How To Convert Kid’s Size Sneakers Into Women’s Sizes

Who doesn’t love a comfy, classic sneaker? And thanks to the athleisure trend, sneakers can be worn with pretty much anything these days. And, if you wear a small women’s shoe size, did you know you can easily convert that into a kid’s size to capitalize on cheaper pricing? Now is also the perfect time to stock up on fresh kicks for fall with all the back to school sales going on. So here’s the little trick I learned during my time as a poor college student scouring for cool kicks on eBay.

To convert your women’s shoe size to kids shoe size:

(your women’s shoe size) – 1.5 = (your kid’s shoe size)

For example, I like a size 4.5 women’s sneaker, so I would calculate my kid’s sneaker size as so:

4.5 (my women’s size) – 1.5 = 3 (my kid’s shoe size)

As always, read the reviews and sizing indicators to see if a brand or style runs big or small. For example, Puma tends to run small so a size 3.5 (kids) works better for me. Adidas tends to run a little bigger, so size 3 (kids) is better for me.

And here are some sweet, sweet kicks available in kid’s sizes to freshen your fall:


Puma Classic Adidas Campus Adidas Gazelle Vans Slip-on


Converse All Star Low Converse Mid Sneaker Adidas Stan Smith Vans Old Skool


  • Actually a 4.5 lady shoe works out to a 2.5 kiddie shoe. Trust me on this one, I’ve been doing this for 40 years. You might be able to do a 3 in a sneaker if you are wearing a heavy sock.

  • I heard from someone at a kid’s shoe store this week when shoe shopping for my littles: that a 5 women’s was a size 3 kids, but I would have to agree more with what you are saying, Kelly. My daughter currently wears a size 4.5/5 women’s and is wearing size 3 .5/4 in kid’s shoes. I wear a 5.5, and I can wear kid’s shoes in a size 4.

  • The size conversion depends a lot on toe shape for me. I usually wear a ladies’ 4.5, but my toes are really straight across. That means a kids’ 2.5 can pinch if the toe is tapered, but may be just right if it’s round or wider in the toe box. I do find that a lot of size 3 kids’ shoes are too big. Since a lot of my favorite brands no longer make a 4.5 ladies’ shoe, the options for kids’ shoes are really welcome.

  • Dear Kelly. What a wonderful and beautiful new style of your blog! I absolutely love it. As for kiddo shoes…I am afraid I am the absolute expert there, not by choice, but by size of feet! My challenge is not to find the same shoe for a sharper price, but to to find shoes that do not look like children’s ones at the children’s department. It gets easier over the years and there are some great shops with really cool shoes for women with the smallest of feet that offer online shopping too. Prices are high, but so is service and quality. I am rescued!!! Love, Lieske

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