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Best Kids’ Shoes in the UK for Flat Feet

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I have been getting several requests from families in the United Kingdom to help them find the correct pair of shoes for their children with flat feet. Some of these children in addition to having flat feet also have “complicated” foot shapes (narrow, extra wide) that makes it even more challenging to find shoes that fit.

I am located in the United States, and the biggest challenge is that some of the shoes available in the United States are not available in the United Kingdom. That is the reason why I decided to create a list of the best kids’ shoes in the UK for flat feet based on the child’s specific foot shape (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide, high instep).

My Experience Helping Families Find Shoes for Their Children

I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, and I handle approximately one hundred shoe fittings/try ons per week. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for children with flat feet.

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What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Ideal for Children with Flat Feet?

The shoes I recommend provide substantial outsoles, firm heel counters, and straight lasts, to help improve your child’s foot posture and walking gait.

Substantial Outsoles: This feature provides a stable base of support and helps prevent your child’s flat feet from collapsing and turning inwards, improving your child’s foot posture and walking gait.

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Firm Heel Counters: This feature helps prevent your child’s ankles from rolling inwards, supporting and protecting your child’s heels.

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Straight Lasts: This feature helps align your child’s feet, improving your child’s foot posture and walking gait.

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I always recommend that parents take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store. The issue is that parents across the country are increasingly ordering their children’s shoes online—unfortunately, without the benefit of proper shoe fittings—because most specialty children’s shoe stores nationally are closing their doors.

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If you don’t order the correct shoe length and width your child won’t get the full benefits that the shoes have to offer.

Shoes that are too big allow the feet to move too much inside the shoes, and the feet are no longer supported by the shoes. On the other hand, shoes that are too small might cramp your kids’ toes and lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.

If you are unsure of your child’s exact foot length and shape I suggest that you take a look at a different resource I created:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Keep in mind that shoes with shoelaces provide better support and stability compared to shoes with velcro closure. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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I provide families with the style name and number of each shoe in case that shoe is not available online. That way they can go to their local shoe store and check if that specific shoe style is available there.

  • 990V5 and 888V2: These styles fit children with medium, wide, and extra wide feet and can also fit children with high insteps.

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What Shoe Size Should You Order?

To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.


  • Asics Venture and GT-1000: These styles fit children with narrow and medium feet.

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What Shoe Size Should You Order?

To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 3/8 of an inch or 0.8 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.


  • New Balance 860V10: This style fits children with medium, wide, and extra wide feet and can also fit children with high insteps.

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What Shoe Size Should You Order?

To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.


  • Geox: This style fits children with medium and wide feet and can also fit children with high insteps.

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To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.


  • New Balance 574: This style fits children with medium or wide feet and can also fit children with high insteps.

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What Shoe Size Should You Order?

To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.


  • Clarks: This style fits children with medium or wide feet and can also fit children with high insteps.

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To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.


Can’t Find Your Child’s Shoe Size?

If none of these shoes are available in your child’s foot size I suggest that you email me at: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com so I can provide you with different shoe recommendations.

What a Difference the Correct Types of Shoes Can Make!

Let’s take a look at an image of a flat footed child from behind standing barefoot. Do you notice how the child’s feet are out of alignment?

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Image of a child with flat feet standing barefoot on a flat surface

Now let’s take a look at an image of the same child wearing a pair of the supportive shoes I recommend. Do you notice how the child’s feet are a lot straighter? The substantial outsole and heel counter of the shoes are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards.

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Image of a child with flat feet wearing a pair of supportive shoes

Wow! What a difference the correct types of shoes can make!

Can Supportive Shoes Make Your Child’s Feet Weaker?

When you fit your child in a pair of supportive shoes you are not making the muscles weak, you are simply providing your child with a stable base of structural support which is not going to take away from the musculature.

I believe that supportive shoes are like glasses for your child’s feet. For example, children who have bad eyes have to wear glasses, does it cure your child’s eyes? No, but it makes your child see better and function normally.

Some children with flat feet need to wear orthotics inside their shoes for extra support and stability.

Does Your Child Need Orthotics as Well?

This depends on the degree of your child’s flat feet (how flat the foot is) and whether your child is experiencing foot or leg pain. I usually prefer to start by fitting the child in a pair of good supportive shoes and monitoring whether the child’s foot posture and walking gait improves.

If you believe that your child can benefit from wearing an orthotic I suggest that you take a look at the article below:

Orthotic Inserts for Kids with Flat Feet – Align Your Kids’ Feet and Improve Their Posture!

Final Thoughts

Just because your child doesn’t complain about pain that doesn’t meant that your child doesn’t have a treatable condition.

Many families from the United Kingdom are confused as to what to do about their children’s flat feet. Some of these families are told to wait until the child is a certain age before taking action. It’s a fact that children can develop arches until the age of five, but this doesn’t mean that you should leave your child’s flat feet untreated.

The earlier you start taking action, the better. Keep in mind that that leaving your child’s flat feet untreated might produce a problem sometime later in life.

I will be creating more resources for those families who live in the United Kingdom to help them find the perfect pair of shoes for their children. Let me know in the comment section below if you are looking for a specific shoe style for your child’s feet or if you have any further questions.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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2 Comments on Best Kids’ Shoes in the UK for Flat Feet

  1. Hi 👋, my daughter is 17 months old as it waiting for an orthopedic appointment at our local hospital as she in-toes/is pigeon toed. Just wondered if you can recommend where I can take her to get a little pair of supportive shoes for her.
    We are based in the south east of England/UK.
    She loves going for walks & being with the horses on our yard so also needs a little pair of suitable boots but wellies boots make her in toeing but more obvious. Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Marie,

      I am not very familiar with specialized children’s shoe store sin the UK. Have you tried searching in Google for a local shoe shop?

      Children with pigeon toes can strongly benefit from wearing shoes with substantial outsoles and firm heel counters, as they can help improve foot posture. You also need to make sure that you provide your daughter with the correct shoe size, which involves the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.

      I can recommend specific shoes that you can order online if you don’t have a good local shoe store, but I first need to know whether your daughter’s feet are narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide.

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