Current Location:


Localise Me

Start-rite's Tips on choosing properly fitted children's Shoes


11_start-rite_2.jpgStart-rite shares their top tips!

We know that every parent wants to make the best, and most informed, decisions to ensure the wellbeing of their children.  But we can't know it all. That's why we rely on those in the know to help us out.  We have teamed up with children's shoe experts Start-rite to give you the low down on what to look for when buying properly fitted shoes for your children. 

It may seem obvious, but from the moment they begin to crawl right into their late teens children's feet are continually developing.  The bones in children's feet do not fully form until around 18 years of age, which means that throughout their childhood their feet are susceptible to being misshaped by ill-fitting foot wear and this can lead to foot and other possible joint and posture problems being developed in later life.  

Because no two children's feet are the same, children's shoe experts Star-rite, who have been around for over 200 years, pride themselves on their commitment to producing quality, durable and stylish fitted footwear that caters for all children's different shape and sized feet. 

They offer a huge range of shoes, in whole and half sizes and a variety of width fittings, which provide the best possible fit for each and every child, however different they might be.  

So how do we know we are getting shoes that will support the healthy development of our children's feet? Follow this advice to find out. 

Get 11_start-rite_1.jpgyour children's feet professional measured and fitted

Start-rite professional shoe fitters are expertly trained in the development of children's foot development and shoe fitting.  Getting the advice from a professional will ensure that your child is measured and fitted with the correct size and style of shoe for their feet through every stage of their development.

They will measure the correct length width and depth of your child's feet, all vital to ensure correctly fitted shoes.  Regular visits to professional fitters are important and free, and recommended every 6-8 weeks for little ones learning to walk, then 3-4 months as they get older.  

However, it's worth noting that measuring is only a guide and the most important part of the process is checking the shoes on the foot.

Once they know the appropriate length and width the professional fitters will find the right size shoe for your child. They will then fit the shoe to the feet and check elements such as the fit around the anklebone and heel as well as the correct width, depth and length.  Unlike other shoe manufactures Start-rite shoes are designed with growing room built in, so children should not need to wear a size up which is a temptation for many parents. This money saving tactic is not only a false economy, as ill-fitting shoes wear quicker, but it can also affect the child's natural walking style. 

Start-rite's top tips for shoe shopping and what to look for in a shoe

  • Make 11_start-rite_3.jpgthe whole shoe shopping experience as fun as you can and give yourself plenty of time 
  • Get your children's feet properly measured and fitted by a professional shoe fitter, and look for shoes that come in whole and half sizes, and multiple width fittings to ensure the best fit for your child
  • Choose a shoe made from quality materials with a good sole and an effective fastener across the instep.  This will ensure the shoes last longer and help to avoid issues such as your child curling their toes to keep the shoes on.
  • No two feet are the same, so try to avoid hand-me-downs from one child to another this approach might suit clothes but it don't suit shoes



With 220 years of experience and expertise, Start-rite are dedicated to creating quality, durable, stylish-fitted footwear designed especially for children of all ages.

Lets Read Together!

Children of all ages will love sharing stories or reading to themselves and introducing them at an early age will cement this enjoyment.

How to carve the perfect pumpkin!

Get your creative hat on and have a go at carving a fantastic Halloween Pumpkin!

Family Outdoor Activities to Stop Summer Boredom

It’s the holidays again; if you dread fighting with your children, try these family activities

Business Tips for Mothers

Independent Avon Sales Leader Carrie Twining, 31 from Rugby is currently pregnant with her second child. 3 years ago she was working full-time as a buyer for Claire’s Accessories when she fell pregnant with her first child, and found herself in a tricky position having to choose between going back to full-time employment, or spending time with her new baby.

hosting a Haunted House Party

hosting a Haunted House Party

Raise money for the British Heart Foundation whilst having a fang-tastic time! Entertain your guest by playing ghostly games and dancing to mysterious music. Why not wow your guests with these healthy and tasty spooky snacks? If you would like to do some freaky face paints then watch these step by step video tutorials. Fri 27th-31st Oct

Halloween Recipes

Halloween Recipes

Halloween is the perfect time of year to get creative in the kitchen and making food scarily fun! Whether you want to jazz up a slice of cheese on toast or go full out for a party with spooky drinks and disgusting nibbles we have some great Halloween recipes for you right here. The kids will love getting involved - or have a surprise goulish meal!!