Children’s Shoe Size Guide

How to measure your child’s feet

The dreaded shoe shopping. Everything in a child’s shoe is considered from the rubber soles made to limit tripping and other accidents to the soft fabric such as leather or suede built for comfort and to mould appropriately to the foot as it grows. Not only is this important to help the child as he or she begins to walk, but it is necessary to avoid potential health problems associated with bad-fitting shoes. If you're after our clothes sizing guide, please head here

Be prepared and follow our guide to measuring your child’s feet and limit the hassle of shoe-fitting! including shoe size conversion chartin EU, UK, and US sizing, and how to measure the child's foot correctly. 

Shoes with colour palette and paintbrushes

How to measure your child’s feet at home

We have a couple of key steps when it comes to measuring your child’s feet, and of course we are always on-hand to help.

Measuring the length of your child’s feet

  1. Find a ruler, pen and a piece of paper.
  2. Tape the paper to the ground and place your child’s foot in it.
  3. Make sure your child is barefoot, standing straight with toes spread. This is so the weight is distributed evenly across the feet. If not, the feet won’t spread, and you may measure too small.
  4. Draw a line behind their heel, making sure you keep the pen/pencil vertical, and another line in front of their longest toe.
  5. Measure the distance between the lines in centimetres.
  6. Do both feet!
  7. Check our chart to find the perfect size.

Measuring the width of your child’s feet

This is just as important as the length. To do this, follow these key tips: 

  1. Your child must be standing straight, barefoot with toes spread. This is so the weight is distributed evenly across the feet. If not, the feet won’t spread, and you may measure too small.
  2. You can use a special width ruler or tape measurement to measure the widest part of the foot – this is the ball of the foot around the base of the toes.
  3. Be sure not to pull the tape measure too tight. Remember, they may be wearing socks too.
  4. You can use a shoe lace – mark the shoe lace and measure this on a normal ruler.
  5. Do the other foot!
  6. Check our chart to find the perfect size. 

Feet Measuring Methods

The good old-fashioned paper and pen technique detailed above is quick and fairly painless. You can turn shoe sizing into a game to avoid any potential tantrums – have your child line up against the wall and do their height chart at the same time! Or have them stand on a flat chair or even the table – they’ll love the idea of doing something new which is usually frowned upon!

There’s also foot painting – this is especially good for toddlers prone to tantrums and fidgeting. Take a nice clean foot print copy with you when shoe shopping – sneaky but effective.

When measuring at home, it is best to go old-fashioned again – avoid printing out a size chart online. Depending on your printer settings, the chart may be incorrect. You can also buy your own measuring device if you’d prefer – sites like Amazon sell them at reasonable prices. Don’t feel daft taking your paint-ridden paper, or tracing of the whole foot, to the store. Anything to make everyone’s life that much easier! Especially yours…

Shoe Measuring Q&A

How often do I need to measure my child’s feet? - Good question! It will depend on how quickly your child is growing but the general rule of thumb is every 2-3 months. That’s a lot of shoe sizing sessions.

Socks! - It’s also worth remembering socks. Make sure you leave room for thick socks in the cooler months. You can always bring a range of their socks with you.  

When to measure - The time of day can also make an impact. Our feet expand throughout the day including babies, toddlers and children! Measure your child’s feet in the afternoon or evening, perhaps after school, when they are at their largest.

Measure both feet - It’s very common to have different sized feet so while you’re down there, measure both and take the biggest size as gospel. If there is a big discrepancy, there are specialised stores that can help.

Do a couple of test runs - Do at least two measurements before purchasing to make sure you have the correct sizing. This could be at different times of the day, or across a week. This will also help the child just used to having their feet measured.  

In-between sizes? - Go for the bigger size – it’s always better to be slightly too big than too small. As long as the child can walk, run and prance without the foot moving significantly inside the shoes, you’re good.

What’s the difference between baby shoes and toddler shoes? - Baby shoes have a soft sole to strength the baby’s feet – get him or her ready for walking! Toddler shoes have a hard sole – usually made out of rubber – before going onto different materials as they get older.

Shoe Size Chart

Unlike clothing, shoes for children don’t correspond with the age. If only it were that easy! Follow our chart:

EU Size

UK Size

US Size

JP Size

Length

AGE Approx

17

1

2

10

10.8 cm

4-7 months

18

2

3

11

11.7 cm

7-9 months

19

3

4

12

12.3 cm

9-11 month

20

4

5

13

12.5 cm

11-12 months

21

4.5

5.5

13.5

13 cm

12-18 months

22

5

6

14

13.5 cm

18-24 months

23

6

7

14.5

14.5 cm

2 years

24

7

8

15

15 cm

2-3 years

25

8

9

15.5

15.5 cm

3 years

26

8.5

9.5

16

16.5 cm

3-4 years

27

9

10

16.5

17 cm

4 years

28

10

11

17

17.5 cm

5 years

29

11

12

18

19 cm

5-6 years

30

12

13

18.5

19.5 cm

6 years

31

12.5

13.5

19

20 cm

6-7 years

32

13.5

1.5

19.5

20.5 cm

7 years

33

1

2

20

21 cm

7-8 years

34

2

2.5

21

22 cm

8 years

More About Pepa & Co. Shoes

We have a number of staple styles and fabrics we use in our shoes. Not only is this high quality and therefore durable, but they’re made with growing feet in mind.

