We recommend measuring your child's feet before ordering shoes. Small feet grow fast and a sudden growth spurt often happens unnoticed!
You need: 2 sheets of A4 paper, 1 pencil and 1 ruler/tape measurer.
Draw a straight line on each sheet and place the sheets next to each other on a hard floor. Ask your child to position one foot on each line and to stand up straight. The big toe and the heel should be on the line.
With the pencil, mark the beginning and the end of the footprint on the line (where the foot touches the line, not beyond). Take a ruler and measure the length between the two pencilled marks. Repeat for the other foot.
NB: If the new shoes will be worn with socks, please measure feet with socks on. Pull a little at the socks as these can constrict the toes.
For their growing feet children need a minimum of 1.2 cm extra space in their shoes. Too small shoes will damage any feet, on the other hand too big shoes will cause children to stumble and fall. Therefore the maximum growth space a child can wear in shoes is 1.7 cm. A shoe with a buckle, velcro or lace fastening can in most cases take 1.7 cm, but for a slip-on shoe 1.2 cm is safer.
Please add 1.2 cm to the longest measurement of both feet. The total indicates the minimum length your child needs in his/her new shoes.
foot length + 1.2 cm = minimum inner shoe length needed
foot length + 1.7 cm = maximum inner shoe length needed
You now know the length your child needs in his/her new shoes. Please compare this with the inner lengths chart on each shoe page. Each shoe style has its own size chart. We have measured the inner length of each shoe size for each individual style!
Example: Louisa's longest foot measures 15.5 cm. The minimum inner shoe length for Louisa's new shoes should ideally be 16.7 cm (15.5 cm + 1.2 cm), and no longer than 17.2 cm (15.5 cm + 1.7 cm). Louisa would like the shoes named Charlotte. According to it's chart, size S8 is too small with 16.4 cm inner length (the extra space would only be 0.9 cm), size S8.5 is the right size with an inner length of 17.1 cm (the extra space is 1.6 cm). Size S9 is too big as the extra space would be 2.3 cm.
Feet need to be comfortable in their width too. Our shoes are made in Europe and are all suitable for foot widths D, E (narrow) and F (standard). Some are also suitable for widths G (wide). Look out for the recommended foot width on each shoe description.
We recommend the use of insoles if there is more than a 3 mm difference between the feet lengths. If the shoe worn by the smaller foot appears a little big, an insole can do the trick and fill the gap. Do not forget to check after 2-3 months if the insole is still needed as the foot might have grown. As the insoles are cut to size, you can put the insoles aside for other shoes if you do not need them after all.
Please remember: Children do not always grow evenly but in spurts. You should therefore measure your child's feet regularly: until the age of 3 years old: every 6-8 weeks; from 3-6 years old every 2-3 months, thereafter every 3-4 months.
Should you still be in doubt about which size to order, please call us on (+44) 020 8133 6641 or email us. We are happy to give you any advice and promise to answer within 24 hrs.