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Kids' Shoe Sizing Help

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Finding the right shoes for babies and children is often a struggle. Especially when they outgrow everything in the blink of an eye! However, for your kids' safety and comfort, their shoes should always be the correct size and fit for their feet.

Growing feet need protection to support their healthy development. From babyhood into late childhood, kids' feet keep evolving as they learn to walk, run and explore the world around them.

Use our how-to videos and parent-friendly measuring tools to match little feet of every size and shape to their perfect pair of shoes.

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2 ways to measure kids' feet at home

This guide covers two easy ways to measure your children’s feet from the comfort of home. With the Stride Rite method, you print off our size guide and measure their feet against the chart to find the perfect Stride Rite size. If you don't have a printer and need to use materials you have lying around the house, the tracing method is for you.

how to get help measuring

To get the most accurate measurement of your kids’ feet, your best option is to visit a Stride Rite location near you. Our Stride Rite Fit Experts have been trained to measure children’s feet accurately, even if they squirm or lose focus.

Our employees use a special measuring instrument called the Brannock Device, which guarantees the correct length and width.

Babies and toddlers can’t tell you if their shoes are uncomfortable. With the help of a Stride Rite employee, you can ensure their footwear is perfectly sized.

kids' shoe sizing tips and advice

Kids' shoe sizes can be confusing to navigate. Unlike clothing sizes, your child’s shoe size doesn’t correspond to their age, unless they're a baby. Baby shoes are listed by age in month. However, you should still measure their feet, since some little ones grow faster than others!

Once your child graduates into kid-size shoes, the sizing system switches to numbers. Sizes 3.5 to 10 are considered little kid shoes. From Size 10.5 onward, you’re into big kid sizes. When your big kid outgrows their size 13.5 kids' shoes, the system changes again to adult sizing, and you’ll be shopping for a pair of size 1’s.

how often to measure kids' feet

Did you know that children’s feet can grow half a size every 2 to 4 months? While this average varies depending on age, you should measure your kid’s feet every two months to ensure their shoes are fitting well.

Read our FAQ to learn all about how kids' feet grow and the kind of shoes you need to support their healthy development.

what to do if your kid is between sizes

If your child is between sizes or one foot is bigger than the other, always buy the bigger size. You don't want either foot to be cramped or squished inside their shoes.

going European

If you're used to buying kids' shoes in Europe or the UK, you have a whole new level of conversion to deal with. Make sure you’ve chosen the correct US size by using a kids' shoe size conversion chart or contact Stride Rite for help. Our FAQ also covers more information.

stress-free shopping

To avoid shopping headaches, keep referring to our kids shoe size chart. Regardless of age, Stride Rite shoe sizes are always measured according to the current length and width of your kid’s feet.

checking the fit

Got the right size? Use our fit guide to learn more about fitting kids' shoes and how to make sure those small, growing feet are properly protected.

shopping by size

Now you know which size shoe your kid needs! Pick them up the perfect pair by shopping our full selection by size below.

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