Choosing the right shoe size for your toddler is very important. Children's feet are extremely flexible and susceptible to deformation, so they can be easily inserted into too small shoes and thus hinder their proper development. In turn, too large shoes make it difficult for the toddler to walk freely and confidently, and consequently lead to incorrect body posture. In order to correctly choose the size of shoes for children, you should follow a few basic rules:
When choosing shoes for a kid, remember to:
precise measurement of the child's feet
determining what type of baby's feet belong to: plump, slim or normal
choosing a model of shoes appropriate for the type of child's feet
choosing the size of children's shoes using the size chart
Good shoes are those that allow the child to move their fingers freely and do not squeeze them inward.
How to measure a child's feet? Tips and advice
Method 1 - for the little ones
Place a string (or ribbon) on the floor (a hard flat surface). Place your baby on it and carefully measure the distance between your toddler's big toe and the end of the heel - in both feet in turn.
Method 2 - for the youngest and extremely mobile
Place your baby on the floor (on tiles or panels). Give him a safe object that will interest and absorb the toddler's attention. Use a marker pen to mark the farthest points of both baby's feet - the heel and big toe. Measure the distance between these points.
Method 3 - for kids who like attractions
To measure the feet of a child who gets bored quickly, we recommend using plasticine or salt dough. Make prints of the child's feet on them, which you then measure together with a measuring tape or ruler. Make prints of the child's feet on them, which you then measure together with a measuring tape or ruler. This is a great way to measure your toddler's feet without any stress for you and your baby. Remember, however, that the prints and their measurement must be accurate.
Method 4 - for older kids
Put a sheet of paper (cardboard) against the very wall. Place the child on a piece of paper and put the heels of the feet against the wall. Mark the most distant places with dots: the tip of the big toe and the back of the heel. Measure the distance between these points.
Measuring your baby's feet - 4 important rules
When measuring a child's feet, there are 4 very important rules to remember:
Always measure both feet - their lengths can be different (if you do, use the larger measure).
The feet should be measured on a hard and flat surface.
The child's foot must bear the weight of his body.
Measure your baby's feet regularly - even every 1-2 months.
Remember: Baby's feet grow very quickly. Check their size every 1-2 months to make sure that the shoes your little one is wearing are no longer too tight. According to German research, most children wear shoes that are too small and this is the main cause of foot deformities.
Measuring your child's feet - don't make these mistakes
Do not be influenced by the size of shoes of other brands - when you buy your child new shoes, always measure their feet again and use the size chart available in the store.
Do not measure the length of the feet by making an outline of it, the result may be overestimated.
Do not measure the foot when your child is sitting, lying or standing on the carpet or other soft surface.
Do not measure feet in the morning, preferably in the evening - the size of the foot changes throughout the day.
How to choose the size of shoes for children at Bosa Stopka?
After measuring the length of your child's feet, choose the appropriate size of shoes for your toddler using the size chart.
Size charts and details on choosing the size in individual models of children's shoes at Bosa Stópka are available on the card of each product in the "SIZES" tab.
Remember that you should have at least 0.7 cm of reserve in children's shoes. This is important because thanks to this, the child's toes will have natural freedom of movement in the shoes. German specialists recommend a reserve of 1.2 cm each time. Thanks to this, the foot has room for both the work of the toes and growth.
1.2 cm long in shoes for a toddler is an optimal solution, provided that:
narrow / small feet need less reserve
if the child is just learning to walk, the "wiggle room" should be smaller
if the child walks more on tiptoes, the "wiggle room" should be smaller
the "wiggle room" in children's shoes also depends on the type of sole - in shoes with a leather sole it can be larger - even 1.5 cm, and in children's shoes with a rubber sole (stiffer) a bit smaller
If you hesitate between two sizes or models of children's shoes, it's best to order both and see which child feels better and walks more freely. You can easily send the wrong model of shoes back to our store. And if you do not know which model of children's shoes will be suitable for your child, write to us: