There are some easy ways to make sure your child's shoe is fitting properly. For starters, your child should be absolutely comfortable in the shoe. Your child should play, run and jump as they normally would. The first sign of a shoe that doesn't fit properly is when your child begins sitting out of activities they love or requests to be held or carried. Your child should be walking and playing normally. In addition, your child's foot should not be sliding up and down in the back of the shoe. Lastly, when you remove your child's shoe at the end of the day, you shouldn't notice any red marks, blisters, or tender spots.
These are some simple ways to notice quickly if your child's shoe doesn't fit. You should always have your child's foot measured by a professional. A shoe store that specializes in children's shoes or a Certified Pedorthist are your best choices for an accurate measure. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child that do not go away after a new, properly fitted shoe, you should bring your child in to see a podiatrist.