Women Can Wear Girl’s Shoes

UPDATED APRIL 2015 //  The original post included below from July 2012 still remains one of TAGG’s most popular so it’s clearly been way overdue for an update!

While this girl wears a size 9 shoe (I know, a boat for my 5’3 height!), there are many of you who can definitely take advantage of wearing girls shoes instead of women’s… with a major cost savings on stylish finds you’d never realize were originally designed for kids.

Check out all the options below for updated, Spring 2015 finds, many that can fit up to a women’s size 8 (most go up to size 7). So many cute, seemingly adult styles, right?? The key is to avoid too many embellishments, any child-like details or prints and for boots, unless you’re petite, stick with booties; the calf shaft might hit you in a weird place with a kid’s version.

HOW THIS WORKS: Youth shoes are about two sizes apart (and the same size as men’s!) so, for example, a youth size 6 is a men’s size 6 and a women’s size 8. It’s easiest to find sizes that work up to a women’s size 7 (youth size 5), however options do exist!).how to convert kids shoes sizes for women


Size Equivalents for Women to wear girl's shoes


Cherokee silver & white sandals // Michael Kors jelly sandals (comes in 3 colors) // Steve Madden multi-colored sandal

Tom’s denim sandals //  Michael Kors Jeweled Sandals // Birkenstocks (only up to women’s size 5.5; more here)

Target Gladiator Sandals // Ivanka Trump (also in nude) // Sperry Kids


Michael Kors leopard espadrilles // Michael Kors embellished sneakers // Sperry boat shoes

Kenneth Cole peach flats // Spery gold boat shoes // Converse shoreline sneakers

Circo laser-cut sneakers //Amiani silver glitter flats // Tom’s flats


Kenneth Cole black booties // Hunter gloss rain boot // Cherokee ankle boot

Tom’s booties // Kamik rain boots // Peek leather ankle boot


Original post //  Remember how I showed you how I styled a girls’ dress from Crew Cuts (the kiddie version of J. Crew) on Monday? Well, even if you don’t think you’re made for kiddie sizes, your feet might! Did you know that women up to about shoe size 8.5 can wear children’s shoes? While yes, a majority of shoes look youthful, there are a number of stylish looks and some that are even identical to their pricier adult counterparts.

Is this something you do? Would you be willing to give it a try (especially since it comes with a cost savings!)?

Sperry’s pink patent leather (on mah-jor sale… under $25! Comes in a dozen colors, fabrics) || Steve Madden glam sandal || Kenneth Cole striped espadrille (free shipping + free return!) || Kenneth Cole flat || Xhileration cheetah oxford


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    November 30, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Hello all,
    I wear a size US 6-6.5 in women’s shoe what size in kids should I get? Help please

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    August 8, 2016 at 5:58 AM

    I never have luck getting adult shoes as adult in 5 wide but kids normal width

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    May 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Wow! Very interesting post. Thank you.
    Try it for premium designer shoes. Gucci has gorgeous shoes for children but the sizes only go up to US2 (20.7 cm).

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    April 14, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    If i wear a 8 in women’s , what size can i wear in kids boy or girls?

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    January 17, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I’m a 6 1/2 and wearing 38 for EU. This got me confused. I think I’ve been following a kid’s size measurement my whole adult life!

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    January 7, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    If I’m a 7 in women’s what size would I be in girls youth?

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      August 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

      Look at the chart above. She also wrote it in the section called “How it Works. You would be a size 5.

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    January 6, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    If I wear a sixe 6 1/2 women’s what size girl’s would I wear?

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      August 19, 2016 at 1:01 PM

      Look at the chart.

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    Ryan Johnson
    January 3, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    If I wear a 10 in womens what do I wear in girls

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      January 5, 2016 at 11:57 AM

      Hi Ryan,
      You’d be close to an 8 in girls… unfortunately for us (I wear a 9), they don’t make girls shoes in these sizes.

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    September 27, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I wear a size 3.5 or a 4 in kid sizes but a size 7.5 in women’s sandals, is that weird? What size do you think I would wear in flats?

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    September 14, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    A Woman’s 8.5 = a youth girls 7.5
    Check out Nikes conversion chart.

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      September 14, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      I wear women’s 6.5 shoe. What size in girls and men’s would I wear?

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    July 18, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    I was wondering if a lady could wear youth size western boots. How would they compare? I know they are half the price of ladies.

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    July 18, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Can a lady wear youth size western boots. I noticed they are half the price of ours. I wear a size 7 in ladies

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    June 7, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    I’m woman 7.5 USA
    Please, notify/help me figure what size girls I would get.
    Thank you kindly(:

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    May 19, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Oh my gosh don’t tell me this! I almost bought a pair of girl’s sandals last year. They just have so many sparkly options!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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    April 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    I wear a 5.5-6 shoe and saved a lot of money buying Hunter boots in a girl’s size 4. The quality is the same and because I am also petite, the shaft of the girl sized boot hit just below my knee!

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    April 2, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    If I wear 6 1/2 women what size girls shoe, boy shoe, & men shoe would I wear?

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    March 31, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    If I wear a womens size 9 I would wear a kids and men’s 7 right

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    March 17, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    I just ordered a pair of Chaco size 6 girls, I usually wear a size 7.5 or 8–we will see if they fit. fingers crossed. Thanks!

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    Carol Monaco
    March 17, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I’ve been doing this for years! My fave black patent leather Mary Jane’s were less than $10 at a children’s store post-Christmas sale!

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    August 1, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Love the sandals!Absolutely cute and stunning!

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    Kristin & Megan
    July 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Love those pink Sperrys!

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    Lisa Koivu
    July 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    One of the best tips I’ve ever received is to do this with UGGs. Kids UGGs are normally $100 cheaper than their identical adult counterparts.

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    July 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    I love wearing kids clothes & shoes… mostly because they are so much less expensive.  I can’t often wear closed-toed shoes, but I do frequently buy sandals from crewcuts and Target.  My friends are always so mad when I tell them they are kids shoes because most of them have bigger feet! 😉  Love the turqoise Sperry’s!!

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    July 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    those boat shoes are adorable! 

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    July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I would totally try this…I never realized my size 7/7.5 feet could possible fit into kids, good to know!  You are so full of useful info this week 🙂

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    Margaret Ruskin
    July 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Great idea!  I’ve bought Girls size clothes before but never considered shoes.  Definitely going to try!

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    Samantha Tananbaum
    July 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Omg love those pink sperrys!! 

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    Sandy a la Mode
    July 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    i love boat shoes!! and i need a pair of sperry’s!!

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