How do I convert kids' shoe sizes to women's shoe sizes?

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How do I convert kids' shoe sizes to women's shoe sizes?
Children's shoe sizes are generally two sizes smaller than women's shoe sizes (shoe image by sasha from Fotolia.com)

Converting child's shoe sizes to adult shoe sizes is a fairly simple process. A child's shoe size will generally be two sizes smaller than a women's shoe size. For example, a child who wears a size 3 in children's shoes will wear a size 5 in women's shoes. It's always best to measure the person's foot, however, to make sure that the shoes fit properly.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Size-conversion chart

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the foot with the measuring tape. Measure to the nearest quarter inch.

    How do I convert kids' shoe sizes to women's shoe sizes?
    Women with small feet can often wear children's shoes (shoe image by Dubravko Grakalic from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Use the size conversion chart as a guide. Find the shoe size that corresponds with the measurement you took.

    How do I convert kids' shoe sizes to women's shoe sizes?
    Always try shoes on to ensure proper fit (shoe image by jeancliclac from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Once you know what size you wear in either women's or children's shoes, convert by subtracting two sizes from a women's size or adding two sizes to a children's size.

    How do I convert kids' shoe sizes to women's shoe sizes?
    Girls with larger feet may be able to fit women's shoes (shoe image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Always try shoes on before purchasing them.
  • The strategy of adding or subtracting two sizes to discern the correct size only works for US shoe sizes. Measuring the foot and using the conversion chart will work for shoe sizes in many countries.

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