What Size Shoe Do I Order?

Buying the right kids shoe size online can actually be a really easy process! That’s why here at Tiptoe & Co we always provide the measurements for all our shoes and encourage you to make sure you check and order the correct size.  The first, and most important step, is to measure your child’s feet length! And we are here every step of the way to help you with this.

Selecting the right size shoes for your baby or toddler’s feet is very important, as you don’t want them wearing shoes that are not the right size, especially when their feet are still developing. Just because a pair of kids shoes is marked with a particular age i.e. 12-18 months does not mean that every child that age will fit them – it is a simple guide.  While you may be familiar with the sizing in one brand of children’s shoes, sizing can also vary dramatically between brands, both Australian and International brands.

How To Measure Your Child’s Feet

how to measure feetTo measure your child’s feet, stand them on a piece of paper in bare feet. Make sure they are bearing weight and standing up straight. Trace around the heel and the toes, as close to their foot as possible. Then measure the length in a straight line from end of big toe to back of the heel. Since one foot is often larger than the other, make sure you measure both feet. You should generally purchase the size that fits the largest foot.

You can print our free children’s foot size measurement chart to help you – this makes measuring kids feet even easier!

Click here to download and print our Tiptoe & Co feet measuring guide

Our kids feet measuring chart is super easy to use and will give you feet length in mm – but you MUST print the chart at 100% (do NOT check “page scaling” or “fit to page” etc).


Shoe Sizes For Our Brands

How does it work?

Once you have those feet measured, you’re ready to shop! Unless otherwise stated, shoe length listed on each shoe style is the inner measurement for that size. Just check the style listing for full details.

For baby styles, add about 5-10 mm (0.5 to 1 cm) to your babies foot length measurement and that gives you the inner size you need. If your baby is in between sizes, we recommend you go up a size. Or, just send us an email and we can help you work it out!

For toddlers you want about 10 mm (1 cm) of wiggle room so add that to the foot measurement and that’s the inner shoe size your little toddler needs! Obviously sometimes your kids feet length will fall between two sizes, and that’s where you just need to use your judgement as to which size is best i.e. if you would have 8 mm growth room in one size and 14 mm growth room in the next size, it’s probably better to stick with the smaller size.

Sometimes our brands do not supply us with the inner sole measurements, so we may list the outer sole measurement instead, or an Aus equivalent sizing. If you need help with this, or have any questions on how to choose the right shoe size for your kids, just send us a quick message via our Contact page.

 What if I buy the wrong size?

Here at Tiptoe & Co, your happiness is important to us – after all, our customers are part of the family! But we know that sometimes shopping for items online can be a little tricky. With this in mind, we have created our ”Happiness Guarantee” and we think you will agree it’s a recipe for finding the perfect pair of kids shoes for your little one.

We cover postage one-way on size exchanges (once per order) and if you don’t love your purchase you can return it for a refund.

We’ve done all the hard work for you in bringing together an amazing collection of online kids footwear and accessories – so sit back and relax!