Converting child’s shoe sizes to adult ones is a fairly simple process. A child’s shoe size will generally be two sizes smaller than a women’s. 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.

Things You'll Need

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

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

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.


  • Always try shoes on before purchasing them.

References and Resources

Zappos: Measure Your Shoe Size