Why should I use a shop that is a CFHR member?

All Members of the Children’s Foot Health Register are committed to the highest standard of shoe fitting for young, growing feet. To protect such standards members guarantee to provide comprehensive training for staff and offer children’s shoes in whole and half sizes and in up to 4 width fittings. This means there is no compromise when it comes to finding the right shoes for your child’s feet.

When is my child ready for his or her first pair of shoes?

There’s no need to rush your child into shoes. In fact, we recommend delaying the first fitting for as long as possible. Being barefoot or using a well-fitting pair of socks is great exercise for tiny feet and helps their development. But when you feel your child’s feet need protection, it’s probably a good time for a first pair of shoes. Learning to walk comes in stages. First comes crawling, followed by cruising — when your child will use the nearest support to help themselves move around. Walking is the final stage — with all the excitement of a child’s first independent steps.

Why is leather so important for children’s shoes?

Children often spend more than 10 hours a day in their shoes. With over 250,000 sweat glands in each foot, they can produce more than an egg cupful of perspiration every day! Leather “breathes” to let air in and moisture out — helping your child’s feet stay healthy and cool all day.

Does my child have to be able to walk independently before being fitted for their first pair of shoes?

No, it is also not necessary for your child to be walking with toes flat before they can have their first shoes.

Is it necessary to get my child’s feet measured?

Measurement is important — but it’s just the starting point. What’s most important is that your child’s shoes are fitted properly. Keep these helpful tips in mind:

  • Certain styles suit different foot ‘types’, so it’s vital to check the fit of each pair that your child tries on
  • Because fit can differ by style, it’s common for a child to be fitted with a size or width different from the measurement originally taken
  • Experience counts — it’s crucial that the person helping you is fully trained in fitting children’s shoes

How fast will my child’s feet grow?

Children’s feet grow very quickly. During their first three or four years, your child’s feet can grow as much as two whole shoe sizes each year. By school age this slows to about one whole size each year. Have your child’s feet checked regularly to ensure they always have a shoe that fits properly and that this period of rapid growth progresses normally.

My child walks with feet pointed in/out is that a problem?

A child walking in an exaggerated ‘in-toed’ or ‘out-toed’ manner can be both normal or occasionally require an assessment from a foot specialist. In the vast majority of children, in-toeing will go away without any treatment.Rarely does a child with unresolved in-toeing need surgical treatment to correct the problem.

Out-toeing is much less common than in-toeing. This typically appears within the first or second year of life. This will almost always resolve within a year from the onset of walking.