How can Podiatrist help

Properly fitting school shoes are essential for the healthy development of feet. They also contribute to overall comfort and well-being during the school day. If you are concerned about your child’s foot development or shoe fitting, consult a podiatrist for further advice.


our paediatric podiatrist taking child's feet measurement for creating custom orthotics

How to find the perfect fit for my child?

  • 1. Measure both feet

    Start by measuring both of your child's feet. It's not uncommon for one foot to be slightly larger than the other. Use a ruler or a measuring tape to get the length of each foot.

  • 2. Shoe size

    Use the measurements to determine the appropriate shoe size. Keep in mind that shoe sizes may vary depending on the brand, so it's best to try on shoes to find the most suitable size.

  • 3. Shop in the afternoon

    Feet tend to swell during the day, so it's recommended to shop for shoes in the late afternoon or evening when the feet are at their largest.

  • 4. Wear appropriate socks

    Bring or wear the type of socks your child will typically wear with the school shoes. This ensures you get the right fit, especially if they wear thicker or special socks.

  • 5. Toe space

    There should be about a 1.2cm (or a thumb's width) of space between the longest toe (usually the big toe) and the front of the shoe. This allows room for growth and prevents the toes from being cramped.

  • 6. Heel fit

    The shoe should provide a snug fit around the heel without being too tight or slipping off when walking.

  • 7. Width

    Consider the width of the shoe. Some kids may have wider or narrower feet, so it's important to find shoes that accommodate their foot shape comfortably.

  • 8. Walk and check

    Have your child walk around the store in the shoes to ensure they are comfortable and don't cause any discomfort or pain.

  • 9. Check for red marks

    After taking off the shoes, check for any red marks on the feet, which may indicate pressure points or improper fit.

  • 10. Replace when necessary

    Kids' feet grow quickly, so make sure to check the fit of their school shoes regularly. Replace them when they outgrow the shoes or when they show signs of wear and tear.

Fit Feet Equals Fit Kids