Buying Baby Shoes Online Isn’t as Hard As You May Think - Tiptoe & Co



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October 19, 2017 3 min read

Buying baby shoes online for the first time can be daunting, but once you know your baby's foot measurement, it is a whole lot easier and lots of fun!

Measuring your child's foot at home is not as difficult as you might think and you will have all the necessary tools in your drawers. The hardest thing you might have to face is trying to get your squirmy baby to stand still long enough! Here’s a hint though from a Mum who had said squirmy baby - give them something to hold or eat while you do this process. It’s a good distraction and will give you the 30 seconds you need!

What do you need to measure your baby’s foot?

All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure. To measure your child's foot, simply place your piece of paper on a flat surface like floor tiles or even your kitchen table. Place your child’s foot flat on the piece of paper and mark a line along the back of their heel. Then mark another line at the tip of their longest toe. Once you have done this, grab your tape measure or ruler and measure the distance between the two marked lines. This will give you the length of their foot. (You can apply this method to find the width of their foot also). Repeat for the other foot as feet can differ in size. For a full guide on how to measure your child’s foot, pleaserefer to our measuring guide.

Deciphering the measurement.

Once you have their foot measurement, in centimeters (cm) is best, add an extra 1/2 cm to 1 cm onto the length to allow for wiggle room at the toes. For example: If your baby's foot measurement is 12.4cm, then adding ½ cm will give you a total measurement of 12.9cm. This is the number you will need to use as a guide when looking at the shoe sizings. If the exact size you require is not available (i.e. the shoe measurement does not come in 12.9cm) then go up to the closest match. Always go up rather than down with your selections as you are better to purchase slightly bigger than too small. Your child will grow into the shoes where as a smaller shoe may be too squashy or only allow for 4 - 6 weeks wear. In saying that, if the next size is looking too big, then you might need to go with the closest match. Again, please feel free tocontact us and we can help you with your selection.


How to read the sizing chart?

When you look at any of the shoes in our range, you will see a sizing chart on the page. For example, let's use our Surefit Boys Leather Sandals as a guide. You will see a sizing chart as you scroll past the description area. Surefit are sized in EU sizing, so we have also included the AU conversion and mm measurement for ease. If your child's foot measures 19cm (190mm) then you would be looking to buy him Size 31 or AU 12.5. This shoe is 19.8cm (198mm) which will allow 8mm wiggly and growth room. The size below would not leave any room for growth.


What if my child's measurement is outside their age range?

Don't be concerned if your 13 month old baby's foot measurement puts them in the 18-24mth size category. This is just a sizing guide and each child's foot grows at a different rate. Each shoe brand has their own interpretation of an average foot size. This is why it is always best to know their foot length.

All of our shoes have asizing guide attached to make it easier when selecting a pair of shoes. Our shoe sizing guides give you the shoe size in AU, US and EU sizes as well as in cm's. Each shoe is measured on the sole length. If in doubt, go slightly over or just ask us for help!

If you are still wanting to confirm you are ordering the right size or if your child has wide fitting or chubby feet, please don't hesitate tocontact us and will be more than happy to assist you.

So grab a coffee and enjoy your shopping experience in the comfort of your own home. xx