Sizing & Fitting

You have questions? We have answers. Over the past 12 years, all kinds of little feet have walked into our shop. The experienced shoe fitters at Kid Friendly Footwear are at your service! 

Our staff has years of hands-on experience fitting kids and solving problems. We have great footwear choices for kids with sensory issues, for users of orthotics, for brand-new walkers... and for those kids who destroy every shoe they ever met. 


Size charts and the Brannock device—that familiar measure you see at every shoe store—only provide an approximate size. The actual fit varies greatly among brands, and even across different styles in the same brand.

The very best fit comes from putting the shoe on the foot, taking a run or a hop on the hopscotch, then feeling the fit.

Fitting kids' footwear can be tricky, and we encourage you to call for a complimentary fitting consultation prior to ordering. To get you started, here's a  simple method for measuring at home. 


  • 8.5” x 11” paper
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil


  1. STAND ON PAPER IN SOCKS OR BARE FEET: Have your child stand on the paper, placing their full weight on the foot being measured.Their entire foot should be on the paper. (Press down toes to uncurl.)
  2. MARK HEEL AND TOE: Make a mark at the heel, and another at the longest toe.
  3. MEASURE: Measure the distance between the two marks. Jot down your number.
  4. REPEAT: Repeat with other foot.
  5. FIND SIZE: Using the number from the larger foot, consult chart to determine size.

In our hands-on fitting process at the shop, we advise allowing the width of a thumb at the toe of the shoe, to allow for growth... but much more than 1/2" extra can cause tripping.


Most kids' shoes are adjustable, and suitable for a range of widths, but some styles are especially well suited to narrow or wide feet.  We can also recommend orthotic-friendly footwear, flexible new walkers, and other considerations.

Since shoe sizes are not consistent across shoe brands and styles, call or visit for best fit.