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When should my child start wearing footwear?
Generally speaking a child could start wearing shoes after 1 year of age or when they have started walking. Growth comes in spurts so check your children's feet and foot size often.
Babies and younger children can wear soft shoes and booties made from natural materials while bones are still forming in the foot and they are starting to stand and walk. Booties are great way to provide support and comfort to developing ankles and feet. Foot arches do not fully develop until children get older. While they are young, there is a 'fat pad' which is a natural protection for the undeveloped arch and your child's feet may look 'flat' while they are not actually flat.
Buy good quality shoes in sizes and materials that are appropriate for your children's feet.
How do I determine my child's shoe size?
Measuring and fitting are the best ways to size your child's feet. We have measuring devices to assist you and our staff to size your child's foot. We also have an online guide (see above).
Shoe sizes vary depending on the manufacturers and the models. The measured size only recommends a size and it is best to have a fitting session in the store to get the best results. There should be space left at the toes (about a centimetre); and shoe width and heel height are also important factors. We do carry a good selection of wide and extra wide shoes.
Shoe Size Legend help:
Infant and Toddler
Infant and Toddler sizes can be for ages 0-4.
Often the Toddler sizes are indicated with T.
Sizes usually range from 2 - 10.
Preschool and Children
Preschool and Children sizes can be for ages 3-9.
Sizes usually range from 10.5 - 3.
Youth sizes can be for ages 8-12.
Often the Youth sizes are indicated with a Y.
Youth sizes start at 1.
Wide and Extra wide sizes are often indicated with a W or a XW.
If you have questions about a particular shoe or shoe size please contact us before ordering, this can help alleviate any issues before ordering and receiving your selection.
How do I determine clothing sizes?
Infants and Babies
0-6 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months
Toddler and Children sizes in most brands are 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T and 6T. But some brands do start with XXS (4-5 yrs) and XS (6-7 yrs).
Children and Youth sizes can be numbers which indicate age, or letters XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL and in the case of Youth may have YXS, YS, YM, YL, YXL.
If you have questions about a particular article of clothing or accessory size please contact us before ordering, this can help alleviate any issues before ordering and receiving your selection.