How to find the youth equivalent of women's shoe sizes

When it comes to saving on footwear, we've got a few tricks up our sleeves. Our biggest tip? Never let confusion about sizing get in the way of epic finds.

From European shoe sizes to youth sizes, figuring out the right shoe size conversion for your adult US shoe size will help you hunt down tons more styles that fit your feet. You're likely familiar with using a shoe size chart or website conversions to find your European size, but have you ever figured out the youth equivalent of women's shoe sizes? That's where our youth-to-women's shoe size chart comes in handy.

This how-to guide will simplify the youth shoe size conversion with accessible shoe size charts and an easy shoe size conversion equation. So buckle up, because you're about to start shopping in the kids' department.

Why buy kids' shoes for adults?


Figuring out the youth (or "big kids") shoe size conversion for your adult women's US size unlocks a whole new world of savings. Not only are kids' shoes often less expensive than adult shoes, but sometimes sought-after brands or styles that are sold out in adult sizes are still available in kids' sizing. And who knows, you might even find you like certain kids' designs better than adult's.

How to convert women's shoe sizes to youth


If you normally wear women's shoes and are trying to figure out what youth size would fit you best, the simple youth size to women's shoes conversion: your US size minus 2 = your youth size. So if you typically wear a US women's size 8, a big kids' size 6 would likely fit pretty well. See? Math isn't so bad after all.

One note: When you look at our shoe size charts, you'll see that sizing for women and big kids isn't exactly the same. If your feet tend to run on the upper or lower edge of your size (like if a size 8 is sometimes too small or an 8.5 is sometimes too large), use the chart below, which offers a more detailed range for women-to-youth equivalents. According to the chart, if you fluctuate between a women's size 6, and a women's size 6.5, big kids' size 4.5 will likely be a perfect fit, because it's right between the two. If you tend to stick to one shoe size that almost always works for you, try the larger number in the big kids' size equivalent first.

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Once you figure out the youth equivalent of your women's shoe size, you'll open a whole new world of shoe-shopping possibilities. So hurry, and take advantage of your new trick before your shopping competition learns how to convert women's shoes to kids' sizes!

Ready to start shopping?  Check out our vast selection of women's shoes and kids' shoes.

