Here on KCL, I previously wrote an article about how petite women can save big on clothes by shopping for clothes in the children’s department. Since you have to wear an XS or a size 2 petite or smaller to fit into girls’ clothing, I assumed that when it came to shoes, you would likewise have to have teeny-tiny, Cinderalla-sized feet to be able to fit into kids’ shoe sizes. But when I actually took the time to look at the Shoe Size Conversion Guides for both Kids and Women, I was shocked to find that women who wear all the way up to a sizable women’s U.S. size 9 shoe can fit into kids’ shoes sizes.
Kids’ shoes sizes are split into two categories: little kid shoe sizes and big kid shoe sizes, which run from a big kids’ size 3.5 to a big kids’ size 7. You can convert women’s shoe sizes to big kids’ shoe sizes, but not to little kids’ shoe sizes. To convert your women’s shoe size to a big kids’ shoe size, simply subtract 2 sizes from your women’s shoe size. For example, a women’s size 7 shoe is equivalent to a big kids’ size 5 shoe. The chart below shows you the conversions between women’s shoe sizes and big kids’ shoe sizes.
Source: Nordstrom Kids’ Shoe Size Chart
So why would a stylish, grown woman want to wear kids’ shoes? Simple—because these days designers are making kids’ shoes that look identical or very similar to their women’s shoe designs, but typically at a lower price point. What Imelda Marcos wannabe wouldn’t want to score designer shoe styles at a lower price? Check out below four different examples of on-trend shoe styles that are available in nearly identical (except for the price) women’s versions and kids’ versions:
Womens: TOMS Classic Canvas Slip-On, $47.95
Kids: TOMS Classic Youth Slip-On, $37.95
Savings: $10.00 (or 21%)
Womens: Minnentonka Double Fringe Boot, $57.95
Kids: Minnentonka Double Fringe Boot, $39.95
Savings: $18.00 (or 31%)
Womens: Steve Madden Troopa Leather Boot, $99.95
Kids: Steve Madden Troopa Leather Boot, $69.95
Savings: $30.00 (or 30%)
Womens: Cole Haan Lunargrand Chukka, $194.90
Kids: Cole Haan Kids Air Paul Chukka, $54.99
Savings: $139.91 (or 72%)