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Kids Shoe Size Chart & Conversion: Baby, Toddler & Older

Find the perfect fit with our helpful kids' shoe sizes chart.

Is your little one beginning to walk? Are they ready for their first pair of shoes? Or are you looking for footwear for your preschooler, but nothing seems to fit correctly?

Children’s shoes must fit just right. If they’re too snug, your little one will be in pain. If they’re too big, your kid could trip.

We have kids too. We know how their feet grow at what seems like lightning speed. We’ve experienced how challenging it can be to find the right pair of shoes that will last for more than a few weeks.

So we’ve consulted the experts to put together a helpful kids’ shoe size chart for each age group. We’ve also included some tips and tricks to help you find the best shoes for your little ones.

Key Takeaways

  • Measure your child’s feet regularly, and use a kids’ shoe size chart to find the correct size.
  • Choose comfortable, breathable, and supportive shoes for babies, toddlers, and older kids.
  • When measuring, consider length, width, and fit; if between sizes, choose the larger size.
  • Avoid buying shoes too big to save money, as this can cause discomfort and hinder movement.

Baby Shoe Size Chart (0 to 12 Months)

U.S. Euro U.K. Inches CM
0.5 16 0 3.25 inches 8.3 centimeters
1 16 0.5 3.5 inches 8.9 centimeters
1.5 17 1 3.625 inches 9.2 centimeters
2 17 1 3.75 inches 9.5 centimeters
2.5 18 1.5 4 inches 10.2 centimeters
3 18 2 4.125 inches 10.5 centimeters
3.5 19 2.5 4.25 inches 10.8 centimeters
4 19 3 4.5 inches 11.4 centimeters
4.5 20 3.5 3.625 inches 11.7 centimeters
5 20 4 4.75 inches 12.1 centimeters

Toddler Shoe Size Chart (1 to 5 Years)

U.S. Euro U.K. Inches CM
5.5 21 4.5 5 inches 12.7 centimeters
6 22 5 5.125 inches 13 centimeters
6.5 22 5.5 5.25 inches 13.3 centimeters
7 23 6 5.5 inches 14 centimeters
7.5 23 6.5 5.625 inches 14.3 centimeters
8 24 7 5.75 inches 14.6 centimeters
8.5 25 7.5 6 inches 15.2 centimeters
9 25 8 6.125 inches 15.6 centimeters
9.5 26 8.5 6.25 inches 15.9 centimeters
10 27 9 6.5 inches 16.5 centimeters
10.5 27 9.5 6.625 inches 16.8 centimeters
11 28 10 6.75 inches 17.1 centimeters
11.5 29 10.5 7 inches 17.8 centimeters
12 30 11 7.125 inches 18.1 centimeters

Kids Shoe Size Chart (6 to 10 Years)

U.S. Euro U.K. Inches CM
12.5 30 11.5 7.25 inches 18.4 centimeters
13 31 12 7.5 inches 19.1 centimeters
13.5 31 12.5 7.625 inches 19.4 centimeters
1 32 13 7.75 inches 19.7 centimeters
1.5 33 14 8 inches 20.3 centimeters
2 33 1 8.125 inches 20.6 centimeters
2.5 34 1.5 8.25 inches 21 centimeters
3 34 2 8.5 inches 21.6 centimeters
3.5 35 2.5 8.625 inches 21.9 centimeters
4 36 3 8.75 inches 22.2 centimeters
4.5 36 3.5 9 inches 22.9 centimeters
5 37 4 9.125 inches 23.2 centimeters
5.5 37 4.5 9.25 inches 23.5 centimeters
6 38 5 9.5 inches 24.1 centimeters
6.5 38 5.5 9.625 inches 24.4 centimeters
7 39 6 9.75 inches 24.8 centimeters

How to Measure Your Child’s Feet

Measuring your kid’s feet is pretty straightforward, and there are a few ways to do it. When in doubt, you can always get a second measurement from a professional in a children’s shoe shop. If you want to DIY it, here are three easy methods:

1. Tracing

Tracing is the most common way to measure children’s feet at home — it’s easy, and not much equipment is required. Here’s what you need:

  • A blank paper.
  • A marker.
  • Ribbon.
  • Ruler.
  • One pair of bare feet.

