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Size Guide for Shoes and Socks

How to determine Shoe Size

  • It is best to have your child's foot measured by a brannock measuring device by our qualified shoe fitting specialists. Tip: the child's foot measurement on a brannock foot measuring device can be different than the shoe size recommended, as we will allow extra room for growth.
  • Shoes sizes/fit recommendations can vary depending on the style and manufacturer.


  • Width can vary depending on the shoe and the shape of your child's foot.
  • Some children can have high insteps (top portion of their foot is thick), while others can have a wide width across the toe joint or "ball" portion.
  • If your child has a high instep (top part of the foot is thick) then look for a shoe that is taller in height across the instep and opens up deep for ease of putting on and extra adjustment. Tip: A shoe style labeled wide width does not necessarily fit deeper than another style in a medium width... if you need recommendations please contact us and we will be happy to help!

At Home foot measuring 

  • Have your child stand on a ruler or tape measure placed up against a wall on a hard, flat floor surface.  
  • Have your child's full weight on the foot you are measuring.  
  • Check to see if your child is curling their toes, if so flatten them out.
  • Measure both feet.  Many children will have one foot bigger than the other.
  • Tip:  If you are measuring a toddler, have someone steady your child while you focus on their feet!
Once you have taken your child's foot measurements and you wish to order shoes on-line, please feel free to contact us and we will help you determine the right size for your child before placing your order. 

Shoe Size

  • In store: we will usually go up a half size from what we measure your child, unless we know the shoe fits small or larger than average.


  • Check the shoe style on our website to see if there are any additional fitting tips or recommendations.  If we are aware that a style fits considerably larger or smaller we will include these tips.
  • Tips on specific brands are found on this page below.

Shoe Size Options on our Website

We use US (North American) sizing on our website.
View the below chart to see how we group our size ranges.

Note: Some Youth sizes with have "(Y)" beside the size to help clarify youth vs first walker sizes. 
Our drop down menu is usually listed smallest to largest size.


Stride Rite Sizing

Stride Rite's Shoe sizing template

Saucony Sizing

Most styles fit true to size, however we do our best to indicate for each shoe style if the fit is not true to size :)


Bogs Size Chart

Geox Size Chart

We use "US" sizing on our website.

    Hatley Rain Boots Size Chart

    Keen Size Chart


    Native Size Chart

    Sock Size conversion Chart

    You have probably discovered not all socks use the same sizing system!  Some go by Age, Shoe size, Sock size or Name.  Please use this chart as a guide.  You might find sometimes your child might fit into two different categories.

    Age of Child Shoe Size Sock Size Other
    0-3 months 0-1 0-4 Newborn
    3-12 months 1-4 4-5.5 Infant
    1-2 years 3-7 5-6.5 Toddler
    1.5-4 years 6-11 6-7.5 XS
    3-7 years 9-1 7-8.5 S
    5-10 years 12-6 8-9.5 M
    10+ years (ladies) 6-9 9-11 L

    Sock Terminology

    • Seamless or "Comfort Seam" is a term for hand linking, eliminates the uncomfortable ridge caused by machine sewing. A Comfort Seam sock has a hand-linked toe seam which ensures a smooth and comfortable fit.
    • "Kick Proof" socks have two elasticized areas, around the sock cuff and also above the heel (ankle). 
    • "No Show" style of sock is just below the ankle bone.
    • "Ankle" style sock is just above the ankle bone. (also known as quarter socks)
    • "Crew" style sock is just below the calf.
    • "Knee High" style sock is just above the calf and below the knee.

    Shoe Care

    • Brush off loose dirt and spot clean footwear with damp cloth.  An old soft toothbrush works great on suede surfaces.
    • For heavily soiled footwear use spray on cleaners specially made for footwear.  Please follow directions.
    • Footwear that indicates they are machine washable - wash in mild or non-detergent cleaners in cold water.  Do not use cleaners with bleach or fabric softeners.  Rinse well with clean water
    • Air Dry, keep away from any heat source.
      Stuff shoes with newspaper to absorb excess water, remove then air dry.  Do not use heat to dry shoes, this affects the finish and also cause premature cracking.
    • Rubber - clean rubber from salt and dirt after each use.  Use rubber conditioners to remove "bloom" and condition rubber.  Store away from heat and direct sunlight as these can affect the rubber and cause it to harden and/or crack.


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