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! If you have a shoe shop measurement or have a pair of shoes that currently fit well then it is great to use that as a guide but do check the centimetre (cm) measurements too as brands do vary.

We also recommend measuring using a couple of different methods and at different times of the day to obtain the most accurate measurement. Feet do vary depending on the time of day, how hot they are and what they have been up to!

There are 3 essentials for a good measurement;

  1. The child needs to be standing as straight as possible so that their weight is evenly distributed across both feet. Feet spread on standing and if their weight isn’t fully on their feet you risk under-measuring a little.
  2. Make sure that you are accounting for the heel profile either by having the foot against the wall or by ensuring that the pencil you use to draw around their foot is vertical.
  3. Make sure that the toes are spread out properly and not gripping the floor as this will under-measure as well. Lift the toes gently and spread them out or apply gentle pressure to the top of the foot.

You can download our size guide to use as a template and for a step by step guide. However please do check the scale of the template before using!

Measuring Methods

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!

Once you have a reliable length measurement that you are happy with it is time to choose your shoes!