The importance of fitted shoes

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The importance of fitted shoes - fitting gauges

At Start-rite, we believe it's really important to measure a child's feet accurately before buying them every pair of shoes. That's because ill-fitting shoes can have a serious impact on your child's foot health for years to come. To be sure that your child is wearing shoes that fit properly, you can either visit one of the John Lewis stores, where trained staff will measure and fit your child with shoes, or if that's not convenient, use one of our specially developed fitting gauges to help you measure your child's feet at home.

Choosing your gauge

The small gauge is suitable for shoe sizes S2 to S8½ and the large gauge is suitable for children with shoe sizes S9 to L12.

Buy small gauge
Buy large gauge

 

To find out how to measure using our gauges, watch our videos or use the steps below

Measure at home

We've spent a long time researching how we can offer parents the full range of our footwear online and our gauges have been specially designed for use at home. Using one of the gauges, you will be able to measure feet for length and width/girth which, when used with the tables below, will enable you to determine the Start-rite shoe size that your child will need.

 
 

Small gauge - shoe fitting instructions and size conversion chart

  1. Sit your child on an adult's knee
  2. Hold the Start-rite gauge in your left hand
  3. Place the foot in the gauge holding the heel firmly against the back of the gauge with the left hand and ensure that the toes are lying flat on the gauge
  4. Push the length slider forward so that it rests lightly against the longest toe
  5. Holding the length slider in place, remove the foot and make a note of the length measurement indicated in front of the slider
  6. Take the tape measure provided and wrap it around the foot diagonally from the big toe joint to the little toe joint (the widest part of the foot)
  7. Pull the tape gently to take up any slack and make a note of the width measurement, indicated by the tape's marker
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 for the other foot as feet often vary in size
  9. Take the width measurement of the widest foot and the length measurement of the longest foot and use the tables below to calculate the shoe size for your child.

First determine the size using the length measurements on the left of the table. Then continue along the same line to determine the fit using the width measurements.

C
D
E
F
G
H
From To Size From To From To From To From To From To From To
99 103 S 2 111 118 119 124 125 130 131 137 138 143 144 149
104 107 S 2½ 114 120 121 126 127 133 134 139 140 145 146 152
108 111 S 3 116 122 123 129 130 135 136 141 142 148 149 154
112 116 S 3½ 118 125 126 131 132 137 138 144 145 150 151 157
117 120 S 4 121 127 128 133 134 140 141 146 147 153 154 159
121 124 S 4½ 123 130 131 136 137 142 143 149 150 155 156 161
125 128 S 5 126 132 133 138 139 145 146 151 152 157 158 164
129 133 S 5½ 128 134 135 141 142 147 148 153 154 160 161 166
134 137 S 6 130 137 138 143 144 149 150 156 157 162 163 168
138 141 S 6½ 133 139 140 145 146 152 153 158 159 164 165 171
142 145 S 7 135 141 142 148 149 154 155 160 161 167 168 173
146 150 S 7½ 137 144 144 150 151 157 158 163 164 169 170 176
151 154 S 8 140 146 147 153 154 159 160 165 166 172 173 178
155 158 S 8½ 142 149 150 155 156 161 162 168 169 174 175 180

Large gauge - shoe fitting instructions and size conversion chart

  1. Sit your child on an adult's knee
  2. Hold the Start-rite gauge in your left hand
  3. Place the foot in the gauge holding the heel firmly against the back of the gauge with the left hand and ensure that the toes are lying flat on the gauge
  4. Push the length slider forward so that it rests lightly against the longest toe
  5. Holding the length slider in place, remove the foot and make a note of the length measurement indicated in front of the slider
  6. Take the tape measure provided and wrap it around the foot diagonally from the big toe joint to the little toe joint (the widest part of the foot)
  7. Pull the tape gently to take up any slack and make a note of the width measurement, indicated by the tape's marker
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 for the other foot as feet often vary in size
  9. Take the width measurement of the widest foot and the length measurement of the longest foot and use the tables below to calculate the shoe size for your child.

First determine the size using the length measurements on the left of the table. Then continue along the same line to determine the fit using the width measurements.

C
D
E
F
G
H
From To Size From To From To From To From To From To From To
158 162 S 9 148 154 155 160 161 167 168 173 174 179 180 186
163 166 S 9½ 150 156 157 163 164 169 170 175 176 182 183 188
167 170 S 10 152 159 160 165 166 171 172 178 179 184 185 190
171 175 S 10½ 155 161 162 167 168 174 175 180 181 186 187 193
176 179 S 11 157 163 164 170 171 176 177 183 184 189 190 195
180 183 S 11½ 160 166 167 172 173 179 180 185 185 191 192 198
184 187 S 12 162 168 169 175 176 181 182 187 188 194 195 200
188 192 S 12½ 164 171 172 177 178 183 184 190 191 196 197 202
193 196 S 13 167 173 174 179 180 186 187 192 193 198 199 205
197 200 S 13½ 169 175 176 182 183 188 189 194 195 201 202 207
201 204 L 1 171 178 179 184 185 190 191 197 198 203 204 210
205 209 L 1½ 174 180 181 186 187 193 194 199 200 206 207 212
210 213 L 2 175 181 182 188 189 194 195 200 201 207 208 213
214 217 L 2½ 178 184 185 191 192 197 198 203 204 210 211 216
218 221 L 3 181 188 189 194 195 200 201 207 208 213 214 219
222 225 L 3½ 184 191 192 197 198 203 204 210 211 216 217 222
226 230 L 4 188 194 195 200 201 207 208 213 214 219 220 226
231 234 L 4½ 191 197 198 203 204 210 211 216 217 222 223 229
235 238 L 5 194 200 201 207 208 213 214 219 220 226 227 232
239 242 L 5½ 197 203 204 210 211 216 217 222 223 229 230 235
243 247 L 6 200 207 208 213 214 219 220 226 227 232 233 238
248 251 L 6½ 203 210 211 216 217 222 223 229 230 235 236 241
252 255 L 7 207 213 214 219 220 226 227 232 233 238 239 245
256 259 L 7½ 210 216 217 222 223 229 230 235 236 241 242 248
260 264 L 8 213 219 220 226 227 232 233 238 239 245 246 251
265 268 L 8½ 216 222 223 229 230 235 236 241 242 248 249 254
269 272 L 9 219 226 227 232 233 238 239 245 246 251 252 257
273 276 L 9½ 222 229 230 235 236 241 242 248 249 254 255 261
277 280 L 10 226 232 233 238 239 245 246 251 252 257 258 264
281 285 L 10½ 229 235 236 241 242 248 249 254 255 261 262 267
286 289 L 11 232 238 239 245 246 251 252 257 258 264 265 270
290 293 L 11½ 235 241 242 248 249 254 255 261 262 267 268 273
294 297 L 12 238 245 246 251 252 257 258 264 265 270 271 276