Shoes Size Guide
A Guide to Buying Shoes for Your Little Bug!
Most parents can’t wait to get their child into a very cute pair of shoes and little shoes are super cute…off the charts CUTE! Recent studies show that barefoot is often best for healthy foot development and it is highly recommended that children spend as much time as possible walking around barefoot. However, your little one will at some stage want to play on some hard surfaces or venture outdoors and shoes are a must for these occasions.
A good time to start putting your little bundle of joy into shoes is when they begin to crawl. At this stage in their development, babies will need to protect their little toes when they begin to explore the environment around them. Full leather soft sole baby shoes are best so that little toes don’t get hurt on hard surfaces, like timber and tiled floors. The appropriate shoes will also assist with traction and movement but should not impede the development of growing little feet. Soft sole shoes will simulate barefoot conditions and natural materials will absorb sweat. This is why the shoes we sell are made of natural leather.
Once your little bug can confidently walk without falling down, it’s important for their shoes to have non-slip, flexible rubber soles to assist with traction. Their shoes should also bend with the movement of their feet. The shoe must be wide enough to allow their foot to spread completely on the ground when your child places their full weight on it. Shoes shouldn’t be too heavy, so that little bugs can confidently run around without feeling weighted down.
It’s important to note that young children’s feet grow very quickly so regular measurements are essential.
How To Measure Little Feet
The best way to measure your child’s feet is to get them to stand (if possible) and measure from heel to the longest toe. It’s often best and most accurate to mark this on a piece of paper and then measure the distance with a ruler. And, of course then refer to the relevant product size guides. If your child is in-between sizes, we suggest selecting the next size up.
• Measure your child’s feet each time you are about to purchase shoes for them
• Little feet can be measured with or without socks, as long as the socks are not really thick
• Under 2 years of age: The insole should be 10mm (1cm) larger than their feet
• Ages 2–4: The insole should be 10-15mm (1.5cm) larger than their feet
• Over 4 years: 15-20mm (1.5–2cm) larger than their feet.