Pram Shoes for Babies

Pram shoes are made with the tiniest feet in mind. They have a soft sole for easy crawling and ultimate comfort. They can be used as your baby begins to start walking to help strength the muscles and bones in the feet. Our pram shoes are made from the softest suede or leather and are available in T-Bar and Mary-Jane styles. These are with a soft fabric sole, perfect for crawling and when your baby is first finding their feet. This is to help your baby strength the bones and muscles in the foot.

We start from size 17EU and stock pram shoes up to 20EU depending on the style and collection.

Baby Girl Shoes

Shoes for Toddlers

Our baby shoe collection is available from 20EU to 24EU and these have a hard rubber sole, perfect for when your little one has just started walking. They are extremely similar to the pram shoes, just one level up.

Baby Boy Shoes

Shoes for Children

We size up to 8 years in our shoes as well as our clothing. From 4 years to 8 years – 21EU to 34EU - these are hard-soled shoes for confident walkers. They are available in more styles as your child develops their own sense of style. They are still a rubber sole, just slightly more robust.

Mary-Janes

Mary-Janes are a classic style for baby girls, baby boys, and older girls. We have these in leather and suede in multiple seasonal colours every collection. They are available in pram shoes, baby and toddler shoes, and our girls’ range up to 8 years old. 

The sole changes from soft fabric for babies, soft rubber for toddlers and a harder rubber sole for girls. For all sizes, there is an easy popper button. For babies and toddlers, there’s detailed stitching around the foot, whereas girls have a more classic plain design.

Girl in dress with mary-jane shoes

Charlottes and Ballerinas

We teamed these two together because they are made for older girls (4 years to 8 years). Charlotte is similar to the T-Bar, however, you’ll noticed the gaps are much larger. This is appropriate for older girls whilst babies and toddlers require more support, hence more fabric for the front of their feet.

Ballerinas are a new addition to Pepa & Co. (introduced in the SS19 Collection) and suitable for older girls (4 years – 8 years). Both are more fashion-forward for Little Pepas developing their own sense of style.

These are in multiple seasonal colours and available in high quality leather and suede. The Charlotte style is fastened with a buckle whilst the ballerinas are slip-on with bow detailing. 

Two girls in dresses looking at their shoes

T-Bars

T-Bars are a similar style for Charlotte, but they are made for smaller feet. Therefore, there is more fabric around the front for support. Whilst they can be worn for girls as well, we find they’re more popular for boys. Our T-Bars are available in high quality leather and suede in a range of colours depending on the season. We have these in a soft sole pram style and soft rubber sole for toddlers.

Lace-ups

Our lace-up shoes are reserved for the celebration collection. They are high quality leather and often in light colours suitable for special occasions such as weddings.

Boots

Our boots are an Autumn and Winter favourite. We only use the finest leather and suede for longevity through the cooler months. These are available in baby sizing up to 8 years in both boy and girl styles. As these are seasonal, they are often a trendsetting style.

Loafers and Boat Shoes

Loafer and boat shoes are for boys aged 4 years to 8 years, and the equivalent the Charlotte and Ballerina summer styles for girls. They are made from leather or suede and have exquisite detailing including a bow and stitching around the front. They are a formal style suitable for formal/special occasions. 

Boy in loafers

Plimsolls

The plimsolls are a summer staple made from fabric with a white rubber sole and cap. They are unisex and available in a range of colours starting in baby sizing up to girls and boys. 

Some of our styles come in unisex and we say that all of our items are generally true to size. Of course, every child is different! Whilst we give guidelines of the sizing and ages, some Little Pepas grow faster than others and vice versa.

Plimsolls

Why is it important to get the right size for your child’s feet?

Why not stuff the end in cotton wool? Their feet grow really quickly right?

A common misconception is to get a bigger size in the hope for the shoes to last longer and to save you the hassle and money of frequent shoe shopping. However, for your child’s safety, it is important to find the Goldilocks bear of shoes – not too big, not too small, just right!

It’s worth saying that being in-between sizes isn’t the end of the world – in this case go for the size bigger. Just as long as it is comfortable for the child as well.

Getting the right sized shoes helps the healthy development of your child’s feet from newborn into their school years. This is particularly important when toddlers learn how to walk.

Children’s feet grow so fast due to soft cartilage that require well-fitting shoes that are sturdy and can be worn all day. Rubber soles give clumsy walkers necessary grip and soft fabric to mould to the child’s foot. Ill-fitting shoes, especially at a young age, can emphasise and worsen existing feet problems such as flat feet or cause ingrown toenails. Most toddlers will be flat-footed when they begin walking so the correct shoes are needed for the bones and muscles to strengthen correctly. This is the same for walking with the feet turned inwards.

Some Science…

There are 26 bones and 35 joints in each foot. A baby’s foot has additional fat for necessary padding and this is why soft soles are important – it helps to improve growth! By the time your child moves to rubber soles, they should be fairly stable. Rubber soles offer flexibility and more movement – the more movement, the more your child can continue strengthening the all-important bones and muscles.

Still not sure?

If you’re still not sure, we’re on hand to help! If you’re based in London, come in-store; we have a specialised shoe corner with all of our styles and shoe-fitting services. We are on Elizabeth Street, just a short walk from Victoria Station, and well-prepped in the art of shoe-sizing. Or you can email our customer service at hola@pepaandcompany.com for more advice from our lovely in-house team. Bear in mind, our customer service hours are 10am-6pm Monday to Friday.