Our Kids To Women Shoe Size Conversion Chart Will Save You Money

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Our kids to women shoe size conversion chart can save you money on your next shoe shopping excursion!

woman wearing white Vans kids shoes after converting adult to kids shoe size

Here’s a genius way to get women’s shoes for way less!

Do the prices of shoes leave you feeling not so skippy? I’m excited to share a little shopping hack to convert kids sizes to women’s shoe sizes and help you pay way less for your favorite kicks! 🙌

You won’t have to sacrifice style. There are several brands that make the exact same shoe for both youth and adults. Try my trick to get the look you love for a fraction of the price. These kids to women shoe size conversions are easier than they sound and I’m here to show you how to do the calculations!

kids and youth shoe section at store with adidas and vans displayed

If you wear a women’s U.S. size 8.5 or smaller, you may be surprised to learn that you can shop in the kids shoe department at any store! Kid’s shoes not only tend to be less expensive than adult sizes, but you can also find similar (and even identical styles), often with additional color and fun design options available!

Here’s our kids to women shoe size conversion chart:

Figuring out the correct kids shoe size to women shoe size is easy! As you can see by reading the chart below, you simply subtract about 1.5 sizes from your women’s size and that will give you the correct kids to adult conversion for the size you need to buy in the kid’s section. For example a women’s size 8 in kids is size 6.5. While all brands and sizes run slightly differently, this can be a great shopping guide until you’re used to buying in the youth department.

Women’s Size Kid’s Size Foot Length
4.5 3 8 3/8″
5 3.5 8 1/2″
5.5 4 8 5/8″
6 4.5 8 7/8″
6.5 5 9″
7 5.5 9 1/4″
7.5 6 9 1/2″
8 6.5 9 2/3″
8.5 7 9 5/6″
9 7.5 10″
9.5 8 10 1/6″
10 8.5 10 1/3″

*Unfortunately, for men, this will only work if you’re sporting a size 7 or smaller, and in that case, you’d shop for the same size in both adult and kids sizes.

Kids shoe size to women shoes size conversion.

In summary, kids shoe sizes are about 1.5 sizes less than women’s sizes.

That means a 3 youth is a 4.5 in women’s shoes. A 3.5 kids shoe size to women is a 5. A size 4 youth shoe is a women’s 5.5. A kids 4.5 is a women’s size 6 shoe. A youth 5 is a women’s 6.5. shoe. A women’s size 7 in kids is a 5.5 youth size. A 6 youth in women’s is a 7.5 shoe and a 6.5 youth in women’s is an 8. An 8.5 women’s in youth sizes is a 7. A child’s 7.5 is a women’s size 9. A youth size 8 is a women’s 9.5 and a kids 8.5 is a women’s size 10 shoe.

Don’t know your shoe size? Here’s how to measure your feet.

If you’re unsure of your women’s shoe size, Hibbet.com suggest this easy way to measure your own feet:

  1. Place a piece of paper up against the wall and tape it to the floor.
  2. Put on a pair of socks you often wear with shoes and stand with your back and ankles up against a wall.
  3. Use a pencil to mark the longest part of both feet and then trace your entire foot.
  4. Step off the paper.
  5. Use a ruler to measure your foot’s length from heel to toe.
  6. Compare your foot length to the third column in the chart above to find your shoe size.

Here are a few shoes you can buy right now using the kids sizes to women’s shoe size conversion hack…

1. Adidas sneakers

holding adidas white kids sneakers

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $15

2. Keds sneakers

side by side stock photos of white keds sneakers

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $15

3. Uggs Fluff Yeah Slides

ugg fluff yeah slides

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $25 – $35

4. Nike sneakers

Nike Women's Air Force 1 Crater FlyKnit Sneakers

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $20

5. Vans slip-on shoes

holding white vans slip on shoes which are cheaper when you use our kids sizes to women’s shoe size conversion tables

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $19.99

6. Hunter boots

Hunter Boots at Sam's Club

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $70

7. Crocs Classic Clog

Save on Crocs at Sam's Club when you use our kids sizes to women’s shoe sizes conversion table

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $10 (savings varies)

*Reflects regular – not sale – pricing.

