Foot Fairy - Fun Kids Shoe Measurement
By Foot Fairy, LLC
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
***** Featured on CoolMomTech.com *****
The fun and fast way to measure your child’s foot to determine his/her shoe size. Foot Fairy is to be used on the iPad 1, 2 or 3 - NOT the iPad Mini. Simply put your child's foot up against the iPad to get an immediate and fun reading of your child's shoe size. Your kids will love it and you will be comfortable knowing your child's proper shoe size.
Hi, I’m Dr. Sylvie, AKA Dr. ShoeMom®. I’m a podiatrist and a mom to two beautiful girls. One night I was having dinner with my friend Nicole at our favorite Mediterranean restaurant. Nicole, who is also a working mother, was scheming her next day’s task on how to coax her 4th child to be fitted for her first pair of shoes. It occurred to us that fitting your child for shoes should be so much more fun and simple. A couple of glasses of Greek wine later, the Foot Fairy was born! Comfortable shoes are so important for every child’s healthy foot development. We designed the Foot Fairy to make finding the right fitting shoe a snap (or a scan, to be more precise) and to be a lot more fun!
PROPER USE OF THE APP
To use the Foot Fairy - first, follow the instructions and measure your child’s dominant foot (usually the right foot) using this app. Place the child's heel first on the edge of the heel line and the lower the rest of the foot onto the screen. Please make sure your child's foot is pressed FLAT on the screen with toes touching. Once your child’s size is determined, simply order your child a pair of shoes by clicking on Get Shoes at the bottom of the screen. Foot Fairy will measure from an infant size 0.5 to a kids size 13.5. Remember that not all shoes fit exactly the same, so make sure that they fit prior to wearing them outside so they can be returned for a full refund.
You should regularly examine your child’s foot. Look for signs that a shoe is not fitting properly or is too small, such as redness or a sudden development of blisters. Also, a child stating that her shoe is no longer comfortable is another tell-tale sign that it is time to switch to a larger size. A child’s foot should be measured approximately every two to three months for the first 6 years of his or her life.
PROPER SHOE WEARING
It is important that your child try on the shoe since there can be variations in size depending on the brand. The shoe should slip on easily. NEVER force your child’s foot into a shoe. It should be immediately comfortable.
Listen to and watch what your child is and is not saying and doing. If he states that the shoe is comfortable or immediately starts to jump around, it is probably a comfortable shoe. If a child complains that it hurts or immediately tries to take them off, chances are it is not a comfortable shoe for him or her or it is not the right size.
I do not believe that shoes need to be broken in. They have to be comfortable from the moment a child places them on his or her feet. There should be a thumb width (approximately one-half inch) of room in front of longest toe. In most cases, the big toe is the longest toe but this is not always the case.
I hope the Foot Fairy helps you and your child enjoy good health and comfort in shoes for years to come!
What's New in Version 1.64
Minor updates to the UI for a better experience
Not accurate! Don't rely on this app!
I have a 4 year old and a nearly 2 year old. It's rough to "scan" my wiggly 2 year old sons foot. It also measures an entire size or MORE larger than both my kids measured at the shoes store. Any parent who has their child's foot measured (in a shoes store) for shoes knows most shoe stores measure and tell you to purchase a 1/2 to a full size larger than what's measured. This way your child isn't growing out of their shoe in a month and is comfortable in their shoes when running and playing. This is important for foot growth also! Classic example. My sons actual shoe size in he the stores is a 6. This is perfect for him as it gives his foot room for growth but still fit right. This app has him measuring at 8.5! Can you see how big a difference it is?! My daughter is a 9.5 in the shoe store and they measure her at a 10.5 on this app. So, even she is a full size too large. When kids are young having a nice fitting shoe is key for walking, running, climbing.... Having an ill fitting shoe on your child can cause issues with feet, and injury if they become clumsy and fall often due to how excessively large they are. This app in short is purely not trust worthy. It's not accurate. Avoid it.
Shark Tank Flop
Saw the app on Shark Tank and LOVED the idea. When I finally got a chance to search it on the App Store I saw the low rating and I was like "surely not" but it was the only app with this name, so I figured this must be it. It's a great novelty app, but I have to agree, not at all accurate. My 2 year old enjoys putting his foot on the iPad and hearing the chime when his "scan" is complete, but I'm not convinced it's an accurate representation. Depending on if he wiggled before the scan was complete or pressed his toes outward, we got sizes from 6 - 12. The shoes he's wearing are an 8. I wasn't sure if it was the right size or not, and his most consistent size was a 9 according to the 'scans' so maybe it's accurate, but I wouldn't order shoes from a website based on this app. I'd use the app to get an idea on where to start pulling shoes at the store to try on.
Deleted it after first few uses
I saw it on shark tank and thought it was actually a good idea. I measured my sons foot and the app put him at a 12.5 size. He was just measured 2 days ago at a 10 in a shoe store. The size 10 shoes I bought him then fit comfortably with room to spare. So, okay, the app doesn't really work. Fine. I didn't really have high hopes anyway. But, for a doctor to go on television and claim that she created this app which she totally believes in, for the purpose of preventing foot disorders caused by improper shoe fit is blatantly unethical. If I had put my 4 year old in shoes 2 sizes too big, perhaps he would be her next patient (and I'd be out the money I spent buying his season appropriate shoes in that size)....