MEASURE & FIT

If the Shoe Fits…

When it comes to your child’s growing feet, proper fit is everything.

If shoes are too big, the foot slips forward and the toes and metatarsals (supporting bones of the foot) are crushed. If shoes are too small, the foot becomes deformed in order to force the shoe to fit.

As glorious as their stories are, children under 5 unfortunately cannot reliably tell you if their shoes are too loose or too tight. With the Fields Footwear Clear View Sole, seeing is believing!

In addition, our sizing means no more guesswork. We measure shoes in millimeters and print them right on the sole. Meanwhile, the rest of the shoe world works in an archaic system devised by Anglo Saxons in which shoe sizes were measured in barleycorn lengths (where one barleycorn equals 1/3 inch… the more you know!).

At Fields Footwear, we know that parents want a quick and easy way to size their child’s feet. Gone are the time-consuming visits to shoe stores, with poorly-educated store assistants and limited in-store stock. From the comfort of your home, or even on the move, you are always first in line.

Measuring Your Child’s Feet

Here are some hints before you get started:

  • Your child should be barefoot (with toes uncurled)
  • If you plan to have your child wear socks with their shoes, then make sure they are wearing them when you measure
  • Measure one foot at a time
So, how do you do it? 
  1. Find a ruler, a pen, and a piece of paper
  2. Place the paper on a hard flat surface against a wall.
  3. Have your child stand (still!) with their heel against the wall
  4. Make a mark at the tip of their longest toe.measure children's feet for shoes
  5. Record the actual measurement in millimeters
  6. Take the largest measurement of both feet and add 5-10 mm for growth and wiggle room
  7. That’s your Perfect Size Number!
  8. Take that number and compare it to the Fields Footwear Size Chart below. If your child’s foot falls in between sizes, round up. The extra room won’t be there for long!

Infant and Toddler Size Conversion Charts

Baby Steps Size Chart*

US Size Inches European Size Millimeters Fields Footwear Size
0 3.125 15 79 102
1 3.5 16 89 102
1.5 3.625 17 92 102
2 3.75 17 95 102
2.5 4 18 102 108
3 4.125 18 105 108 
3.5 4.25 19 108 114
4 4.5 20 114 120

Next Steps Size Chart*

US Size Inches European Size Millimeters Fields Footwear Size
4.5 4.625 20 118 125
5 4.75 20 121 131
5.5 5 21 127 138
6 5.125 22 130 138
6.5 5.25 22 133 143
7 5.5 23 140 149
7.5 5.625 23 143 149
8 5.75 24 146 157
8.5 5.75 24 146 157
9 6.125 25 156 163
9.5 6.25 26 159 163
10 6.5 27 165 169

* These conversions are meant to be a rough guide, for a true accurate fit, measure your child’s foot as instructed above

Children’s Feet Grow Quickly!

Check your child’s growth via the Fields Footwear Clear View Sole by removing the insole at least every 2 months during the first year, and every 3 months from 1- 6 years.

If your child’s foot is past the first line on the Fields Footwear Clear View Sole, it’s time to reorder!