Kids' Shoe Types
  1. Kids’ Shoes by Age
  2. Kids’ Shoes by Season
  3. Summer Shoe Models for Boys and Girls
  4. Spring-Autumn Kids’ Shoes
  5. Kids’ Winter Footwear

The big variety of kids’ shoe types can easily confuse you. We’ll talk about how shoes differ in their basic classification by function, season, shape, age and so on.

Each category has its own characteristics and differences between sub-categories and their models.

Kids’ Shoes by Age

Kids' Shoes by Age

Small Kids’ footwear (infant, toddlers, and preschoolers – kids between the ages of 4 weeks and 5 years) – presented by small booties.

Very often such shoes look like decorative socks warming toddlers’ small feet. They can be designed as sandals, sneakers and booties. The important feature for all kids’ shoes is that all models must be anatomical, made of natural materials and be as comfortable as possible. Usually kids’ footwear is offered in multiple bright colors, and sometimes even decorated with drawings or even light beacons. In some cases, special orthopedic soles should be used.

Preschooler and Teenagers’ shoes ( between 6 and 19 years old) – they differ from Small Kids’ footwear in shape, but the size is still small. Teenagers’ shoes have different anatomical shape and structure of the uppers.

Adult shoes – this category is characterized by more strict styles. Adult shoes are aimed at beauty and comfort. It is already a part of the image, and sometimes even an indicator of its owner’s taste.

Small Kids, Preschooler, Teenagers’ and Adult shoes Sizes Chart.

European, American, British Size Measurements:

European Sizes:American Sizes:British Sizes:CM:
160.508.3 cm
1610.58.9 cm
171.519.2 cm
17219.5 cm
182.51.510.2 cm
183210.5 cm
193.52.510.8 cm
194311.4 cm
204.53.511.7 cm
205412.1 cm
215.54.512 cm
226513 cm
226.55.513.3 cm
237614 cm
237.56.514.3 cm
248714.6 cm
258.57.515.2 cm
259815.6 cm
269.58.515.9 cm
2710916.5 cm
2710.59.516.8 cm
28111017.1 cm
2911.510.517.8 cm
30121118.1 cm

Kids’ Shoes by Season

  1. Winter Shoes – insulated models, often with fur, thick soles and thick lacing
  2. Summer Shoes – lightweight, breathable
  3. Spring-Autumn Shoes – here the main feature is of course water resistance

The last two can be classified as a separate group, which is often called the universal shoe type. These shoes can do well in the warm spring, late fall and early winter, without sacrificing the comfort of your son and daughter.

When choosing shoes for your kid, it is also worth paying attention to your local weather conditions (type of the climate). In some areas, winter is very mild and warm spring-autumn shoe models will be much more appropriate than heavier winter boots.

Kids’ Winter Footwear

Kids’ Winter Footwear

By design, winter shoes are often similar to autumn shoes, but fitted with additional layers of warming materials, with a better moisture protection and thickness of the soles. Also winter shoes have a special relief surface of the sole to prevent slipping.

Winter Boots – an insulated version of Spring-Autumn boots, fitted with fur inside. Often have a side zipper for more comfort.

Snow Boots – boots made of synthetic materials with high protection against cold due to thick shaft and soles. Snow boots are often made in the form of regular boots, or having lacing along the entire length of the shin.

Spring-Autumn Kids’ Shoes

Boots are the “evergreen” classic. The solid main part is accompanied by a thick sole, firmly sewn or glued to the shoe itself. The fixation can be either lacing, or locking, or both at the same time. Spring-Autumn boots are usually at or slightly above ankle level, often used in rainy weather and mud, as they are better protected from moisture, rubberized and padded. There are boots made entirely of rubber, which is ideal for playing in the muddy spring. Their cuffs are short and the texture is the same as the base.

Half-Shoes are a lighter version of boots that look like reinforced shoes. They are usually manufactured of the same materials, with lightweight soles and lacing. Many models have a standard classic design, and therefore go great with the school uniform.

Half-Boots are boots the basis of which is lightweight, and the cuff is enlarged and is not provided with fixation. Often additionally equipped with a short heel and made of suede. Suitable for cold but dry weather.

Warmed Sneakers – versions of sports shoes, but with an additional padding in the form of fur or wool, to protect kids’ feet against cold. They are also used in early winter and spring.

Summer Shoe Models for Boys and Girls:

Sandals – a shoe type known since ancient times. Dense light sole, fixed to the foot with leather straps. Often worn without socks. It is suitable not only for everyday wearing but also for the beach, and country walks.

Shoes – are a very popular type of classic footwear for both boys and girls. Kids’ versions of shoes differ in the height of the heels, made of thinner and lighter leather, with soft lacing and an anatomical slope.

Flip-flops. The simplest type of summer footwear, which is used both for everyday wear and for rest.

Sneakers – dense construction designed for sports or active games. Made of synthetic but soft materials. Particular attention is paid to the sole, which must endure the load created by running and jumping. The lacing is also important when choosing sneakers for kids. The upper part of sneakers is often made of light fabric, which makes them very comfortable, similar to indoor slippers.