Remember Both Feet

If it’s the first time you’re sizing your child for kids shoes, always measure both feet. It’s not uncommon for one foot to be smaller than the other, so to ensure optimal comfort, measure both.

Here’s what you do:

  • Trace the feet: Stand your child on a piece of paper on top of a clipboard or on a hard, non-carpeted floor. Try to get them to stand against a wall with their back straight. Use the marker and trace the outline of the feet — keep the marker at an upright angle for the best results.
  • Measure the length: Have your child step away from the paper. Measure the length from the heel to the tallest point on the big toe. Write the results down and mark them as length.
  • Measure the width: Grab the ribbon and wrap it around the broadest part of your child’s foot (the ball). Mark where the end of the ribbon touches. Measure the length from the end of the ribbon to the mark, and you’ve got the width.
  • Find the size: Once you’ve got your measurements, use your guide to find the appropriate size.

2. Printable Guide

Most shoe brands and manufacturers include a size guide — many even provide you with a handy printable one. These are useful and can help you find the perfect fit. You can check your favorite brand’s website. We love the one from StrideRite.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A printable guide (this is the one we used).
  • Scissors.
  • Tape.
  • A wall.
  • Pencil.
  • Credit card.
  • Shoelace.
  • Your kid.

Here’s the breakdown of what to do:

  • Prepare the print: After you’ve printed the guide, use the scissors to cut along the dotted lines — cut the length and width rulers. Then grab the tape and fasten the length ruler to the floor. Try to align the curved line with the wall. The idea is that the heel will be against the wall.
  • Measure the length: Place your child’s foot on the length ruler, with the heel up against the wall, aligned with the curved line. Then use a marker to label the first line after the big toe — write the length in the space provided. Remember to use the correct column for the right or left foot.
  • Measure the width: While your child is standing up straight, use the width ruler, and slide it under the foot. Wrap it closely around the widest part, and mark where the ruler meets the “align here” indicator. Take note of the results.
  • Try a shoelace: A shoelace also works to measure the width. Wrap it around the widest part, then mark where the end touches the lace. Remove it, and measure the distance between the mark and the end that went around the foot.

3. Use a Shoe Size Gauge

Using a size gauge is another simple method of measuring your kid’s shoe size. They’re available to buy online and at some shoe retailers.

Here’s what you need:

  • Measuring device.
  • Paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Feet.

And here’s what you do:

  • Stand up straight: Ask your child to stand up with their back straight, facing forward.
  • Place the foot: Look at your measuring device, and locate where the heel should be. Then place the right heel in position.
  • Note the results: Write down the numbers facing you, and you should have the correct length.
  • Measure the width: Some shoe measuring devices have a bar that you slide over your child’s foot to measure the width. Consult the instructions. If not, you can use the ribbon or shoelace techniques mentioned in the two methods above.

How Often to Size Your Kid’s Feet

Tiny tootsies grow fast. Between the ages of 2 years and 6 years, a child’s feet can grow up to half a size every two to four months. Experts recommend that until your child is 4 years old, you make a shoe change every two to three months. To ensure the size is correct, measure their feet every two months (1).

After their fourth birthday, foot growth slows down, and they may not need a shoe change that often. Experts recommend every four to six months. However, continue sizing your child’s feet at least every three to four months.

When Your Child Is Between Sizes

Not all feet are similar — sometimes, two feet on the same child can grow differently. If your child is between sizes, going with the larger foot is always recommended.

Having a shoe that’s a size too big is better. Using footwear that’s too small could lead to issues such as foot deformities or ingrown toenails (2).

Shoe Buying Tips

1. Shoe Shopping Tips for Babies

Before your baby begins to walk, they don’t need shoes. During this time, booties, soft-soled shoes, or socks are best. Once your little one starts to take their first steps, it’s time for a supportive shoe (3).

