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finding the right fit

YOUR MISSION - sizing your kid's feet for the right fit and shoe size. We know that finding the right shoe size can feel a lot like mission impossible. Factor in different manufacturers that use different lasts so shoe sizes will vary - good grief!

Now let's talk about why the right fit and shoe size is so important. It's all about your kid's natural foot development. Here's what our special advisor and podiatrist, Dr. Mark Weiss, has to say about finding the right fit.

Early on, in foot development, walking is difficult enough. Balance is an acquired ability and happens over time. When shoes are too big the foot will slide back and forth inside the shoe. The child will have a tendency to trip over the toe and find it difficult to maintain normal balance.

- Dr. Mark Weiss

Here are the common questions parents have with sizing their kid's feet and shoe sizing. We hope this helps and we're always here at hello@plae.co to give you our best recommendation.

How should I measure my child's feet for the best fit?

We know how challenging it is to get the right fit, that's why we've designed a simple process you can use at home. Print out our kids shoe size chart PLAE FIT KIT and try it out! Still got questions about fit? No worries, just send us an email at hello@plae.co and we'll have our fit expert give you the best kids shoe size recommendation.

Can you give me a best fit recommendation for my child's feet?

Absolutely! First, print out our kids shoe size chart PLAE FIT KIT. Second, take two quick pictures for us. For the first picture, have your child stand directly on the PLAE FIT KIT and take a picture directly down so we can see the length and width of your child's feet. For the second picture, take a side view of your child's foot so we can determine the right size tabs. Simply email the 2 pictures to hello@plae.co and we'll have our fit expert give you our best recommendation. While we'll do everything we can to find the best recommended fit, you know your child's feet the best and should decide what size will be best based on your personal experience with your child's feet.

What sizes of PLAE shoes are available?

We currently carry childrens U.S. sizes 6 through 4.5, including whole and half sizes (availability varies by style). Please refer to our shoe size conversion chart if you have any questions about your child's foot length and corresponding size in U.S., European or U.K. sizing. We estimate that PLAE shoes fit kids ages 1 ½ to 8 years.

You can learn more about our sizes by going to our kids shoe sizing chart.

What sizes are available in PLAE tabs?

We carry four tab sizes; Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Below are the tab sizes recommended for each shoe size. Our sizing is based on a medium width kids' foot.

Tab Sizing Chart
Tab size Shoe size Tab length (in) Tab length (mm)
Small 6-9 3 ½" 90 mm
Medium 9.5-12.5 4" 100 mm
Large 13-3 4 ⅓" 110 mm
Extra-Large 3.5-4.5, high instep, orthotic 5" 125 mm

If your child has a more full foot or a high instep, you may need to go up a tab size. If your child has a very narrow foot or low instep, you may want to go down a size. You know your kids feet the best, so trust your instincts!

How often should I measure my child's feet for the best fit?

Thrilled about measuring kids feet? Yeah, we know it's not high on your list of favorite things to do. We know how challenging it is to get the right fit, that's why we've designed a simple process you can use at home. Print out our kids shoe sizing chart PLAE FIT KIT and try it out! Remember to remeasure every 3-4 months.