baby shoe sizes chart

Today, we review the Baby Shoe Sizes Chart. Most parents find it hard to keep up with the consistent growth of their baby feet. knowing the average shoe size by age chart, children’s shoe sizes by age, baby shoe sizes in cm, children’s shoe size conversion,toddler shoe size conversion, children’s shoe sizes by age uk and kids shoe size conversion chart can be confusing.

Babies and their feet grow quickly, and parents should make sure that their shoes are growing right along with them. Signs that it’s time for a larger size include your child frequently removing one or both shoes, teetering, frequent tripping, and dragging toes. That’s why it’s best to get your child’s feet measured every few months.

Baby Shoe Sizes Chart

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children’s shoe size conversion

Every child’s feet grow differently and at different times. In fact, your child’s feet could be smaller or larger than the recommended size for her or his age. That’s why it’s best to get your child’s feet measured every few months.

To measure your child’s feet at home, download our FOOT MEASURING TOOL or use a ruler or tape measure and measure your child’s feet. Make sure that each foot is fully extended and double check that your child’s toes aren’t curled.

For the length, measure from the heel to the longest toe.  Don’t worry if you end up with slightly different measurements: children (and adults) often have size variations between their feet. Using the longest foot, choose a size from the charts below.

Please note, our size recommendation will be slightly larger than your child’s foot to provide room for healthy foot growth and for longer usage. If you find yourself debating between two sizes, always opt for the larger of the two, and if your child’s feet are particularly chubby consider sizing up based on their measurements

Please Note:  Certain older styles have different sizing.  It is best to use the sizing chart on the actual product page to determine the best size for your child.

children’s shoe sizes by age

SOFT SOLES
Good for pre and early walkers.
SIZEFOOT
LENGTH: IN
FOOT
LENGTH: CM
AGE
0 – 6 mosup to 4″up to 9.8 cm0 – 6 mos
 6 – 12 mos up to 4 7/8″ up to 11.4 cm 6 – 12 mos
 12 – 18 mos up to 5 1/8″ up to 12.4 cm 12 -18 mos
 18 – 24 mos up to 5 1/2″ up to 13.4 cm 18 – 24 mos
MINI SHOEZ
 Good for Early & New Walkers. More shoe like fit with rubber sole. 
SIZEFOOT
LENGTH: IN
FOOT
LENGTH: CM
AGE
Size 2up to 3 5/8″up to 9.3 cm3 – 6 mos
Size 3up to 4 1/8″up to 10.5 cm6 – 9 mos
Size 4up to 4 1/2″up to 11.4 cm9 – 12 mos
Size 5up to 4 3/4″up to 12.4 cm12 – 18 mos
Size 6up to 5 1/4″up to 13.4 cm18 -24 mos

toddler shoe size conversion

FIRST KICKS
 Good for all stages. Shoe like fit and cushioned insole with soft sole. 
SIZEFOOT
LENGTH: IN
FOOT
LENGTH: CM
AGE
Size 1up to 3 3/8″up to 8.6 cm*0 – 3 mos
Size 2up to 3 3/4″up to 9.4 cm3 – 6 mos
Size 3up to 4 1/8″up to 10.5 cm6 – 9 mos
Size 4up to 4 1/2″up to 11.4 cm9 – 12 mos
Size 5up to 4 3/4″up to 12.4 cm12 – 18 mos
Size 6up to 5 1/4″up to 13.4 cm18 -24 mos
*size only available in First Kicks Collection

CHECKING FOR COMFORT

Babies and their feet grow quickly, and parents should make sure that their shoes are growing right along with them. Signs that it’s time for a larger size include your child frequently removing one or both shoes, teetering, frequent tripping, and dragging toes. You may even notice red marks and impressions on their feet. Whether you’re noticing some of these signs—or it’s simply been a few months since your child’s last measurement—you can easily test the comfort of their shoes.

How To Measure Baby’s Feet

Have your child stand with their weight distributed evenly on both feet. To check length, make sure you can press your thumb between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. Children need about ½” of space for the toes to move freely. Next, check that your pinkie can fits snugly between the heel and back of the shoe. To check width, make sure you can grasp some material at the widest part of the foot. Ideally, you should test shoes later in the day, since children’s feet swell over the course of the day.

SOFT SOLES BENEFITS

The best shoes mimic bare feet, by supporting – not constricting – tiny, growing feet. Our Soft Soles flex and bend with every step.  Their soft suede sole allows feet to grip as they begin to walk and room for little feet to grow.

