An easy way to measure your foot is to place your foot on a piece of paper, push the edge of the paper towards a wall and place your foot on the paper with your heel against the wall. Draw a line in front of your longest toe – now all you have to do is use a ruler to measure the distance. It is very important that your child stands up during measurement, since the foot extends a couple of millimetres when carrying the bodyweight. It’s also a good idea to measure both feet since one foot many times is a little bit bigger than the other. When you know the length of the foot, add margin for growth depending on what type of shoe you’re looking for.
DIFFERENT MARGIN FOR GROWTH FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHOES
Open sandal, about 10mm
Closed sandals, 10-15mm
Walking shoes, 10-15mm
Thinlined spring/autumn boots, 10-15mm
Wellington boots, 15-20mm
HOW MUCH DO FEET GROW?
1-2 years of age, about 20 mm/year
2-3 years of age, about 15 mm/year
3-11 years of age, about 10 mm/year
MEASURE YOUR CHILD’S FEET REGULARLY
A child’s foot can grow as much as 5 mm in a month. That is why it is important to make a habit of measuring the feet of your children regularly. At worst, shoes that are too small or too thin can damage the foot because the bones are still growing and changing shape at a young age. Don’t rely on your child telling you when the shoes have become too small.
WHEN HAVE THE SHOES BECOME TOO SMALL?
When there is less than 5mm space in front of the toes it’s time to change shoes. Every step you take makes the foot move slightly inside the shoe. Because of this you need a walking margin of 5mm to avoid bouncing your toes against the front of the shoe.