Print out our handy guide, place the print outs side by side (one for the left foot, one for the right foot) and line them up against the wall. Get your child to stand on the paper with their heels against the wall.
Looking from above, see where their longest toe lands on the chart. If it’s in between sizes, take the larger size.
Tape a piece of paper to a hard, flat floor and place your little one’s heel at the edge of the paper.
Draw around the foot with a pen or pencil and then repeat with the other foot on a new piece of paper.
Measure the length of both outlines with the ruler and note both measurements down and compare to our chart.
Feel along both the outside and inside of the shoe – there should be no pressure or bulge! Check that there’s no pinching and that they can wiggle all of their toes.
Rub your thumb across their toes at the end of the shoes. It should feel flexible! If there’s no movement, it means they’re too narrow and if you can create a ridge or pleat in the leather or fabric, they’re too wide.
Check that the top of the shoe fits close to the foot with no gaps around the heel or sides. The shoe should sit clear of the ankle bone, unless it’s soft or padded.
Get your child to sit down, put your hand at the heel of the shoe and then pull it gently to check it has a firm enough grip to resist slipping.