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Women's Shoe Sizes Versus Girls' Shoe Sizes

VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,870 Senior Member
edited September 2011 in Parent Cafe
I wear a women's size 5 1/2 and just realized that's the same as a girl's size 3 1/2. It seems to me I could get some reasonably cute ballet slipper type shoes for much less money if I buy girls' sizes. Will a girl's shoe fit me the same as a woman's shoe? What am I missing?
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Replies to: Women's Shoe Sizes Versus Girls' Shoe Sizes

  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 32,807 Senior Member
    If you have narrow feet, it would not be a problem. Lots of women who wear UGGs buy girls' sizes because they are a bit cheaper and availablity is better.
  • sunnyfloridasunnyflorida Registered User Posts: 4,790 Senior Member
    When you first start shopping, try to buy in person. You will get an idea of which brands run true or narrow. Then you can start to buy online. I have a good friend who is a woman's 5 or 5 1/2 and she buys girls shoes ALL THE TIME.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 32,807 Senior Member
    ^^Good idea. Or take advantage of Zappos' free shipping.
  • ignatiusignatius Registered User Posts: 3,126 Senior Member
    My daughters and I wear a size 5 1/2 women's shoe - and we always check out the girls' shoes. We wear a 3 1/2 or 4 shoe in the girls' department. We own lots of girls' flats and sandals and a few sneakers. Price is great and the shoes tend to last. Target always has good girls' shoes - inexpensive, indestructible, fun. To us - being able to dip into the girls' shoe department is one of the major advantages of having small feet. Enjoy!
  • kayb92kayb92 Registered User Posts: 463 Member
    Being a small teen is awesome because you can fit into girl's sizes. I always try to buy in person though because you can't really be sure if things will fit.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 63,930 Senior Member
    Just remember that boots in children's sizes tend to also be shorter in height (children are typically shorter than adults).
  • zoeydoggiezoeydoggie Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    I've worked in a children's shoe store and the rule of thumb is 1.5 size difference. A 3 should fit a 4.5 woman, but it depends on the shoe and the maker. Some children's shoes go up to a 5 child, meaning 6.5 womens. It's a good way to get shoes for less if you have smaller feet. Uggs, Keens, etc. look about the same. Many ballet flats or casual shoes will not fit quite right because childrens sizes are not always very narrow in the heel and adults usually need it.
  • sryrstresssryrstress Registered User Posts: 2,357 Senior Member
    You all have better results than me. I wear a 6. A 5.5 wide would actually be better, but those are extremely difficult to find. There was a previous thread on "have shoe sizes gotten larger?" and I've recently that to be true. I swim in some 6's now.

    My rule of thumb has been there is a 2 size difference between kids and adults--e.g. I wear a 4. I like professional, conservative dress shoes for work and finding them is a nightmare. I suppose ballet flat types would be more easily available in girls' sizing, but I find most of girls' sized shoes too "cutesy".
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    my oldest wears a 5- 5 & 1/2, she has much better luck finding children's shoes to fit- although when she bought snow boots it was either between red/blue ones or pink/purple! ;)
  • cnp55cnp55 Registered User Posts: 3,708 Senior Member
    I have no clue what y'all are talking about. I think the last time I wore a size 5 would have been about age 6 ...

    Now if you want to talk about buying *mens* shoes for women ... I have some opinions!
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,870 Senior Member
    I've been doing some research.

    Gucci has girls sizes as do Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren. Ferragamo does not. The girls sizes are about 60% the cost of the womens.

    If anyone knows of any other brands, let me know.

    I'm looking for designer shoes, obviously -- not Payless.

    Just ordered some from Zappos -- in a 3, a 3.5, and a 4. We'll see.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 32,807 Senior Member
    VH: the European size chart is supposed to be universal, so go with your Euro size (e.g., 36). However, some designers, like Gucci, price shoes in sizes bigger than 33 as adult shoes, i.e. a girl wearing size 36 would have to shop in the women's shoe section of a Gucci store. Bummer. :)

    Prada and Burberry make girls' shoes, too. Per Saks website, some Prada girls' boots are available in size 37 (US ladies' 5.5-6).
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,870 Senior Member

    I found a cute pair of shoes on Zappos and ordered them in three sizes. Figured one of the sizes would work. While the largest size fit, the shoes were definitely not "grown-up lady's shoes." The style was one that is flat and has a rounded toe -- here: Nina Kids Chainy (Youth) Fudge - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways -- in reality the toe was very wide and stumpy and did not look sophisticated at all. I returned all three sizes. I think that if I order girls' sizes again, I'll stick to bedroom slippers and boots.
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