Chinese Sizes Charts: Shoes & Clothes | Adults & Kids

Chinese sizes are not easy to figure out. It’s different from other sizing standards and there are many metrics used under the Chinese sizing system. It can be a headache, and it is far from the sizes you may be used to back home. But as more and more clothes, and shoes are made in China, understanding the sizing standard they used will be handy in buying products made there.

Online shopping also connects buyers and sellers around the world, knowing Chinese sizes will not only save you time but also ensure that you get the right size and fit, wherever you may be. Chinese sizes are after all usually too small for the normal US or UK standard.

More details about European size conversions is available here.

This comprehensive guide will make buying Chinese apparels so much easier, including size charts, international conversions, tips and tricks in buying the perfect size. Size standards vary everywhere. Chinese sizes are no less confusing.

Understanding Chinese Sizes

Chinese sizes are different from other sizing standards. Clothes from China are generally labeled in numbers, although using different sizing standards measuring different body parts. A Chinese size 88-90 for example, is the same measurement as a 165-170, or a 36-37, which is a extra small in the US sizing standard. Sometimes however, clothes are already labeled in the basic XS, S, M, etc sizing specially clothes that are for export. Still, different brands tend to have different sizing standard.

Remember: Chinese sizes, as with most Asian sizes, tend to run smaller compared to the sizing standards used in the US and UK. Some very large sizes like XXXL may also not be easily available in Chinese size.

Chinese Clothes Sizes

Sizes of clothes from China are generally tagged by numbers depending on the apparel, the brand, and if the clothes are for export or for local sale. The easiest way to buy Chinese sizes for Americans, for example, is just to size up by 2-3 sizes.

Chinese Sizes Men

Chinese sizes for men are sized in different standards. For general clothing articles like T-shirt, coats, and collared tops, sizes start from a 36-37/165/88-90 which is an extra small. Then a 38-39 which is also the same size as a 170/96-98. Use the sizing chart below for more Chinese sizes.

Chinese SizesChinese SizesInternational StandardChest Width
(inches)
Shirt Length
(inches)
44 - 45185/126-130XXL44.09"29.13"
36 - 37165/88-90S37.79"24.80"
38 - 39170/96-98M38.58"25.19"
40 - 41175/105-110L39.37"26.77"
42 - 43180/118-122XL39.37"27.95"

Chinese Sizes Men (Pants)

Chinese SizesWaist
(inches)
Length
(inches)
5034" - 36"43"
4227" - 28"39"
4429" - 30"40"
4631" - 32"41"
4833" - 34"42"

Chinese Sizes Women

Chinese sizes for women are also labeled in numbers. In general clothing items like shirt, coat, and jacket, women sizes start from a 160-165/84-86 which is an XS in international standard or a 2 in the US and a 34 in Euro sizing. Chinese 165-170/88-90 is an S or a 4-6 in the US and a Euro 34-36. Use the sizing chart below for more Chinese sizes for women.

Chinese SizeInternational StandardUS SizeUK Size
170-176/106-110XL16 - 1844
160-165/84-86XS234
165-170/88-90S4 - 634 - 36
167-172/92-96M8 - 1038 - 40
168-173/98-102L12 - 1442

Chinese Sizes Children

The Chinese sizing for children is done in many different ways. For clothes meant for export, normal clothes are sized in the standard XXS, XS, S, M, L and XL. However, sizes of children’s clothes in China could also be based on age (1Y, 2Y, 3Y, 4Y, etc); and also could by height (indicated with the CM or not) like 70CM, 80CM, 90CM, 100CM, 110CM. Sizing standards differ by brand too.

Chinese SizeChinese SizeUS SizeEU Size
14Y - 15Y145 - 15516146 - 152cm
1Y - 2Y73 - 80498 - 104cm
2Y - 3Y75 - 855104 - 110cm
3Y - 4Y85 - 956110 - 116cm
4Y - 5Y95 - 1057116 - 122cm
6Y - 7Y105 - 1158122 - 128cm
8Y - 9Y115 - 12510128 -134cm
10Y - 11Y125 - 13512134 - 140cm
12Y - 13Y135 - 14514140 - 146cm

Chinese Shoe Sizes

The sizing standard used for shoe sizes in China are very different to that used in the US and even other Asian countries like Japan. It is however, quite similar to the sizing standard used in the EU. In general, shoe sizing in China is measured in centimeters (cm) and could still vary depending on the brand and the manufacturer.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on Men & Women’s Shoe Sizes.
Check this for Kid’s Shoe Sizes.

Men’s Chinese Shoe Size Chart

Chinese SizeUS SizeFoot Length
(inches)
Foot Length
(cm)
4610.511.02"28cm
3979.65"24.5cm
407.59.84"25cm
41810.03"25.5cm
428.510.23"26cm
43910.43"26.5cm
449.510.63"27cm
451010.83"27.5cm

Women’s Chinese Shoe Size Chart

Chinese SizeUS SizeFoot Length
(inches)
Foot Length
(cm)
408.510.24"26cm
3558.86"22.5cm
365.59.05"23cm
3769.25"23.5cm
386.59.45"24cm
3979.65"24.5cm
397.59.84"25cm
40810.03"25.5cm

Children’s Chinese Shoe Size Chart

Chinese SizeUS SizeFoot Length
(inches)
Foot Length
(cm)
3213.5C8.26"21cm
224C6.29"16cm
236C6.49"16.5cm
248C6.69"17cm
259C6.89"17.5cm
2610C7.08"18cm
2710.5C7.28"18.5cm
2811C7.48"19cm
2911.5C7.67"19.5cm
3012C7.87"20cm
3113C8.07"20.5cm

Tips about Chinese Sizes

  • Chinese apparel (clothing and shoes) are sized differently than the US standards. Chinese sizes are usually numbered based on a specific area of the body being measured.
  • For clothing, Chinese sizes tend to run smaller than its western counterpart’s sizing (US, UK and EU). Even a Chinese “medium” would be smaller compared to a “medium” in the US.
  • The easiest trick for people used to buying in US sizes is that you just need to size up by 2-3 sizes to get the conversion in Chinese size fast and easy.
  • Some sizes that runs on the bigger side are not widely available in the Chinese market. You may ask the supplier for availability.
  • Measurements in China are usually done using centimeters (cm).
  • Chinese shoe sizes are different than the standard used in the US but is< similar to shoe sizing in the EU.

Remember: The general rule, take note of the sizing all the time. No two sizes are the same even from manufacturers in China, so it is still best to ask for the size chart before making the purchase.

Convert UK to US sizes here.

Where to Buy Chinese Clothes, Shoes

The Chinese market has evolved into a huge hub for purchasing anything online. There are many online stores to check if you want to buy Chinese apparels, but the most famous B2B platforms and shopping sites in China include taobao.com, jd.com, mei.com. Amazon and Alibaba are also sites available in a more larger scale to choose from.