Kids’ Sizes to Women’s Shoe Sizes Conversion, Youth to Women

If you want to convert kids’ sizes to women’s shoe sizes, here’s the basic formula: your US women’s shoe size minus 1.5 or 2 equals the US kids’ shoe size in women’s shoes. It’s that simple! And it works in reverse too! Convert any youth to women’s shoe size just by adding 1.5 or 2. For instance, if you are a women’s size 7, that makes you either a 5 or 5.5 in kids’ shoe sizes.

But your attention, please! This is only true for big kids’ or youth shoe sizes (often indicated with a Y). For small kids’ shoe sizes (denoted with a C), this calculation does not apply!

Chart: Kid Sizes to Women’s Shoe Size

US Kids/Youth Shoe SizeUS Women Shoe SizeFoot length (inches)
13C1.5-27 3/8
13.5C2-2.57 1/2
1Y2.5-37 5/8
1.5Y3-3.57 7/8
2.5Y4-4.58 1/4
3Y4.5-58 3/8
3.5Y5-5.58 1/2
4Y5.5-68 5/8
4.5Y6-6.58 7/8
5.5Y7-7.59 1/4
6Y7.5-89 1/2
6.5Y8-8.59 2/3
7Y8.5-99 5/6
8Y9.5-1010 1/6
8.5Y10-10.510 1/3
9Y10.5-1110 1/2
youth to women’s shoe size

At a Glance

  • The basic formula for converting kids’ sizes to women’s shoe sizes is to subtract 1.5 or 2 from the US women’s shoe size.
  • Keep in mind that this formula only applies to big kids’ or youth shoe sizes indicated with a “Y”.
  • For small kids’ shoe sizes indicated with a “C”, this formula does not apply.
  • By knowing how to convert kids’ sizes to women’s shoe sizes, women can significantly increase their shoe shopping options.


What is a women’s shoe size 8 in kids’ sizes?

Women’s size 8 in kids: If you’re a size 8, your youth shoe size would be 6Y or 6.5Y. However, don’t go by numbers alone. As with any pair of shoes, you should try them on before you buy them, just to make sure you’re happy with their fit. Refer to this kids to women shoe size chart.


Why Buy Kids’ or Youth Shoes for Women?

Shopping in the kids’ section can greatly expand a woman’s shoe options. There’s no rule against adults buying kids’ shoes, and it often offers a budget-friendly alternative, with the same shoe models usually cheaper in kids’ sizes. Moreover, the kids’ section offers a wider range of designs and styles, doubling your choices. So, by converting your shoe size to kids’, you unlock new, cost-effective, and diverse options.


How does a women’s size 6 shoe compare to kids’ sizes?

Women’s 6 in kids: According to the conversion chart, if you’re a women’s size 6, your kids’ size would be between 4 and 4.5. As you can see, the your-size-minus-two formula isn’t exactly carved in stone. Once again, to truly determine where you fall between these two sizes, you really have to try the shoes on.