HOW TO MEASURE FEET
The easiest way to measure a child’s foot is to lay a sheet of paper on the floor against a wall and place the foot on the paper with the heel against the wall. Draw a line in front of the longest toe – then measure the distance with a ruler. Make sure the child is standing upright when you measure, as their body weight will press their foot outwards a few millimetres. Measure both feet because it’s not unusual for one foot to be a little bigger than the other. Once you know the length of the foot, add on room to grow depending on the type of footwear.
ROOM TO GROW FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF FOOTWEAR
Open sandals about 10mm
Closed sandals about 10-15mm
Walking shoes about 10-15mm
Thinly lined autumn/spring ankle boots about 10-15mm
Thickly lined about 15-20mm
Wellington boots about 15-20mm
HOW MUCH DO FEET GROW?
1-2 years of age about 20mm/year
2-3 years of age about 15mm/year
3-11 years of age about 10mm/year
WHEN IS FOOTWEAR TOO SMALL?
Measure feet from time to time. A child’s foot may grow as much as 5mm in just one month! Footwear that is too small can damage feet because bones grow and develop at a young age. When there’s a gap of less than 5mm in front of the toes, it’s time for new shoes. Each time a person takes a step, their feet move backwards and forwards inside their shoes, so ‘walking room’ of at least 5mm is needed to prevent toes from hitting shoes at every step.
Size Guide for Kavat Footwear (in mm)