Don't Rush

Hard-soled shoes such as Mary Janes may look adorable, but they aren’t helping your little one walk. Shoes such as these may even delay walking. Being barefoot helps your baby build coordination and strength in their legs and feet.
  • Go for breathable and lightweight: For a new walker, comfort is crucial. Look for something made of cloth or soft faux leather.
  • Soft soles: When shopping for shoes, try to bend the soles. If they flex easily, they will provide good support for your new walker. If not, leave them on the shelf.
  • Shop in the afternoon: Baby feet tend to swell later in the day. To ensure the shoe fits perfectly, do your shopping in the afternoon.
  • Verify the fit: Try to place your pinky finger in between your baby’s heel and the back of the shoe while they stand. If it feels tight, the shoe is probably too small.

2. Shoe Shopping Tips for Toddlers

  • Bring socks: Unless you’re shopping for sandals, your tot will likely have to wear socks with shoes. Use appropriate socks — thick for winter boots and light for summer sneakers. Then the shoe will fit right even when there’s extra padding.
  • Forget trends: Don’t give in to the latest trends of clogs, pointy boots, or high heels. These aren’t likely to provide any beneficial support to a toddler who’s still mastering their walk. Instead, go for something supportive.
  • Provide options: Some toddlers want to decide what they wear. If so, find a few different but appropriate shoes, and ask your little one to choose which pair they like best.
  • Opt for Velcro: A hook-and-loop closure such as Velcro is much easier for a toddler to put on without assistance. This way, your child learns how to put on shoes, and you save time otherwise wasted tying shoelaces.

3. Shoe Shopping Tips for Older Kids

  • Let them move: Once your child is wearing both shoes, let them strut around the shop. Watch how they walk, and see if the shoe provides support or looks uncomfortable. Then ask your child how they feel — be specific — ask if they feel tight or too loose.
  • Thumbs up: While your child is wearing the shoes, try to fit your thumb between the heel and the back of the shoe. You want it snug but not tight to avoid blisters. Then use your thumb to press at the front — feel for the big toe and how far forward it sits. There should be a thumb’s width between the toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Don’t think too big: If you’re on a budget, It can be tempting to buy a shoe that’s a few sizes too big. This isn’t ideal at this age. Your child is active and needs a supportive shoe that won’t come off unexpectedly.

Kids Shoe Sizes FAQs

How Do Kids’ Shoe Sizes Work?

Kids’ shoe sizes are typically divided into three categories: crib (0-2 years), toddler (2-4 years), and kids or youth (4+ years). They are measured in length, often in inches or centimeters.

How Do You Convert Adult Shoes Sizes to Kids’?

Generally, to convert an adult size (women’s) to kids’, subtract 1.5 to 2 sizes from the adult size to get the equivalent in kids’. Men’s sizes generally are 2.5 sizes larger than the equivalent youth size.

Should You Buy Kids’ Shoes a Size Bigger?

It’s common to buy slightly bigger shoes for kids, considering their fast growth, but don’t go too big as it might cause walking issues or accidents. A thumb’s width from the toe is a good rule of thumb.

How Many Pairs of Shoes Should a Kid Have?

Typically, kids need at least one pair each of sneakers, sandals, dress shoes, and boots. The exact number may vary based on climate, activities, and personal preference.

How Much Room Should Be Left In Kids’ Shoes?

Generally, about a half-inch of space between the end of the shoe and the longest toe is recommended.

How Long Should Kids’ Shoes Last?

It depends on the child’s growth rate and activity level, but many kids outgrow their shoes every three to six months. Durability varies by brand and usage.

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Shannon Serpette is an award-winning writer and editor, who regularly contributes to various newspapers, magazines, and websites. Shannon has been featured on Insider, Fatherly, SheKnows, and other high profile publications. As a mother of two, she loves to write about parenting issues and is dedicated to educating other parents at every stage of their child's development.