Birkenstock Kids Size Chart & Review of Kids Arizona, Gizeh, Milano, Mogami


In this article, we’re going to give you the Birkenstock kids size chart.

In order to maintain and promote healthy feet in the best possible way, your kid’s Birkenstock sandals have to fit perfectly.

But finding Birkenstocks that fit your kids properly can really be challenging.

The good news is it only boils down to two decisive factors.

First, make sure the footbed of your sandals is the perfect fit. Second, make sure the adjustment straps on top of your foot are fitted correctly.

We’re going to dive into more fitting and sizing details right below the size charts. 

Without further ado, let’s dive right into it…

Related: Birkenstock Soft Footbed vs Regular Comparison – Which Is More Comfortable?

Birkenstock Kids Size Chart


Birkenstock Boys & Girls Shoe Size Conversion Chart

Boys and GirlsFoot LengthSize
(Age Group)cmInchBirkenstock SizeUSUK
1.5-2 Years155.9246-6.57
2-2.5 Years166.3257-7.58
2.5-3 Years16.56.5268-8.58.5
3-3.5 Years176.7279-9.59
3.5-4 Years187.12810-10.510
4-4.5 Years18.57.32911-11.511
4.5-5 Years197.53012-12.511.5
5-5.5 Years207.93113-13.513
5.5-6 Years20.58.1321-1.513.5
6-6.5 Years218.3332-2.51
6.5-7 Years228.7343-3.52
7 Years22.58.9354-4.52.5
7-7.5 Years239.1365-5.53.5
7.5-8 Years249.4376-6.54-4.5
8-9 Years24.59.6387-7.55
9 Years259.8398-8.55.5-6


Women’s to Kids Size Conversion Chart

Foot Length (cm)Length (inch) US UKBirkenstock European SizeFoot Length (cm)Length (Inch) US UKBirkenstock European Size
22.58.86 4-4.5 2.535155.866-6.5724
239.06 5-5.5 3.536166.257-7.5825
249.45 6-6.5 4-4.53716.56.458-8.58.526
24.59.65 7-7.5 538176.649-9.5927
259.84 8-8.5 5.5-639187.0310-10.51028
2610.24 9-9.5 74018.57.2311-11.51129
26.510.43 10-10.5 7.541197.4212-12.511.530
2710.63 11-11.5 842207.8113-13.51331


Birkenstock Kids Size Conversion Chart: Width



Birkenstock Teens & Women Size Conversion Chart: Width



How to Get the Right Birkenstock Fit for Your Kids

It only boils down to two decisive factors…

First, make sure the footbed of your sandals is the perfect fit. Second, make sure the adjustment straps on top of your foot are fitted correctly.

To determine the correct size and width of your sandals, open the sandals’ straps, maintain an upright position, and place your foot on the footbed.

Position your foot on the footbed so that there is a space of approximately 5 millimeters (0.2”) between your heel and the edge of the footbed.

There should be a space of approximately 10 millimeters (0.39”) between your toes and the front edge of the footbed.

This way, your toes won’t touch the edge and can move freely. Your sandals are considered to be too small if your toes touch the edge of the footbed or if they jut out over it.

Also, your sandals are going to be too narrow if the balls of your feet or your toes jut out over the edge at the sides.

Then, your sandals are, of course, going to be too big if there’s too much space at the toes and the heel.


How to Adjust the Straps for the Perfect Birkenstock Fit

Even when you get the right Birkenstock footbed size, your sandals might feel too tight or too loose if the straps aren’t adjusted properly.

Always start with the lower strap. Adjust the lower strap so that there is space of approximately 5 millimeters (0.2”) between the strap and the arch of your foot.

You can then buckle the upper strap so that there is a space of approximately 10 millimeters (0.39”).

By following these simple steps, your heel can detach from the footbed during the walking motion and the front part of your foot is not cramped during the rolling movement.

Your foot has enough freedom of movement and the air circulation promotes a healthy foot climate.

Once everything is done right, get your kid to walk around the store and make some tight turns to make sure the fit is right.

When you feel a strap is too tight or too loose, readjust it and ask them to walk again.

If you didn’t know it, the majority of people have a bigger right or left foot and consequently, the straps at the left and at the right foot do not necessarily have to be adjusted the same way.

Last but not least, leathers do stretch a little over time. So, check how everything fits around your kid’s feet and make any adjustments to the straps.

After these steps, you’re going to get the best Birkenstock fit and comfort for the well-being of your kid’s feet.

One last thing. If you’re taking your children with you to try on shoes, you should shop in the afternoon or evening because feet swell during the day. So, a shoe that fits your child in the morning may feel too snug by the end of the day.

Unsure about wearing socks with your Birkenstocks? Dive into this article for valuable insights and style tips to help you decide!


Understanding Kid Sizing

It’s nerve-racking because some brands run big, some run small, and don’t even try to drop in a store without your child to pick up a pair even if you know the size that they’re currently wearing.

Depending on the type of shoe, the brand, where it was made, and of course, your little one’s likes and dislikes, understanding kid shoe sizing helps a lot…


What Do Todllers And Little Kids’ Sizes Mean?


