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How to Order the Correct Shoe Size for Your Child’s Orthotics – Follow These 3 Simple Steps


Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes to accommodate your child’s orthotics and are unsure about what shoe size to order?

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.

Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for children who wear 3/4 length or full length orthotics, as well as AFOs and SMOs.


Most parents are unsure about what shoe size to order for children who wear orthotics. One of the most common mistakes that I see parents make is getting shoes that are too long in order to accommodate the orthotic. Please note that if the shoes don’t fit correctly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer.

You should never have to buy shoes that are longer than a full size bigger than your child’s foot size in order to accommodate an orthotic.

I will also help you figure out your child’s exact foot shape and length as this play a key role in the final shoe size your child should wear.

My service is 100% free and all that you need is a measuring tape or a ruler to take your child’s feet and orthotic measurements.

How to Order the Correct Shoe Size for Your Child’s Orthotics

✅ Step 1: Measuring Your Child’s Orthotic Length:

If your child wears an AFO/SMO or a full-length orthotic, I will need the measurements of the orthotic. You can skip this step if your child wears a 3/4 length orthotic.

  • Make sure that you measure your child’s orthotics from the back part all the way up to the front part. Make a note of that measurement in centimeters or inches or email me the image showing the measurements in order to avoid confusion with the measurements:
Image of a parent measuring their child’s AFO/SMO.
Image of a parent measuring their child’s full length orthotic.

✅ Step 2: 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 or email me the image showing the measurements in order to avoid confusion with the measurements.

✅ Step 3: Pictures of Your Child’s Foot Width:

If you already know your child’s exact foot shape you can skip this step.

The pictures below will help me determine whether your child has narrowmediumwide, or extra wide feet.  Also, the pictures will help me see whether your child has a high instep and additional information such as whether your child has flat feet or not. Below you can find examples of how the pictures should look like :


It will take me less than 24 hours to respond back with what shoe size you need to order to accommodate your child’s orthotics. Once you have that information ready, please email it to me at:


If you happen to need specific shoe recommendations please let me know in which country you are located so I can recommend shoes that are available in your area.

Recap – What to Include in Your Email!

  • Your child’s orthotic length measurements.
  • Your child’s foot length measurements.
  • The images of your child’s feet.
  • Your location.


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