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

We analyzed hundreds of clothing items from various brands, conducting thorough research to produce detailed size charts. Learn about our methodology and laboratory.

Here’s everything you need to find the right kids’ shoe sizes for your children – be it toddler shoe size charts, kids shoe size charts or youth shoe size charts. Find perfectly fitting shoes for your kids! You can even convert US kids’ shoe sizes to UK or EU sizes.

We analyzed hundreds of clothing items from various brands, conducting thorough research to produce detailed size charts. Learn about our methodology and laboratory.

How do Kids Shoe Sizes work in the US?

  • There is no gender gap for kids’ shoe sizes, no difference between sizes for boys and girls, not even for those sparkly princess gels.
  • Shoe sizes for kids are divided into different age groups: small or little kids’ shoe sizes (grouped under the categories of newborn, infants and toddler shoe size chart), big kids shoe size chart for children aged 4 – 6 years and youth shoe size chart.
  • Youth shoe sizes run from 1Y to 7Y (7 – 12 years). If your child needs larger sizes than 7Y, then it’s time to step up to adult shoe sizes.
How do Kids Shoe Sizes work?

Toddler Shoe Size Chart (1 to 3 years)

Ranging from size 4.5 to 9.5C, toddler shoes are sometimes additionally tagged with a “T” for toddler following the shoe size number. So, for instance, an 8T would be a shoe suitable for a 2-year-old toddler. Find all details in our toddler shoe size chart:

US Toddler Shoe sizeFoot length in InchesUK Shoe Size ToddlerEuro Shoe Size ToddlerCenti­meters
US 4.5C4 7/8"UK 4EU 2012.3 cm
US 5C5"UK 4.5EU 20.512.7 cm
US 5.5C5 1/8"UK 5EU 2113.0 cm
US 6C5 1/4"UK 5.5EU 21.513.3 cm
US 6.5C5 1/2"UK 6EU 22.513.8 cm
US 7C5 5/8"UK 6.5EU 2314.2 cm
US 7.5C5 3/4"UK 7EU 23.514.6 cm
US 8C6"UK 7.5EU 24.515.0 cm
US 8.5C6 1/8"UK 8EU 2515.4 cm
US 9C6 1/4"UK 8.5EU 25.515.7 cm
US 9.5C6 3/8"UK 9EU 2616.0 cm

Kids Shoe Size Chart (4 to 6 years)

For US children aged 4 to 6, shoe sizes range from 10C to 13.5C. If purchasing international brands, note that UK sizes run a half size smaller – for instance, a US size 11C is equivalent to a UK size 10.5. In European sizing, add 17 to the US size. For more accuracy, refer to our kids shoe size chart.

US Kids Shoe sizeFoot length in InchesUK Shoe Size KidsEuro Shoe Size KidsCenti­meters
US 10C6 5/8"UK 9.5EU 2716.6 cm
US 10.5C6 3/4"UK 10EU 27.516.9 cm
US 11C6 7/8"UK 10.5EU 2817.3 cm
US 11.5C7"UK 11EU 28.517.6 cm
US 12C7 1/8"UK 11.5EU 2917.9 cm
US 12.5C7 1/4"UK 12EU 3018.5 cm
US 13C7 3/8"UK 12.5EU 30.518.8 cm
US 13.5C7 1/2"UK 13EU 3119.2 cm
Point to ponder: Kids’ feet grow rapidly, potentially two shoe sizes per year. Always measure their feet regularly for well-fitted shoes to avoid foot damage. If unsure, choose the bigger size.
kids shoe size chart

Youth Shoe Size Chart (7-12 years)

In general, shoe sizes for youths vary considerably from adult sizes. Marked 1Y through 6Y, youth sizes will usually fit children ages 7 to 12 years. See this youth shoe size chart:

US Youth Shoe sizeFoot length in InchesUK Shoe Size YouthEuro Shoe Size YouthCenti­meters
US 1Y7 5/8"UK 13.5EU 31.519.5 cm
US 1.5Y7 7/8"UK 1EU 32.520.0 cm
US 2Y8"UK 1.5EU 3320.4 cm
US 2.5Y8 1/4"UK 2EU 3421.0 cm
US 3Y8 3/8"UK 2.5EU 34.521.3 cm
US 3.5Y8 1/2"UK 3EU 3521.7 cm
US 4Y8 5/8"UK 3.5EU 35.522.0 cm
US 4.5Y8 7/8"UK 4EU 36.522.6 cm
US 5Y9"UK 4.5EU 3723.0 cm
US 5.5Y9 1/4"UK 5EU 3823.6 cm
US 6Y9 3/4"UK 5.5EU 3924.7 cm
How much room should children have in a shoe?

When your child’s shoes have less than a half-inch (12mm) of space from the toes to the shoe end, it’s time for a new pair. Ideally, new shoes should provide at least 3/4 inch (17mm) of room for foot movement.
Youth Shoe Size Chart

Children’s Shoe Size Mexico US

The Children’s shoe size mexico us chart below will help you to convert your US Kids Shoe Size to the Mexico Kids Shoe size.

Mexican Kids' Shoe SizesUS Size KidsFoot LengthShoe width
11.54C11.6 cm
(4.56 in)
5.38 in
12.55C12.4 cm
(4.88 in)
5.5 in
136C13.3 cm
(5.23 in)
5.75 in
147C14.1 cm
(5.55 in)
5.87 in
158C15 cm
(5.90 in)
6.01 in
169C15.8 cm
(6.22 in)
6.25 in
1710C16.7 cm
(6.57 in)
6.50 in
17.510.5C17.1 cm
(6.73 in)
6.62 in
1811C17.5 cm
(6.89 in)
6.63 in
18.511.5C18 cm
(7.08 in)
6.75 in
1912C18.4 cm
(7.24 in)
6.87 in
19.512.5C18.8 cm
(7.40 in)
7.12 in
201319.2 cm
(7.56 in)
7.25 in
2113.5C19.7 cm
(7.76 in)
7.37 in

How to measure kids shoe sizes?

Place the foot flat, sole down on a sheet of paper and trace the circumference of the foot, keeping the pencil straight up and down and the toes together. Then measure the foot lengthwise with a ruler and look up the size in our shoe size chart. More detailed explanations of how to measure shoe sizes can be found here.

Printable Sizing Guide: Shoe Sizes for Kids

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

Printable kids shoe size chart (PDF)

Children’s shoe sizes by age


Is US Kid’s Shoe Size Same As UK?

Close but not quite. 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 7.5 in the UK, and so on. Consult the above charts and calculators to make sure you choose the right UK shoe size, based on your US shoe size.


How do Shoe Sizes for Kids work?

How do Kids Shoe Sizes work?
Understanding kids’ shoe sizes: Shoe sizes for kids bear little relation to adult shoe sizes. First of all, there is no difference in sizing by gender. Boys and girls use the same sizing system (unlike women’s and men’s sizes, which differ greatly). But kids’ 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.


Are Boys and Girls Shoe Sizes the same?

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


Is US Kid’s Shoe Size Same As Canada?

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


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

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

1.) Does the shoe have a stiff heel? The shoe shouldn’t collapse when you press on both sides of the heel counter.

2.) Is the toe flexible? The shoe shouldn’t be too stiff in the toe area, but it shouldn’t fold up too easily when pressed either.

3.) Does the shoe have a rigid middle to support your foot? The shoe shouldn’t twist or sag in the middle.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends shoes that are neither too big nor too small. 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 sounds like some kind of exotic and statistically rare condition, think again. According to the National Institutes of Health, 30 percent of kids have foot deformities that are irreversible.


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