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It can be challenging to find a pair of shoes that fits your child perfectly. Not only are there many factors to consider like fit and style, but it can be confusing trying to interpret the varying sizes of kids’ shoes. We’ve gathered a list of what to look for and how to know which size is right for your child so you can save time (and frustration) by finding the best fitting shoes the first time.
To start, it’s important to know that kids’ shoe sizes are divided into categories based on factors like foot length and approximate age.
Infant shoes range in size from 0–4. Children ages 2–12 months typically fall in the ‘Infant’ age range. Shoes for infants are designed for feet between 3.5 and 4.75 inches. Infant shoes are easy to slip on and are typically softer and more flexible to allow their little feet to move and grow.
Toddler shoes range in size from 4.5–10. Toddler shoes are designed for children typically between the ages of 1–3 years old whose feet are between 4.88 and 6.5 inches in length. Shoes for toddlers are more versatile and functional than infant shoes.
Kids’ shoes range in size from 11–13 and continue from 1–7. Typically worn between the ages of 4–12, boys’ and girls’ shoes accommodate older children whose feet are still too small for adult shoes. If your child’s foot length is between 6.63 and 9.88 inches, kids’ shoes are ideal. Boys’ and girls’ sizing is still interchangeable in this age group.
|US Sizes||Foot Length|
|Infant||0 - 4||3.5 - 4.75 in.|
|Toddler||4.5 - 10||4.88 - 6.5 in.|
|Kids||11 - 7||6.63 - 9.88 in.|
Getting an infant, toddler, or young child through the shoe buying process can be quite the challenge. Luckily, the experts at SCHEELS are here to help you navigate the distractions and pain points so you can find the perfect pair of shoes for your child. Following the steps below can help you get through the process in the most efficient way possible.