How to choose a shoe size for a child - many beginner parents face this challenge. But those who are more experienced in parenting also do not always make good choices. In this article, we explain step by step how to choose the size of a child's shoe. That is very important. From the text you will learn:




Too small or too large shoes for a child are not only uncomfortable for a toddler, they can also cause various developmental abnormalities. The proper development of the feet and the entire body posture of the child depend to a large extent on the footwear.

How to choose a shoe size for a child - 5 simple steps

How to choose the size of a child's shoe can be presented in 5 simple steps. We discuss one by one what should be done to make sure that the chosen shoes will be comfortable for the toddler and will not adversely affect his development.

STEP 1.
Match the baby shoes to the child's development stage.

What stage of development is your child at? You must answer this question. At each stage of development, a toddler needs different shoes. He uses his feet for a variety of purposes: from crawling, through the first steps, to independent walking, running or jumping.

At Bosa Stópka, we distinguish three stages of a child's development and we have three categories of shoes for children:

Picture of a baby that crawls, for the category Baby Shoes :: Barefoot Shop

Baby shoes

These are shoes for children who crawl or are already standing next to the furniture. Baby shoes are shoes that do not interfere with the natural development of the feet. But such footwear is used only for protective purposes - the baby should, as often as possible, walking barefoot.

 Walking shoes to promote healthy foot development, for children who are taking their first steps :: Bosy Sklep

Shoes for learning to walk

These are shoes for children who are already starting to take their first steps. It is also a category suitable for babies who are new to walking (month / two) and their steps are still uncertain. But such shoes are also used mainly for protective purposes - walking barefoot is the best for a kids.

An image of a child who can walk, for the category Children's shoes :: Bosa Stopka

Shoes for kids

Shoes in this category are shoes for children that have had their first steps long ago - they walk confidently, and even run and jump. At this stage, children's shoes should be as flexible as possible, with a flat sole, made of lightweight and breathable materials.

STEP 2
Match the baby shoes to the type of baby's feet.

Match the baby shoes to the type of baby's feet:

  • narrow
  • normal
  • plump, wide
Narrow feet

Narrow feet

Feet with a slightly protruding ankle, no dimples at the ankles (viewed from above), and even slightly protruding ankles on the toes.

normal feet

Normal feet

Baby's feet without a lot of fat, without large dimples at the toes (viewed from above) and without significant bulges.

plump wide feet

Plump/narrow feet

Baby feet with more fat, round feet, with bulges and smaller or larger dimples around the toes and ankles. Children's feet are chubby mainly in the first period of walking, later turning into wide ones.


Advice In order to adjust the width of your baby shoes well, look for baby shoes with Velcro or lace-up closure - such shoes can be easily adjusted in width, both for slender and plump baby feet. You also have to pay attention to whether the foot is "high" or "flat". And if there is such a need, choose shoes with the appropriate marking: "high instep" / "low instep". However, do not confuse this term with a high arch / arch of the foot - a child's feet are naturally devoid of it, children acquire it with their growth and natural strengthening of the feet.

STEP 3
Match the shoes for the child to their needs.

barefoot baby spring shoes
barefoot baby winter shoes barefoot baby winter shoes

Consider the circumstances for which baby shoes are needed. Match them with the season and the place where they will be used. Does a toddler need wellington boots, snow boots, slippers, sandals or water shoes? Imagine as many situations as possible in which your child will wear new shoes.

STEP 4
Measure the child's feet to choose the size of shoes for the child.

It is best to measure your child's feet in the afternoon - then the feet are always slightly larger than in the morning. Ask your child to stand on a flat surface. Toddler should stand up straight and not curl his toes. You can use a string to measure - it is enough for the child to stand on it and you mark the distances on the string and then measure it with a ruler. Both feet should always be measured as they can be of different lengths. Always choose a larger measure.

First measure feet in length, that is, measure the distance between the big toe and the end of the heel.

how to measure feet length

Then measure feet in width, which is the widest part of the feet.

how to measure feet width

Note: Do not measure the child's feet by tracing them - in this way the result may be overstated.

Once you measure your child's feet, check the size of the selected child's shoes using the length in the size charts.

Important: Before buying any more shoes for your child, always measure their feet again - children's feet grow very quickly. Also, do not buy new children's shoes in the same size as the child already has shoes from a different company - each manufacturer has a different size.

how to measure feet correctly

KROK 5
When choosing the size of shoes for a child, add an appropriate excess.

The size of shoes for a child should be selected so that there is room for free movement of the toes and for the height of the feet - at least 0.5 cm.

Children's shoes should not be too small - children's feet are very flexible and susceptible to deformation, largely made of cartilage. Children's shoes must not be too big, because they will be in the way and make it difficult for the child to step.

The exact excess of kids shoes depends on:

  • Type of footwear - detailed information on how much stock should be in children's shoes for various purposes can be found here.
  • The type of child's feet - if a child has a very slim foot (it is small), the excess should not be too large.
  • The child's age - the younger the child, the smaller the excess should be (in shoes for the first steps is approx. 0.7 cm), the older the child is (the better he walks), the larger the excess, even up to 1.2 cm.

Tip: If you are hesitating between two sizes of baby shoes, buy two pairs of shoes, check which size fits better and send the wrong one back to the store.

How to choose shoes for a child in Bosa Stópka?

If you already know how to choose the size of a child's shoe, see also how to choose a good child's shoe at Bosa Stópka - we have some valuable advice for you.

1. 1. Get to know the barefoot and the most important features of children's shoes

Before buying shoes for a child from Bosa Stópka, it is worth getting to know the idea of barefoot and the benefits of barefoot walking. See the blog article - "Barefoot, what's this all about? Meet the Bosa Stópka’s mission and flexible shoes! "

barefoot or flexible kids shoes

2. Use search filters

At Bosa Stópka, you can easily find the right shoes for your child using the search filters. You can choose between:

  • Various producers
  • The stages of a toddler's growth
  • The size of the shoes
  • The type of child's feet
  • Type of shoes
  • Season
  • Gender (shoes for a boy or a girl)

Select as many options as you want and click: "SHOW". Only the children's shoes that interest you will be displayed.

3. Read descriptions of children's shoes and follow the advice on the blog

At Bosa Stópka, we describe in detail each model of shoes for children. A lot of valuable advice on the selection of shoes for a child and the growth of children's feet is also available on our blog.

4. Before you order shoes for a child, create an account at Bosa Stópka

It is worth creating an account in our store before purchasing. The first purchase is entitled to a discount on the entire basket. You will also receive points for each order, which will lower the prices on your next purchases.

4. When ordering shoes for a child, specify the length of the child's foot

If, when ordering shoes for a child, you specify the length of the toddler's foot, the Bosa Stópka specialist will assess whether the size of the shoes is really good and, if necessary, will suggest the right one.

5. If in doubt, ask - we will advise you

If you have questions or concerns about the models or sizes of children's shoes, write to us:

We hope you already know how to choose the size of a child's shoe and your child will be pleased with the new shoes. Remember, when you buy shoes for children in our store, you support and develop the idea of barefoot in Poland. Successful shopping!