Kids Shoe Size Chart: Children’s Shoe Sizes the Easy Way!

Everything you need to find the right kids shoe sizes – be it for small kids, big children or youth. Find the right shoe size easily with our kids shoe size chart and convert into US size or international children’s shoe sizes like UK, EU, Mexican or Asian sizes.

Remember: Kid’s feet can grow extremely fast at up to an inch a year (this equals two shoe sizes!).  Shoes that don’t fit correctly can cause irreversible damage to children’s feet. Take your time when buying shoes for your child. Have their feet measured regularly and compare with our kid shoe size chart.

Kids Shoe Size Chart

Kids Shoe Size Chart

It’s easy to find perfectly fitting shoes by using a size guide like our kids shoe size chart.

Kids US Shoe SizeFoot length in InchesWorn by
1C3 5/8"Baby
2C4"Baby
3C4 3/8"Baby
4C4 3/4"Toddler
5C5"Toddler
6C5 1/4"Toddler
7C5 5/8"Toddler
8C6"Small Kids
9C6 1/4"Small Kids
10C6 5/8"Small Kids
11C6 7/8"Small Kids
12C7 1/8"Small Kids
13C7 3/8"Small Kids
1Y7 5/8"Big Kid/Youth
2Y8"Big Kid/Youth
3Y8 3/8"Big Kid/Youth
4Y8 5/8"Big Kid/Youth
5Y9"Big Kid/Youth
6Y9 3/4"Big Kid/Youth

Read a kids shoe size chart like this: Select the column with the size you already know. Then move horizontally in the same line to find the size you are looking for. If in doubt, or between sizes, opt for the bigger one!

Kids Shoe Size Conversion

Foot length in InchesUS Kids Shoe­ sizeUK Shoe Size KidsEuro Shoe Size KidsCenti­meters
3 1/2"US 0.5CUK 0EU 159.0 cm
3 5/8"US 1CUK 0.5EU 15.59.3 cm
3 7/8"US 1.5CUK 1EU 169.7 cm
4"US 2CUK 1.5EU 16.510.0 cm
4 1/8"US 2.5CUK 2EU 1710.3 cm
4 3/8"US 3CUK 2.5EU 1811.0 cm
4 1/2"US 3.5CUK 3EU 1911.6 cm
4 3/4"US 4CUK 3.5EU 19.512.0 cm
4 7/8"US 4.5CUK 4EU 2012.3 cm
5"US 5CUK 4.5EU 20.512.7 cm
5 1/8"US 5.5CUK 5EU 2113.0 cm
5 1/4"US 6CUK 5.5EU 21.513.3 cm
5 1/2"US 6.5CUK 6EU 22.513.8 cm
5 5/8"US 7CUK 6.5EU 2314.2 cm
5 3/4"US 7.5CUK 7EU 23.514.6 cm
6"US 8CUK 7.5EU 24.515.0 cm
6 1/8"US 8.5CUK 8EU 2515.4 cm
6 1/4"US 9CUK 8.5EU 25.515.7 cm
6 3/8"US 9.5UK 9EU 2616.0 cm
6 5/8"US 10CUK 9.5EU 2716.6 cm
6 3/4"US 10.5CUK 10EU 27.516.9 cm
6 7/8"US 11CUK 10.5EU 2817.3 cm
7"US 11.5CUK 11EU 28.517.6 cm
7 1/8"US 12CUK 11.5EU 2917.9 cm
7 1/4"US 12.5CUK 12EU 3018.5 cm
7 3/8"US 13CUK 12.5EU 30.518.8 cm
7 1/2"US 13.5CUK 13EU 3119.2 cm
7 5/8"US 1YUK 13.5EU 31.519.5 cm
7 7/8"US 1.5YUK 1EU 32.520.0 cm
8"US 2YUK 1.5EU 3320.4 cm
8 1/4"US 2.5YUK 2EU 3421.0 cm
8 3/8"US 3YUK 2.5EU 34.521.3 cm
8 1/2"US 3.5YUK 3EU 3521.7 cm
8 5/8"US 4YUK 3.5EU 35.522.0 cm
8 7/8"US 4.5YUK 4EU 36.522.6 cm
9"US 5YUK 4.5EU 3723.0 cm
9 1/4"US 5.5YUK 5EU 3823.6 cm
9 3/4"US 6YUK 5.5EU 3924.7 cm
Children's Shoe Size Conversion

EU Sizes = European Sizes/Euro Sizes are used in the whole of Europe, including France, Italy, Germany, Sweden etc. Italian Shoe Sizes, French Shoe Sizes and German Shoe Sizes are all unified as “Euro Shoe Sizes”.

International children’s shoe size conversion: Let’s take a US shoe size 9C, for example. Following this chart, we can see that a US 9C shoe size is a UK size 8.5, which is quite similar. However, it’s a Euro size 26. By measuring your child’s foot and using this chart, you can easily figure out which size is right for them, even when shopping for non-US shoe sizes.

