Today I nearly threw my computer out of the window. I’d been trying to buy shoes for my child online and couldn’t figure out the sizing.

Why does every country insist on different sizing systems? To mess with our minds? To make us buy more shoes because, let’s face it, we’ll never have the time or the energy to return them to the store?

I just can’t face taking my kids to the mall for new shoes, but I do feel guilty that their feet look like circus clowns / Japanese bound geishas.

I asked round friends and it turns out Chile has its own system – Chile sizes are one size below European sizes. One friend she sent me this guide:

Chile Children's shoe size converter

Photo: Opaline

As for measuring your kids’ feet, you’re going to need a tool like this. We bought ours in the UK from a store called Clarks, but similar options are available on Chilean online marketplace MercadoLibre.cl

Keeping my kids still is tough – hence the blurred pics.

There are PDFs you can download on line and get your kids to stand on, but unless you have a musical statues champion, it isn’t easy to keep your child still.

printable foot measure guide

NB these are UK and European sizes, so you’ll have to convert to Chilean. Photo: Mothercare

I also have it on good word that shoes tend to come up small for many brands, so if in doubt err on the generous side of the sizing.

We’ve ordered a few pairs here in Chile, here’s hoping they fit. Yes, Cindarella, you can go to the ball!

 

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