How to measure kids’ feet at home

When it comes to measuring kids feet we’re the experts. We’ve created a step by step guide using our very own Clarks Toddler Foot Gauge and Clarks Junior Foot Gauge to help you measure your kids feet at home and find the perfect fit.

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The perfect fit for growing feet is so important, find out how to get shoes that give them the ultimate comfort and stability.

Ultimate Fit

Choose your Clarks kids measuring gauge

Our foot measuring gauges come in two sizes, depending on the age of your child and the size of their feet. To buy a foot measuring gauge, select which size you need below.

Toddler Gauge

Toddler ages 0-4

Infant size 2 up to infant size 9.5

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Junior Gauge

Junior ages 5+

Infant size 10 up to adult size 10

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Measure at home with your Clarks kids foot measuring gauge

Once you have your foot measuring gauge, you’re almost ready to go. Before you start, you might like to watch our short 'How To' videos on using the Toddler and Junior size gauges.

Toddler Foot Gauge Video

Toddler foot gauge

Junior Foot Gauge Video

Junior foot gauge

Guides

Additionally we have 2 instructional pdfs on how to use the foot gauges and measure your childs’ feet. Download our guides on how to use your Toddler or Junior foot measuring gauge.

Size calculator

Once you have the biggest length and width measurements of your child’s feet, select the foot gauge you used and enter them into the Size Calculator to find the correct Clarks size.

Go to size calculator

The above link will take you off the Littlewoods Ireland site to an external link, you will need to return to Littlewoodsireland.ie once you have received your shoe size information.

Browse the kids collection

Now you’ve got you’re childs shoe size you’re free to browse Clarks range of shoes that are fit for your little prince and princess.

Q&A

All your questions answered when buying shoes for your little ones

Kids Q&A

Your questions answered

Clarks combine almost 200 years of expert craftsmanship with everything they know about caring for growing feet to offer a collection designed for every stage of your child’s foot development. Here they answer some of the many questions parents have when choosing shoes for their little explorers, helping them to crawl, step and run in comfort through life’s big adventures.

Your Questions Answered

When should my baby start wearing shoes?

When your baby is trying to crawl or bottom shuffle unaided, lightweight, flexible fitted shoes may aid grip to assist their walking development. Correctly fitting shoes let feet develop naturally, so getting their feet measured by trained shoe fitters, like us, is important.

Why is it important to measure my child’s feet?

This depends on things like wear and tear, but most importantly it’s about fit. Your baby’s feet grow on average three sizes in their first year, then two sizes until they start school, and one size until they’re in their late teens. But, of course, every child is different, so it’s important to get their shoes checked and feet measured regularly by trained fitters.

Should my baby wear shoes when they’re learning to walk?

It is best to allow your child to go barefoot as often as possible in the early stages of walking. This allows the feet to breathe and to feel the floor for stability. However, make sure there are no sharp objects that might cause injury and pop some shoes on when they’re walking outside or in public places.

Baby Shoes

How can I keep my baby’s feet healthy?

We recommend measuring your baby’s feet regularly to make sure you’re buying the right shoes for the right stage. This will ensure your baby has the correct support for their development. Daily care should include washing and drying their feet, whilst toenails should be trimmed often. Choosing socks made from natural fibres will help keep their little feet cool. All our walking shoes are made with breathable materials to ensure all-day freshness.

What is the difference between cruising and walking?

Cruising is the stage between crawling and walking when your baby is bracing themselves to take their first steps. You might find they’ll use the sofa to pull themselves up onto their feet or hold the coffee table to take small steps. Our cruising shoes will provide the support they need to eventually start taking those first wobbly steps.

When will my child’s feet stop growing?

Once your child reaches school age, it will slow to about one size per year. All feet stop growing at different times, but by the age of 10, most girls have completed 90 percent of foot growth. A boy completes about 80 percent of his foot growth by the time he is ten years old. The feet have stopped growing for most girls at age 14. Foot growth stops for boys when they reach 16.

My child has knock-knees, what should I do?

This is very common in young children and usually nothing to worry about. It should resolve itself by the age of 7. However, if you notice your child’s feet adapting to this by rolling inwards, known as pronating, you should speak to your GP who can give advice to help ensure this doesn’t become a long-term issue.

Toddler

How often should I replace my child’s shoes?

This depends on things like wear and tear, but most importantly it’s about fit. Your baby’s feet grow on average three sizes in their first year, then two sizes until they start school, and one size until they’re in their late teens. But, of course, every child is different, so it’s important to get their shoes checked and feet measured regularly by trained fitters.

Does my child need insoles?

Insoles for kids are usually used to help correct issues with posture or foot development. So, they should only be used if recommended by a foot-health professional (Podiatrist). If your child is tripping or falling more than usual, or complaining of tired/painful legs, it’s best to get them checked out by your GP or Podiatrist.

Does my toddler have flat feet?

Toddlers don’t have a visible arch in their foot like older children and adults. Instead, at this stage, there’s soft tissue in this area to protect the growing bones. This, combined with the posture babies adopt when they first walk, gives the appearance of a stompy flat foot, but they’ll usually adapt a more adult walking style by the time they start school. However, if you are concerned, there’s no harm in checking in with your GP.

Juniors

Is it normal that my child’s feet turn inward?

This is very common in young children as the developing leg and ankle bones cause the feet to rotate inwards. Their feet will usually align properly by the age of 7. However, if you’re concerned and find their walking style is not improving, visit your GP or Podiatrist.

How quickly do my child’s feet grow?

Kids’ feet grow very quickly. During their first three or four years, they can grow as much as two whole shoe sizes each year. By school age, this slows to about one whole size each year. Have your child's feet checked regularly to ensure they always have a shoe that fits properly and that this period of rapid growth progresses normally.

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