Do you normally shop for your children’s shoes online? Do you 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 shoe size from home. I get contacted by parents daily explaining me how they don’t have a local children’s shoe store to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes, so if you have to measure your child’s feet from home, let me show you the most effective way to do it.
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 have used this device many times, so let me show you how easy it is to use!
Learning how to measure your kids shoe size from home it takes three simple steps:
The first step when measuring your child’s feet is to make sure that you always measure them when they are fully standing. On weight-bearinget, 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.
Allow approximately 3/8 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
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.
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! It always varies and usually brands have different measurements.
So remember, shoes can run long, short, narrow, or wide, but if you are in doubt about how a particular shoe style fits, leave me a message and I will help you find the correct fit for your child!
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.
Here is the video I created where I explain how to measure kids shoe size from home!
You can find the Junior Brannock device for the best price here:
STOP wasting time and money by retuning all your kids’ shoes that you buy online. START providing them with the correct shoe size and keep their feet and legs healthy!