Benefits

  • Easy On/Stays On  Elasticized ankle design makes putting and taking shoe off easy for parent
  • Durable Comfort  High quality materials provide comfort and durability
  • Good for Foot Development  Soft, flexible sole allows foot to grip while protecting feet and giving feet room to grow
  • Skid-resistant Sole  Suede sole prevents slipping

 shop SOFT SOLES

MINI SHOEZ BENEFITS

Our Mini Shoez have a stylish and fun appeal as they take their fashion cues from styles that Mom or Dad might wear. They flex and bend with every step while providing extra protection as they promote good balance and unrestricted growth.

Benefits

  • Easy On/Stays On  An elasticized back and adjustable fasteners provide “easy on, stay on” functionality
  • Good for Foot Development A flexible sole and cushioned foam insole maintains flexibility and comfort little feet need for healthy foot growth
  • Skid-resistant Sole  Our non-skid split sole helps to prevent slipping and provides even more protection

shop MINI SHOEZ

FIRST KICKS BENEFITS

First Kicks is our newest footwear collection! With the fit and flexibility of our Mini Shoez and the feel of our Soft Soles these shoes are the perfect combo. 


Benefits

  • Easy On/Stays On  Elasticized ankle design makes putting and taking shoe off easy for parent
  • Shoe-like Sizing narrower and snugger fit
  • Good for Foot Development Cushioned insole provides protection, comfort and flexibility for healthy foot growth
  • Skid-resistant Sole  Suede sole prevents slipping

 

Finding the right shoes for babies and children is often a struggle. Especially when they outgrow everything in the blink of an eye! However, for your kids’ safety and comfort, their shoes should always be the correct size and fit for their feet.

Growing feet need protection to support their healthy development. From babyhood into late childhood, kids’ feet keep evolving as they learn to walk, run and explore the world around them.

Use our how-to videos and parent-friendly measuring tools to match little feet of every size and shape to their perfect pair of shoes.

this guide covers: Click on a topic below to jump straight to that section.

  • 2 ways to measure kids’ feet at home
  • our size chart
  • how to get help measuring
  • kids’ shoe sizing tips and advice
  • how often to measure kids’ feet
  • what to do if your kid is between sizes
  • going European
  • stress-free shopping
  • checking the fit
  • shopping by size

2 ways to measure kids’ feet at home

This guide covers two easy ways to measure your children’s feet from the comfort of home. With the Stride Rite method, you print off our size guide and measure their feet against the chart to find the perfect Stride Rite size. If you don’t have a printer and need to use materials you have lying around the house, the tracing method is for you.

1. The Stride Rite method

First thing’s first. View our shoe size guide

Then, follow the instructions on the guide, or reference the steps below.

what you’ll need:

  • 1 barefoot child
  • scissors
  • tape
  • pencil
  • hard floor & wall
  • credit card (for print scale)
  • shoelace (optional)

step-by-step guide:

  1. Print the size guide: Find a color printer, and set the scale to 100 percent. In your printer preferences, uncheck “page scaling.” After the page prints, double check the scale by fitting your credit card into the sizing area. If it aligns, you’re good to go.
  2. Set up your space: Following the dotted lines, cut out the length ruler and width ruler from the size guide. Tape the length guide to a hard floor (so it doesn’t move when your kid stands on it), with the curved line flush against a wall. Set aside the width ruler for later.
  3. Measure length: Place one of your kid’s feet on the length ruler, aligning their heel with the curved line. Double check that their heel is touching the wall. On the size guide, mark the first visible line past their big toe with a pencil and then note the length measurement in the space provided on the guide. Make sure you record the length and width measurements in the appropriate space, depending on whether you’re measuring the right or left foot!
  4. Measure width: With your child standing up straight, slip the width ruler under one foot and wrap it all the way around the ball, or the widest part. With the ruler wrapped closely around the foot (but not tight), mark the area of the ruler that meets the “align here” arrows with a pencil. Find the number of the width ruler that matches their length measurement and aligns with the mark you made on the ruler. For example, if your child is a length size 7, look for where your mark hits the 7 on the width ruler – the darker the color, the wider the width. Note this measurement in the corresponding box on the guide.
    1. Measure width with a shoelace (alternate method): You can also measure foot width with a shoelace. First, wrap the shoelace around the widest part of their foot. Mark the spot on the shoelace that meets the end you’re holding. Then, place the end of the shoelace at the “align here” arrow line, and locate the width that matches the mark you made and their length measurement.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 with the other foot: Now, you know their Stride Rite size!

