Shoes shapes and measurement

Choosing the Shoe Shape
Kids’ shoes should look like their foot shape. Infant shoes must always be wide in the front and narrow in the back.

Measure their foot, in-store every time
Bring your child to the store for the best fit and test. Have your child’s feet measured every time you buy new shoes. Measure both of your child’s feet for proper fit.

Fitting Tests: Sitting, Standing and Running

Sitting Test
Extend the shoes as much as possible, twist them into your child’s feet and check if the heel fits well in the back. After fastening the shoes, hold gently your kid’s ankle and pull the shoes in the back to check if they slip easily.

Standing Test
Ask your child to fully extend both feet in standing position and make sure the toes are not curled up inside shoes and there’s no gap at the heel. Your child should always be able to wiggle toes comfortably inside shoes.

Running Test
Have your child do a couple of laps and ask if they feel comfortable.

Checking for problems

Are you buying shoes a couple of sizes larger – to save money, for fast growing feet?
This is risky because a child is likely to trip when the heel slips out the shoe. It may also cause foot problems.

Check for Problems in Fit – Look for Ripples on Leather Upper
A big ripple – the shoes are too wide. No ripple – the shoes may be too narrow.

Checklist for Signs of trouble
Avoiding a shoe?
Redness of the foot?

Caring for Leather Shoes

Clean regularly to keep the leather supple and help the shoe to last longer. If the shoe is wet
Let it dry out slowly in a warm place
Filling the shoe with paper may also help to absorb the moisture
Don’t use a blow dryer to dry leather shoes

If the shoe is dry
Use a slightly damp cloth to clean the dust before polishing leather shoes
However, don’t polish leather shoes when they’re still wet

Try to have more than one pair of shoes
The pair of shoes will have time to dry out
It will give your child a change of fit