How to Tell What Size Shoes Your Kid Wears

Measure your child's foot to find out what size shoe he wears.
Measure your child's foot to find out what size shoe he wears. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

If you are planning to buy your child a pair of shoes online and aren't sure of his size, don't despair. Determining what size shoe your kid wears is easy -- and important. An ill-fitting shoe can cause your child pain from blisters or cramped toes.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Ruler

Place the sheet of paper on a firm surface, such as a tiled or hardwood floor. If you try to measure his foot on carpet, the pen or pencil may punch through the paper.

Instruct your child to place his foot on the sheet of paper. Make sure he remains still to get an accurate measurement.

Take the pen or pencil and trace around your child's foot. Keep the pen or pencil as close to his foot as you can. If you move the pen or pencil away from his foot while you're tracing, your measurements for his shoe size will be off.

Tell your child to step away from the paper after you finish tracing his foot. Place the beginning end of the ruler at the heel of the tracing and measure to the tip of his big toe. This is how long his foot is.

Refer to a shoe chart to match up his foot length with his shoe size. For example, if your child's foot is seven inches long, then he wears a toddler shoe size 11-12.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are buying shoes that your child will wear socks with, have your child wear socks while you take his foot measurement. This will help keep you from buying a shoe size that is too small.

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