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

Here’s everything you need to find the right kids’ shoe sizes for your children – be it for toddlers, small kids, big children or youth. Find perfectly fitting shoes with our kids’ shoe size chart. You can even convert US kids’ shoe sizes to UK or EU sizes.

4 Things to Know Before Reading the Charts

  • 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 toddlers), big kids shoe sizes and youth shoe sizes.
  • Kids’ shoe sizes range from size 0C for a newborn to 10C for a child approximately 4 years old.
  • Youth shoe sizes run from 1Y to 7Y. If your child needs larger sizes than 7Y, then it’s time to step up to adult shoe sizes.

Toddler Shoe Size Chart (1 to 3 years)

Toddler shoe size conversion

Ranging from size 0 to 13, 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.

US Toddler Shoe sizeUK Shoe Size ToddlerEuro Shoe Size ToddlerFoot length in InchesCenti­meters
US 4.5CUK 4EU 204 7/8"12.3 cm
US 5CUK 4.5EU 20.55"12.7 cm
US 5.5CUK 5EU 215 1/8"13.0 cm
US 6CUK 5.5EU 21.55 1/4"13.3 cm
US 6.5CUK 6EU 22.55 1/2"13.8 cm
US 7CUK 6.5EU 235 5/8"14.2 cm
US 7.5CUK 7EU 23.55 3/4"14.6 cm
US 8CUK 7.5EU 24.56"15.0 cm
US 8.5CUK 8EU 256 1/8"15.4 cm
US 9CUK 8.5EU 25.56 1/4"15.7 cm
US 9.5CUK 9EU 266 3/8"16.0 cm

Kids Shoe Size Chart (4 to 6 years)

US children’s sizes for 4 to 6-year-olds span from 10C to 13.5C. Shopping for international brands? UK footwear for kids this age runs a half size smaller, e.g., a US size 11C shoe will correspond to a UK 10.5. For Euro shoes for these ages, add 17, or opt to consult our chart.

US Kids Shoe sizeUK Shoe Size KidsEuro Shoe Size KidsFoot length in InchesCenti­meters
US 10CUK 9.5EU 276 5/8"16.6 cm
US 10.5CUK 10EU 27.56 3/4"16.9 cm
US 11CUK 10.5EU 286 7/8"17.3 cm
US 11.5CUK 11EU 28.57"17.6 cm
US 12CUK 11.5EU 297 1/8"17.9 cm
US 12.5CUK 12EU 307 1/4"18.5 cm
US 13CUK 12.5EU 30.57 3/8"18.8 cm
US 13.5CUK 13EU 317 1/2"19.2 cm

Youth Shoe Size Chart (7-12 years)

Youth Shoe Size Chart

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 size chart shoes.

US Youth Shoe sizeUK Shoe Size YouthEuro Shoe Size YouthFoot length in InchesCenti­meters
US 1YUK 13.5EU 31.57 5/8"19.5 cm
US 1.5YUK 1EU 32.57 7/8"20.0 cm
US 2YUK 1.5EU 338"20.4 cm
US 2.5YUK 2EU 348 1/4"21.0 cm
US 3YUK 2.5EU 34.58 3/8"21.3 cm
US 3.5YUK 3EU 358 1/2"21.7 cm
US 4YUK 3.5EU 35.58 5/8"22.0 cm
US 4.5YUK 4EU 36.58 7/8"22.6 cm
US 5YUK 4.5EU 379"23.0 cm
US 5.5YUK 5EU 389 1/4"23.6 cm
US 6YUK 5.5EU 399 3/4"24.7 cm

US adult shoe sizes start at 5 for females and 6.5 for males. Keep in mind that, more often than not, kids’ shoes are cheaper than adult shoes. Financially, it might make sense to stick with children’s sizes as long as possible.

How much room should children have in a shoe?
If your child’s shoes leave less than half an inch (12 mm) of space between the toes and the end of the shoe, it’s 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.

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, as previously mentioned, there is no difference in sizing by gender, that is, boys and girls use the same sizing system (unlike women’s and men’s sizes, which differ greatly). So the answer to the question “What size shoe does a girl wear in boys?” is simply: the same.

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.

Point to ponder: Kids’ feet can grow extremely fast, up to an inch a year (that equals two shoe sizes!).  Take your time when buying shoes for your child. Poorly fitting shoes can cause irreversible damage to children’s feet. Have their feet measured regularly and compare with our kids’ shoe size chart. If in doubt, or between sizes, opt for the bigger one.

Boys Shoe Size Chart to Girls Shoe Size Chart

What size shoes does a girl wear in boys’? Are boys’ and girls’ shoe sizes the same? The short answer: Yes, they are! If a boy wears 4Y, then a girl would also wear 4Y. A 9-inch shoe size (equal to shoe size 5Y) for girls is the same as for boys. However, it could very well be that boys and girls of the same age wear different shoe sizes.

Boys Shoe Size (US)Girls Shoe Size (US)Foot Lenght (Inch)
1C1C3 5/8
2C2C4
3C3C4 3/8
4C4C4 3/4
5C5C5
6C6C5 1/4
7C7C5 5/8
8C8C6
9C9C6 1/4
10C10C6 5/8
11C11C6 7/8
12C12C7 1/8
13C13C7 3/8
1Y1Y7 5/8
2Y2Y8
3Y3Y8 3/8
4Y4Y8 5/8
5Y5Y9
6Y6Y9 3/4

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 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 Size Conversion

Children's Shoe Size Conversion
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

FAQ

What are kids shoe sizes?

Kids’ shoes range from size 0C (newborns) to kids’ size 13C (approx. 6 years), then from 1Y to 7Y (10 – 12 years). Kids’ sizes stop at size 7Y. After that, kids have to move up to men’s shoes, sizes 7.5 and up, or women’s, 8.5 and up. See our charts here.

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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.

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How do Euro Shoe Sizes for Kids work?

EU Sizes (European Sizes/Euro Sizes) are used throughout Europe, including France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, etc., and are all unified under the rubric of “Euro Shoe Sizes.”

Following this kids’ shoe size chart, we can see that a US 9C shoe size is a Euro size 26.

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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.

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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.

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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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