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How much "growing room" do you allow in new shoes?

DS 6 is currently at size 12 1/2(kids). Should I order size 13 or would you go up an extra size and order 13 1/2 ?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:38 PM on Mar. 27, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I leave the width of a thumb at the end...if my width is the same as the distance from the end of his toes to the end of the shoe then they are right.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 9:01 PM on Mar. 27, 2010

  • I do about a size mainly because my kids feet are wide and some reg sizes just dont fit.

    Answer by IMAMOM2-2KIDS at 9:28 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • a half size bigger

    Answer by TMJ121099 at 11:00 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • I do a half size bigger, not a whole size. If you leave to much room their feet won't grow correctly

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 4:58 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • i would do a 1/2 size unless she has been at the current size for a long time and you think that she will grow really fast and need the bigger size.

    Answer by aly38914290 at 9:24 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • I do a 1/2 size and no more. My son has feet and leg issues and his sports medicine doctor said anymore than that and it will cause problems with the feet and growth. I have seen kids that parents buy shoes a size too big or more and the kids can barely walk without falling or their shoes fall right off their feet.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:04 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • I am not sure what you mean by growing room. The shoe should fit comfortably with a thumb's distance at the sides and toes. The shoe should not lift at the heel or have too much space in the toes as that could cause blisters.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:34 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

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