All bow shoes run the same size-wise, but vary in colors and materials. The smaller sizes 4/21 to 8/25, have a smaller sized bow + sizes 9/26 and up have a larger bow. The buckle is strictly just for looks + the strap is attached with Velcro. Bows are individually stitched onto each shoe.
Sizing suggestions are based on majority of customer reviews! We highly recommend measuring your child's foot. To measure, simply stand your child with the back of their heel against wall and measure from the heel to the tip of their big toe. Please account for growth or preferred fit!
US size is listed on each shoe and box, but is not accurate for all sizes!! How they actually run is listed with each size selection and is based on customer reviews. Please refer to the sizing chart for suggested fit. For example, if your child wears "most US 10s" that is like our TSP size 12 in bow shoes. You can refer to the TSP bow shoe size chart that is based off of actual reviews or you can also refer to this sizing thread >> The Spotted Phoenix, LLC << in our FB group that has customer reviews by size.
In general smallest sizes are true to size and as the shoe size increases they run smaller. The largest sizes run the smallest. Reviews can vary because some people prefer a "just right" fit, some like room to grow, some wear them with bare feet, while others pair them with socks and tights, etc.
These shoes are hand-cut and hand-sewn. They are adhered to the rubber soles. There may be glue markings around the soles on all shoes (light brush strokes might even be seen). Shoes may have "gathering/bumping" of the material around corners of the soles. These are not considered flaws and are characteristics of the shoe from how they are made! Some shoes hardly show it and others you can see it on every pair; the color and texture of the shoe material varies so it shows differently on each one. Flaws include more obvious and noticeable marks such as excess glue, nicks, material imperfections, bent bows, etc.
These shoes are considered a dress shoe. They CAN and will scuff if the toes are dragged along anything while worn! They are not intended to be worn to daycare, to play outside with, etc. Many and most customers do purchase to wear for these intentions but we are not responsible for damages!!!!
⚠️ Please remember that when a bow shoe has been worn, the material tends to stretch out over time. If your daughter has been in the same size for a while, you may need to size up. Please remember, when socks are worn, this adds length to her foot + a bigger size may be required!! Our shoes are always the same size and we do not change sizing from color to color! PLEASE KEEP this in mind when ordering!
⚠️ The material may "pucker" on the shoes where the body of the shoe and the sole meet. This depends on each shoes material/color and is NOT a flaw!!!!!
⚠️ Bow shoes + boot sizing is DIFFERENT!!!!! Make sure you read info below + refer to our pinned posts for sizing!!!!!