It is important that children’s feet are carefully measured for the fitting of children’s shoes as their feet grow quickly and their bones are easy to mold out of shape from pressure if the shoe does not fit properly.
Start by measuring both of the child’s feet. The left and right foot can vary in size, so it’s essential to measure each foot individually. Use a measuring tape or a foot-measuring device specifically designed for shoes. Measure and fit the shoes in the afternoon or evening when a child’s feet tend to be slightly larger due to normal swelling that occurs throughout the day.
Leave about a thumb’s width of space between the child’s longest toe (usually the big toe and/or the second toe) and the end of the shoe. This will ensure there is enough room for growth and prevents the shoes from being too tight and causing pressure on parts of the foot.
Check the width and arch area to make sure the shoe provides enough width to accommodate the child’s foot comfortably. The shoe should be wide enough so that the sides of the foot are not compressed. Check the heel fit. The heel of the shoe should fit snugly but not too tightly. It should not slip up and down or rub against the back of the foot, as this can cause discomfort and blisters.
Have the child walk and move in the shoes. Have them child walk, run, and move around to ensure that they feel comfortable and provide proper support. Watch for any signs of discomfort, such as rubbing or pinching or pressure points.
Children’s feet grow rapidly, so it’s important to regularly check their shoe size and fit. They may outgrow their shoes quickly, and wearing shoes that are too small can lead to foot problems as the foot is easily deformed..