5 steps to measuring your
kids for new shoes

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As September nears, many parents are preparing fortheir children to go back to school but shopping for new shoes will be a different experience this year. Getting the right size shoes to fit your child is incredibly important and with social distancing in place, parents may feel more comfortable taking measurements themselves.

Here at intu we’ve created a simple step-by-step guide of how to measure your child’s feet for their new school shoes before setting off to the shops, and your little one can have fun helping too.

Little boy trying on shoes whilst sitting on a chair with mum helping

Step one

Take an A4 piece of paper, lay it portrait and draw a straight line right down the middle, from top the bottom.

Step two

Position the piece of paper on a hard-flat surface, with the shorter edge up against a wall.

Step three

Child wearing trainers with someone helping tie their laces

Place their heel against the wall with their longest toe and heel centred on the line that you have drawn. Mark the paper on the line at the tip of longest toe and measure the distance between the end of the paper and the toe mark in centimetres. Remember to do this for both feet in case they differ.

Step four

To measure the width of your child’s feet, make two marks either side of the widest part of each foot, and measure the gap in-between.

Step five

Child tying their own laces whilst kneeling down

Take all measurements into store and ask a sales assistant to help you match the measurements to the ideal shoe size, with the help of their store size guide.

Top tip: For the most accurate measure, wait until the end of the day when your child’s feet are typically at their largest, measure when wearing socks (if appropriate) and ensure that your child is standing perfectly upright at all times.

Psst! Clarks are offering any kid who grows out of a pair of its shoes before February 28th 2021 the opportunity to swap them in store for free. The deal applies to all full price back to school kids shoes, so you can use it when buying boots, plimsolls and sports shoes.

Did you know? You can recycle any unwanted school uniform until September at intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square.