Shoe Fitting Advice
Always get your child’s feet measured by a qualified shoe fitter
It’s very important to measure your child’s feet accurately when buying a pair of shoes, to ensure your child’s podiatric and orthopaedic health (Think about this: most babies and toddlers start out with perfectly healthy feet, but 70% of adults have foot problems or resulting pain).
Getting the correct advise will ensure that your child is measured and fitted with the right size and style of shoe for his feet through every stage of his development.
A Qualified Shoe Fitters may also be able to detect a possible problem at an early stage.
Get your child’s feet checked regularly:
- 0-3 years every 4 to 6 weeks.
- 3-4 years every 6 –to 8 weeks.
- 10-12 weeks thereafter.
That is not to say that you need to purchase a pair of shoes every time your child gets checked.
A Qualified Shoe Fitter will NOT try to sell you a pair of shoes unless they are needed.
A measuring gauge is only a guide or a starting point for a shoe fitter
What the foot size is and the shoe size you might end up with may be different. However, our fitters will use their knowledge of the different brands to select the size that will fit your child best. If you are having shoes fitted in our shop, all of our staff will explain this as they are fitting so that you are clear that the shoes you buy really are the best fit for your child.
Check your child’s feet when he is standing
As the feet spread when standing weight is applied. At home, parents tend to, mistakenly, check shoes when child is sitting and naturally they can find space at the front of the shoe. That would misguide the parent, as the growth found when sitting will minimise when standing up. In doubt come to our store and we can check the shoes properly.
Don’t ask your child (if he is very young) if the shoes fit comfortably
Cramping and Distortion may occur without feeling any pain or discomfort. Most of the times a child will say that a pair of shoes are comfortable if they like them.
Purchase footware made of natural materials
Like leather and cottons as they will allow the foot to breathe and will mould up to your child’s foot.
Buy shoes for the right occasion
No one style of shoes has been manufactured to meet all your child’s needs.
- Structured shoes for every day support.
- Trainers and plimsoles for sports and occasional wear.
If your child wears these type of footwear continuously, perspiration will be trapped in the thick padded lining and increase foot and shoe outdoor. Also their feet will become hot and wet increasing the risk of skin disorders and creating the perfect conditions for fungal infections to develop.
- Rain boots for wet conditions.
Maintain your child’s shoes
They will look better and last longer see our Shoe Care section for advice.
Online Warning by the Children’s Foot Health Register
Some parents will have their child’s feet measured by a specialist shoe shop and then purchase the shoes online to save money, using the size as a guide. What they need to consider are variations in shoe sizing due to factors like the place they are made. German shoes, for example, are wider than Italian ones. The child’s shoe size is only a rough starting point in the foot fitting process. Because of this a child’s foot should be measured every time they get new shoes and parents should not rely on the size printed inside the shoe.