Since footwear must fit more precisely than apparel, Footwear News offers some tips on finding the right pair of kids’ shoes online.
First, confirm the size your child is currently wearing. If you simply need a replacement for a worn-out look or want a wardrobe add-on, the same size would apply. However, if the child has outgrown his or her current footwear, the correct size up needs to be determined.
Several brands offer instructions on measuring your child’s feet. Pediped.com has a sizing feature that includes an iPad sizing app as well as downloadable and printable sizing chart. It even offers a folding foot-measuring tool that consumers can buy for at-home convenience.
Children’s brand Stride Rite also offers sizing help that includes its RiteFit iPad app and printable sizing chart.
Another option is the Kid Foot Scale from Flappy Fun Games, available on iTunes. For yet another option, Famousfootwear.com has a kids’ sizing chart with measuring instructions that can be printed out free of charge.
To play it safe, find a website with free shipping both ways so multiple sizes can be ordered and unsuitable pairs easily returned.