Kids’ Shoe Size by Age Guide – How to Measure and Convert Kids’ Shoe Size

Kids' Shoe Size by Age Guide - How to Measure and Convert Kids Shoe Size

From sporty sneakers to luxury designer shoes, kids have plenty of options these days when it comes to comfortable footwear. If you can’t take your kid to the store and are wondering how to measure your child’s feet, we’ve got good news – you can do it at home. And it’s not super hard, either.

Here are some of our favourite ways.

Ways to Measure Your Child’s Foot Size

There are two main ways to measure your child’s foot size. For this first one which is popularly called the ‘tracing method’ or the ‘brand method’, all you need is a printout of a child shoe size measuring chart, a ruler and paper. The second one is also straightforward but needs a bit of extra help.

Take a look at them below.

1. The Brand Method

Most brands manufacture shoes based on their sizing standards. You’ll find a printable chart on their website, in many cases. Download that, print it out and let’s get started.

Brand Shoe Size Method

What You Will Need

  • Pen
  • A piece of paper
  • A printed sizing chart
  • A ruler

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • Tape the piece of paper on the floor and place your child’s foot on it.
  • Make sure the foot is flat and the toes aren’t curled up.
  • Start by drawing an outline from the heel to their longest toe.
  • Remove the toe and measure the space drawn in inches using a ruler.
  • Add 1/4″ to your measurement for legroom and you’re done.
  • If you plan to make your child wear socks, repeat this process while wearing socks to get accurate measurements.
  • Print out the brand’s chart and find the measurement according to the one you recorded for comparison.
  • When you’re printing out the chart, make sure to uncheck “page scaling” in the print preferences and set the scale to a 100%

2. The Tape Measure Method

This is a bit old school but it works like a charm. You’ll need someone’s help to hold your child’s feet still due to the squirming and fidgeting.

Tape Measure Method

What You Will Need

  • A measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pen

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • Position your child up against the wall with the measuring tape on the floor.
  • Place your child’s foot on the 1″ mark and make sure it’s flat.
  • Get someone to hold your child during this so that they don’t move or wiggle.
  • Note the measurement by recording from the 1″ mark to the back of the heel, get out a piece of paper and convert it to centimetres and other units for reference.
  • Visit your nearest store and shop for shoes by handing them over that size or select the measurements online for home delivery.

Baby’s Shoe Size Guide by Age Chart

You can’t tell a boy’s shoe size by just looking at their feet! And that’s exactly why we have this handy sizing measurement chart for your reference.

Age of Boy U.S. Measurement U.K. Measurement E.U. Measurement
3 years 8 to 10 (C) 7 to 9 23 to 26
4 years 10 to 11 (C) 9 to 10 26 to 27.5
5 years 11 to 11.5 (C) 10 to 10.5 27.5 to 28
6 years 12 to 13 (C) 11 to 12 29 to 30.5
7 years 13 (C) to 1 (Y) 12 to 13 30.5 to 31
8 years 2 to 3 (Y) 1 to 2 (Y) 33 to 34


Girl’s Shoe Size Guide by Age Chart

Just like before, you don’t have to visit your nearest store for a measurement chart. Take note of this reference sheet and you’ll be good to go at the time of your baby girl’s shoe-shopping.

Age of Boy U.S. Measurement U.K. Measurement E.U. Measurement
3 years 8 to 9 (C) 7 to 8 23 to 25
4 years 10 (C) 9 26
5 years 11 to 11.5 (C) 10 to 10.5 27.5 to 28
6 years 12 to 13 (C) 11 29
7 years 12 to 13 (C) 11 to 12 29 to 30.5
8 years 1 to 2 (Y) 13 to 1(Y) 31 to 32



Parents often ask how often to measure kids’ feet or what to do if the fit isn’t too comfy. We answer some of the most commonly asked questions below.

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1. How Often Should I Measure My Kid’s Feet?

You should measure your kids’ feet every two to three months during the first 2 years and once every six months after that. When you do measure your kids’ feet, make sure to record the measurements and use a bigger size. That way, you ensure a smooth and comfortable fit.

2. What Can I Do if My Kid is Between Sizes?

If your kid is between sizes, go for a snug fit instead of a loose one. Or simply change the shoe style or go for another brand if you don’t find something that’s working for them.

3. How Fast Do My Child’s Feet Grow?

Kids’ feet grow half their current size every three months. Their feet are at their biggest during the afternoons after they spend a day of standing tall. Measure it during that time and be sure to triple-check the measurements after you take them for best results. If your kid plans to wear socks, take the measurements with the socks on (unless you want a tight fit).

Although it’s nice to eyeball measurements and ask your relative to do your kids’ shoe shopping for you, you’ll realize that doing some researching and taking them yourself pays off. This way, every time your kids’ feet grow bigger, you know what to do and are not at the mercy of going to the store.

Plus, taking measurements at home is also time-saving and doesn’t involve a lot of running around. And the fun part is in the shopping once you take care of the number crunching stuff.

Also Read:

Causes of Toe Walking in Kids
How to Teach Your Child to Tie Shoelaces 
Effective Tips for Buying Rain Boots for Kids

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