Have you ever been shoe shopping for kids and randomly found different terminologies that, instead of helping, only confuse you?
Well, if the answer is yes then you are not alone, my friend.
I have often had people ask me what these abbreviations mean – and one of the most common questions that I get is what TD stands for in shoes.
In the shoe industry, TD stands for Toddlers. This indicates that the shoes have been made for children – especially children who are on the verge of walking or have started already. These shoes are designed keeping toddlers in mind, so they walk without the shoes weighing them down.
I have gathered and elaborated all the information regarding these terminologies that you may need to know when you go shopping for shoes and sneakers so that you don’t have to do any further research.
So, without further ado, let’s dig in.
What Do These Shoe Acronyms Stand For?
When you are out shopping for sneakers, it is common to bump into terminologies that you are unfamiliar with – it happens to all of us.
But knowing these abbreviations is important if you want to shop for the right shoe as per your need.
Whether you are shopping online or in-person, figuring out these acronyms may seem like a hassle, as you have to google each one every time you come across a new abbreviation, or call the salesperson for briefing you about them.
However, there is no need for you to worry about it anymore, as I have arranged all the related abbreviations that you will need to know when shopping for sneakers – especially for your kids.
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What Does TD Stand For In Shoes?
In the case of shoes, TD stands for Toddlers.
This means that the shoes labeled “TD” have been designed and manufactured especially for toddlers, their ages ranging from 1 to 3 years old.
The design and specifications of the shoes have been made keeping toddlers in mind. These shoes are generally lightweight so that toddlers are not weighed down by the weight of the shoes when they are beginning to walk.
The lightweight, soft material, inner lining, and outsole are all made toddler-friendly and ensure that the toddlers can walk freely and face no challenges when using these shoes.
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One more thing you may find is “TDV” labels in shoes – this stands for Toddlers with Velcro.
If you are not familiar with velcro, then let me give you a short introduction to what velcro is.
Velcro is a common material that consists of two nylon straps that you can attach by simply pressing them together.
If you look around you, I am sure you will come across velcros as they can be found in bags, shoes, and clothes quite often – so, you may not even know that it is technology you see quite often.
In TDV shoes, the velcro ensures that the shoe can be firmly strapped to the toddler’s feet giving the best fit and grip.
This prevents the shoes from slipping off the feet, this in turn makes sure that these shoes do not get lost and your toddler’s feet are well protected.
However, TD is not the only abbreviation you’ll see when buying shoes for kids, there are many more. So, without further ado, let’s see what the rest of them are.
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What Does PS Stand for In Shoes?
For shoes, PS stands for Preschool. This means that these shoes are made for children who are in preschool.
The size of PS shoes is bigger than those for toddlers or TD.
However, some TD sizes can still be big enough for kids going to preschool. So, I would strongly suggest that you measure the size of a child’s feet before purchasing shoes for them.
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What Does GS Stand For In Shoes?
In the shoe business, GS stands for Grade School. This means that these shoes have been made for children going to grade school.
People often confuse GS, which stands for Grade School, with Girls Shoes. However, this is not the case.
The GS shoes are made for girls and boys alike and are not indicative of any specific gender.
They often come in varying sizes within the GS category. The sizes may be ranging from 1 to 7, depending on the brand and their sizing chart.
To make sure that you buy the best fit, measure the size of the feet you are buying the shoes for and then choose from GS1 to GS7 depending on what you need.
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I often get asked whether adults can buy shoes labeled GS. Well, sometimes the shoes available for adults can be too big for people who have comparatively smaller feet as compared to other adults.
As these shoes are constructed with a narrower shape, they may be more fitting than adult shoes for some people.
In that case, I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying shoes labeled GS for adults.
In the end it doesn’t really matter what the label stands for as long as the shoes serve the purpose and fit right.
So, if you find a pair labeled GS that you really like, fits you well, and is comfortable for you – then sure, go for it, get the shoes for yourself.
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What Do I and BC Stand For In Shoes?
When classifying shoes for children, there are two more labels that you must know about, they are I and BC.
I stand for Infants, where the shoes are for children with ages ranging from 2 to 12 months.
On the other hand BC stands for Baby Crib Shoes, which are for newborn babies, ranging from 0 to 2 months.
As babies’ feet are still soft and undeveloped, these shoes are made to keep their feet warm, clean, and protected.
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All these abbreviated labels that you see when you are browsing through stores to buy shoes are there to help categorize the shoes so that it is easier for you to buy exactly what you need.
Even though they may seem confusing, once you know what they stand for, your shopping experience becomes much more convenient.
To sum up all the labels for kids, BC stands for Baby Cribs, I stands for Infants, TD stands for Toddler, PS stands for Preschool, and GS stands for Grade School.
I hope this article will help improve your shopping experience and choose the right shoe for your kids. If you have any suggestions or queries, please leave them in the comments below.