Children's International Shoe Size Conversion Chart

International sizing for boys and girls

Picking up a girl shoe
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When shopping for children's shoes online or while you're in a different country, sizing can get a bit confusing. Sizing varies from brand to brand, which is frustrating enough; having to take variations in international sizing into consideration makes finding the right size even more of a process.

As you know, kids outgrow shoes quite often, so it's important to find a pair of shoes that will not only fit but will last until your child's next growth spurt.

Determining a Child's Shoe Size

Before you buy anything, make sure you know your child's true shoe size. You can ensure a proper fit by having your child professionally fitted at a shoe store or you can do it yourself by measuring your child's feet. Take the heel to toe measurement and convert those inches to an accurate U.S. shoe size using the conversion chart below.

Boys and Girls International Conversion Chart

Most shoes already have international sizing listed on the shoe's tag or imprint, but in case it doesn't, this handy conversion chart will save you a lot of confusion:

InchesU.S./CanadaEuropeJapanU.K.
5.386.523-5.5
5.56723.5146
5.757.524-6.5
5.88824.5157
6.068.525-7.5
6.25925.5168
6.389.526-8.5
6.471026.516.59
6.6710.527-9.5
6.831127.517.510
6.9811.528-10.5
7.141228.518.511
7.3012.529-11.5
7.4613301912
7.771312013
7.931.531.520.513
8.09232.5211
8.252.53321.51.5
8.40333.5222

With your child's international shoe size handy, you're ready to shop.

If you're buying shoes online, make sure you check the retailer's return policy in case the shoes don't fit. There's nothing worse than a hassling return process.

You might also want to check out these Children's Shoe Shopping Tips.