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Measuring Your Children's Feet at Home

Properly fitted shoes allow for healthy foot development.

startriteshoes.com offers three ways to measure your children's feet at home.

The most accurate method is Click'n'Fit ®, our innovative new way to measure the size of your child's feet using a digital camera. Click’n’Fit ® quickly tells you the size of your child's feet after you've uploaded your photos to our website, taking the hassle out of the buying process so you can measure and shop at your own convenience. Please note that Click 'n' Fit will only measure from a small size S3 to a large size L6

The second way is to purchase a small gauge or large gauge that has been specially designed for use at home. The small gauge is suitable for shoe sizes S2 to S8½ and the large gauge is suitable for children with shoe sizes S9 to L12. Find out more about fitting using one of these gauges.

The third way is to download one of our fun paper gauges. You can choose from a Showjumper, Explorer or Scuba diver themed gauge. Go to Downloadable foot gauges to find out more.

Click'n'Fit

In order to use click and fit you will need
a printer to print the grid
a digital camera from which you can transfer photos to your PC
a child whose feet need measuring!

Download and print detailed instructions Please note that Click 'n' Fit will only measure from a small size S3 to a large size L6.

  • Step 1
    Download and print grid
    Download and print the grid which you will need when taking photos of your child
  • Step 2
    Click here to play
    Watch the video to find out how best to take pictures of your child's feet.
    View detailed instructions for taking the photos
  • Step 3
    Upload your photos
    Your computer may have to install ActiveX or Java in order for you to upload your photos
    Upload your photos to the website - you should have 6 in total
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Examples of good and bad images:

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    Good inside profile
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    Good outside profile
  • Good top profile
    Good top profile
  • Bad inside profile
    Bad inside profile
  • Bad outside profile
    Bad outside profile
  • Bad top profile
    Bad top profile

Follow the instructions below or watch the videos to find out how to measure using the small or large gauge. Click on the links below to purchase the small or large gauge.

  • Small fitting gauge
  • Large fitting gauge

Using the small foot gauge (Size range S2 to S8½)

To find out how to measure using our small gauge, watch our videos or use the steps below:

  • Step 1: Sit your child on an adult's knee
  • Step 2: Hold the Start-rite gauge in your left hand
  • Step 3: Hold the heel firmly at the back of the gauge with the left hand and ensure that the foot and toes are lying flat on the gauge
  • Step 4: Push the length slider forward so that it rests lightly on the longest toe
  • Step 5: Holding the length slider in place, remove the foot then read and make a note of the length measurement (indicated in front of the length slider)
  • Step 6: Take the tape measure provided and wrap it around the foot diagonally from the big toe joint to the little toe joint. This is the widest part of the foot
  • Step 7: Pull the tape gently, then read and make a note of the width measurement, which is indicated by the tape's marker
  • Step 8: Repeat steps 1 to 7 for the other foot as feet sizes often vary
  • Step 9: Enter the length and width measurements into the size calculator. Click the button to calculate the suggested shoe size for your child
  • Step 10: When your child's shoes arrive assess the fit using the expert fitting video

Using the large foot gauge (S9 to L12)

To find out how to measure using our large foot gauge, watch our video or use the steps below:

  • Step 1: Place the foot into the gauge whilst your child is standing
  • Step 2: Hold the heel back firmly and ensure the toes stay flat
  • Step 3: Push the length slider forward so that it rests lightly on the longest toe
  • Step 4: Holding the length slider in place, remove the foot then read and make a note of the length measurement (indicated in front of the length slider)
  • Step 5: Whilst your child is still standing, take the tape measure provided and wrap it around the foot diagonally from the big toe joint to the little toe joint. This is the widest part of the foot
  • Step 6: Pull the tape gently, then read and make a note of the width measurement, which is indicated by the tape's marker
  • Step 7: Repeat steps 1 to 6 for the other foot as feet sizes often vary
  • Step 8: Enter the length and width measurements into the size calculator. Click the button to calculate the suggested shoe size for your child
  • Step 9: When your child's shoes arrive assess the fit using the expert fitting video

Download a paper gauge and follow the instructions included.

The downloadable gauge is not suitable for use with children who cannot stand on their own. You might find it easier to measure small feet with the purchasable small gauge.

Choose your favourite theme below:

To find out how to measure using our downloadable gauges, watch the video or use the instructions printed with the gauge.

How to fit your child's shoes

To find out what to look for when fitting your children's shoes, watch our videos or use the steps below:

  • Step 1: Open the shoe to its fullest extent
  • Step 2: Whilst your child is seated, place the shoes on each foot with a twisting action
  • Step 3: Ensure that the heel fits properly in the back of the shoe
  • Step 4: Fasten the shoes firmly
  • Step 5: Holding your child's ankle, tug the shoe gently at the heel to ensure it doesn't slip
  • Step 6: With your child standing straight, work your way from the back of the shoe to the front to assess the fit
  • Step 7: With your fingers check there's no gap at the heel
  • Step 8: Check the outside ankle bone isn't rubbing on the outside of the shoe
  • Step 9: Check the bars or laces are done up firmly. For laced styles, there should be at least a 1cm gap between the eyelet facings
  • Step 10: Check the heel to ball fitting (i.e. that the widest part of the foot is in the widest part of the shoe). This ensures there is sufficient room at the end of the shoe without pressing down on the end of the shoe)
  • Step 11: Check the depth by feeling for a ripple of leather across the vamp (front) of the shoe. Too much of a ripple indicates the shoe is too wide and too little indicates the shoe is too tight
  • Step 12: Check the width by pressing gently on the widest part of the foot. If the joints are prominent and pushing out of the leather the style is too tight. If you have to press in to find them the style is too wide
  • Step 13: For lower cut shoes, run a finger under the vamp (front of the shoe) to ensure they aren't too lose or too tight
  • Step 14: Ask your child to walk in the shoes to ensure that they feel comfortable and don't slip off and on

Although every part of most of our shoes is designed in-house, elements of a small number of seasonal products are obtained from specialist manufacturers elsewhere in Europe. These will normally be sized within Europe and will therefore follow the European sizing system. Use our size chart below to find out how these correspond to Start-rite sizes.

Start-rite Children's Size
Conversion Chart
UK EUR
2  
18
3 19
 
4 20
21
5  
22
6 23
 
7 24
25
8  
26
9 27
 
10 28
10½  
11 29
11½ 30
12  
12½ 31
13 32
13½  
1 33
 
2 34
35
3  
36
4 37
 
5 38
39
6  
40
7 41
 
8 42
 
9 43
44
10  
L10½ 45
11 46

*Please note that there is not a corresponding European Size for every UK whole and half size.

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Useful information & tips

The A4 grid is part of Click'n'Fit which uses the pattern like a ruler to measure the foot and works out other information like the camera position.

Put the A4 grid on a smooth hard floor - not carpet.

Make sure the grid fills about half of the camera screen.

Kneel on the floor to take the photos - it will put you at the right height.

Your child's knee should be slightly bent for the photographs. That will make sure that their leg is leaning slightly forwards.

Switch the camera's flash on.

Set your camera to store the photos as JPEG files.

Your child should wear plain thin light coloured socks for the photographs. Avoid patterned or striped socks.

Position the foot centrally on the A4 grid and line it up with the long side of the paper. You must be able to see the edge of the grid all around the foot in each photo.