What size baby shoes should I buy?
This is usually one of the first questions that pop into mind when choosing the very first booties for your baby. Specially when buying them online. First of all, baby shoes should be around a finger width or 0.4 inches (that's around 1cm) larger than the feet, when measured from heel to the top of the big toe. That gives your baby a good toe wiggle and growth room.
Measuring your baby's feet the right way
To make it really simple, remember these 2 steps when measuring your baby's feet:
- Measure your baby's feet from the heel to the top of the big toe.
- Add around 0.4 inches (~1 cm) to that measurement.
When you think the shoe is too small, then order the next size up. Your baby will grow into them in no time.
Ok, that's all good but how do I know which baby shoe size that actually is?
In stores you don't see shoe sizes in inches or centimetres, you see them in different numbers.
Don't worry, the following chart will help you out. This, of course is our own Vibys baby shoe size guide, but you can use it as a general guideline for other brands as well.
|US size||EU size||UK size||Approx. outer sole length||Approx. age|
|1||16||0||3.94 in / 10 cm||0-3 months|
|2||17||1||4.13 in / 10.5 cm||3-6 months|
|3||18||2||4.33 in / 11 cm||6-9 months|
|4||19||3||4.53 in / 11.5 cm||9-12 months|
|5||20||4||4.92 in / 12.5 cm||12-15 months|
|5.5||21||4.5||5.12 in / 13 cm||12-18 months|
|6||22||5||5.31 in / 13.5 cm||18-24 months|
|7||23||6||5.51 in / 14 cm||~ 2 years|
Making sense of our baby shoe size guide
Firstly you have the 3 main size categories for US, European and UK sizes.
Secondly you can see the approximate outer sole length: this is the important part, when you measure your baby's feet.
Let's say you have just measured your little ones feet and from the heel to the top of the big toe it is 4 inches. Now you need to add 0.4 inches for that extra tow wiggle room and you get 4.4 inches. The best shoe size in this case is US size 4.
Different baby shoe manufactures shoe sizes are all a bit different - some run a bit large, others again are smaller for their size.
In one word, it usually comes down to the materials thickness: shoes from thinner and softer leather usually have more room inside them than the ones made from thicker leather although both of them look exactly the same size outside.