Youth Shoe Size Chart

Kids US Shoe SizeFoot length in InchesWorn by
1Y7 5/8"Big Kid/Youth
2Y8"Big Kid/Youth
3Y8 3/8"Big Kid/Youth
4Y8 5/8"Big Kid/Youth
5Y9"Big Kid/Youth
6Y9 3/4"Big Kid/Youth
Youth Shoe Size Chart

Above, we’ve put together a helpful youth shoe size chart which will help you find the right shoe size for big kids. This can also be considered a big kids shoe size chart. We’ve also noted the length of each size in inches to ensure that you can convert any shoe size quickly and easily.

How do Shoe Sizes for Kids work?

Understanding Kids’ Shoe Sizes: Shoe sizes for kids differ greatly from adult shoe sizes. First of all, there is no differentiation in gender, meaning that boys and girls use the same size (unlike women’s and men’s sizes which differ greatly). But kid’s shoe sizes are divided into different age groups: Small or Little Kid Shoe Sizes vs. Big Kids/Youth Shoe Sizes. Small kids are newborn, infant and toddlers. Big kids shoe sizes are from size 10C (approx. 4 years) up to size 6Y.

How do Kids Shoe Sizes work?

Kids US Shoe SizeFoot length in InchesWho is it for?Sometimes also referred to as:
0.53 1/2"Infant, Baby, CribBaby 0.5, B 0.5, 0.5 C. 0.5 M
13 5/8"Infant, Baby, CribBaby 1, B 1, 1 C, 1 M
1.53 7/8"Infant, Baby, CribBaby 1.5, B 1.5, 1.5 C, 1.5 M
24"Infant, Baby, CribBaby 2, B 2, 2 C, 2 M
2.54 1/8"Infant, Baby, CribBaby 2.5, B 2.5, 2.5 C, 2.5 M
34 3/8"Infant, Baby, CribBaby 3, B 3, 3 C, 3 M
3.54 1/2"Infant, Baby, CribBaby 3.5, B 3.5, 3.5 C, 3.5 M
44 3/4"Toddler, Tots', Walker, Tiny TotsC4, Walker 4, W 4, Toddler 4, T 4, Tots 4, Tiny Tots 4
4.54 7/8"Toddler, Tots', Walker, Tiny TotsC4.5, Walker 4.5, W 4.5, Toddler 4.5, T 4.5, Tots 4.5, Tiny Tots 4.5
55"Toddler, Tots', Walker, Tiny TotsC5, Walker 5, W 5, Toddler 5, T 5, Tots 5, Tiny Tots
5.55 1/8"Toddler, Tots', Walker, Tiny TotsC5.5, Walker 5.5, W 5.5, Toddler 5.5, T 5.5, Tots 5.5
65 1/4"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC6, Walker 6, W 6, Toddler 6, T 6, Tots 6
6.55 1/2"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC6.5, Walker 6.5, W 6.5, Toddler 6.5, T 6.5, Tots 6.5
75 5/8"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC7, Walker 7, W 7, Toddler 7, T 7, Tots 7
7.55 3/4"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC7.5, Walker 7.5, W 7.5, Toddler 7.5, T 7.5, Tots 7.5
86"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC8, Walker 8, W 8, Toddler 8, T 8, Tots 8
8.56 1/8"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC8.5, Walker 8.5, W 8.5, Toddler 8.5, T 8.5, Tots 8.5
96 1/4"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC9, Walker 9, W 9, Toddler 9, T 9, Tots 9
9.56 3/8"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC9.5, Walker 9.5, W 9.5, Toddler 9.5, T 9.5, Tots 9.5
106 5/8"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC10, Walker 10, W 10, Toddler 10, T 10, Tots 10
10.56 3/4"Toddler, Tots', WalkerC10.5, Walker 10.5, W 10.5, Toddler 10.5, T 10.5, Tots 10.5
116 7/8"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolC11, Child 11, Kids11, Little Kid 11
11.57"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolC11.5, Child 11.5, Kids11.5, Little Kid 11.5
127 1/8"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolC12, Child 12, Kids12, Little Kid 12
12.57 1/4"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolC12.5, Child 12.5, Kids12.5, Little Kid 12.5
137 3/8"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolC13, Child 13, Kids13, Little Kid 13
13.57 1/2"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolC13.5, Child 13.5, Kids13.5, Little Kid 13.5
1Y7 5/8"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolYouth 1, Big Kid 1
1.5Y7 7/8"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolYouth 1.5, Big Kid 1.5
2Y8"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolYouth 2, Big Kid 2
2.5Y8 1/4"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolYouth 2.5, Big Kid 2.5
3Y8 3/8"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolYouth 3, Big Kid 3
3.5Y8 1/2"Little Kid, Pre-SchoolYouth 3.5, Big Kid 3.5
4Y8 5/8"Big Kid, Youth, Grade SchoolYouth 4, Big Kid 4
4.5Y8 7/8"Big Kid, Youth, Grade SchoolYouth 4.5, Big Kid 4.5
5Y9"Big Kid, Youth, Grade SchoolYouth 5, Big Kid 5
5.5Y9 1/4"Big Kid, Youth, Grade SchoolYouth 5.5, Big Kid 5.5
6Y9 3/4"Big Kid, Youth, Grade SchoolYouth 6, Big Kid 6

Printable Sizing Guide: Shoe Sizes for Kids

Want to find out the right size without measuring tape or ruler? Download this handy children’s shoe size print-out/sizing guide.

