2-Year-Old Shoe Sizes: A Detailed Guide

2-Year-Old Shoe Sizes: A Detailed Guide

The terrible two’s are a time in many parents’ lives when they find out exactly what they’re made of—a time in which their sweet little bundle of joy is starting to bounce between reliance on adults and a newly burgeoning desire for independence. A result of this newfound independence often means that your toddler is likely to want to start running around and exploring, getting into who knows what—and likely without you even knowing! 

That’s one of the reasons why making sure your baby has proper-sized shoes on their feet is imperative for their protection. As your growing toddler begins to test the limits of the world around them, a well-designed shoe will also offer them a solid grip on outdoor surfaces and be soft and flexible enough to provide your toddler with the necessary sensory feedback they need to learn to walk and run.

But if you’re wondering how to find the right shoe size for your two-year-old, you’re not alone! Many parents wonder about how to go about this process correctly—and in this article, we’ll talk a bit more about all the steps you can take to ensure the perfect Cinderella fit for your baby!

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When it comes to understanding everything you need to about finding the right shoe size for your toddler, there are a few things that parents need to keep in mind, namely: 

  • How To Measure Your Toddler’s Feet
  • How Toddler Shoes are Sized 
  • Accounting for Growth

Luckily, most of these things are pretty straightforward once you know what to do, and we’ll use the following sections to talk about these things a little more in depth.

How To Measure Your Toddler’s Feet

While a shoe that’s too big can cause the foot to slide forward and put excess pressure on the toes, tight shoes can cause ingrown toenails, blisters, and calluses. So if you want to make sure you’re getting the most accurate shoe size possible for your baby and avoiding these problems as much as possible, the first thing you’re going to want to do is measure their feet!

There are a variety of methods for doing this, but it seems that the most popular methods are either measuring your baby’s foot with a tape measure or lightly tracing their foot with a piece of paper and then measuring that to get the most accurate measurement. 

If you want to make sure you’re being as accurate as possible, you can follow these steps, provided by baby shoe manufacturer Robeez

1. To start, first grab your tape measure and have your child stand with their weight distributed evenly on both feet.

2. For the length, measure your baby’s foot from the heel to their longest toe. Make sure you also leave about 1/2” of extra space, or can also press the pad of your thumb between the longest toe and the end of the shoe—this ensures your baby’s toes have room to move freely!

3. Next, check that your pinkie can fit easily between your baby’s heel and the back of the shoe. 

4. To check width, make sure you’re able to grasp some of the material at the widest part of the foot (i.e. that there’s some extra room on the sides so your baby’s foot isn’t being crushed!) 

Once you have these measurements in hand, you can move onto the next step, which is understanding how toddler shoes are sized. 

How Toddler Shoes are Sized

Children’s shoes are sized differently than adult shoes, ranging from size 5 (for younger babies) to 12 (for 5 year olds). 

For most two-year-olds, the correct sizes tend to go up to about size 7 or 8. 

Toddler shoe sizes in particular generally fall into the following age ranges

  • Size 5 for 12-18 Months
  • Size 6 for 18-24 Months
  • Size 7 for 2-Year-Olds
  • Size 8 for 2-2 1/2-Year-Olds

And while this guide can be helpful when trying to figure out the general size range of your child’s foot, children aren’t particularly known to develop in the exact same way. This is why it’s beneficial to actually measure your toddler’s foot, as one 2-year-old may fit comfortably in a 7, while that size may be too big for others. 

Sizes correspond to foot measurements as follows

  • Size 5 measures ~4.75 inches in length 
  • Size 6 measures ~5.125 inches in length
  • Size 7 measures ~5.5 inches in length
  • Size 8 measures ~5.75 inches in length

Accounting for Growth

As any wise parent knows: babies grow. And sometimes they grow fast. This means that clothing—and shoes in particular—can quickly be outgrown.

It’s for this reason that you should always make sure you’re adding a little bit of extra space in your baby’s shoe measurements, lest you end up in a situation where your baby is outgrowing shoes faster than you can buy them!  

In general, it’s said that adding an extra 1/2” to your baby’s foot measurement should leave them with more than enough wiggle room to grow into. 


With so many other things to worry about and adjustments to make as your child gets older, it’s not surprising that, when it comes to shoe shopping—especially for younger children—many first-time parents are often left a little confused about how to make sure they’re getting their toddler’s shoe size exactly right.

However, as this article shows, once you have the information you need (like your child’s foot measurements), the process becomes pretty straightforward and easy for anyone to understand! 

As long as you’re ultimately buying a shoe that falls within the range of your child’s age and foot measurements—and leaving about a 1/2” of wiggle room for them to grow in to!—there’s not much else you need to do other than going out there and finding the cutest pair you can! Who knows, you may even want to bronze them later

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