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How to Measure Kids Shoe Size from Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!


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 to 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:

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

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for 10 years at a children’s shoe store that specializes in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have always used the standard foot measuring tool called the Brannock Device to figure out the child’s foot size.

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 takes 3 simple steps:

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.

Second Step: Make sure you measure both feet —most of us have 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.

Third Step: 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 heel here:


Place your child’s left heel here:

Check that your child is standing straight and that your child’s heels are all the way back against the Brannock device – children 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 what 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. Below you can find a 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, to provide children with growing room in their shoes we want to provide them with half a size longer of the size that they measure in the shoe measuring scale. However, 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. If the shoes fit “long” then you need to provide your child with the same size 10 – as the shoes already fit long.

Does this make sense to you?

You should always allow approximately 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

Below you can find a video that I created where I explain how to measure your kids’ foot size from home:

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.

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I understand that not all families can afford to invest in this foot measuring device. If you can measure your child’s feet with a measuring tape and send me those numbers I put those numbers in the Brannock device I have at home and get your child’s exact foot size. Take a look at the article below which explains exactly how to do this:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

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 below:

Find The Best Shoe Style for your Child’s Unique Feet

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.


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14 Comments on How to Measure Kids Shoe Size from Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

  1. My daughter has wide feet and a high instep. So difficult to find anything to fit and now a teen so even more difficult to find something cool and a good fit. I have not been able to locate anyone with knoweldge of shoe fitting. It’s not like it was years ago. Your share is great. Thank you so much.

    • Hello Heather,

      It’s really hard to find shoes for children that have wide feet and a high instep. You need to look for a shoe style that is deep and comes with a round toe-box. If you send me your daughter’s shoe size (length and width) I can help you find shoes for her.

  2. What brannock device do you use for a child who’s already wearing 5.5 youth US? The conversion charts look like 5 youth is not the same as 5 men’s US shoe. They sell youth shoes up to 7 but junior brannock only goes up to 5.

      • Hi, I got the men’s brannock device for my 9 year old son that you recommended. He has big feet 😉
        My son’s right foot length was 6.5, arch length 7.5 width C
        Left foot length was 7, arch length 8 and width C
        What size shoe would I get? Men’s 8 wide? wouldn’t an 8 be too long for right foot?

        • Hello Lisa,

          Based on the measurements that you are providing me with, I recommend that you get your child a shoe size 7 1/2. Width C actually stands for medium, so I will recommend a shoe size 7 1/2 in a medium width.

          Please keep in mind that the final shoe size that you will get for your child will depend on how that particular shoe style fits. Shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they fit you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child. If you are unsure about how a particular shoe style fits, please let me know and I will be able to tell you.

          I hope this helps!

  3. Just an FYI on the one shoe store in Wycoff NJ you mention….. they don’t carry new balance only Saucony and Nike and all they literally did was use the tool to measure his foot. Something I could have done at famous footwear in town not drive 45 minutes out of the way.

    • Hello Cheri,

      I am sorry you had to go though all that trouble to end up empty handed. I got good feedback from that store but I will be contacting them directly to get an update on what brands they are selling and update the map accordingly.

  4. hello,
    if my child does not use orthotics but i buy shoes that have room for them (like the ones mentioned above) will the shoe still fit ok?

  5. Great article! We actually have the Junior yellow & blue Brannock device and I have a four year old son who wears a size 11 shoe US. This doesn’t look like the right device for him. Online there is a Women & Growing Girls Brannock device but nothing for Men & growing boys. Please help us find the correct device. The blue and pink women and men version may not accommodate a young boy. Thank you!

    • Hi Susie,

      Thank you. The Junior yellow Brannock device should be able to accurately measure your 4 year old son. I am not sure I understand why you believe that the yellow Brannock device won’t be able to measure your son’s feet. That device measures young children from a toddler size shoe size 3 all the way up to a big boy size 5.

  6. Hi there, great article. I have a 20mo old with very wide feet and a v high instep. I was going to get the tundra which you recommend (but I was confused as I thought you said it was kamik brand, but tundra is a different brand entirely?) But I realised it’s not waterproof; just water resistant. Would you have a Recommendation for another waterproof boot that will suit my son’s very wide, deep feet? Are bogs good for this type of foot? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Leanne –

      Thank you. I recommend a specific snow boot style made by Tundra and Bogs.

      This is the style that I recommend by Bogs: Wide Snow Boot for Kids

      That style is capable of fitting kids with wide feet since it’s extra deep.

      Can you please show me which article did you read that recommended Kamik snow boots for kids with wide feet instead of Tundra?

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