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How to measure children's feet at home

Whether it's casual canvas or everyday school shoes, we believe that it's really important to measure children's feet accurately before buying them every pair of shoes. That's because ill-fitting shoes can have a serious impact on your child's foot health for years to come. To help you do this, we offer three ways to measure your child’s feet from the comfort of your own home – plus a guide to help you check the shoes fit once they arrive!

Plastic measuring gauges

We’ve designed these specifically for use at home and have two sizes – Small gauge for shoe sizes S2 to S8½ (or up to around 3 years old) – perfect for measuring baby feet and the large gauge for shoe sizes S9 to L12 (ages 3+) – ideal for measuring toddlers feet through to teenage feet!

Buy a small gauge

Buy a large gauge


Paper measuring gauge

Download our free paper measuring gauge and follow the simple step-by-step instructions to measure your child’s feet, then visit our size calculator to get their Start-Rite shoe size.

Please note the paper measuring gauge is not suitable for use with children who cannot stand on their own.

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Measure feet with your phone using SizeWise

Our innovative digital foot measuring tool by SizeWise will use your phone's video to capture the length and width of both your child's feet, providing you with an accurate size so you can shop on our website with confidence. All you need is a smartphone and a blank piece of A4 paper.

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Measure with your phone with SizeWise

Check the fit

Measuring is only a guide and it’s important that once your child’s shoes have arrived you check they fit correctly.

Take a look at our handy step-by-step guide, or watch our 'check the fit' video.

Check the fit


Start-Rite stockists

If you’re not confident measuring at home, or prefer an experienced fitter for support, visit a Start-Rite stockist – we have over 400 retailers stocking our shoes so you’re bound to find one close by.

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Foot health

Foot Health

Foot health plays a massive part in your child’s development and well being, which is why measuring and fitting is so important.

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Science behind the shoes

Science behind the shoes

Not only are we experts in measuring and fitting, we’re also experts in designing shoes to keep children’s bodies and minds healthy.

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UK to EU shoe size converter

UK to EU Shoe size converter

A few of our shoes are made in Europe and are therefore listed with European sizing. Take a look at our conversion chart to easily work out their shoe size.

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