You Can Save Big on Women’s Shoes By Shopping in the Kids Department

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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 women shoes to kids shoe sizes and help you pay way less for your favorite kicks! 🙌

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 youth section anywhere you go! 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 adult women’s to kids shoe size conversion chart:

kids to adult shoe size conversion chart for women's shoes

As you can see by reading the chart I created, you simply subtract about 1.5 sizes from your women’s size and that will give you the correct kids to adult shoe size conversion for the size you need to buy in the kid’s section. 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.

*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.


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

1. Adidas sneakers

holding adidas white kids sneakers

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $15


2. Keds sneakers

side by side stock photos of white keds sneakers

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $14.95


3. Birkenstock sandals

side by side of white stock photos of white birkenstock sandals

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $40


4. Nike sneakers

black and white nike sneakers sitting on orange bench in store comparing kids to adult shoe sizes

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $10

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5. Van slip-on shoes

holding white vans slip on shoes

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $10


6. Hunter boots

side by side of stock photos of hunter boots

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $60


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Comments 92

  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)

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