Do you have a baby with wide or extra wide feet and you can’t seem to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate the shape of your baby’s feet? Do you feel like you always have a hard time putting your baby shoes on, and when you take them off there are always red marks on your baby’s feet?
I have noticed how most babies have wide or extra wide feet. If you always have a hard time putting your babies shoes on, then that is the first sign that your babies shoes might be too narrow.
I have fitted hundreds of babies for their first pair of walking shoes, and I know which baby shoe styles are wider than others from having fitted them before. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for babies with wide feet and the best styles among those brands.
For the last 3 years I have dedicated myself to helping parents find their children’s shoes online, no matter how narrow or wide their feet might be.
The shoes that you provide for your baby must be the correct shoe size, and that involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.
One of the most common mistakes I see parents make when trying to find shoes for their babies with wide feet is assuming that once they find a shoe style that is labeled as wide (“W”), that shoe style will automatically accommodate the shape of their baby’s wide feet. In addition to finding a shoe style that is available in wide widths, your babies shoes must provide the following 2 key features:
✅ Extra Depth: Shoes that provide extra depth allow your baby’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of the feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. This feature will also prevent blisters by preventing the top part of your kids’ toes from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your babies toes from overlapping against one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
Did you know that providing your baby with the correct type of shoes is the best thing that you can do to promote healthy muscle development?
Babies should always go barefoot around the house. Shoes come into play when you take your baby outside to play.
One important thing to keep in mind that I am always emphasizing to parents is that babies’ toes are constantly wiggling, which is nature’s way of exercising the foot for development. You don’t want to constrict this toe movement, so please make sure that the first walking shoes that you provide for your baby are not too narrow.
The sole of the shoe must be soft enough and come with sensory pods to allow your baby to feel the ground with the toes. Toe gripping is essential for gait balance when the child is learning how to walk.
One of the most popular shoe brands for babies that are learning how to walk is Stride Rite. This shoe brand makes shoes in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. However, there are other shoe brands such as Pediped that also make first walker shoes in different widths. Among both of these brands, there are certain styles that fit wider than others.
Before I show you a selection of the best baby shoes for wide feet, let’s first take a look at what features a first walking shoe must provide in order to keep your baby’s feet healthy and how you can figure out your baby’s exact foot size from home.
Baby’s Shoes for Wide Feet – The 5 Most Important Features!
In addition to providing extra depth, coming with a round toe-box, and being labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW’), your baby’s shoes must provide the following 5 important features:
✅ Flexible Soles: If you grab your baby’s shoes you should be able to bend the toe of the shoe up about 50 degrees easily. Please keep in mind that a baby doesn’t have the strength to bend a harder sole. Once the child is walking and running the shoes must be more substantial and supportive. Take a look at the image below for clarification purposes:
✅ Sensory Pods: Sensory pods will allow your toddler to feel the ground beneath for better traction and grip. It’s important for the shoes to provide sensory pods to prevent your babies from losing balance, slipping and falling. Nonskid leather or rubber soles are ideal.
✅ Wider Opening: In order for parents to not have to struggle every time they have to put their babies shoes on, the shoes must open up widely.
✅ Extra Padding: It’s important for the shoes to come well-padded on the heel backs and around the ankles to minimize rubbing, and on the bottom inside for comfort. This will also prevent the formation of blisters.
✅ Breathable: Babies feet sweat up to 2-3 times more than an adult. The shoes that we provide for them must allow air in and allow moisture out, since this will help your baby’ feet stay dry, cool and healthy!
Can we find a baby shoe style that provides all of those features and at the same time is available in wide or extra wide widths?
Yes, we can!
I have fitted them before and I will show you which ones they are. But before you are ready to provide your baby with a particular shoe style, you must know your baby’s exact foot size.
I want emphasize how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your baby won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to your baby’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store in your area where you can have your baby’s feet properly measured, I recommend that you read an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your baby’s exact foot size from home. Please go to the link below:
Now that you know which features a baby shoe must provide and how to make sure your baby is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best baby shoes for wide feet.
The Best Baby Shoes for Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Here you can find a selection of the best baby shoes for wide feet.
Even though you might know your exact baby foot size in length and width, if a shoe runs long, short, narrow, or wide, you will need to adjust the size that you get for your baby.
For example, let’s say your baby measures a foot size 4. In order to allow for enough growing room, then you will get your baby a shoe size 4 1/2, we always want 3/8 of an inch between your baby’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. However, if that particular shoe style “fits short” then you will get your baby a shoe size 5, and if the shoe “fits long” you will have to get your baby the same size 4 (since the shoes already fit long). If the shoes fit “true to size”, you would simply provide your baby with a half a size longer.
All of the baby shoe styles that I recommended fit ” true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your baby measured at the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
I have chosen to review these particular shoe styles because they are the ones that provide all the features we went over at the beginning of the article and they are all available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
I have also noticed how these shoe styles provide extra depth and come with the roundest toe-boxes, two key factors when fitting babies with wide feet.
Please remember the importance of allowing your babies to wiggle their toes comfortably since that leads to them being able to exercise their feet for healthy foot development.
Here is general guide to find out your baby shoe size by age (this should be taken as an estimate only since the most effective method to know your babies exact foot size is to measure them).
- 0-3 months: Size 1
- 3-6 months: Size 2
- 6-9 months: Size 2.5 or 3
- 9-12 months: Size 3.5 or 4
- 12-18 months: Size 4.5 or 5
- 18-24 months: Size 5.5 or 6
The Best Socks for Babies with Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Before you leave, I want to tell you that socks also play an important role in keeping your baby’ feet healthy.
For example, once you provide your baby with a pair of shoes you must stay away from socks that come with grippers on the bottom. The main reason for this is that the grippers of the socks will stick to the bottom of the shoe, and this will prevent your kids’ toes to freely move.
I want to clarify that grippers socks are great when babies are walking around the house barefoot, but NOT when they are wearing shoes.
One important feature we want your babies’ socks to provide is for them to be seamless. I have found this to be a great feature since it allows babies to freely move their toes inside the socks and they provide the most comfort.
If you need a pair of seamless and breathable socks for your baby, you can find the best selection below. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations:
Now that you know which are the best wide baby shoes and the key role that socks play in keeping your baby’ feet healthy, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your baby’s wide feet. You might be having trouble findings a pair of sandals, dress shoes, or boots, and I can guarantee you that there are certain styles that will accommodate your baby’s wide feet.
If you need any other type of shoes such as everyday, summer, winter, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes you need. This tool is extremely valuable since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. It will also tell you exactly how each shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic. You can find that tool here:
Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. If you happen to have one, please let us know in the comments section below so we can all benefit from your experience.