Helpful shoe size charts


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Figuring out the right shoe size and shoe size conversion is easy using the shoe size charts found in our shoe sizing guide. There you can also find a step-by-step guide on measuring your feet for the proper shoe fit.
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Comments (56)
JONATHAN
9/3/2017 at 5:17 PM
If my daughter wear a size 6 in boys.What size do she wear in women.
DESTINY GREENAWAY
10/22/2017 at 1:44 PM
Probably a 7 1/2
DESTINY GREENAWAY
10/22/2017 at 1:45 PM
Probably a 7 1/2
ANONYMOUS
11/11/2017 at 12:19 PM
I found a really nice pair of size 10 toddler boots. I wear anywhere from a 6.5 to a 7.5, depending on the brand of shoes. Do you think those boots will fit me? I really need to know because the price is too good to pass up and i do not want to be stuck with a pair of shoes that don't fit. Please reply as soon as possible. Thanks.
  • Toddler sizes are WAY different than youth sizes do not order toddler boots they are for kids to age 4-5 youth sizes are from 6-12 those are the ones this thread is talking about
    Comment made on 11/26/2017 by Marissa from Canada
  • I found a really nice pair of size 10 toddler boots. I wear anywhere from a 6.5 to a 7.5, depending on the brand of shoes. Do you think those boots will fit me? I really need to know because the price is too good to pass up and i do not want to be stuck with a pair of shoes that don't fit. Please reply as soon as possible. Thanks.
    Comment made on 11/26/2017 by Marissa from Canada
ANONYMOUS
11/14/2017 at 5:28 AM
Wow amazing post to solve sizes of women shoes. Its very helpful post for me. Thanks for sharing It.
ANONYMOUS
5/31/2018 at 9:56 PM
I found a youth size 13 boots would those fit a size 7 or 7 1/2 womens boots?
ANONYMOUS
7/14/2018 at 3:08 AM
If I'm a 4.5 in men is a size 12 in youth ok?
ANONYMOUS
7/14/2018 at 9:58 AM
I eear a 9 woman eat i eear in youth
BERNADETTE
8/7/2018 at 10:44 AM
I am a size 6/ hafe so does that mean i can get the same shoes but lower prices
ANONYMOUS
12/29/2018 at 11:27 PM
My daughter wears a size 2 youth shoes, what some in women's could she wear....asking because there seems to be a small gap between her size in youth and a small enough women's size, according to the post....
ANONYMOUS
3/19/2019 at 9:21 PM
I wear a size 6 girls size , will a 3.5 youth size fit my feet????
ANONYMOUS
4/18/2019 at 1:05 PM
If I wear a size 5 in boys what size would I need in women's heels
DESTINY
4/27/2019 at 11:31 PM
If I’m a size 6 in women’s what size I’m I in youths
ANONYMOUS
6/20/2019 at 8:43 AM
I have a pair of jordans that are 6.5Y what size am I in mens and women?
  • READ. THE. CHARTS. Why doesn’t anyone read the charts? You had to scroll past them to get to the comments section. 6.5Y = 6.5M(men’s) = 8W(women’s)
    Comment made on 5/20/2020 by Day from CT
TEAR
7/8/2019 at 1:31 PM
I’m trying to order some slip on vans and i wear a 5.5 in kids what size would i wear in women and would it make my foot look longer ?
  • I’ll give you a pass because I assume you’re a kid, but still, if you know how to order shoes and post comments you should also know how to read the conversion charts. 5.5 in “kids” is approximately a 7 in women’s. No, wearing an adult women’s shoe (that is equivalent to your size in youth - which I just wrote for you above) will not make your foot look longer. The type of the shoe might make your foot look longer than other types of shoes, so if you haven’t worn a Vans slip-on shoe before, don’t blame the size conversion.
    Comment made on 5/20/2020 by Day from CT
ANONYMOUS
8/4/2019 at 3:02 PM
So my sister wears a size 8 (she's 11) what size would she wear in women's?
ANONYMOUS
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ANONYMOUS
5/13/2020 at 4:44 AM
Hello my child wears a 6 in youth what size is that in women?
ANONYMOUS
5/13/2020 at 4:45 AM
What size is a youth 6 in womens plz?
ANONYMOUS
5/28/2020 at 7:56 PM
is there a similar conversion chart for kids sizes? My daughter is 6 years old and wears a shoe size 12. I assume this is what you have been referring to as toddler sizes? Her feet are nowhere near my size 9.5 feet, so I know it's not a youth size. But it wouldn't surprise me if she could start wearing small women's shoes. Any resources?
BRIANNA
6/26/2020 at 4:41 PM
So I wear a kids 7 youth in girls & a 6 in boys ;my feet stopped growing in the 6th grade & I’m 15 years old. Ok so when I go to buy shoes in grade school they never have a size 7 so I have to get shoes from the women’s 7 which I can fit but my shoes look do much bigger in the women’s than youth 7 but I can also wear a size 5.5 in youth , so should I stop buying the women’s shoes or idk.
JULIA
7/22/2020 at 4:02 AM
God bless you on this job. I think people forgot to take and read? ????
ANONYMOUS
8/5/2020 at 5:18 AM
The comment section had me laughing almost to the point of tears. I don't really like calling people dumb so I'm not. I will say there's a lot of lazy and perhaps not so smart people among us. Thank you for sharing the chart. You just saved me $40+ just by shopping the same women running shoe in girls.
ANONYMOUS
9/14/2020 at 4:02 PM
Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been struggling for years on dress shoes. I am a 40+ year old that wears a 2 1/2 sometimes 3 & never can find "nice adult dress shoes". Thank you, thank you. Hopefully I can use this now & get me adult heels instead of children's. Do you know what it's like when a child can wear better shoes than you? UGH! ???????? LP
ANONYMOUS
9/28/2020 at 11:15 AM
Are youth sizes the same for boys and girls? I have a pair of boys shoes I want to buy. I know the size I would need from the conversion chart, but didn't know if boys to womens is the same as girls to womens.
MAGGIE
10/18/2020 at 10:34 AM
I’m a size 7 shoe in women just wondering what my size would be in junior?
ANONYMOUS
11/17/2020 at 2:51 PM
If my 11 year old wears a 7 in kids shoes what size is next in a adult size shoe
ANONYMOUS
12/21/2020 at 6:54 AM
If I wear a 9.5 in women what do I wear in big kids shoes?