2. the tracing method

You can also trace your kid’s feet and convert the measurements to their ideal shoe size with Stride Rite’s shoe size guide.

what you’ll need:

  • 1 barefoot child
  • paper
  • marker
  • ribbon
  • ruler

step-by-step guide:

  1. Trace both feet: Have your child stand on the sheet of paper – you may need a helper to keep them standing straight! Using the marker, trace the outline of both feet. Repeat this step if necessary to ensure accuracy.
  2. Measure length: Use the ruler to measure from the outside of the heel to the tip of the big toe on both feet. Write the number down in inches or centimeters, and label it as length. Remember – many kids’ feet are differently sizes as they grow. Measure each foot separately to find a size that’s sure to fit both!
  3. Measure width: Wrap the ribbon around the widest part of one foot, noting where the two ends meet. Measure the part of the ribbon that wrapped around their foot against the ruler, And record that number as width. Repeat for the other foot.
  4. Find the shoe size: Compare your child’s measurements with our size chart below to find their size and width.

kids’ shoe size chart (measurements shown in centimeters)

lengthwidth
size(US)cmMWXW
rookie walkers0 Newborn8.210.210.811.3
1 0-3 months9.010.811.411.9
2 3-6 months9.911.412.112.5
36-9 months10.812.112.713.2
3.511.212.413.013.5
4 9-12 months11.612.713.313.8
4.512.013.013.714.1
512.513.314.014.4
5.512.913.714.314.8
613.314.014.615.1
6.513.714.314.915.4
714.214.615.215.7
toddlers7.514.614.915.616.0
815.015.215.916.4
8.515.415.616.216.7
915.815.916.517.0
9.516.316.216.817.3
1016.716.517.117.6
big kids10.517.116.817.517.9
1117.517.117.818.3
11.518.017.518.118.6
1218.417.818.418.9
12.518.818.118.719.2
1319.218.419.119.5
13.519.718.719.419.8
120.119.119.720.2
1.520.519.420.020.5
220.919.720.320.8
2.521.320.020.621.1
321.820.321.021.4
3.522.220.621.321.7
422.621.021.622.1
4.523.021.321.922.4
523.521.622.222.7
5.523.921.922.523.0
624.322.222.523.3
6.524.722.523.223.7
725.122.923.524.0

print this size chart (includes measurements in inches).

how to get help measuring

To get the most accurate measurement of your kids’ feet, your best option is to visit a Stride Rite location near you. Our Stride Rite Fit Experts have been trained to measure children’s feet accurately, even if they squirm or lose focus.

Our employees use a special measuring instrument called the Brannock Device, which guarantees the correct length and width.

Babies and toddlers can’t tell you if their shoes are uncomfortable. With the help of a Stride Rite employee, you can ensure their footwear is perfectly sized.

kids’ shoe sizing tips and advice

Kids’ shoe sizes can be confusing to navigate. Unlike clothing sizes, your child’s shoe size doesn’t correspond to their age, unless they’re a baby. Baby shoes are listed by age in month. However, you should still measure their feet, since some little ones grow faster than others!

Once your child graduates into kid-size shoes, the sizing system switches to numbers. Sizes 3.5 to 10 are considered little kid shoes. From Size 10.5 onward, you’re into big kid sizes. When your big kid outgrows their size 13.5 kids’ shoes, the system changes again to adult sizing, and you’ll be shopping for a pair of size 1’s.

how often to measure kids’ feet

Did you know that children’s feet can grow half a size every 2 to 4 months? While this average varies depending on age, you should measure your kid’s feet every two months to ensure their shoes are fitting well.

Read our FAQ to learn all about how kids’ feet grow and the kind of shoes you need to support their healthy development.

what to do if your kid is between sizes

If your child is between sizes or one foot is bigger than the other, always buy the bigger size. You don’t want either foot to be cramped or squished inside their shoes.

going European

If you’re used to buying kids’ shoes in Europe or the UK, you have a whole new level of conversion to deal with. Make sure you’ve chosen the correct US size by using a kids’ shoe size conversion chart or contact Stride Rite for help. Our FAQ also covers more information.

stress-free shopping

To avoid shopping headaches, keep referring to our kids shoe size guide. Regardless of age, Stride Rite shoe sizes are always measured according to the current length and width of your kid’s feet.

checking the fit

Got the right size? Use our fit guide to learn more about fitting kids’ shoes and how to make sure those small, growing feet are properly protected.

shopping by size

Now you know which size shoe your kid needs! Pick them up the perfect pair by shopping our full selection by size below.

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