I and my daughter in law do not know how to keep up with my grandson Riley's feet grow so fast. 

For many parents and grandparents keeping up with kids’ growing feet is difficult.

It can be costly but also confusing. 

Overlapping size charts and inconsistent language used by brands and retailers. 

To describe kids’ footwear can make it difficult to figure out what size shoes your child needs. In this article, we clear things up with a close look at kids’ shoe sizes and we provide several helpful fit tips.


Shopping for kids’ shoes doesn’t seem like it should be difficult.

 Unfortunately, figuring out kids’ shoe sizes can often be a challenging process. To help clear things up, here are the most important things to understand about kids’ shoe sizes:

Toddlers’ sizes run from 0–13: 

The smallest sizes in this range are tiny baby shoes.

 The larger sizes often fit kids who are 4 or 5 years old or even older.


Bigger kids’ sizes run from 1–7 (or up to 6 with some brands).

Here’s where lots of parents get tripped up. Shoes for bigger kids start at size 1 and run up to 7.

Creating the confusing fact that a size 1 shoe (in big kids' sizes) is the next size up from a size 13 shoe (in little kids' sizes). 

Sometimes shoe brands will help you out by having their toddler sizes marked with “T” 

and their other sizes designated as “Kids.” That’s how you tell little toddler shoes from kids' shoes even if they have the same number. For example, if you see a shoe that’s available in size “5 Kids,” you know that’s the bigger kids' 5, not a toddlers' 5.

 A size chart can help.

 Whenever you're shopping, try to find a size chart associated with the brand of shoes you’re interested in. 

That will help you figure out between toddlers’ sizing and kids’ sizing.

For reference, here’s a common size chart you might see for toddlers’ and kids’ footwear.

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