The most common questions from new parents getting their first pair of shoes is, "How fast do kid's feet grow? When do toddlers need new shoes?"
Every child develops and grows at their own individual pace. Some children start walking as early as 10 months while others take up to 18 months. As they grow, their feet is continually changing in shape, width and length. It's important to get them the right shoes for their individual feet shape to encourage natural and healthy foot development so they can play and explore confidently as they grow.
When exactly your child will need their second pair of shoes depends on the individual. There is no set "date" to change sizes, but here are some general guidelines obtained from the shoe brands we carry:
The first 3 years: Babies feet usually grow half a size every two months until two years, and half a size every two to three months until three years. Customers in this age group visit our store most frequently! You'll need to check baby's feet every four to six weeks to ensure their shoes fit. Customers usually come back for the next pair up every three months!
From 3 to 5 years: Your child's feet grow approximately half a size every four months. You'll need to check your child's feet every six to eight weeks to ensure their shoes fit. Customers in this age group usually visit our store two to three times a year for their next pair up.
From 6 to 10 years: Your child's feet grow approximately half a size to a size difference every four months. You'll need to check your child's feet every 10 to 12 weeks to ensure their shoes fit although by this age, your child would be able to tell you when their shoes are tight. Customers in this age group usually visit the store approximately every five months or longer for their next pair up.
From 11 to 14 years: Tweens and teens in this age group usually visit our store once a year for their next size up. During this period, it is also more common for boys to grow in shoe size at a faster rate than girls. Feet usually will stop growing after your child has gone through puberty.
Tip: Put a reminder in your phone whenever you purchase shoes so you'll know when to check their feet! Or feel free to pop by every few weeks for us to take a look!