How to measure children’s feet?

23 kwietnia 2013

Sometimes we forget that children’s feet grow very fast. In some cases, shoes we bought 2-3 months ago are too small now. Wearing shoes that are too small can deform feet and can lead to a posture defect in the future. So how to measure children’s feet properly?

Feet growth is not regular – sometimes feet grow slowly during the year, sometimes 5 milimetres during 3 months. Understandably, we should measure our children’s feet every three months. Regular examination is a valuable information for orthopedists and pediatrics. What is more, we know if our child needs bigger shoes.

How to measure children’s feet properly?

It’s worth remembering that shoes should be bigger than a feet at about 7-9 milimetres. It’s important because children’s feet grow very fast and move forward while walking.

We have to measure both feet, because in some cases one foot is bigger than the other and shoes should be fitted to the bigger one.

Foot size can be measured in many ways. While measuring children should stand with legs apart.

Indirect measurement

  • Stand on a sheet of paper, heels have to touch the wall
  • Mark the longest toe (sometimes the 2nd toe is longer than the 1st)
  • Use a ruler to measure the distance between the wall and the marked point


jak_mierzyc_stopy_1 jak_mierzyc_stopy_2 jak_mierzyc_stopy_3


Feet measure

  • In every BARTEK store there is a special facility to the feet measurement
  • The way of measurement is similar to that with a ruler
  • Child’s foot is placed on a facility, its heel has to touch the back part of a measure



  • Move the front arm of a measure to the longest toe
  • Measure helps to choose a shoe size in a French numbering
  • In a similar way you can measure your child’s feet using a slide calliper

Contour measurement

  • Place your child’s feet on a sheet of paper and contour them one after the other.
  • Measure the distance between the heel and the longest toe
  • Note the foot length and  the date of the measurement
  • Keep your drawings as a record


jak_mierzyc_stopy_5 jak_mierzyc_stopy_6


The notebook of a healthy foot

The notebook is a growth record of your child lower limbs. You can note things like first steps, examination dates, feet size, worrying symptoms, legs position, etc.




You can keep drawings and pictures of your child’s lower limbs in a special envelope. It’s worth to show such documentation orthopaedist, pediatrics or rehabilitation specialist.

Tekst: BARTEK S.A. and Barbara Skrzyńska – anthropolog, Bożena Rajchel-Chyla – anthropolog.
Consultations: dr Wojciech Radło – orthopaedist.


  • Technology enchanted in the shoe - modern solutions in shoes BARTEK

    2013-10-08 15:26:01

    Technology enchanted in the shoe Modern solutions in shoes BARTEK A child’s foot perspires more than an adult’s, making a perfect home for mites, bacteria, fungi and other allergens. The result? Po...

  • Movement prolongs life

    2013-04-24 11:25:56

    Summer is a period that favours activeness. Let us take advantage of this time, and encourage our children to play outdoors. Not much is needed, just comfortable shoes and then exercise will be a genu...

  • Mum, dad, I can walk - how to choose your child's first shoes?

    2013-04-23 15:51:10

    Seeing children talking their first steps makes parents deliriously happy. It’s a sign that your child needs shoes. The first shoes are the most important in every child’s life because the proper grow...

  • How to choose good shoes?

    2013-04-23 15:49:10

    Children’s legs and feet are very sensitive. Their growth depends on well-fitted shoes. Badly-fitted ones can lead to a posture defects. If you want your child to have properly growth feet, find out h...

  • Consequences of wearing improper shoes

    2013-04-23 15:46:44

    Children’s feet are very delicate and sensitive. The younger a child is, the more important are well-fitted shoes. Bad-fitted ones can lead to various feet deformations and  other feet problems in th...

  • How to choose shoes for your child’s age?

    2013-04-23 14:50:48

    According to the latest research, over 90% of new born babies have healthy feet, and over 80% of adults have problems with their feet. The most common reason is wearing improper shoes in childhood. ...

  • Do you know how your child’s feet change when it grows up?

    2013-04-23 12:42:47

    Seeing how a child grows up, gains new abilities and develops makes parents deliriously happy. Legs and feet of children change as much as the body of a young person. If you want to be sure that your ...

  • BARTEK MINI- new product in BARTEK stores

    2012-12-11 21:25:26

    "BARTEK MINI" - a new special proposal for infants on chilly, winter days. These models are characterised by their excellent fit, thanks to a special construction that facilitates their wear. Made fro...

Bezpłatna infolinia: 800-BARTEK 800-227835

Find store
in your location