8. Converse All-Star

It's easy to convert kids sizes to women's shoe sizes like we've done here with the black and white converse shoe boxes stacked on store shelves

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $25

9. Dr. Martens

three kids wearing Dr. Martens Boots

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $80

“Absolutely love them!!! I got them in the kids size for me 6.5 fits perfectly because I wear a women’s 8! Like any other shoes you have to break them in.” – Natalee, product reviewer

10. TOMS

A pair of TOMS Fenix slip on shoes are cheaper when you convert kids sizes to women’s shoe sizes

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $15

11. PUMA

PUMA Suede Shoes

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs women’s shoe sizes: $15

Check out these Lululemon lookalikes we found on Amazon! 😱

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 115

  1. Peaches

    I wear a 7 in Women’s and have found that I love Keenfootwear kids Seacamp CNX 2 sandals. My oldest and favorite pair is nearly 10 years old! These are some well-made kids shoes.

  2. Casey

    Lucky for me I wear a kids size anyway.

  3. Alice P

    I have done this for years and it does save money. My friends still remember me wearing my beloved “Smurfs” shoes from years ago. I find Keds fit so well.

  4. Queenie

    Yup I’ve doing this for years.

  5. Julie

    Yes I love shopping the kids shoes at Nordstrom Rack the Toms kids are way cuter and more comfortable than the adults

    • Amy P

      I totally agree with kid’s Toms being SO much more comfortable (and cheaper)!!

  6. Ashley

    I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes but your chart is off. I wear a size 7 and can consistently fit in a kids 4.5 or sometimes 5. Never 5.5 (well maybe in uggs because they tend to run small with all of the fur. It really is a 2 size difference if not more! (I have done this all of my life)

    • Queen

      Hi Ashley that’s something. I wear size 8 in women’s and I fit 6.5 kids.

    • Tiffany

      I have also always converted the size by subtracting 2.5 to find kid sizing. I wonder if they have changed how they size kids shoes in more recent years.

  7. Kandy McDermitt

    I have really wide feet, and I find that kid’s sizes tend to be wider than adult sizes. The only downside is that larger kid sizes seem to get snatched up more quickly.

  8. Kristie Boler

    Some of us only dream of wearing an 8.5 or smaller. Unfortunately, Size 12 doesn’t qualify😭

    • breanna-2

      Wow! Size 12! How tall are you? I wear a 10/10.5 and I am 5’10”. Color me impressed.

  9. Peaches

    I buy Keen footwear size five to size 6 depending on style (I wear a 7 in womens) and they fit great and are very sturdy. Some of my sandals are well over 8 years old and still going strong. I love that I can just throw them in the wash too.

  10. Mel

    This size 9.5 girl is so very jealous of you guys. Not only are they a better price, but often the kids’ versions of some styles are actually a cuter style. Fun post!

    • breanna-2

      Haha I feel ya. I am a 10/10.5 in some styles. This would never work for me.

  11. SoCalLemon

    *Might save you money. lol. Me and my giant size 11 is jealous of all you 8.5’s and smaller 🙂

    • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

      You and me both! Size 11’s unite! 😂😩

  12. Karen B

    Being right at an 8.5 I find that a kids 7 doesn’t have the same feel as a women’s 8.5. Sometimes its structurally different. But I try every time anyway!
    Also I bought those AF1’s pictured above in women’s and kids and the kids version doesn’t have nearly the cool “crater” sole that the women’s does. its more of a plain speckled blue. I’m keeping them because they were a great deal and my 8 year old doesn’t care. She just wants to match me and her big sister, but I was disappointed. This is a great tip either way, but I have to try on if I think of getting a kids size.

  13. Laura

    I have tried on the kids size of shoes and they are not the same. They fit clunky and strange. As much as I LOVE a good deal and saving money, the fit of a shoe is much more important! Try on before you buy because you will most likely be disappointed when you get home and put on.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Sorry to hear that, Laura. Thanks so much for the feedback and for the helpful warning. 💞

  14. Madison (Hip Sidekick)

    If you love Converse like me, they run a tiny bit big in my opinion, so I go half a size down. So instead of a 5.5 in kids, I wear kids size 5 in converse (as a women’s size 7!) If you have wider feet, then I’d stick with the sizing on this graph for Converse!

  15. Emily

    I do love this trick but it rarely works for me. I wear a 9 so kids 7.5 and the biggest I ever see in stores is 7Y.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Bummer! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Emily! So sorry the conversion doesn’t always work out for you. ❤️

  16. LaTanya Albright

    I wear a 6 1/2y and i wear a 8 in women, works for me❤️

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Happy to hear this works for you, LaTanya! 🎉💕 I am always amazed by the savings you can grab when able to do this! 🥰 Thanks for sharing with us!

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