August 6, 2018 By James L. Weaver
“Did you grow up”, the little ones often get to hear from their aunt or uncle, who they haven’t seen for a while. As parents, you notice the change particularly strongly, if the winter boots, which one bought only some months ago, have already become too narrow again. The feet of toddlers grow enormously fast, so it must be checked more often whether the shoe still fits perfectly. As often, you can find out here – and receive many other useful tips on the subject of “Buying children’s shoes”.
Measuring children’s feet – the more often, the better!?
As soon as they have learned to walk, they are already fooling around with friends in the snow and building a snowman – how quickly the little ones grow! Especially for the shoe purchase, this means: The perfect winter boot should not only be cuddly from the inside, weatherproof and in the best case washable but also fit perfectly – not least to avoid foot malpositions.
And the right size can change quickly in children. Therefore, if they are between one and three years old, their feet should be measured approximately every eight weeks – even better: every six weeks. If the children are between three and six years old, they only have to be checked every six months to see how much their feet have grown in the meantime.
The large children’s shoe guide from Zalando.de tells you how to measure children’s feet correctly. Here you can find out how children’s shoes and stumbles are connected and you can get plenty of inspiration when it comes to winter boots.
But if measuring is really necessary, you may ask yourself. After all, there used to be the tried-and-tested method of scanning the big toe and immediately noticed when the shoe literally squeezes.
The good old tactile trick may work quite well for adults, but the little ones often pull their toes back a little when feeling. And this can seriously distort the result in the end. This trick also doesn’t really help to determine the right size for the new winter boot. By the way: Since the feet of the little ones can swell slightly during the day, the measurement should always be done in the afternoon or evening.
Up, up, to the children’s shoe purchase!
In specialist shops, both the length and width of the feet can be determined very precisely with a WMS foot measuring device – and not only that. With a special WMS internal length device, the internal length of the children’s shoes can also be determined – the information on the shoe box can deviate from the actual dimensions – and then compared with the foot length. To give the small feet enough space to grow further, a buffer of 1 to 1.5 centimeters should always be taken into account in the toe area.
And don’t forget: The favorite socks that you wear in winter are usually slightly thicker and, therefore, worn for fitting. To be on the safe side that the new purchase really fits optimally, the feet should be checked for redness or pressure points after prolonged wearing. As far as nothing conspicuous is to be determined, the little ones may frolic again and let the snow crunch under their new winter boots with relish.