Did you know that women are not restricted to the ladies shoe wall when shopping for shoes? When you take your kids to your local children’s shoe store to have them fitted for shoes, there is a whole other option that you might be overlooking: the kid’s shoe section!
Did you know that if you wear a women’s shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller you can wear the exact same shoes in the kids’ sizes? I am talking about the same style, same support, at a much lower price! In most cases, half of the what your shoes cost! That’s pretty AMAZING!
Let me tell you a little bit about myself: I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for almost 6 years now, and we evaluate children that have foot issues and do regular shoe fitting as well. After I am done fitting a child in a pair of shoes, parents always follow up with the question:
“This is such a nice store… I wish I could get my shoes here!”
I always explain to parents how our largest shoe size for girls at the store is a size 7, which actually translates to a women shoe size 8 1/2.
“Wait, that means I can get my shoes here, too?!”
As long as you are a women’s shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller, you can fit in any children’s shoes!
Mothers are excited to try on children sneakers, not only because we have such a great selection of shoes, but because they are paying half of the price that they would pay at a women’s shoe store!!!
Now that you know the SECRET, the only thing that you need to do is to translate the sizes properly, which basically means that you go down a whole size and a half of your women’s shoe size, in order to get the correct kids shoe size!
The magic formula: Your women’s shoe size – 1.5 = Your kids shoe size!
Buying Kids’ Shoes – Start Saving A Lot Of Money!
Now, let me show you a couple of examples proving to you that what I am telling you does work. I took a picture from Amazon’s website which displays a women’s Asics running shoe size 8 1/2 that retails at a price of $100.59.
Below, you can find a picture of the same shoe (different color) for a child shoe size 7 (which translates to a woman shoe size 8 1/2) and retails at a price of $49.01. Pretty cool right? We are talking about a 50 dollar difference!
I provided an example of a running shoe, but we can do the same thing with rain boots, sandals, dress shoes, dress boots, and snow boots… you name it!
Let’s take a look at the famous Keen sandals! If you haven’t heard of Keen sandals before, your child is missing out on one of the BEST summer sandals for kids! If you have been looking for a good, supportive, indestructible sandal for your child to wear during the summer, look no further.
I wrote a post where I describe the best Keen sandals for kids. The post is called:
This time I took a picture from Amazon’s website which displays a women’s Keen Newport H2 sandal, size 8 1/2 that retails at a price of $81.46.
Now, let’s take a look at the same exact shoe, but the kid’s version, which retails at a price of 27.04! You are saving… let me grab the calculator for this one... 54.42 dollars!
Keen sandals are one of the most versatile, best made shoes for the summer. They will provide your child with great support for when he or she is running around and playing. Now, you can get a pair of Keen sandals for yourself and experience not only how supportive they are, but also how comfortable and sturdy they feel. They are practically indestructible!
I am going to show you one last example that I know most women will love! Ugg boots! First, let’s take a look at a picture of a women Ugg that retails at a price of $149.95.
Here, we have the exact same boot, but in a kids shoe size 6 (Ugg’s don’t come in half sizes so a kids shoe size 6 translates to a women’s shoe size 8) that retails for $82.99!! You are saving: $66.96!!
I also wrote a post about Ugg boots, where I describe the best styles and tips to make them more supportive for your child to wear for longer periods of time. The name of the post is:
These are just some examples but you can find a ton of shoes that translate into kids shoe sizes. You WILL save a lot of money by purchasing the kids version of the shoe. I created a women and kids shoe size conversion chart so you can understand the translation of the sizes better!
I have fitted several mothers at the children’s shoe store that I work for, and it is definitely more challenging than fitting children. The main issue is that 70% of the time women come to the store wearing the wrong shoe size. There is a common problem in the shoes they are wearing: they always tend to be too short and too narrow.
The Advantages Of Buying Kids’ Shoes! SAVE SAVE SAVE!
- Price: You can save a lot of money!
- Selection: The selection widens because now you are looking at women’s and children’s shoes!
- Convenience: If you are shopping with your child or for your child, you might be able to get a pair of shoes for yourself, too!
Finding The Correct Shoe Size – Get It Right!
Keep in mind that the letters used to describe the width of kids’ shoe sizes are different than the ones used to describe the width of women’s shoe sizes. When buying kids’ shoes for yourself you will see these different width options:
N= Narrow width
M= Medium width
XW= Extra wide widths
A lot of mothers have asked me why they can’t find wide or extra wide shoes in their women’s sizes. Now that you know that you can shop for kids’ shoe sizes, the selection of wide and extra wide widths opens up TREMENDOUSLY!
Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ running shoes when it comes to support, structure, and stability! Some of them are also available in wide and extra wide widths!
If you have medium, wide or extra wide feet, I will recommend that you get any of the shoes in the first-row.
If you have medium or narrow feet I will recommend that you get any of the shoes in the second-row.
The shoes in the first-row fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
If there is a particular shoe style that you are looking for or if you have any concerns about how the sizes translate, don’t hesitate to contact me via email or the comment section below, and I will respond to your questions as promptly as possible!
Are you ready to start saving money? Maybe you already knew about this secret, but if you didn’t, I am glad I was able to share it with you! Have you been purchasing kids’ shoe sizes for yourself? Share your finds in the comment section below so we can all benefit from your experiences!