Our Womens to Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart Will Save You Money

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Our womens to kids 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 womens 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 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 adult womens 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, 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 kids sizes vs womens sizes: $9.99


2. Keds sneakers

side by side stock photos of white keds sneakers

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs womens sizes: $12


3. Uggs Fluff Yeah Slides

ugg fluff yeah slides

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs womens sizes: $25


4. Nike sneakers

Nike Women's Air Force 1 Crater FlyKnit Sneakers

Total savings when shopping kids sizes vs womens sizes: $15


5. Van slip-on shoes

holding white vans slip on shoes

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $10


6. Hunter boots

Hunter Boots at Sam's Club

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $65


7. Crocs Classic Clog

Crocs Sam's Club

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $10 (savings varies)


8. Converse All-Star

black and white shoe boxes stacked on store shelves

Total savings when shopping in the youth section: $20


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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.


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Comments 110

  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. 💞

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