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


Parents across the country are increasingly ordering their children’s shoes online—unfortunately, without the benefit of proper shoe fittings—because most specialty children’s shoe stores nationally are closing their doors. Big retail stores such as Nordstrom’sPayless, or Footlocker do not provide adequate child shoe fittings, causing many children to wear footwear that is the wrong size.

If you are thinking of purchasing your kids’ shoes online, there are 2 steps that you need to follow in order to figure out your child’s exact foot size and make sure that your child ends up wearing the correct shoe size.

I developed the most effective way to determine your child’s exact foot size from your home and will personally assist you with a custom fitting tailored to your child’s individual needs. This easy-to-follow method allows parents to accurately determine their child’s correct foot length and width, as well as instep height.

I have been measuring children’s feet and helping them find the correct pair of shoes for their feet for the last 10 years. I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot conditions such as flat feet, rolled ankles, low muscle tone, toe walking, etc.

In order to follow my 2 simple steps, you need a measuring tape and 2 pictures of your child’s feet. If you email me these pictures, I will help determine your child’s foot instep and foot width.

There have been several inventions and online tools that claim to provide you with the most accurate foot size. Please don’t waste any money on those tools.  These tools are ineffective because they are not able to capture two key factors that determine the final foot size: instep and width.

My service is 100% free, and all that is required is measuring tape and 2 pictures of your child’s feet. I understand the importance of well-fitting shoes and believe that shoes can be life changing.

I use the Brannock device to accurately determine a child’s exact foot size. The Brannock device is the standard foot measuring tool, and the most effective tool on the market right now. However, I understand that not all families can afford to invest $50 dollars in a foot measuring device. In order to support families who may not have this device, I offer my personal assistance in applying my method which involves 2 simple steps.

The only thing that you are going to need is a ruler or a measuring tape, which you probably already have at home, but if you don’t, I suggest that you get one in order to be able to measure your child’s feet correctly.

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How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps!

Step 1: Measuring 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 all the way up to the tip of your child’s longest toe. It’s imperative that you measure both feet since there is always one foot that is bigger than the other. Keep in mind that your child’s longest toe it doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe — it may in fact be the second or even the third toe

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


Step 2: Pictures of Your Child’s Foot Width.

The pictures below will help me determine whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.  Also, the pictures will help me see whether your child has a high instep or not.

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



I have measured thousands of children’s feet, and I will be able to easily tell you your child’s exact foot shape.

This service is free of charge, since my goal is to keep your children’s feet healthy. It will take me less than 24 hours to respond back with your child’s exact foot size. Once you have that information ready, please email it to me at: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

I suggest that you also let me know whether you are located in the United States or somewhere else as this will help me determine which shoe brands and shoe styles are available in your country in case you need specific shoe recommendations.


Figuring out your child’s foot size doesn’t correlate to your child’s shoe size. You need to provide your child with a certain amount of growing room ( 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters) of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes to be more precise, which usually translates to a half a size longer shoe.

For example, if your child measures a foot size 10 you will need to get the shoe size 10 1/2, assuming that the shoes fit “true to size”. If your child’s shoes run “short” or “long” then you will have to adjust the final shoe size that you get for your child.

Most parents end up wasting a lot of time and money buying their kids’ shoes online. It can certainly be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know your child’s exact foot size and what shoes to order. However, if you follow my 2 steps, you can feel confident that your child will end up wearing the correct shoe size.

You can use this 2 step method from home, and it should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Most likely, this process will take far less time than one typically spends having kids measured at a big retailer, where children very often leave wearing the wrong shoe size.

Why is my Method more Effective than Other Digital Online Measuring Tools?

These tools are ineffective because they are not able to capture two key factors that determine the final foot size: instep and width.

The instep plays a key role in determining which type of shoes your child can wear. Do you know what the instep of the foot is? The instep is the top part of the foot, and when it’s high, it makes your shoe choices more limited. Take a look at the image below to identify where the instep of the foot is located:


Children’s feet come in all different shapes and sizes, and your child might have narrowmedium, wide, or extra wide feet. In addition, your child might have a high instep, which makes it even harder to find shoes that fit.

Did you know that wearing the wrong shoe size is the main reason that children develop blisters and calluses as well as general foot and leg pain?

My 10 years of experience fitting children’s shoes has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit.  Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Due to my experience in fitting thousands of kids, I have put together this 2 step foot measuring technique that has been helping parents determine their child’s foot size from all over the world.


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

  1. I am so grateful to have found this website. The information was so insightful. I can’t tell how difficult it is to find foot wear for my daughter. We visit countless stores. I buying and returning on line all the time. It’s just an endless nightmare of frustration. I am looking forward to hopefully ending the confusion of proper shoe fitting shoes. I only hope there’s a selection of styles for every occasion.

    • Hi Rhonda,

      I hope you and your daughter are well and staying safe.

      I am glad that you found the article informative. Let me know if you are having trouble finding a specific shoe style for your daughter’s feet and I will help you find it.

  2. Thank you for providing this service for free. It was actually my mother the one that found you in Google and called me right away as we have been having issues buying my daughter shoes online. She was more exited than I am. Anyways I just wanted to say thank you for providing this service for free and I will be emailing my daughter’s pictures and measurements shortly.

