Women and Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

I have been helping women save money on their shoes without sacrificing the quality and support that the shoes provide by fitting them in the kids’ version of the shoes. I created a women and kids shoe size conversion chart that will help you identify what children’s shoe size you need to order.

Most women are not aware that if they wear a women’s shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller they can wear the same shoe style but in kids’ sizes. I am talking about the same style and same support, at a much lower price! In most cases, half the price of what the adult version of the shoe costs. That’s pretty AMAZING!

My Experience Fitting Shoes

I work for a family shoe store for many years, and after I am done fitting a child in a pair of shoes, parents always follow up with this 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’s shoe size 8 1/2.

So as long as you wear 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’s 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 to get the correct kids’ shoe size.

The magic formula: Your women’s shoe size – 1.5 = Your kids’ shoe size!

I will also show you at the end of this article a selection of the most supportive running shoes for kids that you will be able to wear yourself.

Buying Kids’ Shoes – Start Saving a Lot of Money!

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 for $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’s shoe size 8 1/2— and retails for $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! 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.

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 for $81.46.

Now, let’s take a look at the same exact shoe, but the kid’s version, which retails for 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 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 pair of women’s UGG boots that retail for $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. In that article, you might be able to find a pair of UGG boots for yourself!

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. 

Women’s and Kids’ Shoe Size Conversion Chart

I created a women’s 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 with the shoes they are wearing: they always tend to be too short or too narrow.

The Advantages of Buying Kids’ Shoes! SAVE SAVE SAVE!

1️⃣ Price: You can save a lot of money!

2️⃣ Selection: The selection widens because now you are looking at women’s and children’s shoes!

3️⃣ 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

W=Wide widths

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!

Remember that you will be able to fit in any of these shoe styles as long as you wear a shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller. 

Best Kids’ Sneakers for Women

The New Balance shoes can fit women with medium (M), wide (W) or extra wide (XW) feet. The Asics shoe styles can fit women with narrow or medium width feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If you want to be 100% sure about what shoe size to order online, I suggest that you follow the instructions in a different article I wrote.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If there is a particular shoe style that you are looking for or if you have any doubts  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: [email protected] 

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 kid’s shoe sizes for yourself? Share your findings in the comment section below so we can all benefit from your experiences!