shoe size please?

Daisy - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my 2 year-old is terrified of the contraption that shoes stores use to measure feet. any ideas for how to figure out his size a different way?

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Shelly - posted on 01/29/2009

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Try tracing on a piece of paper his foot and then use that for the measurement until he is older and may not be so afraid of the shoe sizer.

Laura - posted on 01/29/2009

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Stride Rite has a printable version you can do at home and it has instructions. You just have to go to their website to get it.

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2009

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You can buy a plastic one from www.onestepahead.com

or get him to stand on a piece of paper and trace his foot. Measure that.

User - posted on 01/29/2009

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I work at a shoe store, i've never had problems getting my boy to use it. But i do see ladies that come in they fight to get there kids to sit still and let me measure their feet. i usually just tell them not to fight it, i'll get paper trace their feet and go from there. usually go up half a size from what the paper says cause of how fast their feet grow and incase you didnt trace it right you could be squeezing the poor little feet into shoes that dont fit

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Make a footprint of his foot with paint (just to make it fun for him) ... and when it dries, measure it.  Remember that you should allow the width of your index finger between his big toe and the end of the shoe. Take it from an ex shoe saleswoman. 

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2009

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I hold the shoe to the bottom of my daughters foot...... It is the easiest way for me to figure it out.

Fiorella - posted on 01/28/2009

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My daughet went through the same phase around that age. She also cried and screamed if I tried it on me. It will pass. To help out we tried to tell her in advance what that contraption was for, made some stories, measured a doll/stuffed animal's feet and then have her try.



We live in VA, and we found a store that measures children's feet digitally. You get in a train and put your feet on the floor. This is like a scanner that is read by a computer. The catch is to stand still. There was still some whining but it worked so much better!

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at walmart, they have a mat that the kid just needs to put his foot on...match up the size. worked for my daughter! i also put the shoe up against the bottom of her foot and did it that way and tried on shoes around that size until i found the fit.

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2009

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Look at his current pair of shoes to get a size. When you go to the shoe store, try on a half size bigger to start with. The proper shoe size will have your thumb's width of space between the top of his big toe and the top of the shoe.  I hope this helps!

Melissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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Take your child's foot and try to trace it on a piece of paper. Then cut it out and use that to measure your child's foot on the sizer. That might be a good way to do so. Also asking someone that works in the shoe department may be able to tell you too what a normal size is for a two year old.

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2009

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My mom always measures socks by wrapping them around a clenched fist, maybe this would help? Otherwise I would just try some shoes on until you find ones that fit. Sizes are different by brand as we all know, so as long as you know the general area he's in you should be good to go.

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