wiggle room, press down with your thumb at the front and heel of the shoes and feel if there is a comfortable gap with the width of a thumb.
If you have a small thumb, you might want to borrow someone else's.

Watch them move
Let them walk or run while wearing the shoes and see if they frequently stumble or slip (look for shoes with non-skid soles) and if they feel any signs of being uncomfortable. Or, you may just ask them as well.

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