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Kids grow so fast—it seems like they always need new shoes! Keep their feet healthy with our shoe-fitting tips.Kids grow so fast—it seems like they always need new shoes! Keep their feet healthy with our shoe-fitting tips.

What size do I order?

Our specially trained staff in the Kids' Shoes department will help find your child the right size and shoe type for his or her needs.

When is it time for new shoes?

Kids may not always tell you that their shoes are too tight. It's a good idea to have your child's feet measured every three months. If visiting Nordstrom for a fitting isn't possible, or for checking your child's size between store visits, see our handy size chart and our measuring instructions below.

Fitting Tips

  • If one foot is larger, fit to the larger foot.
  • If between sizes, order the larger size.
  • If your child wears narrow or wide shoes and the style you like isn't available in that width, ask your salesperson for a similar style. Nordstrom offers a wide range of kids' shoes in extended sizes.

How do I know my child's shoes fit well?

  • Have your child wear the shoes indoors on a carpeted surface. Make sure his or her toes have wiggle room.
  • With toes fully extended, there should be about a half-inch between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  • The heel of the shoe should rest snugly, not tightly, around the back of your child's heel.
  • Kids should not have to "break in" shoes. They must fit right and feel good from the beginning.
  • A fit that is too big can cause kids to trip, or can damage their feet.
  • Fit the widest part of the foot to the widest part of the shoe. Watch your child walk in the shoes to ensure they bend with the natural bend of the foot.

How to Measure Children's Feet

  1. Draw a straight line, longer than the child's foot, on a piece of paper.
  2. Place the paper on a flat surface. Have the child stand on the line with his or her heel and longest toe centered on the line. For a smaller child, hold the paper up to the foot.
  3. Place a mark on the line at the tip of the toe and the back of the heel.
  4. Measure the distance between the marks. Use our handy chart to find the shoe size. If one foot is larger, fit to the larger foot.