This how-to guide will simplify the youth shoe size conversion with accessible shoe size charts and an easy shoe size conversion equation.
Why buy kids' shoes for adults?
First of all, why would you want to figure out the youth (or "big kids") shoe size conversion for your adult women's US size? One reason is that kids' shoes are often less expensive than adult shoes. Another is that you might like certain kids' designs better than the adult's. And oftentimes, like many shoppers find when they're looking for their beloved Chaco sandals, for instance, you can only find availability in kids' sizing.
How to convert women's shoe sizes to youth
If you normally wear women's shoes and are trying to figure out what youth size would fit you best, the simplest way is to use this equation: your US size minus 2 = your youth size. For example, I wear a US women's size 8. To find my youth size, I'd do a little simple math -- 8-2=6 -- to find that I could order a big kids' size 6 that would likely fit pretty well.
However, if you take a close look at our shoe size charts, you'll notice that the sizing for women and big kids isn't exactly the same, so if your feet tend to run on the upper or lower edge of your size (i.e. size 8 is sometimes too small for me and 8.5 is sometimes too large), you'll want to take a look at the chart below, which offers a more detailed range for women-to-youth equivalents. For instance, if you sometimes wear a women's size 6, and sometimes wear a women's size 6.5, big kids' size 4.5 will likely be a perfect fit, because it's right in between the two. If you tend to stick to one shoe size that almost always works for you, try the larger number in the big kids' size equivalent, first.
Once you figure out the youth equivalent of your women's shoe size, you'll open a whole new world of shoe-shopping possibilities. Enjoy!
Helpful shoe size charts
Figuring out the right shoe size and shoe size conversion is much easier when you can reference a shoe size chart like the charts you can find on our shoe sizing guide. A step-by-step guide on measuring your feet for the proper shoe fit is included there, as well as free, printable Brannock templates to use to get a reliable measurement of your foot, just like you would in a proper shoe store.