Having your child’s shoes correctly fitted can help prevent problems occurring to their feet in later life. It’s important to examine your child’s bare feet on a regular basis for any redness or areas of irritation. Also, your child may not know or be able to explain that their shoes are too tight. If there is a problem, please check the fit of the shoes. In some cases, the problem may not be associated with the shoes, in which case contact your local Chiropodist/ Podiatrist - please see page 11.

How to Ensure Properly Fitting Shoes for Your Children

Purchase shoes from a children’s shoe shop where a trained shoe fitter will measure your child’s feet free-of-charge. The shoe fitter will advise you if your child needs new shoes and how much time they may have left in their existing shoes and also give advice about growth, development and general foot health.

  • To find a trained shoe fitter in your area, contact the Society of Shoe Fitters on 01953 851171 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Shoes should be fitted to leave about 18mm 2/3 inch growing room between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe
  • Shoes must fit firmly at the heel, and should have a fastening to hold the foot securely
  • Please see our general tips on buying shoes on page 3

The Society’s leaflet “Children’s Feet” contains lots of useful information about keeping your child’s feet healthy (Please see the back page of this brochure).

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