#TEENSARECHILDRENTOO
1/9/2021 at 8:17 PM
Sorry to inform you, but you not including 13-17 year-olds is incorrect. “Big kids” is 10-17, not 6-12. 5-9 is “little kid.” Obviously you need to learn the true definition of “childhood,” and the fact that “adolescence” is nothing but a myth spread to force our children to grow up too quick. Next time, understand that “teenager” is not separate from “child,” and that adolescence is a harmful myth. Sincerely, a big kid.
TRAMIYA
1/24/2021 at 12:50 PM
I wear a 8.5 in women’s what would that be in a boys shoe?
ANONYMOUS
2/18/2021 at 8:53 PM
I wear a size 4-4.5 in women's I can wear a 2 in youth but I have a high arch and can't always make a full stride because of it
ANONYMOUS
2/23/2021 at 5:43 PM
My sister-in-law wares a size 3 in wemans what size would that be in kids shoes
ANONYMOUS
2/28/2021 at 10:17 AM
I wear a size 9 in women's. So a size 7 in Under Armour boys big kids sneakers should fit, right?
AUDI
3/1/2021 at 1:36 PM
Interesting but not entirely accurate. My sister and my son both wear a size 6. Womens or big boys makes no difference in some unisex sneakers brands like converse. Especially when youth and small adult sizes start to blur. Best to try on your chosen brand in stores first. My favorite flip flops were a mens Merrill 7.5, and wear a women's 9. Few adult men wear a 7.5 but they weren't marked youth. While I shop in youth shoes for him, they aren't always marked as such.
DEALATED
7/12/2021 at 11:20 AM
I've looked up many size charts on line, and I rarely see the same guideline. On Amazon, the sizes vary from one brand to the next, including the conversion charts. In Adidas, the men's to women is 1 size different. Not to mention, two different shoes of the same size will fit completely different. I purchased a 9.5 in two different Adidas shoes, one too small, one too big, neither just right. Unfortunately, it's not a science.
MRS RO
7/27/2021 at 8:51 AM
Is boys youth the same size as a girls youth size
CHRIS
8/17/2021 at 11:31 AM
I don’t know WHY people aren’t reading the chart and are expecting you to do all of the thinking for them. The comments section is shocking! I am very thankful for this helpful post. It was exactly the information I was looking for! I do have one question though: Often, I see sizes categorized as “toddler” and “big kid” or “kid”. This is especially noticeable in European brands. Can I safely assume “kid” is the same thing as “youth”? I’m fairly sure that “big kid” and “youth” are synonymous, but “kid” is a mystery… Thank you!
NT
9/23/2021 at 9:35 PM
K sorry I am lazy and tired with a migraine. I know you’re chest is fantastic but I can’t think straight so if I’m a size 9 in women normally, what would I be in either youth or men’s size for the air Jordan’s 1’s?
LATOSHA J.
10/19/2021 at 6:41 PM
Emily, Thank you so much for the great article and the conversion charts. It is so true. I am so glad I found my equivalent shoe size for children. I wear a 5.5(5 1/2)Women shoe but in Children/Youth I wear a size 4. I found out before finding this article. It definitely comes in handy when finding shows anywhere for me. Sometimes Children/Youth dress shoes be the same for women and it cost more. Anyway,I have trouble finding a 5.5 in women so the size 4 in Children is the next best size. I was going for a bigger shoe size because I never knew my Children/Youth for many years of my life.
BRANDON
10/27/2021 at 4:08 PM
Ummm, is it just me, or does this seem BACKWARDS!? How are the adult sizes SMALLER that the Big Kid sizes!? ??
QUESTION
12/1/2021 at 7:59 AM
My daughter is a size 7.5 can you tell if I was to her a youth size which size do I get?
QUESTION
12/1/2021 at 11:56 AM
My daughter is a size 7.5 can you tell if I was to her a youth size which size do I get?
QUESTION
12/1/2021 at 11:56 AM
My daughter is a size 7.5 can you tell if I was to her a youth size which size do I get?
SALLY LURVEY
1/23/2022 at 7:18 AM
Would appreciate a shoe conversion chart
ROBYN SILER
1/31/2023 at 3:59 PM
My granddaughter wears 6 w in women's which are difficult to find. What size would she wear in youth or kids. Really need to find some desperately
EMILY
10/22/2023 at 4:04 PM
I’m 4”11 and I normally buy my shoes in kids size I’m a size 5.5 what size would be in adult women ?
ALONDRA TAMAYO
12/15/2023 at 4:51 PM
If I’m a size 1 in little kids what size would I be in women’s?
GABBY
12/23/2023 at 1:37 PM
If boys shoes are size 13 then what is it in women’s shoe size?
LYN
1/3/2024 at 7:44 PM
You cant just say "kids size".... A Toddler size 4 is way different than a Grade School size 4. Babies/Infants/Toddlers: sizes 1C-10C. Preschool/Little Kids: sizes 8C-3Y. Grade School/Big Kids: sizes 3.5Y-7Y If you wear a women's shoe size between size 5.5 & 9, then you would probably wear somewhere between 3.5Y & 7Y in Big Kids/Youth/Grade School. Anything other than men or women's shoes is just kids (there is no difference is sizes between boys & girls).
LULU
1/30/2024 at 5:01 PM
My daughter (teenager) still wears a youth 2 shoe. She has tiny feet and she hates shopping for shoes in the little kid section. 2 youth is not on the chart. Would it possibly be a women’s size 4? Most stores do not carry a women’s size 4, except for Nordstroms (I think). She really wants a pair of heels to go to a formal dance. Anyone know if youth size 2 is a woman’s 4 or maybe a 4 1/2? Please help.
ALINA
3/21/2024 at 8:54 AM
If i wear a 5.5 in youth size tennis shoes what size heels would i wear in woman’s
NAE
4/12/2024 at 10:00 AM
I wear a 4.5 and 5 in girls kids what size do I wear in boys kids?
SHANI
4/30/2024 at 11:15 AM
I want to thank you so much for this conversion chart. When I go to clothing banks to get clothes when we are in need I can never find shoes for my oldest daughter. She's always disheartened when her little sister can get shoes and she can't. The comment section was also funny. People are lazy and won't bother to read. Thank you again!
LISA
5/7/2024 at 2:57 AM
I wear a size 6 in women. What size do I wear in grade school girls?
ACB
6/7/2024 at 7:20 AM
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