Start-rite Shoe Fitting Gauge, S/M

Product information

This fitting gauge from Start-rite will give you peace of mind that you'll be choosing the correct size shoes. Simply position your child's foot on the gauge to get a reliable size reading.

The S/M gauge is suitable for ages 0-3 and measures 2 junior to 8.5 junior sizes.

The M/L gauge is suitable for children 4 and up and measures sizes 9 junior upwards. The M/L size gauge can be found here.

Measure and Fit at Home:
Start-rite believe it's really important to measure a child's feet accurately before buying them every pair of shoes, as ill-fitting shoes can have a serious impact on your child's foot health. 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.

Click here to find out how to measure using the gauges and to watch step by step videos of how to fit your child’s shoes.

Eligible for International Delivery
Footwear Type
2 Jnr

Brand Story

Start-rite's history dates back to 18th century Norwich, where a leather worker called James Smith began offering the first ready-made, off the peg footwear. Following the First World War, the company began to produce footwear specially designed for children, which gave their unique feet room to grow. The name "Start-rite" was first used in the 1920s and the iconic twins logo was introduced a decade later. Start-rite began to focus primarily on children's shoes in 1952 and after extensive research they noted the need for shoes to be fitted by trained people, developed multiple width fittings and introduced their "heel stiffener" to help balance and growth. They received the Royal Warrant in 1955 after supplying the Windsor children with shoes. In recent years they have evolved to use two hundred years expertise to meet the needs and desires of today's children.



We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 4 out of 5 by 2 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Really useful product Didn't manage to get size right for my little one's shoes. Not sure if it is down to assembly or accuracy. 20 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by great item! Just what I needed. Finally I'm able to measure my children's feet and buy them shoes without leaving the house. My 3 year old hates having her feet measured in the shop and always throws a tantrum. The gauge also allows me to check if my girls' feet are growing making it easier to see if it's a time for a bigger size. Measuring the lenght of the feet is very easy but I sometimes struggle with getting the width right with my younger children ( size 3 and 4 now). Anyway, when you get the measurements you just need to enter them into online fitting calculator on startrite website and get the actual shoe size instantly. You can also useto buy Clarks shoes as there's only a half size difference (Startrite shoes are about half size bigger than Clarks). Great!!! 29 December 2011
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