How to Measure your Child's Shoe Size

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Measure your Child's Shoe Size

If you are thinking of buying your child a pair of shoes online and you are not sure of their shoe size, do not despair. It is easy as easy as it is important to determine their shoe size. An ill-fitting shoe can cause blisters or cause your child to have cramped feet. This is why at OneHowTo we'd like to give you some tips on how to measure your child's shoe size.

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Steps to follow:

The first step to measure a child's shoes size at home is to place a piece of paper on a hard surface such as a floor tile or wooden floorboard. If you try to measure their feet on carpet, the pen or pencil can go through the paper.

How to Measure your Child's Shoe Size - Step 1

Teach your child to put their foot onto the paper. Make sure you get an accurate measurement.


Draw a line around your child's foot, tracing its silhouette using a pen or pencil. Keep the pen or pencil as close as possible to their feet.


Tell your child to step away from the paper after you have finished tracing their foot. Place the end of a ruler at the top of the traced image and measure from the tip of the big toe to the heel.


Consult a shoe chart to match the length of their foot with the shoe size. For example, if your child's foot is 20 centimeters long, they will wear a size 32. Below, you'll find the size chart so you know what size your child needs. On this shoe size chart you'll find the measurements in both centimeters and inches as well as the equivalent size for shoes in European standard size, UK and the US.

How to Measure your Child's Shoe Size - Step 5

Now you know your child's shoes size you can buy as many shoes and trainers online as you like!

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  • If you are buying shoes for your child, get your child to wear socks while measuring their feet. This will help you to avoid buying a shoe size that's too small.

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