Kids shoe size conversion chart

Keeping up with the constant increase of kids shoes size can be quite strenuous on both parents and guardians. It is important to get the perfect size of your kid’s shoes by using the Kids shoe size conversion chart  not only because of the fact that it could cause uneasiness for the child, but also because of the financial implications of buying shoes everytime when it could be avoided in the first place- it gets worse when you have many kids.

We know buying shoes online can be tricky, and size conversions can differ by brand and by style so here is how to use the Kids shoe size conversion chart

Kids shoe size conversion chart


We currently carry children’s U.S. size 5 – 7.5 tots, size 8 – 13.5 kids and size 1 – 4.5 youth, including whole and half sizes (availability varies by style). We estimate that PLAE shoes fit kids ages 1 ½ to 8 years. Please refer to our size conversion chart if you have any questions about your child’s foot length and corresponding size in U.S., European or U.K. sizing. Got more questions about finding the right fit? Check out our kids shoe fit page.

childrens shoe sizes by age

If your child has a growth spurt within 30 days from receipt of confirmed delivery of your shoes you’ll get 50% off the full retail price of the same style and color in the next size up. This policy applies to shoes that have already been worn and would not be accepted for refund under our return policy.


childrens shoe sizes by age

0 JNR 15  
1/2 JNR 16  
1 JNR 16  
1 1/2 JNR 17 2
2 JNR 17.5 2 1/2
2 1/2 JNR 18 3
3 JNR 19 4
3 1/2 JNR 19.5 4 1/2
4 JNR 20 5
4 1/2 JNR 21 5 1/2
5 JNR 21.5 6 1/2
5 1/2 JNR 22  
6 JNR 23 7
6 1/2 JNR 23.5  
7 JNR 24 8
7 1/2 JNR 24.5 8 1/2
8 JNR 25  
8 1/2 JNR 26 9
9 JNR 26.5 10
9 1/2 JNR 27  
10 JNR 28 10 1/2
10 1/2 JNR 28.5  
11 JNR 29 12
11 1/2 JNR 30 12 1/2
12 JNR 30.5  
12 1/2 JNR 31 13
13 JNR 31.5 1
13 1/2 JNR 32  
1 33 2
1 1/2 33.5 3
2 34  
2 1/2 35 3 1/2
3 35.5 4
3 1/2 36  
4 36.5 5
4 1/2 37  
5 38 5 1/2
5 1/2 38.5  
6 39 6
6 1/2 40 6 1/2
7 41 7

Size conversions can only ever be an approximate guide. There is no substitue for having your children’s feet fitted by a trained shoe fitter. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of these conversion charts. The above chart is for childrens sizes only. Select our Shoe Size Conversion Chart for adults to see a full range of sizes.


We also realize that shoe sizing should not just be length and width, as feet are 3-dimensional objects! Our shoes come with interchangeable velcro straps (aka tabs) that come in 4 sizes for a more complete fit. Use a smaller tab for a narrower fit, or a longer tab for a higher instep or wider fit.


Tab sizeShoe sizeTab length (in)Tab length (mm)Small6-7.53 ½”90 mmMedium8-12.54″100 mmLarge13-34 ⅓110 mmExtra-Large3.5-4.5, high instep, orthotic5″125 mm


PLAE shoes can also accommodate some kids with wide feet. there are usually 2 areas that make for a “wider” foot, and PLAE designed shoes with that in mind. If your child’s foot is wider at the base, the roomier toe box, removable insoles, and wide opening in PLAE shoes may help with the fit.

Wider toe box

Removable insole, wide opening

If your child’s foot is thicker along the girth, or instep, moving up a tab size to a large or extra large will help as well.

Lower instep

Higher inste

Kids’ Shoes Fit Guide

Everything you need to keep pace with your growing tots, from helpful size charts and fit tips to an at-home foot-measuring guide.

Size Charts

Baby (0-12 Months)Walker (12-24 Months)Toddler (2-4 Years)Little Kid (4-8 Years)Big Kid (8-12 Years)
Additional Resources

Fit TipsMeasuring Guide

how to measure kids feet

To easily measure your child’s feet at home, just download and print our guide.

Shoe Fit Tips

Remember to measure their feet every three to four months. (Kids grow an average of half a size every three months!)

There should be about a half inch between the end of the longest, fully extended toe and the end of the shoe.

Fit the widest part of the foot to the widest part of the shoe so it bends with the bend of the foot.

If one foot is larger, fit to the larger foot.

Buy your baby’s first pair of shoes as they begin to take their first steps. First walker shoes are designed specifically for their needs with features that improve stability and support, like rounded, nonslip soles and high-density rubber bridges.
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US conversions are listed next to a country’s or region’s nearest size equivalent.

Shoe size conversions vary by manufacturer.

Items may not be offered in all sizes.

Measurements in inches and centimeters refer to heel-to-toe length.

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

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%

  1. 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
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.

Tip Parents

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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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