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The Ultimate Kids’ Shoe Size Chart and Fitting Guide

Choosing the perfect pair of shoes for your child’s growing feet can be tricky. Our handy kids’ shoe size chart and fitting guide will help you find the right match.

Kids Shoe Size Guide

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What you’ll need

  • A piece of paper
  • A tape measure or ruler
  • A pencil
  • Sticky tape
  • 1 - Stick the paper to the floor against a wall with your sticky tape.
  • 2 - Place your child’s foot on top, pressing down gently so it’s flat and making sure toes aren’t curled.
  • 3 - Draw a small line behind the heel and another in front of the longest toe. Measure the distance between the two for the length.
  • 4 - You’re all set! Use our kids’ shoe size conversion chart to find the right size.

Measuring top tips:

Give feet some wriggle room

It’s a good idea to factor in some wriggle room by adding an extra finger-width of space when sizing up. If shoes are going to be worn with socks, make sure your child is wearing them whilst measuring feet.

Don’t forget the other foot!

It’s quite common to have one foot slightly larger than the other, so make sure you measure both. Use the measurement for the larger foot to find a shoe that fits.

Kids Shoe Size Charts: Measurements, Age and Conversion Chart

Our kids’ shoe size chart

Take a look at our comprehensive kids’ shoe size chart below, which gives you both UK and European sizes. It also lets you switch between inches and centimetres.

UK EU Heel to Toe Length (Inches) Heel to Toe Length (cm)
4 20.5 5.78 14.7
5 21.5 6.06 15.4
6 23 6.33 16.1
7 24 6.61 16.8
8 25.5 6.88 17.5
9 27 7.16 18.2
10 28 7.44 18.9
11 29 7.71 19.6
12 30.5 7.99 20.3
13 32 8.26 21
1 33 8.54 21.7
2 34.5 8.81 22.4
3 35.5 9.2 23.1
4 37 9.4 23.9
5 38 9.72 24.7
6 39.5 10 25.4

Average children’s shoe sizes

Kids are unique in every way but, if you would like a rough idea of shoe sizes by age, then our average children’s shoe sizes guide gives you just that. Remember though, it’s important you still measure for an accurate shoe size.

Age Size
Up to 1 3-4
2 5-6
3 7-8
4 9-10
5 10-11
6 11-12
7 12-13
8-9 1-2
10-11 3-4

Don’t be tempted to size up to avoid having to buy new shoes as your child grows. Shoes that are too large can become a trip hazard or can make them struggle to walk.

Width Fittings

There are four standard widths for children’s shoe sizes in the UK. These are:

Width Fitting
D-E Narrow Fit
F Standard Fit
G Wide Fit
H Extra Wide Fit

Trying to squeeze into shoes that are the wrong width can leave feet sore. Take the above fittings into consideration as well as how shallow or deep the arch of your child’s foot is and how wide or narrow they are.

We don’t use width fittings at shoezone – however, it’s still useful to have an idea as to how wide feet are. You want to make sure shoes fit perfectly and provide maximum support.

Heel Sizes

In toddlers, as close to barefoot is best when it comes to the heel height of shoes. Below is a quick guide to children’s heel heights:

Heel Type Height
Flat Up to 0.5cm
Low 0.5 to 2cm
Medium 2 to 3cm
High 3 to 4cm
Kids Shoe Size Guide

How to pick the perfect pair

Once you’ve got your sizes sorted, it’s time to find the perfect pair.

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Shoe fitting top tips

Check the top of the shoe

There should be a slight ripple movement when you rub your thumb over the top of the shoes. If the shoe doesn’t move, it could be too tight or too narrow.

Ask your child to walk in the shoes

Your child should be able to walk easily and naturally without struggling. Check that the heel doesn’t slip and that there’s no excessive gapping at the side.

Your questions answered

What are children’s shoe sizes in the UK?

Children’s shoe sizes in the UK start at 0, which is usually a good size for newborn babies. They then go up to size 13, which is the end of the ‘little kids’ sizes. After that, in bigger kids’ sizes, they go from size 1 to 6.

What size shoe is a 4-year-old?

The average size for a 4-year-old is usually around a UK 9 or 10. Every child is different and grows at different rates, so don’t worry if feet are slightly bigger or smaller than the average size. If you want to find out average sizes for your child based on age, take a look at our average children’s shoe sizes chart.

Is size 13 and 1 the same?

No, size 13 and size 1 are not the same. Size 13 is classed as a little kids’ size, while size 1 is the next step up – or the first ‘big kids’’ size. These bigger sizes then go up to a size 6.