Measuring the boot and shoe size of a youth is one thing but trying to measure the boot and shoe size of a kid is a whole different story. Kids are full of energy, and they are always running around the house. So if you are trying to measure, you would have a hard time getting an accurate measure.
Even if you get the measurement, do you know how to size kids’ boots and shoes that will offer the right fitting? Well, as a parent, it can be daunting to figure out everything while managing office work and home chores. You won’t have to worry as we have come up with a guide that will help you to measure kids’ feet and determine how to size kids’ boots and shoes.
To start with the guide, we want you first to take a look at;
How To Measure Kids’ Feet
Measuring kids’ feet is not a straightforward task, and the easiest way to find the right measurement is by utilizing paper along with a ruler. You can also foot sizing charts, but they won’t give you accurate measurements. So let’s check out how you can measure it;
Before we begin the process, you need to arrange some necessary items;
Now, let’s start with the process, and you can make your kid wear their favourite sock because then they will cooperate in providing measurement;
Step 1- The first thing you need to do is put the paper on the floor and attach it to the floor by applying tape in all corners. Make sure the paper is appropriately stretched so that you can trace the foot.
Step 2- Once you have attached the paper to the floor, have your kid stand on the paper, and one of their feet should be in the middle of the paper. However, if you have an infant kid, then you should hold them over the paper in a standing position and ask someone else to put the foot properly.
Step 3- Now, using a pencil or marker, you need to mark the point on the paper where the big toe ends. Make sure your kid or infant keeps their feet at an exact position. Now again, using the pencil or marker, mark the point where their heel ends.
Step 4- Take the measuring tape and calculate the space between the points on the heel and toe. It would be good to keep the paper properly stretched while measuring the gap. You should also write the measurement as you will need to find the right size.
Step 5- While measuring the vertical length, it would be best to measure the width of your child’s foot because it will ensure a proper fitting. To find the width, you need to trace the whole outer area with a pencil or marker so it would be easy for you to find the width.
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Using Printable Guide
Apart from the measuring tape, you can also use the printable guide often offered by shoe brands. Either you will get the printable guide at the manufacturer’s own website or at the shoe store. Not only are they functional, but also let’s get the accurate measurement for the fitting.
So here are basic things you will need to start the process;
Now, here is how you can measure kids’ feet;
Step 1- After getting the printed guide, using the scissor, you need to cut along the dotted line, and you should cut it in such a way that you can utilize it as a ruler. Now use the tape to attach it to the floor, and while attaching, you should try to put the curved line on the wall. When you paste the curved ruler to the wall, it will be a perfect supporting position for the heel.
Step 2- Now, ask your kid to stand on the printable guide while their heel is against the wall coinciding with the curved line. Then use a pencil or marker to mark the point of the big toe, and accordingly, you need to write the length. While marking, you should use the right column for measuring.
Step 3- While your kid is standing, slide the width ruler under their feet to measure the widths needed. Once you have positioned it, hold the ruler upto the broadest part and mark the point where the widest part meets the indicator. Then take note of the point accordingly using the pencil or marker.
Step 4- However, the width ruler doesn’t give appropriate measurement; you can use a shoelace to measure the width. Like the width ruler, wrap the lace around the widest part of your kids’ feet and mark the endpoint on the lace. Using that marked point, you need to measure the distance from the endpoint. Then you will be able to get the actual size you need for your kid.
Now you know how you can measure your kid’s foot size, it is time to take a look at some quick tips that will come in handy during measurement.
Quicks Tips To Follow While Measuring Kids’ Foot
You can follow these quick tips while taking the measurement;
How do shoe sizes work for kids?
Unlike shoe sizes of men and women, kids’ shoe size works in a different manner where there is no differentiation in gender. Both boys and girls have the same shoe size and almost similar width, so there is no difference in shape in their respective sizes.
Generally, these shoes are made using a standard width that almost fits every fit without much hassle. However, a kid’s shoe size has been divided into two categories based on their age group, which is a small kid and a big kid.
In the small kid category, you will have Newborn, infant and toddler, whereas the big kid involves children and youth. So let’s check out a brief table about the size differences before going into the details.
|Age||US Size||Foot Length|
|Newborn||0 - 2 month||0C - 1.5C||3 ½ - 3 ⅞|
|Infant||2 -12 month||2C - 4C||4 - 4 ¾|
|Toddler||1 - 3 years||4.5C - 9.5C||4 ⅞ - 6 ½|
|Children||4 - 6 years||10C - 13.5C||6 ⅝ - 7 ½|
|Youth||7 - 12 years||1Y - 6Y||7 ⅝ - 9 ⅞|
How to Size Kids Boots and Shoes
Once you have got the precise measurement of your kids’ feet, you will now have to find the right size boots or shoes they will wear. Even though most brands manufacturing kids’ boots and shoes offer accurate sizing, there are some brands that have their respective size charts.
So it is always a wise move to refer to the size guide offered by the brand before you determine which boot or shoe will be ideal for your kid.
