Kid Sizes to Women’s Shoe Sizes Charts and Conversion

If you want to convert Kid sizes to Women’s shoe sizes, the general formula is: your US women’s shoe size minus 1.5 or 2. This equals the US kids’ shoe size to women. It’s that simple!

It works in the opposite direction too — you can convert any youth to women’s shoe size just by adding one point five or two.

youth to women’s shoe size

For example, if you are a women’s size 7 this is a 5 or 5.5 in kids shoe size. But be cautious! This is only true for big kids or youth shoe sizes (often denoted with an additional Y). For small kids shoe sizes, this calculation does not work! See the kids and youth shoe size chart vs women’s below.

Now you have a rough idea of your kids’ or youth shoe size, and you can take it from there. (Of course, every shoe is sized differently, so it’s always a good idea to try before you buy.)

Chart: Kid sizes to Women’s Shoe Size

kid sizes to women's shoe

Following the general rule of “your size minus one point five or two” is a great starting point. However, as you can see by the children shoe size to women’s conversion chart below, it’s not an exact formula.

If your feet tend to run larger or smaller in your women’s size (say, you are a women’s size 8 but also fit an 8.5), you might want to check out this chart to get a more accurate women’s to kids shoe size conversion.

US Kids/Youth Shoe SizeUS Women Shoe SizeFoot length (inches)US Men Shoe Size
13C1.5-27 3/8
13.5C2-2.57 1/20.5
1Y2.5-37 5/80.5-1
1.5Y3-3.57 7/81-1.5
2.5Y4-4.58 1/42-2.5
3Y4.5-58 3/82.5-3
3.5Y5-5.58 1/23-3.5
4Y5.5-68 5/83.5-4
4.5Y6-6.58 7/84-4.5
5.5Y7-7.59 1/45-5.5
6Y7.5-89 1/25.5-6
6.5Y8-8.59 2/36-6.5
7Y8.5-99 5/66.5-7
8Y9.5-1010 1/67.5-8
8.5Y10-10.510 1/38-8.5
9Y10.5-1110 1/28.5-9

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Youth to Women’s Shoe Size Conversion

6.5 women’s in youth shoes is a 4.5 to 5. Women’s size 7 in youth converts to 5Y in women. 6Y in women is a 7.5 or 8. A women’s 7.5 in kids respectively youth shoe sizes corresponds to a 5.5Y or 6Y. A women’s size 8 in kids is a 6 or 6.5 youth shoe size. So in simple terms, you only need to go down 1.5 to 2 sizes. Refer to this youth shoe size chart vs women’s.

How the Children’s shoe size conversion to Women’s size works

The shoe sizing for big kids or youth is built on the same scale as men’s shoes. Subtracting one point five to two from your women’s size will give you your equivalent children’s size. Likewise, you can go in the opposite direction and add 1.5 to 2, if you want to convert a kids’ shoe size to women’s.

Why buy kids’ shoes for adults?

If you’re a woman who loves shoe shopping (and who doesn’t?) you might not realize that you’ve been overlooking an enormous opportunity to open up your shoe options all this time. Want to know a way to expand your shoe collection, that’s literally just a few steps away from where you usually stand in the shoe store? Look no further than the kids’ section!

By simply converting your women’s shoe size to kids’, you instantly crack open up a whole new world of opportunity to double your selection. Think about it — there is no law stating you can’t shop in the kids’ section just because you’re no longer a kid, so why limit yourself to the women’s section of shoe stores just because you’re a woman?

Price difference

One of the best reasons to score your next pair of kicks in the kids’ section is a budget-friendly one. Kids’ shoes are almost always cheaper than women’s shoes. The same brand and model of high-end shoes that cost $180 full price in the women’s section is only $145 full price in the kids’ section! Think of the savings. Lower prices mean you can afford to buy more pairs of shoes, and you have to admit, it’s pretty hard to walk away from an opportunity like that!

More choice

Another great reason to shop in the kids’ section is that you are automatically doubling your choices. You’ll discover an abundance of adorable designs, styles, and colors in kids’ sizes that simply aren’t available in shoes designed for women. By expanding your search to another whole section of the store, you are no longer limiting yourself to one small selection just because the shoes happen to have a women’s size label on them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shoe size 6 in kids is what in women’s?

A kids 6 in women’s is 7.5 – 8 (btw: 6 youth in women’s is 7.5 – 8, too, which is perfect for a foot length of 9.5 inches). A 6.5 youth in womens is 8 – 8.5 (vice versa: a 8 womens in youth or 8.5 womens in youth is a 6.5Y). Refer to this youth to women shoe size chart.

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

Women’s 6 in kids: According to the conversion chart, if you’re a women size 6, your kids’ size would be between 4 to 4.5. As you can see, the “your size minus two” formula will not always give you a clear-cut answer. Again, to determine where you fall between these two sizes, you really have to try the shoes on.

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 6 or 6.5. 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.

How do I save money buying kids’ shoes?

You’ll notice a remarkable price difference between women’s and children’s shoes. If you’re not convinced, look up any shoe online and do a price comparison between a women’s model of shoe and the youth equivalent, if there is one. Do a simple size conversion, and you’ll realize you’re getting the same shoe from the same brand at a fraction of the cost. Not only are you growing your shoe collection, but you’re also growing your savings too!

Is it healthy to wear kids’ shoes?

Apart from serious athletic footwear designed specifically to suit the form and function of adult women’s feet, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying and wearing casual kids’ shoes solely for fashion purposes. After all, “women’s” and “children’s” are only labels decided by manufacturers, and sizes are only numbers. As the old saying goes, if the shoe fits… wear it!