Do you happen to 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 his or her feet? Do you feel like you always have a hard time putting their shoes on, and when you take them off there are red marks on your baby’s feet?
I have noticed how most babies require a wide or an extra wide shoe. If you always have a hard time putting your babies shoes on then that is the first sign that the shoes that you provided for your baby are too narrow.
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have worked at a children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics at a specialized children’s shoe store that specializes in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
Now I have dedicated myself to helping parents find their children’s shoes online, since I am familiar with the best children’s shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
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. There are two important features that the shoes must provide for a baby with wide or extra wide feet:
- Round toe-box: This feature will prevent your baby’s toes from overlapping or rubbing against each other.
- Depth: This feature will allow your baby’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your baby’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes (this is why you are noticing red marks).
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?
IMPORTANT TIP: Babies should always go barefoot around the house. Shoes will 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. Parents must make sure that the first walking shoes that they provide to their 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.
Let me show you a selection of the best baby shoes for wide feet. But before, let’s take a look at what features a first walking shoe must provide in order to keep your baby’s feet healthy and how to make sure that you are providing your baby with the correct shoe size.
The Most Important Features Baby Shoes Must Provide? – Let’s Find Out!
- 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 to find out where your baby’s shoes should bend:
- Good traction: It’s important for the shoes to have good traction in order to prevent our babies from losing balance, slipping and falling. Nonskid leather or rubber soles are ideal.
- Wide 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.
- 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 child with a particular shoe style, you must know his or her exact foot size.
Remember that it doesn’t matter how many features a certain shoe style has to provide for your baby, 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 get 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 make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size. You can find that article here:
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 when I decide to review about a particular shoe style is because I have fitted it before and I am familiar with how well-made the shoe is, how much support it provides, and how it fits.
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 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.
That is the main reason why I will describe exactly how each shoe style fits..
Here you can find a selection of the best baby shoes for wide feet:
All of these shoe styles fit ” true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures 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 are deep and come with the roundest toe-boxes, two key factors in keeping your babies’ feet healthy.
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 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 here:
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 informative decision.
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 is cut (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.