There are many instances where you won’t brand size guide to find actual shoe size, so in that instance, you can utilize the following chart for reference. In the US, all the shoe sizes are represented in inches, so we have devised the chart accordingly;
You will come across, some letters while choosing kids’ boot and they are;
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Infant ( Age- Infant to 1 year)
Infant’s heel to toe measurement Infant’s shoe size
|Infant ( Age- Infant to 1 year)||Infant’s shoe size|
|3 ⅛ inches||SIze 0|
|3 1/2inches||SIze 1|
|3 ¾ inches||SIze 2|
|4 ⅛ inches||SIze 3|
|4 ½ inches||SIze 4|
|4 ¾ inches||SIze 5|
|5 inches||SIze 5 ½|
|5 ⅛ inches||SIze 6|
|5 ¼ inches||SIze 6 ½|
Toddler ( Age- 2 to 4 years)
|Toddler’s heel to toe measurement||Infant’s shoe size|
|5 ⅛ inches||Size 7|
|5 ⅝ inches||Size 7 ½|
|5 ¾ inches||SIze 8|
|6 inches||SIze 8 ½|
|6 ⅛ inches||SIze 9|
|6 ¼ inches||SIze 9 ½|
|6 ½ inches||SIze 10|
|6 ⅝ inches||SIze 10 ½|
|6 ¾ inches||SIze 11|
|7 inches||Size 11 ½|
|7 ⅛ inches||Size 12|
Little Kid ( Age- 4 to 8 years)
|Little kid’s heel to toe measurement||Little kid’s shoe size|
|7 ¼ inches||SIze 12 ½|
|7 ½ inches||SIze 13|
|7 ⅝ inches||SIze 13 ½|
|7 ¾ inches||SIze 1|
|8 inches||SIze 1 ½|
|8 ⅛ inches||SIze 2|
|8 ¼ inches||SIze 2 ½|
|8 ½ inches||SIze 3|
Big Kid ( Age- 8 to 12 years)
|Big kids’ heel to toe measurement||Big kids’ shoe size|
|8 ⅝ inches||SIze 3 ½|
|8 ¾ inches||SIze 4|
|9inches||SIze 4 ½|
|9 ⅛ inches||SIze 5|
|9 ¼ inches||SIze 5 ½|
|9 ½ inches||SIze 6|
|9 ⅝ inches||SIze 6 ½|
|9 ¾ inches||SIze 7|
When Shoe Size Is In Between Sizes
It won’t be possible that every kids’ feet measurement will perfectly align with the standard shoe size in the market. Moreover, not all feet grow in the same manner, and there are many occasions where a kid’s two feet won’t match in terms of growth.
So when your child’s foot size falls in between two standard shoe sizes in the market, then it is a wise move to go for the bigger size. Having a larger size will not only allow your fingers to move freely but also won’t make you feel uncomfortable even if your kid uses the shoe or boot for long.
However, if you make your kid wear a shorter size, then it would not only lead to discomfort but also issues like ingrown toenails and deformities. Nowadays, there are some brands coming up with sizes with more fractions in standard shoe sizes so that every kid has a proper fitting when they buy their favourite boot or shoe.
Tips For Trying Kids’ Shoe or Boot
When you go through the process of measuring kids’ boots, you will also come across the time when you will have to make your kids try new boots or shoes. However, trying for kids’ boots is not a walk in the park. So we have come up with some important tips that will assist you in the process and help you to find a comfortable pair for your kid;
Basic Kids’ Shoe Shopping Principles You Need To Consider
Here are some basic principles you should consider following when you are purchasing a shoe or boot for your kid.
Shopping Tips of Shoes for Infants
Buying shoes for an infant is a tricky affair as these shoes will be the first footwear they will use to walk. You need to be careful while buying shoes for them;
Shopping Tips of Shoes for Toddlers
If you have slightly grown-up kids, buying shoes might seem easier as they will be able to test the shoes by themselves. But many more considerations come into play which in reality makes purchasing shoes for toddlers slightly confusing. So here are some tips that will help you in the process;
Shopping Tips of Shoes for Big Kids
Shopping for shoes for your big kids doesn’t require much consideration, and if you follow certain factors, you will be able to find the best shoes. We have put forward some tips that we think will come in handy for you;
However, if you make your kid wear big shoes, not only will they be robbed of the necessary support, but also there is a chance that it will come off easily. Kids during this age are highly active, so you need to offer that fits appropriately.
We hope our detailed guide has given you all the details you need to know about how to size kids’ boots and shoes without much hassle. Using the right size is very important as a shoe that is too large or too small can ruin the support and lead to the long-term effect.
We have given the size chart for all ages, so we hope you won’t have a problem finding the most appropriate shoe for your kid.
Hi, This is Jack Patrick. Since my childhood, I have been passionate about footwear, and I just love to study and research different types of footwear. This led me to build this blog. Our aim is to provide updated & in-depth information so that you can choose the right pair as per your requirement or problems. Lastly, the quote by Marilyn Monroe – “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”