Toddler sizes run from 0 to 13. These shoes are sometimes marked with a ”T” for “Toddler” up to size 7. Sizes 8 through 13 are typically marked with “Kids”.

What Does Big Kid Shoe Size Mean?


Also described as youth sizes, big kids stands for shoe sizes for children 8 to 12 years of age.

This can start from size 3.5 to 7, which in length is 8 5/8 to 9 3/4 inches. They are also equivalent to women’s sizes from 5 to 8.5.

Bigger kid shoes run from 1 to 7.


How To Choose Healthy Footwear For Your Kids

In this section, we’re going to give you a brief guideline of things to look for when you’re buying shoes for your children.

Unfortunately, shoe selection for children is predominantly based on old dogma and marketing.

It’s not to say that the current footwear landscape doesn’t have its place, but it’s probably not where we should be starting our children off.

We’re humans, and how we learn to adapt to hard ground is by bending our knees, by leaning forward, and by putting our feet more below us.

So, if we put our children in some really stiff, overly constructed shoes, we lose all of those cues and the ability to walk properly.

Let’s look at a few things that we look at when we’re recommending footwear for children.

Shoes Should Match The Shape Of Your Child’s Foot

This may seem pretty obvious but it’s really important to just find a shoe that matches the shape of your child’s foot.

If you look at any young child’s foot, they’re generally going to be the widest at the end of the toes.

But if you look at most footwear for children, it’s usually widest at the base of the toes, which can cause a real pinching of the toes and lead to misalignment down the road.

So, if you take the insole out of the shoe when you’re going to buy the shoe, have your child stand on the insole.

If their toes are splaying over the sides, try to find something that may be a little bit more square and stays wider up towards the end of the shoe.

Shoes Should Not Be Too Long

This is a problem that we see a lot especially if you’re buying something that is overly constructed.

The outsole of shoes has these little ridge lines which make the shoes bend at a certain spot.

And if the child’s toes are too far back, the shoe won’t bend in the right spot. So, really just try to mimic the child’s barefoot when you’re buying shoes.

Shoes Should Be Very Flexible

Our feet are pretty miraculous in that they bend, they stretch, and they move in all kinds of different ways to be able to distribute forces properly when we’re walking or running.

So, if a shoe is very stiff, we take away the foot’s natural ability to be able to do that. Again, shoes that are minimalist and flexible are what you should be after.

The next one is a toe spring…

Avoid Stiff Toe Spring

Toe spring is really just the elevation from the toe to the ground at the front of the shoe.

But why is this important?

Ironically, if you have a shoe that’s very stiff, they need to put that rocker sole at the front to help the foot move properly.

But we don’t want our child’s toes up in the air all day. We want our child’s feet to develop properly and want their toes to be engaged.

So, again, we want to keep those shoes fairly flat and we want to eliminate the shoe being really curved up at the front along with the stiffness.

And the last one that’s really important is the heel height…

Avoid Heel Height

If we look at most children’s shoes, they’re elevated about an inch from the heel to the toe. This is called offset or heel-to-toe drop.

With the obvious issues of having to walk a little bit differently to accommodate that higher heel, that’s a potential problem.

Also, more importantly, the calves and the Achilles on the back of the leg get very shortened, which can also lead to long-term issues.

Finally, if your child is wearing a shoe that you know is less than ideal:

  • Try to make sure they spend more time barefoot around the house.
  • Try to make sure you’re loosening up their calves to prevent those muscles from getting shortened on the back of their leg.

How To Measure Your Child’s Foot Length

7 Birkenstock Kid Sandals Reviewed

Birkenstock Kids Arizona


Your child is going to get the awesomeness of the Birkenstock Arizona on a smaller scale.

The upper is crafted from this durable Birkenstock’s Birko-Flor, which is basically acrylic and polyamide felt fibers, which makes the sandals nice and soft with a leather-like finish.

Easy to slip on, this sweet sandal is flexible in construction with two fully adjustable strap closures and metal hardware to get a proper fit.

The inside gives you a suede-lined cork footbed that’s going to offer all kinds of arch support with a deep heel cup and a nice roomy toe box.

The cork footbed molds to the shape of the feet over time so those feet can really be comfy.

All of that sits very confidently atop a super sticky, shock-absorbing, and durable EVA outsole.

Related: Birkenstock EVA Arizona – Is It As Comfortable As The Regular Arizona?

Birkenstock Kids Gizeh


Featuring a Birko-Flor upper, the kids Birkenstock Gizeh has an adjustable buckle and you also got this amazing hardware logo detail.

Your little one could slip into these nice and easy. There’s also this suede-lined contoured cork footbed that’s going to be great for arch support.

I love how soft it is. It’s really going to mold to your child’s foot really nicely.

There’s also a lot of flexibility and it’s sitting on top of this lightweight EVA outsole which is amazing for shock absorption.


Birkenstock Kids Milano


The Milanos have a Birko-Flor upper with a natural cork footbed that has a deeper heel cup as well as a raised toe-bar giving your kids a more natural stride.

They do have two different adjustable buckle closures so your kids can get a custom fit. They also have a hook-and-loop strap at the back to help give them that extra security. 