Printable kids shoe size chart (PDF)

FAQ

What is the difference between size 13 and 1?

There is not much difference between size 13 kids shoes and 1 adult. In terms of sizing there is only approx. 1/2 inch difference between 13C and 1Y. In the US, the kids shoe size system switches to the youth respectively men’s shoe size system after size 13 kids shoes. Then it restarts counting at 1(Y).

Is American Shoe Size Same As UK?

No. However, they are quite similar. UK’s children’s shoe sizes are, as a rule, 1/2 size smaller than the corresponding US size. A size 8 US shoe is a size UK shoe, and so on. Consult with the above charts and calculators, and you’ll be able to make sure you choose the right UK shoe size, based on your US shoe size.

Is American Shoe Size Same As Canada?

Yes. Canadian size for children’s, mens, and womens shoes are identical to US sizes – so there is no conversion necessary. As long as you know your child’s US size, you’ll know their Canadian size!

Are boys and girls shoe sizes the same?

Yes, boys and girls shoes are the same! Unlike with adult sizes, there is no seperate boys shoe size chart.

What are youth shoe sizes?

The shoe size system for youth differs greatly from adult sizes. For example, there is no differentiation in gender, meaning that boys and girls use the same size. Youth sizes are anything between size 1Y and 6Y (usually between 7 and 12 years).

What is the difference between kids and adult shoe sizes?

Adult sizes start at 8.5” for girls (US size 5) and 9.5” for boys (US size 6.5). As you can see, adult sizes differentiate between gender – and youth sizes don’t.

Keep in mind that kids shoes are generally cheaper than adults. Moneywise it could be a good idea to stick to children’s sizes as long as possible.

How much room should children have in a shoe?

Your child’s neon-colored Adidas or Nike sneakers and sparkly Stride Rite Mary Jane shoes may look snazzy — but do they actually fit?

If your child’s shoes leave less than half an inch (12 mm) of space for the feet, it is time to buy new shoes.

New shoes, on the other hand, should leave at least 3/4 inch (17 mm) of free space for the feet to move.

What are the best shoes for children?

Did you know that over 65% of kids are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet? The concern here is that by wearing poorly fitting shoes, kids can develop foot deformities like “hallux valgus”. If this type of condition sounds like something that would be a rare occurrence, think again. According to the National Health Institute, 30 percent of kids have foot deformities that are irreversible.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends shoes that are neither too big nor too small. Likewise, stiff or airtight shoes are very bad for children’s foot development.

Children’s shoes should be made of soft material and allow the feet to breathe.

Shoes should allow the foot to breathe: Only a footbed made of leather and natural materials is suitable for children’s shoes, because it allows for air circulation and can prevent sweating.

Synthetic fabrics, on the other hand, make children’s feet sweat, which stands in the way of their foot health. Healthy foot development needs, not only, freedom of movement, but also, adequate air circulation.

If shopping for kids shoes, also watch out for brands that offer a wider toe box (more room to wiggle) and shoe tabs of various length to provide a better fit for varying instep or girth size.

These are the most important features to look for in a child’s shoe.

Is it OK for kids to wear second hand shoes?

Yes, worn shoes are perfectly okay – provided that they are not worn out on one side or that the inner sole is severely deformed. Disinfection is recommended.

Is it okay for children to wear rain boots all the time?

Rubber boots for everyday life? No, absolutely not! Rubber boots should only be used when it is really wet outside.

They are not suitable everyday shoes, as they usually make the feet sweat.  The boots should be made of natural rubber rather than PVC. This is because both the manufacturing of PVC as well as the printed motifs can contain harmful pollutants which can be absorbed by your children’s feet.

What does the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommend?

The APMA has a quick three question test to help you determine if your child’s shoe/baby walking shoes “makes the grade”:

  • Does the shoe have a stiff heel? The shoe shouldn’t collapse when you press on both sides of the heel counter.
  • Is the toe flexible? The shoe shouldn’t be too stiff in the toe area, but it shouldn’t fold up too much when pressed either.
  • Does the shoe have a rigid middle? The shoe shouldn’t twist in the middle.

How to Read a Kids Shoe Size Chart?

Shoe size chart kids can be read as follows:

How to Read a Kids Shoe Size Chart?
Read a kids shoe size chart like this: Select the column with the size you know and move horizontally in the same line to find the size you are looking for.