How to Measure Your Feet

There are lots of different ways of doing this and you can make this into a game and have some fun with it! Here are some of our recommended methods.

Using our HLS Foot Measuring Device

The easiest way to measure your childs feet is using our new measuring device following the instructions below. This will give you an accurate centimetre measurement for the length of your childs feet.

If you don't have one of our foot measuring devices then why not try one of the methods below?

PDF Size Guide

As well as our new foot measurer we also have a handy PDF Size Guide which you can print out at home. Please note if you do use this method make sure you check the scale of the print out before you measure your childs feet!

Against a vertical surface

Stand on a piece of card (a shoe box lid is ideal!) and either fold up the card by their heel, stand them against a wall or mark with a pencil where the longest toe comes to. Measure with a ruler the distance to the toe mark. Do this for both feet as one is often longer than the other. Be careful to ensure that they are standing up straight and not leaning on anything and that their feet are as far back as possible against the surface.

Drawing around your feet

You can also draw around their feet and measure from heel to longest toe. The key marks are around the heel and around the longest toe. Measure with a ruler the distance between the heel mark and the toe mark. You will find that you are measuring on a slight diagonal and this is correct and most accurate. Do this for both feet as one is often longer than the other.

For particularly wriggly children, try making a game out of drawing around each others' feet and make some foot pictures or art work to encourage them!

Foot painting

If they are really not cooperating then try doing some foot print paintings to get them used to playing with their feet; you might find that whilst they are making the print you can take your chance to pop a couple of pencil marks at either end of their feet. Measuring the foot print will give some indication, although will be a bit small as it won’t pick up the heel profile.

Even getting them to walk with wet feet on a patio can help give an indication of length if all else fails!