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Is the Wet Foot Test for Kids Reliable? – Find a Better Way to Determine Your Child’s Arch Shape!


Have you noticed your child walking or running differently lately? Are you wondering whether your child has flat, regular, or high arched feet? I have noticed how several parents rely on the wet foot test to learn their child’s foot type. Is the wet foot test for kids reliable? I believe that it tells us very little and is in no way predictive of a child’s dynamic mechanics, nor injury risk.

The way I see it, the foot test only retrieves one key component of your child’s foot. Buying your child’s shoes based only on your child’s footprint shape will end up in your child wearing the wrong type of shoes.

Let’s say the wet foot test shows that your child has flat feet. What are your next steps going to be? Are you going to buy your child supportive shoes hoping it will help improve your child’s walking gait? There are 3 other components that the wet foot test fails to retrieve and if you don’t take them into consideration your child will end up wearing the wrong type of shoes:

  • Your child’s foot shape —narrow, medium, wide, extra wide— as well as your child’s instep height determine what shoes your child should wear.
  • Your child’s heel condition —normal, inverted or inverted— affect your child’s walking gait and determine what shoes your child should wear.
  • Forefoot abduction affects your child’s walking gait and also determines what shoes your child should wear.

My point is that the wet foot test is not an accurate predictor of the type of shoes your child should wear nor your child’s foot function.

Alternatives to the Wet Foot Test —Find Your Child’s Exact Foot Shape!

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 in children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot conditions such as flat feet, rolled ankles, low muscle tone, toe walking, etc.


Since most specialized children’s shoe stores have been closing down (even before the pandemic), I created a system that helps parents determine their child’s exact foot shape from home.

How to Figure Out Your Child’s Exact Foot Shape

✅ First Step

Take three images of your child’s feet. Make sure that your child is standing straight when taking the images and also make sure that your child’s legs are not tilting forward or backward. The images will help me retrieve your child’s:

  • Arch shape (flat, regular, high).
  • Heel condition (normal, inverted, everted).
  • Foot width and instep height (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide).

Below you can see how the images should look like. Make sure that the images are not taken on the carpet floor.


✅ Second Step

This step is optional and I suggest that you follow this step if you are worried about your child’s walking gait and want a further assessment of your child’s feet. In this step you need to include a video of your child walking barefoot, as this will help me get a better perspective of whether your child needs a pair of supportive shoes or whether your child might need an orthotic to be fitted inside the shoes.

Below you can find an example of how the video should look like:

Once you have the images and video ready (remember that the video is optional) please email them to me at: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

This service is free of charge and it will take me approximately less than 24 hours to respond with your child’s exact foot size.

Knowledge is power! Finding out your child’s exact arch and overall foot shape will allow you to make good choices when buying new shoes and preventing injuries like plantar fasciitis.


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

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