How to Measure Kid Shoe Sizes

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Measuring your child's feet can often be a chore. Though most younger children aren't fond of having their feet measured, finding the correct-fitting shoe for your child is important for more reasons than just comfort alone. As your child's feet grow and develop, having properly fitting shoes with good support can help lessen the risk of having serious foot problems in adulthood.

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Things you need

  • Children's Brannock Device

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  1. 1

    Use a children's Brannock Device to measure for your child's correct shoe size. The Brannock Device has been the industry standard for shoe measurement since 1927, and should be available for use at a shoe retailer near you. Because Brannock Devices are available to measure for men's, women's and children's sizing, it's important to be sure you're using the Junior or Ultra Jr. Brannock Device to find the right measurement for your child.

  2. 2

    Put the Junior Brannock Device on the floor and slide the width bar out to its widest measurement and the arch length indicator out so that the foot can be easily positioned. This is the correct starting position for the Junior Brannock Device.

  3. 3

    Have your child stand up straight, dividing her weight evenly between both feet. Position her right heel into the right heel cup on the Junior Brannock Device. To get an accurate measurement, be sure her heel is slid all the way back into the cup.

  4. 4

    Measure your child's heel-to-toe length first. Gently press your child's toes flat against the Junior Brannock Device and look straight down over the longest toe. To find the accurate heel-to-toe length, stand facing opposite your child and read the Junior Brannock from the side facing you.

  5. 5

    Find your child's heel-to-arch length next. Slide the arch pointer forward so that it fits the ball joint of the foot. The pointer will then indicate what shoe size will best fit your child's arch.

  6. 6

    Compare your child's heel-to-toe and heel-to-arch measurements. If the number is the same, that is the size shoe your child will need. Often, the numbers are not the same. In that case, you will need to go with the larger of the two measurements.

  7. 7

    Measure the width of your child's foot. Push the width bar in so that it is resting snugly against the side of your child's foot. Find your child's width based on your child's previously determined shoe size (Steps 1 through 6). The width next to your child's shoe size will be the correct width to fit their feet.

  8. 8

    Turn the Junior Brannock Device around and repeat Steps 1 through 7 using the left foot.

Tips and warnings

  • Most shoe retailers have shoe fit specialists available to assist you in finding both the right size and the best style of shoe for you and your family.
  • Because children often have two differently sized feet, it's important to always measure both feet and fit to accommodate the larger foot.

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