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Fitting guide for Start-rite Shoes

Buying Guide/Fitting guide for Start-rite

Buying Guide/Fitting guide for Start-rite

Start-rite shoe sizing guide

Ensuring your child’s shoes fit their feet correctly is important for their comfort and health, as ill-fitting shoes can have a serious impact on children’s health for the future. Using one of the Start-rite fitting gauges will help you measure your child’s feet correctly at home.

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How to use the small foot gauge (sizes junior 2 to junior 8½)

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Firstly sit your child on another adult’s knee, or a small stool if no-one else is to hand.


Measure the length of the foot:

1. Hold the Start-rite gauge in your left hand.

2. Guide your child’s foot into the gauge, ensuring their heel is against the back stop.

3. Hold their heel firmly at the back of the gauge with your left hand and ensure that the foot and toes are lying completely flat on the gauge. If your child is wearing socks then make sure these are not restricting their toes from lying flat by pulling the sock away from the toes.

4. Push the length slider forward so that it rests lightly on their longest toe. Holding the length slider in place, remove your child’s foot, and make a note of the length measurement (take the measurement in front of the length slider, where the toe meets the slider).

Measure the width of the foot:

5. Take the measuring tape provided, wrap it around the width of the foot and insert the end of the tape through the slot.

6. Position the tape so that it is around the widest part of the foot – this is generally from the big toe joint to the little toe joint (the round bumps which stick out on each side of the foot below the toes). The tape is likely to be at a slight angle at this point, which is completely fine.

7. Pull the tape gently so it’s snug but not tight around the foot. Take the measurement where the tape meets the marked blue line and make a note of it.

8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 for the other foot as feet often vary in size.

9. Taking the widest width and longest length measurement of the feet, use the chart to calculate your child’s shoe size
10. All Start-rite shoes have growing room, so ensure you choose the correct shoe size rather than opting for a
bigger size.

Use the table below to convert the foot length millimetre measurement you have taken into the Start-rite shoe size.

Use the table below to convert the width millimetre measurement you have taken to the Start-rite width letter

How to use the large foot gauge (sizes junior 9 to large 12)

Measure the length of the foot:

1. Place the measuring gauge onto a hard floor surface and ensure your child places their foot onto it, with their heel against the back rest. They should be standing straight and be wearing the same thickness of sock that they will be wearing with the shoe.

2. Hold their heel firmly in the back rest and make sure their toes stay flat. If they are wearing socks, pull the sock away from the toe to make sure the toes are laying completely flat.

3. Push the length slider forward so that it rests lightly on their longest toe. Holding the length slider in place, remove your child’s foot, and make a note of the length measurement (take the measurement in front of the length slider, where the toe meets the slider).

Measure the width of the foot:

4. Take the measuring tape provided, wrap it around the width of the foot and insert the end of the tape through the slot.
5. While your child is still standing straight, position the tape so that it is around the widest part of the foot – this is generally from the big toe joint to the little toe joint (the round bumps which stick out on each side of the foot below the toes). The tape is likely to be at a slight angle at this point, which is completely fine.
6. Pull the tape gently so it’s snug but not tight around the foot. Take the measurement where the tape meets the marked blue line and make a note of it.

7. Repeat steps 1 to 6 for the other foot as feet often vary in size.
8. Taking the widest width and longest length measurement of the feet, use the chart to calculate your child’s shoe size.

9. All Start-rite shoes have growing room, so ensure you choose the correct shoe size rather than opting for a
bigger size.

Use the table below to convert the foot lengthmillimetre measurement you have taken into the Start-rite shoe size.

Use the table below to convert the width millimetre measurement you have taken to the Start-rite width letter.

How to fit your child’s shoes

1. Open the shoe to its fullest extent.
2. While your child is seated, twist the shoes onto each foot.
3. Ensure their heel fits to the back of the shoe and fasten the shoes firmly.
4. Hold your child’s ankle and gently tug the heel to make sure the shoe doesn’t slip.
5. While your child is standing straight, work your way from the back to the front of the shoe to see how it fits, and check there’s no gap at the heel.
6. Check the heel to ball fitting – this is that the widest part of the foot is in the widest part of the shoe, which ensures there is enough room at the end of the shoe.
7. Check the depth by dragging your fingers across the top of the shoe. Too much of a ripple in the shoe fabric indicates that the shoe is too wide but too little of a ripple means the shoe is too tight.
8. Check the width by pressing gentle on the widest part of the foot – if the joint of the foot is prominent, the shoe is too tight. If you have to press in to find the joint, the shoe is too wide.
9. Lastly, ask your child to walk in the shoes to ensure they feel comfortable and don’t slip off.

Please note that the measuring tools are intended for use as a guide only. Every child’s foot is different and using these tools does not, therefore, guarantee a perfect fitting shoe every time.

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