How to Size Children's Socks

by Jennifer Leigh

Children's socks are generally sized according to their age and shoe size. Socks come in a variety of colors, patterns and styles for both boys and girls. Sock sizing can be somewhat difficult due to the fact that sock sizes are different from shoe sizes. Sock sizes are based upon the length of the foot while shoe sizes are based upon the length of the shoe. This can create problems when shopping, so it is important to be aware of this fact before making your children's sock purchases.

Items you will need

  • Shoe size
  • Age of child
Step 1

Find out the age and shoe size of the child.

Step 2

Size the socks according to the child's age and shoe size. Children age 0 to 9 months old with a shoe size of 0 to 3 wear an infant size. Children 9 to 24 months old with a shoe size of 3 to 8 wear a toddler size. Children age two to four years old with a shoe size of 8 to 13 wear a child size. Children age four to eight years old with a shoe size of 1 to 5 wear a youth size sock.

Step 3

Size children age 8 years old and up with a ladies medium sock. This is for children with a shoe size from 5 to 10.

Step 4

Size children's socks differently if they have a number size rather than infant, toddler, child or youth. In this case children between the ages of 6 and 9 months with a shoe size of 0 to 3 wear a size 2 to 3 sock. Children between the ages of 9 and 24 months with a shoe size of 3 to 8 wear a size 4 to 6, and children between the ages of two and four years with a shoe size of 8 to 13 wear a size 6 to 8 sock.

Step 5

Size older children's socks according to their shoe size, which should be written on the label when purchasing the socks.

Tips

  • Base your decision on the particular child rather than the child's age when sizing socks, as some children are larger or smaller than average.

Photo Credits

  • Dale Davidson/Demand Media