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!

More good news: It works in reverse too! Convert any youth to women’s shoe size just by adding 1.5 or 2.

youth to women’s shoe size

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! See the kids’ and youth shoe size vs women’s shoe size chart below.

Now that you have a rough idea of your kids’ or youth shoe size, 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

Use this chart to convert kids’ to women’s shoe size or youth to women’s shoe size or women’s to kids’ 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

How to Measure Your or your Kid’s Feet

kid sizes to women's shoe

Following the general rule of “your size minus 1.5 or 2” is a great starting point. However, as you can see by the children’s shoe size to women’s shoe size conversion chart below, it’s not an exact, 100% guaranteed formula.

If your feet tend to run larger or smaller in women’s shoe sizes (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.

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.

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. 7Y in women is an 8.5 or 9. A women’s 7.5 in kids respectively youth shoe sizes corresponds to a 5.5Y or 6Y. A woman’s size 8 in kids is a 6 or 6.5 youth shoe size. So, in ballpark figures, you need only to go up or down 1.5 to 2 sizes to convert between youth and women’s shoe 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 1.5 to 2 from your women’s shoe 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’ or Youth Shoes for Women?

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

Merely by converting your women’s shoe size to kids’, you instantly open a whole new world of opportunity to double your selection. Think about it: There is no law forbidding you from shopping 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 at full price in the women’s section is only $145 at full price in the kids’ section. Think of the savings! Lower prices mean you can afford more pairs of shoes, and you have to admit, that’s an opportunity that’s pretty hard to walk away from.

More choice

Another great reason to shop in the kids’ section is that you automatically double 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 no longer limit yourself to a single section just because the shoes happen to have a women’s size label on them.


Kids to Women Shoe Size

If you’re used to wearing women’s shoes and are searching for the right youth size, the easy way to convert is by subtracting 1.5 or 2 from your US women’s shoe size. The resulting number will be your youth shoe size. For instance, if you typically wear a US women’s size 9, a big kids’ size 7 to 7.5 is a comfortable fit.


Shoe size 6Y is what in women’s shoe sizes?

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


What is 7Y in a women’s shoe size?

A 7Y in women’s is 8.5 – 9 and vice versa: a size 8.5 women’s shoe in youth shoe sizes is a 7Y. Refer to this youth to women shoe size chart.


What is a Womens 7.5 in Kids Shoe Sizes?

A women’s 7.5 shoe converts to a 6Y kids’ shoe size. Refer to this youth to women shoe size chart for more information.


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.


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.