What Does GS Mean in Shoes? [In Depth Overview]

Are confused about what does gs mean in shoes? This guide will cover everything related to the gs size of the shoes in detail so that you can determine whether a shoe pair is right for your foot or not.

GS means “Grade School in Shoes”. It is an expected size range of a grade school child’s feet. GS is a specific shoe size modification for children’s shoes which you can see in the Jordan line of Nike shoes brand.

GS Shoes Size and Quality vs Adults Shoes Size and Quality

GS size in children’s shoes or sneakers can be from US 3.5Y to 7Y. Since men’s shoes size starts usually starts from US7, there isn’t any sizing difference between US7 and US7Y size.

However, if you look at the quality and price of both sizes i.e. 7Y and 7, there would be a huge difference. This is because, for children’s shoes, the material of shoes is not tough, there is little support, and less cushioning. On the other hand, men’s shoes have higher cushioning, high-quality material, and durability. I have explained this in detail in my guide: “Can adults wear children running shoes?”

So, if you ask: Is gs size also for adults? I would say adults can also wear gs size in shoes if the foot size is less than US7 for men and US8.5 for women. For men, US7 equals US7Y, but for women, US8.5 equals US7Y. So, if a woman wants to buy a GS size, she needs to subtract 1.5 from its shoe size to get the right GS size in shoes

Do note that gs and regular shoe size quality will be different. This is because children feet are in the growth stage, due to which shoe brands do not put extra material in making children or big kids shoes. So, as an adult, you can wear gs size shoes for casual walks. But, don’t try to run in them as you’ll end up hurting your feet and damaging the shoes.

Can Adults Wear GS Size Shoes?

If you have a standard width or petite feet, then you can buy GS size in shoes. But if you have swollen feet or wide forefoot, i.e. in 2E or 4E widths, then the GS shoe toe box will not be spacious enough to fit your feet. You shouldn’t take a risk in wearing GS shoes in that condition just for the sake of saving a few bucks.

Also, note that GS size does not take into account arch length, instep height, forefoot width, and heel width. These features of feet don’t matter so much in growing big kids. So, you should first try two different gs shoe sizes to fit your feet. There are chances that you may have to go for a half size up if you have a high instep height and a wide forefoot.

GS vs PS Shoes Size

GS shoe size is for big kids, having an age between 11 and 13 years, while PS shoe size is for little kids, having an age between 3 and 11 years. PS stands for “Pre-School”. Moreover, the GS shoe size is a bit wider compared to the PS shoe size. Moreover, some adults can manage to fit their feet in GS shoe size shoes, while PS shoe size can be only worn by toddlers or little kids.

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