These do have some flexibility so your kids can step with ease. Underneath, is an EVA outsole.

Birkenstock Kids Roma

These great-looking sandals have that classic 3-buckle closure on the sides to ensure your kid gets a snug secure fit.

There’s a suede-lined cork footbed down with a deep heel cup and a roomy toe box to really mold to the shape of your kids’ feet and make sure everything stays right in place.

On the bottom, you have a lightweight EVA outsole that is very flexible.

Birkenstock Kids Mogami

The Mogamis have a Birko-Flor upper with a polyurethane footbed that has a deeper heel cup and a raised toe-bar.

These do have two different adjustable buckle closures so your kids can get a custom and secure fit. And there is a back strap to help keep these on your kids’ feet as well.

They do have flexibility, and underneath is a textured outsole for traction.

Birkenstock Kids Rio

The Rio is made with a Birko-Flor upper and gives you two buckle closures that ensure a secure and fully adjustable fit.

On the inside, you’ll find a suede-lined cork footbed that offers excellent arch support, a deep heel cup, and a roomy toe box that molds to the shape of the individual’s foot.

The bottom of the shoe gives you a flexible and lightweight EVA outsole that is durable and shock-resistant.

Birkenstock Kids June

The June is perfect for school because it provides comfort and style. It has a metallic suede upper with this round toe design. There is a hook-and-loop strap for easy on-and-off.

Inside the shoe, there is soft and breathable leather lining with that lightly padded footbed that’s going to keep your kid’s feet nice and comfy.

On the bottom, there is a durable rubber outsole.

Birkenstock Kids Shoe Sizing FAQs

Generally speaking, Birkenstock sandals tend to run true to size. The most accurate size to match Birkenstock sandals is either Nike or Adidas shoes because those are going to be very similar sizes. For Birkenstock boots, try to size down one full size for the best fit.

Birkenstocks are made in Germany and obviously, they will use European sizing. The easiest way to find your EU size is to grab your good old sneakers and check if they have your size in EU. If not, measure your feet in centimeters, find your US or UK size, and convert that to EU sizing. Now that you’ve got your EU size, measure your foot width to know whether you should get the regular or the narrow width.

If you have narrow to moderate feet, always go for the narrow, and if your feet are on the wider side, of course, get the regular width.

After figuring your length and width, combine the two. If you’re a US 8, it means you’re 39 EU and if you have a narrow foot, you should get 39 N. Next, go to your nearest Birkenstock reseller and try the shoes in your size. Keep in mind that Birkenstocks come in a lot of styles, leathers, and footbeds. So, take your time trying them on before buying them online.

If you see your toes are on the edge of the shoe, it’s not your size. You should have a little bit of space both at the front and the back.

Why do Birkenstocks turn black?

Birkenstocks turn black from the oil of your feet sitting down on the footbed and kind of smoothing out that leather, which makes it a little slippery. To clean the footbed, you can use the Cleaner Refresher from the Birkenstock Care Kit and spray it on the suede of the footbed when it starts to get dark. Then take the Wire Bristle Brush from the kit and use a little circular motion on the bottom and that will clean that oil right out.

Here’s a video demonstrating how you can clean your Birkenstock shoes using simple tools at home…

Do podiatrists recommend Birkenstocks?

Yes. Most podiatrists recommend Birkenstock footwear.

Do Birkenstocks mold to your feet?

Yes. Birkenstocks do mold to your feet with wear. How? Birkenstock footbeds are made of cork and latex which, with wear, mold to your foot’s own geometry making your Birkenstock shoes get even more comfortable the more you wear them. So, your Birkenstock shoes are not going to be comfy right away.

The recommended interval is wearing them for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. Gradually, you’ll feel the cork is softening as well as the leather. 

Can Birkenstocks get wet?

No. You do not want to get your Birkenstock shoes wet. Why? You can use them on rainy days, but don’t immerse them in the water because that will certainly crack the cork and destroy the shoe eventually.

How long do Birkenstocks take to break in?

Generally speaking, you can expect to fully break in your Birkenstocks in 2 to 3 weeks depending on how often you wear them around.

Are Birkenstocks good for flat feet?

Birkenstock shoes are some of the best footwear for people with flat feet? Why? Birkenstock footbeds have a built-in raised arch to help support your flat feet or fallen arches.


Do Birkenstocks hurt at first?

Yes. Birkenstocks might hurt at first. But once you fully break them in, they completely conform to your foot’s shape and geometry and become the most comfortable footwear you’ll even going to wear.

Are Birkenstocks orthopedic shoes?

All Birkenstock shoes are designed with an orthopedic insole. This is basically a built-in arch area with the footbed that provides the needed arch support for people with flat feet or Plantar Fasciitis issues.

Related: 21 Best Orthopedic Sandals

Are Birkenstocks good for wide feet?

Yes. Birkenstocks are good for wide feet. Just make sure you get the Regular width (R) and not Narrow width (N).

All in all,

That’s it for this article. This was Birkenstock kids size chart, review, and some recommendations to get your kids some proper fitting Birkenstocks.

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

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