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How to Find the Best Shoe and Fit for Your Child – Personalized Online Shoe Fitting


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on how to find the best shoe and fit for your child.

I have been helping families find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online for the last 5 years. My experience with children’s shoes comes from working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years. We specialize in children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

I have helped parents find shoes for their children with foot conditions — flat feet, overpronation, low muscle tone — and complicated foot shapes — narrow, extra wide, high insteps.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

Families get referred to the shoe store I work for on a daily basis by pediatricians and physical therapists that want children to be properly fitted for shoes, and in certain cases, orthotics as well.

Most specialized children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and we are left with big retailers that don’t offer personalized attention and have little experience in properly fitting children’s shoes. I am familiar with which shoe styles and which shoe brands are better than others from having fitted them before.


Before we move any forward, let’s check if you have a specialized children’s shoe store in your area.

I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at the local shoe store that they trust. This personalized shoe fitting experience that I am offering is for those parents who don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area.

Let’s make sure that you don’t have a local good fitting children’s shoe store in your area. Take a look at a resource I created where I showcase the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to find a store close to you, keep on reading so I can help you find the perfect pair of shoes for your child.

Bones in children are not entirely developed. If a shoe is not properly fitted, then the body’s biomechanics can be altered. Therefore, my webpage is primarily an advisory or a recommendation on effective care for children’s feet.

I can recommend the best type of shoes for your child based on your child’s foot condition or foot shape, but if you buy your children’s shoes online, you need to know your child’s exact foot size. Otherwise, you will end up wasting time and money having to return the shoes back and forth.

Personalized Shoe Fitting for your Child – It Takes 2 Simple Steps!

I am here to offer you a personalized shoe fitting experience for your child that will retrieve your child’s exact foot shape (length, width, and instep height).

✅ FIRST STEP: Retrieving your child’s exact foot length.

Make sure that your child is standing straight, and then place a measuring tape or ruler below your child’s heels.

Measure both feet up to the tip of your child’s longest toe. You must measure both feet since there is always one foot that is bigger than the other. Keep in mind that your child’s longest toe isn’t necessarily the big toe — it may in fact be the second or even the third toe.

Measurement Box

Make a note of that measurement in centimeters or inches and proceed to step number 2.

✅ SECOND STEP: Retrieving your child’s foot width, instep height, and possible foot condition.

I will need 3 pictures of your child’s feet from different angles. These images will help me determine whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet and a high instep. I also will be able to tell whether your child has a foot condition such as flat feet or rolled ankles.

Below you can find a sample of how the pictures should look like:

Angle Box
Angle Box
Angle Box

Please note that I won’t need the measurements of your child’s foot width, the images will be sufficient to help me determine whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

Recap – What to Include in Your Email

  • Your child’s foot length measurements (or an image of their foot length measurements)
  • Three images of your child’s feet (see example images above)
  • The country you live in

Feel free to include in your email any additional information I should know about your child’s feet.

How Much Does this Service Cost?

Due to the high volume of requests that I have been getting I am not able to provide this service for free anymore, there is now a $10 fee for this service.

I will keep a chart with your family’s last name to keep records of how your child’s feet are growing, and I will be able to send you an email reminding you when it will be a good time to start looking for new shoes.

Below is an example of the chart that I will keep records on how your child is growing and send an email reminder to that specific family when it’s time to check if the child needs new shoes:


For example, let’s say you have a 2-year-old toddler who wears a shoe size 7. Based on your toddler’s age, you should be getting ready to replace the shoes after 3 1/2 to 4 months from the time that you first got the shoes. If you have a child that is 7 years old and wears a shoe size 12, then you will be getting an email from me after 5 months from the time that you first purchased the shoes, as that is the standard growing rate for a 7-year-old.

The idea is to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy by making sure that they are wearing the correct shoe size and that they don’t keep wearing the shoes if they have outgrown them.

Parents need to understand that not all children can wear all shoes. With my years of experience fitting shoes, I can tell when a child walking by me has had their shoes fitted properly.

Much of parents’ attention focuses on what styles to buy for their little ones. but many of them overlook one of the most crucial elements of shoe shopping: the importance of properly sizing their kids’ feet.

Providing your children with the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size will go a long way in keeping their feet and legs healthy and preventing back problems in the future.


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

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