Do you normally shop for your children’s shoes online and find yourself wasting time and money having to return the shoes all the time?
I decided to create this article along with a video to explain parents the most effective way to determine their children’s foot size from home.
I get contacted by parents on a daily basis concerned that they don’t have a local children’s shoe store to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes. Before you continue reading, I want you to take a look at a map I created where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
I have been fitting children for shoes and orthotics for the last ten years and I have always used the standard foot measuring tool called the Brannock Device.
This device is the standard foot measuring tool that most shoe stores use, and you might have seen it at your local children’s shoe store or at a big retailer store such as Nordstrom’s or Foot Locker. It might look a little complicated to use, but it is by far the most effective one, and I frequently use this device, so let me show you how easy it is to use!
Learning how to measure your kids foot size from home it takes three simple steps:
The first step when measuring your kids’ feet is to make sure that you always measure your kids when they are fully standing. On weight-bearing, the foot stretches in both length and width, so this is the only way to get the correct shoe size.
The second step is making sure you measure both feet (most of us have a half a size difference between our feet). The longer of the two feet is the correct length to be fitted. Measure to the longest toe, which is not always the “big” toe, but could be the second, or even the third toe.
The third step is to put step 1 and step 2 together and get your child’s measurements. Here you can see where your child’s heel goes:
Place your child’s right foot here:
Place your child’s left foot here:
Check that your child is standing straight and that your child’s heels are all the way back against the Brannock device (children’s tend to slide their feet forward), and also make sure that your child is not curling his or her toes.
Make sure that you are only reading the numbers facing you.
Check the width by sliding the bar over to the edge of the foot and locate your kids’ shoe size on the bar and view the width measurement that corresponds to that size.
Don’t forget to check the instep of your child’s feet. Sometimes when a child has a high instep, a deeper and wider shoe might be required. Do you know that the instep is? The instep is the top part of the foot.
The issue is that you can’t measure the instep of the foot, I am able to tell if a child has a high instep just by looking at his or her feet since I have been doing this for so long. Here you can find picture of a child with a high instep:
Most parents believe that once they get their children’s feet measured, that measured size automatically translates to the correct shoe size. This is the most common mistake parents make when buying shoes for their kids. The reason why this translation doesn’t work is that shoes can run long, short, narrow, or wide, and depending on how the shoes fit you need to adjust what size you get for your child.
For example, in order to provide children with growing room in their shoes we want to provide them with a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the shoe measuring scale.
If your child measures a size 10 in the shoe measuring scale but the shoes fit “short” then you will need to provide your child with a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer (so you will provide your child with a size 11 instead of a 10 ½). But if the shoes fit “long” then you need to provide your child with the same size 10 (since the shoes already fit long).
Does this make sense to you?
You should always allow approximately 3/8 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
Here is the video I created where I explain how to measure your kids shoe size from home!
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Stop wasting time and money by returning all your kids’ shoes that you buy online.
Start providing them with the correct shoe size and keep their feet and legs healthy!
I hope you enjoyed the article along with the video and keep in mind that if you buy your children’s shoes online, you should have handy the Brannock device at home that way you will end up saving a lot of time and money.
If you can’t seem to find a particular shoe style for your child, you should take a look at a tool I created that allows you to filter shoe options by your child’s unique footprint. The tool involves a simple process in which parents select the child’s age, shoe size, type of shoe that you are looking for, whether you want Velcro closure or shoelaces, and other important features such as whether the shoe is capable of accommodating an orthotic.
You can find that tool here:
Have you tried using the Brannock device at home? Is there any other measuring tool you use to measure your kids’ foot size from home? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.