Do you have a baby with wide or extra wide feet and can’t seem to find shoes that are wide enough for his or her feet? Do you feel like you always have a hard time putting their shoes on?
I have noticed that 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 have been helping parents find their children’s shoes online for the last three years since I am familiar with most kids’ shoe styles and how they FIT.
I am an expert when it comes to shoe fitting since I have worked at a children’s shoe store for 10 years. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.
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 important feature that the shoes must have is a round, wide toed-box in order to not constrict toe movement and allow them to take their first steps with confidence!
Did you know that providing your baby with the correct type of shoes is the best thing you can do to promote healthy muscle development?
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 to allow the 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.
If you have been looking for a pair of baby shoes for wide feet, I will describe the best type in this article. 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.
What Features Must Baby Shoes Provide? – Lightweight and Flexible!
The most important features a baby shoe must provide are:
- 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.
- 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 kids’ shoes on, the shoes must open nice and wide.
- Padding: It’s important that the shoes you provide for your baby 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 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 a selection below. But before you are ready to provide your child with a particular shoe style, you must know his or her exact shoe size.
Remember that it doesn’t matter how many features a certain shoe style has to provide for your child, if the shoes are not fitted properly your child 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 his or her 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 kids’ feet properly measured, I recommend that you read an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to make sure 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.
Baby Shoes For Wide Feet – The Secret Revealed!
Please keep in mind that when I decide to review a particular shoe style is because I have fitted it before and I am not only familiar with the quality of the shoe, but the way it fits as well.
Even though you might know your exact child’s shoe size in length and width, if a shoe runs long, short, narrow, or wide, that might throw off all your measurements.
For example, let’s say your child is a shoe size 10. In order to allow for growing room then you will get your child a shoe size 10 1/2. However, if that particular shoe style “runs short” then you will get your child a size 11, and if the shoe “runs long” you will get your child the same size he/she measured at the shoe measuring scale, which in this particular example would be a size 10.
That is the main reason why I will describe exactly how each shoe style is cut.
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 shoe measuring scale 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 come with the roundest toed-boxes, a key factor in keeping our babies’ feet healthy since it will allow them to wiggle their toes which 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 a guiding point 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, 3
- 9-12 months: Size 3.5, 4
- 12-18 months: Size 4.5, 5
- 18-24 months: Size 5.5, 6
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 a baby is walking around the house barefoot, but not when they are wearing shoes.
One important feature we want our 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. I 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 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.