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Best Mary Jane Shoes for Kids Who Wear AFOs – Stylish and Easy to Get On & Off!

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I have been contacted by many parents who feel heartbroken when they see the disappointment on their kids’ faces when not a single pair of the fashionable and cute shoes that they want to wear are able to accommodate the shape of their ankle-foot orthoses (AFO). I am going to show you a selection of the best Mary Jane shoes for kids who wear AFOs based on my 10 years of shoe fitting experience.

An AFO is a brace that is usually made of plastic, worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle. An AFO will help correct your child’s overall posture or other biomechanical problems with the foot by holding the foot and ankle in the correct position. The issue is that finding stylish shoes that accommodate all the extra space that an AFO takes can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.

Most parents who have children who need to wear AFOs can agree that shopping for their kids’ shoes has never been an easy task, and most of them hate the idea of going into the stores to find shoes. I have heard several stories of many parents who needed to go from store to store looking for a pair of shoes that their children would agree to wear and that would also fit the AFOs.

The good news is that there are two shoe companies that manufacture stylish Mary Jane shoes specifically for kids who wear AFOs. Gracious May and Memo are the only two shoe companies that I have found that manufacture Mary Jane shoes that will actually work with AFOs.

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I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, and also provides regular shoe fittings.

We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics. Over the years I became familiar with the best Mary Jane shoes for kids who wear AFOs.

Several parents have told me how for little girls, being able to wear a pair of cute Mary Jane shoes is such a big deal and how they never thought that shoe shopping would be such an emotionally charged (and usually tear-driven) experience.

Most off-the-shelf shoes are not created for children who need to wear AFOs. In fact, there is only a small selection of shoes that will be able to accommodate your kids’ AFOs. Gracious May has the best selection of these shoes.

One of the most common mistakes I see parents make is to provide their children with longer shoes to accommodate their AFOs. Wearing shoes that are too long will compromise your child’s stability and make your child more prone to developing foot issues. Another common mistake is assuming that a shoe that is labeled as extra wide will automatically fit the shape of the AFO.

Before I show you a selection of the best Mary Jane shoes for kids who wear AFOs, I want to first describe what features these Mary Jane shoe styles provide.

There are 3 key features that your kids’ shoes must provide to accommodate an AFO and most parents are not even aware of:

✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows your kids’ AFOs to fit deeply inside your kids’ shoes and prevent the top part of your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes that provide extra depth help prevent your child from getting the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes as they walk.

✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature helps prevent the AFOs from poking a hole in the front of the shoes.

✅ Wider Opening: This feature helps prevent you from having to shove your child’s foot in the shoes every time you have to put your kids’ shoes on.

Gracious May manufactures Mary Jane shoe styles that provide all these 3 important features and provides children with customized footwear that does not compromise style.

Now that you know what features these shoes provide you are ready to take a look at the best Mary Jane shoes for kids who wear AFOs.

Gracious May shoes range in the $80 range while the Memo Mary Jane shoes range in the $120 range.  I understand this is on the higher end for most families but given that the shoes provide targeted support to key areas of the foot and are capable of accommodating an AFO there is no surprise that they need to charge more for the shoes.

The Best Mary Jane Shoes for Kids Who Wear AFOs

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These Mary Jane shoes come equipped with a thermoplastic rigid heel counter with excellent ankle support that is enough for children with Gross Motor Function Classification System of level 1 and 2.

If you feel like your child can benefit from wearing an AFO inside these Mary Jane shoes then you can definitely fit the AFO inside them.

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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 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

If you will be fitting the AFO inside these Mary Jane shoes I suggest that you order them a whole size larger which translates to 0.6 inches or 1 centimeter.

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The Mary Jane shoes made by Gracious May are meant to be worn with your child’s AFOs. The shoes are customized to your child’s brace measurements, which guarantees a proper fit.

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Now you can finally provide your girl with a pair of the fashionable Mary Janes she always wanted!

The Best Socks to Wear with AFO Braces – Soft & Seamless 

There are certain types of socks that are thick enough to prevent your children from getting blisters or red spots from their AFOs. They work much better than traditional socks.

If your child is wearing AFO braces there is a particular type of seamless sock that is soft, durable, wicks perspiration, comes with an anti-microbial fabric and have a heel-free design that ensures a perfect fit.

This type of sock is made with super soft materials and a design that includes a non-binding Halo Top, which eliminates irritating indentions, as well as reducing slippage on the legs. Below you can find a selection of the best socks to wear with AFO braces:

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If you are looking for a different type of shoe to accommodate your child’s AFO I suggest that you take a look at the articles below:

Best Sandals for AFOs – The Only Sandal Styles that Will Accommodate Your Child’s AFOs!

Boots for AFO Braces – Stylish, Deep, Comfortable, and with a Wider Opening!

Top 4 Shoe Brands for Kids Who Wear AFOs – Best Shoes to Wear with AFO Leg Braces!

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before, and I will help you find it: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

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