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Best Sandals for Heel Pain – Let’s Treat Your Child’s Heel Pain During the Summer!

Children With Heel Pain

If you have read any of my previous articles chances are that you already found shoes, heel cups, or orthotics to help treat your child’s heel pain.

Parents are often confused as  how they can treat and prevent their children’s heel pain during the summer. In this case I recommend parents providing their children with a pair of supportive sandals that are lightweight and flexible at the same time.

The issue is that most summer sandals don’t provide a firm heel counter, which is the back part of the shoes that provides heel and ankle support. If your child wears summer shoes that don’t provide adequate support to the heels, your child will feel uncomfortable and in pain for most of the summer.

Please keep in mind that if heel pain is left untreated, it can lead to difficulty in walking that will require complicated therapy.

Your kids heel’s growth plate is sensitive to repeated running and pounding on hard surfaces, resulting in muscle strain and inflamed tissue. In simple words, when there is too much repetitive stress on the growth plate, inflammation can develop.

One of the most common reasons why children experience heel pain is from having Sever’s disease, which is a condition that might take your child out of sports and out of gym classes for several years. 

The good news is that there is a particular sandal style made by Keen that will help treat your child’s heel pain by significantly reducing or fully eliminating your child’s heel pain. Have you heard of the shoe company Keen before? They make all types of shoes, but they are mostly known for making some of the best sandals for children.I know exactly which type of Keen kids’ sandals provide better heel support 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 children with heel pain and the best styles among those brands.

There are no sandals that provide a firm heel counter, but there are certain sandals that will provide targeted cushion and support around the heel area. This will help treat and significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s heel pain during the summer.

Let me prove this to you…

Let’s compare two different sandal styles that provide different amounts of support around the heel area.


Do you notice how the sandal on the left (navy blue) has a much thicker sole than the sandal on the right? This will attenuate the impact that your kids’ heels take every time they come in contact with the ground. It’s important to note that both of these sandals are made by the same shoe company, but they provide very different amounts of support. This proves that even among the same company certain shoe styles are better made and more supportive than others.

This sandal style is the most recommended ones for children with rolled ankles, flat feet, overpronation, low muscle tone, or general foot and leg pain.

It doesn’t matter if your child is wearing supportive shoes and orthotics through most of the year, if your child doesn’t wear supportive sandals during the summer, you can do serious damage to your child’s feet.

Most off the shelve sandals provide minimal support and stability for the arch, heel, and forefoot.

Your kids’ feet are their body’s major shock-absorbing system, and without supportive shoes, they can develop foot, leg knee, hip, and lower back pain.

Because of the way that more sandals are designed, they can cause your kids’ toes to grab down, which can lead to making their plantar fascia tighter, increasing the chances of developing plantar fasciitis.

The sandals I will describe in this article come with an internal support mechanism to absorb shock and they also provide extra cushion around the heel area to keep the heel supported. They also come with a rubber toe-box at the front to keep your kids’ toes locked down.

One of the reasons why this sandal is so effective in significantly reducing or fully eliminating your kids’ heel pain is that the sandals feature extra padding around the heel area to promote equal weight distribution and enhance proper gait. This will take unnecessary pressure of your kid’s plantar fascia, relieving your kids’ heel pain and allowing your child to walk comfortably.

The biggest difference between this particular Keen sandal style and the other ones is the extra heel support that it provides.

In addition to providing excellent heel support, these sandals provide excellent arch support and they are also extremely durable. Your child will outgrow these sandals before anything happens to them.


The enclose toe keeps your kids’ toes protected against rocks or roots.


This sandal will help relieve your child’s heel pain, treat the underlying condition, and prevent future outbreaks.

Another feature that I love about this sandal is how even though it’s supportive, it’s  lightweight and flexible at the same time, which will prevent your kids’ feet from easily getting tired.


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Now that you know what features this sandal provides, let’s take a look at a selection I have put together of the best sandals for kids with heel pain.

The Best Sandals for Kids with Heel Pain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I only review 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.

Below you can find a selection of the best sandals for kids with heel pain. By clicking on the image you will be able to see what other colors this sandal style is available in. This sandal style will fit children with medium and wide feet only, but it won’t fit a child with narrow feet. If you have a child with narrow feet please contact me at and I will be able to send you a specific sandal recommendation.

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This sandal is the most effective way to help treat and prevent your child’s heel pain during the summer.

It’s important to note that Keen sandals are not available in half sizes; they are available in whole sizes only. This factor plays a key role in determining which size you will end up ordering for your child.

Shoes can fit short, long, or true to size, and depending on how they fit you will have to adjust the size that you get for your child.

The Keen Newport fits long, so let’s take a look at a couple of different scenarios that will help you identify which Newport size your child needs.

If your child measures a foot size 7, you will order the size 7 and your child will still get the correct amount of growing room (since the sandals fit long).

If your child measures a foot size 7 ½, you will order the size 7 and your child will get the correct amount of growing room.

Makes sense?

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure about how a particular Keen sandal style fits.


Always keep a close eye on you kids’ feet for the following symptoms:

  • Swelling and redness on your child’s heels.
  • Check if your child is limping or walking on his/her toes.
  • Check if your child complains about stiffness in the feet when waking up.
  • Check if your child complains about pain when you squeeze the heel on both sides.

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Make sure that your child stretches regularly since stretching can help reduce the pain.

Before you leave I wanted to tell you that heel cups are extremely effective in treating and preventing heel pain. You can’t fit a heel cup in a pair of sandals, but you can easily fit them in your child’s sneakers. I describe the most effective heel cup for children in another article I wrote. Go to the link below:

Heel Cups For Kids-How To Stop Heel Pain

Allow your kids to have a pain-free summer with sandals that support their feet!

Have you tried any of the sandals that I recommend? Have you found a particular sandal that has been effective in reducing or fully eliminating your child’s heel pain? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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