  3. Hi Juan, thank you for offering this service for free. I am not able to take my daughter to our local shoe store since they have gone out of business. I just emailed you her measurements so you should receive the email soon. We will like to have her measurements as soon as possible as she is due for new shoes.

  4. Oh my god thank you so much for providing this free service. My friend told me about your website and I have been looking through it and found a pair of sneakers for my daughter’s extra extra narrow feet. You have no idea how hard it has been to find shoes that fit her well.I wanted to drop a line to say THANK YOU!

    • Hi Kimberly,

      Anytime and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about your daughter’s feet.

  5. Hi Juan

    Thank you for providing this service for free. We haven’t been able to take our daughter to our local shoe store so I am so glad I found you in Google. I just emailed you her measurements and the pictures you requested so I hope I hear from you soon. Take care.

  6. Hi JP,

    I have incredibly flat feet. Knowing that this is hereditary my 5 yr old son too has flat feet . Is there anyway to revert this or increase a natural arch over time because of his young age ?

    • Hi Audray,

      If your son doesn’t develop an arch by the time he reaches six years old then it’s highly likely that he will remain flat footed for the rest of his life.

      Please note that having flat feet is common and no treatment is necessary unless the child starts complaining about foot or leg pain. if your son starts complaining about foot or leg pain I suggest that you make sure your son is wearing supportive shoes at all times. Depending on the degree of your son’s flat feet you might also have to consider fitting an orthotic inside your son’s shoes.

      The correct type of shoes and the orthotics won’t mold your son an arch, but they will help improve your son’s walking gait and overall posture.

      Keep in touch and let me know if you have any other questions.

  7. Hi Juan, thank you so much for offering this service for free. I order my kids’ shoes online all the time, and the shoes are always too small or too big resulting in me having to return the shoes. This is a waste of my time and money.

    I just sent you both of my son’s measurements so I am looking forward to your response.H

     I will be sharing this with friends and family as well as in my social media channels.

  8. I haven’t been able to walk into shoe store in these times so your service came at the perfect time. I already received your response with my son’s measurements and wanted to thank you for offering this amazing service to parents. I didn’t know he had a high instep, which makes perfect sense as we always struggled getting his shoes on and off. Thank you Juan!

  9. Hi Juan. I just sent you my daughter’s foot measurements. Can you believe we took her to 3 different shoe stores and they all measured her at different sizes? One store told me she has narrow feet and the other one told me she has wide feet! How is this possible?

    • I always respond back between 24 hours so you will get my response soon. I am not sure how that happened to your daughter but if you followed the instructions on my article I will be able to tell you whether your daughter has narrow or wide feet, as well as her exact foot length. 

  10. What a great service you are offering! A big well done for your service and filling the gap, developing the most effective way of custom fitting tailoring for childrens foot needs. This personalized shoe size measurement is brilliant Juan!

    I’m in a community where there are numerous parents, and confident that they’ll be delighted to see and use your free on-line service for their children’s shoes!

    You must have seen so many children who had painful discomforting feet before, now being free with healthier feet, which also builds up confidence.

    Well done again for caring, being so kind and generous with your free measurements service for children’s feet!

    • Hi Dayo,

      Thank you! My goal is to make sure that no children suffers from foot or leg pain from wearing the wrong type of shoes.

  11. Hi Juan,

    My grandson always used to kick off his shoes until we got him a pair of the extra wide shoes you recommended. He loves his shoes and he refuses to take them off. That new Balance shoe is the only shoe he will wear, for now we are glad that we found something that works. Many thanks keep up the good work.


    • Hi Pete,

      I am glad to hear that the shoes worked out for your grandson’s feet. I suggest that you periodically check the shoes and make sure his toes are not rubbing against the side of the shoes.

  12. Hi Juan. I received your shoe size recommendations for both my daughter’s feet and they were right on point. We were finally able to find a pair of comfortable boots that they like. We were able to accomplish this because you told us they have both extra wide feet. Forever grateful for your service!

  13. Hello there! I’ve always had an issue with buying the correct sizes of shoes for my 2 kids, even when I took them to our local shoe store. I feel like most salesmen don’t have the patience to deal with my kids so I started buying their kids’ shoes online and you article has been super duper helpful! Many thanks!!!! 

  14. You are offering an excellent service.

    Like you, I think children’s shoes need to fit properly. My mother insisted we were measured for shoes and I did the same with my children and grandchildren. Poorly fitting shoes can damage feet, especially those of a growing child.

    Here in the UK we can still get a child’s feet measured, though it has to be by appointment now.

    I am sure a lot of families are grateful that you offer this service for free.

    • Hi Linda, 

      I hope things are well in the UK. Happy to help and let me know if you ever need help fitting your grandchildren’s shoes. 

  15. Hi Juan. I don’t know how many times I ordered shoes online and had to return them because they were either too big or too small. I just received your response and apparently my son has wide feet with a very high instep which is probably the reason why none of the shoes were fitting correctly. I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your help.

  16. I am amazed you are offering this service for free. I was looking at your website and noticed that every time you recommend a specific shoe you tell us how it fits which is extremely helpful. Determining the accurate shoe size for children can be challenging as some brands may be big or small. 

    This is great stuff I will be sharing it with friends and family.

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