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Kids Shoe Sizes by Age – How to Get the Right Shoe Size for your Child!

Kids' Shoe Sizes

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that specializes on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

Some parents tend to buy their kids’ shoes based on the child’s age. Choosing your child’s shoe size based on  your child’s age is one of the most common mistakes that I see parents make. The issue is that children’s shoe sizes vary even for the same age group.

For instance, the estimated shoe size for a 3 year old is a size 9. The issue is that every child grows at a different pace, and while most 3 year old children  need a shoe size 9, some others might need a shoe size 10.

There are also other factors that you should take into consideration before buying your child’s shoes, such as whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, or if your child has a high instep.

Based on my experience on fitting children’s shoes for these many years I have put together a set of guidelines that you can use. Please remember that these guidelines are just as an estimate.

Kids Shoe Sizes by Age – My Estimate Based on my Experience Fitting Shoes

If your child is between 6 to 9 months old the estimated shoe size is 2.5 – 3 

If your child is between 9 to 12 months old the estimated shoe size is 3 – 3.5 

If your child is between 12 to 15 months old the estimated shoe size is 4 – 4.5

If your child is between 15 to 18 months old the estimated shoe size is 4.5 – 5 

If your child is between 18 to 21 months old the estimated shoe size is 5.5 – 6 

If your child is between 21 to 24 months old the estimated shoe size is 6.5 – 7 

If your child is between 2 to 2.5 years old the estimated shoe size is 7 – 7.5 

If your child is between 2.5 to 3 years old the estimated shoe size is 8 – 8.5 

If your child is between 3 to 3.5 years old the estimated shoe size is 8.5 – 9 

If your child is between 3.5 to 4 years old the estimated shoe size is 9.5 – 10 

If your child is 5 years old the estimated shoe size is 10 – 10.5

If your child is 6 years old the estimated shoe size is 11 – 11.5 

If your child is 7 years old the estimated shoe size is 11.5 – 12 

If your child is 8 years old the estimated shoe size is 12.5 – 13 

If your child is 9 years old the estimated shoe size is 1 – 1.5 

If your child is 10 years old the estimated shoe size is 1.5 – 2

If your child is 11 years old the estimated shoe size is 2.5 – 3 

If your child is 12 years old the estimated shoe size is 3.5 – 4 

If your child is 13 years old the estimated shoe size is 4 – 4.5 

If your child is 14 years old the estimated shoe size is 5 – 5.5 

If your child is 15 years old the estimated shoe size is 6 – 6.5 

If your child is 16 years old the estimated shoe size is 7 – 7.5

Please keep in mind that the last kids’ shoe size is a size 7. A shoe size 7.5 is already considered a men’s or women’s shoe size.

These are just guidelines that will give you an estimate of what shoe size your child needs.

Kids Shoe Size

Do You Have a Good Fitting Children’s Shoe Store in Your Area? – Let’s Find Out!

I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit. The issue is that most children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and most parents need to buy their kids’ shoes online. In order buy your kids’ shoes online you must know your child’s exact foot size.

Take a look at a map I created where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a store in your area, then take a look at a different article that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to this link:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Please note that once you figure out your child’s foot size, that is the first step when trying to find shoes for your child. For example, let’s say your child measures a foot size 7, this doesn’t mean that your child’s final shoe size is going to be a size 7. There are certain shoes that can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run, you will need to adjust the final shoe size that you get for your child.

The good news is that I am familiar with how most shoe styles fit, so if you are in doubt about how a particular shoe style fits, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

The Best Shoes for Kids – Let me Help You Find Them!

Children can outgrow their shoes pretty quick, anywhere between 3 1/2 to 5 months — depending on their age — This means that you need to be smart when shopping for your kids’ shoes, and find a shoe style that is durable, supportive, lightweight, flexible, and affordable at the same time.

There are certain shoe brands that focus on manufacturing supportive and  comfortable shoes using skin-friendly materials, which parents will surely appreciate.

Before you leave, you should find out which are the best shoe brands for toddlers and older children, and which shoes among those brands are better than others.

The Best Shoe Brands for Toddlers – The 3 Most Durable and Affordable Brands!

The Best Shoe Brands For Kids- The 5 Most Durable And Affordable Brands

Having Trouble Finding a Particular Shoe Style for your Child?

I have fitted shoes for some of the most complicated feet out there, including children with narrowextra wide feet, and high insteps.

I created an online tool that allows parents to find the perfect pair of shoes for their children.  This tool is extremely effective as it displays shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. It also tells you exactly how each shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that accommodates orthotics. Go to the link below

Find The Best Shoe Style For Your Child’s Unique Feet

Please remember that buying your kids’ shoes based on their age is not a good idea. There are many other factors that will affect your child’s foot size, and you should consider them all before purchasing your kids’ shoes.

Do you buy your kids’ shoes based on their age? Do you normally buy your kids’ shoes online or you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area? Please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

 

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