How to determine your child's shoe size – La bottine

How to determine your child's shoe size

Understanding the sizing and how to measure your child's foot

A young child's foot grows between 2 to 3 sizes per year, and from the age of 5, 1 to 2 sizes per year. Since children's bones are still flexible, the child feels little or no pain when shoes get too small. For this reason, parents should be observant and get their child's feet fitted regularly. The child's feet must be supported without feeling too tight in their shoes. To be sure your child is wearing the right size, you need to be able to fit a finger between the heel and the shoe. This takes into account the growth and movement (the pushing forward motion of the foot in contact with the ground).


Tips before measuring your child's feet.

  • Measure you child's feet at the end of the day, when feet are wider.
  • Measure your child's feet wearing socks he or she will be wearing with the new shoes.
  • Measure both feet and use the size of the largest/longest foot.
  • Measure your child's feet standing, the results will be more accurate.
  • You can take measurements in inches or centimeters. To convert inches to centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54 

How to measure your child's feet:

  • Put a sheet of paper on the ground, tape it if you need to.
  • Invite your child to come stand on the sheet of paper.
  • With a pen, trace the contour of the foot on the sheet of paper. Keep the pen in an upright position when you do the outline so it constantly keeps contact with the foot.
  • With a ruler, measure your trace to determine the length and width of the foot.


Foot length

To find the length of the feet, measure the distance between the two farthest points. The result will be the length of the foot, and you can use this number to determine the size.

* Note: If you are between 2 measurements, it is recommended to take the bigger size.

Ex: a child who has a foot of 11,8 cm fits between 19 and 20. It is therefore advisable to take size 20.