At a Glance
- European kids shoe sizes are measured in centimeters (cm), unlike the US which is by inches.
- The European system is used in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Portugal, Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. It is also used in some Middle Eastern and Asian countries such as Iran and measurement is almost similar in Hong Kong.
- The shoe sizes under the European system is based on the length of the shoe mold, measured in Paris points (which is ⅔ of a cm). A usual shoe mold is 2 to 2.5 Paris points longer than the actual foot measurement so you add approximately 1.34cm to 2cm to your child’s actual foot measurement to get the European size equivalent.
- The growth of the child’s feet size is usually rapid between 4-6 years old, it increases by approximately 1 inch as their bodies develop so it is important for parents to measure their children’s size regularly to update the shoe size they are wearing to avoid discomfort or toe misalignment.
European Shoe Size Chart for Children
European shoe sizes for kids are measured the same way as those for adults shoes – it is usually labeled in cm and a shoe mold is used by shoemakers as a guide. So parents should remember to add 2 cm to the actual length of their kid’s feet to know the size in European sizing.
To easily convert your children’s shoe size to European sizing, just look at the corresponding cm or inches equivalent of your child’s foot size and use the sizing guide below.
Children’s European Shoe Sizes (General)
|European Kids Sizes||Foot Length (cm)||Foot Length (in)|
|18||10.2 cm - 10.5 cm||4 in - 4.13 in|
|19||10.8 cm - 11.4 cm||4.25 in - 4.5 in|
|20||11.7 cm - 12.1 cm||4.63 in - 4.75 in|
|21||12.7 cm||5 in|
|22||13 cm - 13.3 cm||5.13 in - 5.25 in|
|23||14 cm - 14.3 cm||5.5 in - 5.625 in|
|24||14.6 cm||5.75 in|
|25||15.2 cm - 15.6 cm||6 in - 6.13 in|
|26||15.9 cm||6.25 in|
|27||16.5 - 16.8 cm||6.5 in - 6.63 in|
|28||17.1 cm||6.75 in|
|29||17.8 cm||7 in|
|30||18.1 cm - 18.4 cm||7.13 in - 7.25 in|
|31||19.1 cm - 19.4 cm||7.5 in - 7.63 in|
|32||19.7 cm||8 in|
|33||20.3 cm - 20.6 cm||8.13 in - 8.25 in|
|34||21 cm - 21.6 cm||8.25 in - 8.5 in|
|35||21.9 cm||8.63 in|
|36||22.2 cm - 22.9 cm||8.75 in - 9 in|
|37||23.2 cm - 23.5 cm||9.13 in - 9.25 in|
|38||24.2 cm - 24.4 cm||9.5 in - 9.63 in|
|39||24.8 cm||9.75 in|
Children’s European Shoe Sizes – International Conversion
Some European Shoe size chart for children includes a Euro 16 which is a UK 0 and a US 0.5C to 1C, the foot length is also equal to 8.3cm – 8.9cm or 3.25in. – 3.5in. A Euro 17 meanwhile is a UK 1, a US 1.5C-2C with foot measurement of 9.2cm – 9.5cm or 3.63in – 3.75in.
The European shoe sizing is commonly used in most European countries like Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Portugal, Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The UK has its own system.
|European Kids Sizes||US Size||UK Size||Approximate Age|
|18||2.5C - 3C||1.5 - 2||Infants|
|19||3.5C - 4C||2.5 - 3||Toddler|
|20||4.5C - 5C||3.5 - 4||Toddler|
|22||6C - 6.5C||5.5||Toddler|
|25||8.5C - 9C||7.5 - 8||Toddler|
|27||10C - 10.5C||9 - 9.5||Small Kid|
|30||12C - 12.5C||11 - 11.5||Small Kid|
|31||13C - 13.5C||12 - 12.5||Small Kid|
|33||1.5Y - 2Y||14 - 1||Small Kid|
|34||2.5Y - 3Y||1.5 - 2||Small Kid|
|36||4Y - 4.5Y||3 - 3.5||Big Kid|
|37||5Y - 5.5Y||4 - 4.5||Big Kid|
|38||6Y - 6.5Y||5||Big Kid|
How to Measure Your Child’s Shoe Size
Now that you’ve identified the size conversion of your child’s size in European, UK and US standards, it is time to make sure that you actually got your child’s foot measurement accurately. After all, an ill-fitting shoe doesn’t only cause discomfort, but it may also cause more serious problems for your child later on.
The growth of your child’s feet can be fast, especially until 15 years old for boys and 1 years old for girls. By the time that they are 4-6 years old, the size would usually increase by 1-1.5 inches as their bodies further develop. It is advisable then to measure the actual foot size of your child regularly to get the most accurate measurement when finding the right shoe size.
To take your child’s shoe measurement:
- To measure your child’s shoe size, it is best to ask your child to put his/her foot flat on a piece of paper and trace the outline. Make sure to trace from the highest point of the longest toe to the tip of the heel.
- Trace both left and right foot and record the measurements in both inches and centimeters.
- Use the shoe size chart provided by the shop you’re intending to buy from. Otherwise, many free children’s size charts are available online like this one.
What is the best shoe size to buy my child?
When buying shoes for your children, avoid getting too tight shoes but don’t also fall into the pit of buying very large shoes that they will “grow into”. It’s only going to look bad and cause discomfort to your child.
It is also important for parents to remember that the right shoe size is not the exact foot measurement of your child. Give it around 0.5 – 0.7-inch allowance so your child’s feet and the toes will have enough “wiggle room”. This is the space needed by your toes to freely move and roll while walking or running.