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Best Sandals for Kids with High Insteps – Deep, Supportive, Waterproof, and Durable!


Are you having a hard time finding a pair of sandals for your child with a high instep? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles, but they all end up being too narrow and leaving red marks on the top of  your child’s feet?

Finding a pair of sandals for children with high insteps can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what sandal styles to look for.

Do you know what the instep of the foot is? The instep is the top part of the feet, and when it’s high, it makes it more complicated to find shoes that fit. Here is an example of a child with wide feet and a high instep:

Kids With High Insteps

The most common mistake I see parents make when trying to find sandals for their children with high insteps is to assume that a pair of sandals that is labeled as wide “W” or extra wide “XW” will automatically fit the shape of the child’s instep, when in fact they should be looking for sandals that provide extra depth.

Depth is the most important feature that a pair of sandals can provide in order to accommodate the shape of your child’s high instep . Sandals that are deep will allow your children’s feet to fit deeply inside the sandals, preventing the top part of their feet from rubbing against the top part of the sandals. In addition, sandals that are deep will also prevent the top part of your kids’ toes from rubbing against the top front part of the sandals.

The issue is that sandals don’t come labeled as deep, so parents are confused as how are they supposed to identify them. The good news is that I have fitted deep sandals before, and I know exactly which styles will accommodate the shape of a child with a high instep better.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

Whether your children need a pair of summer sandals to wear to summer camp, going to the beach, or riding their bicycles, the sandals must fit the shape of their feet perfectly in order to avoid foot issues.

While the selection is small, there are certain sandal styles that will accommodate the shape of your child’s high instep.

Besides fitting the shape of your child’s high instep feet, these sandals I will describe below all come with a substantial sole that provides good arch support, they provide good traction and they are also durable, but I will describe the features that these sandals provide in more detail  shortly.

If you provide your children with a pair of sandals that are too narrow for their feet, you will not only notice red marks on the top of their feet, but you will make your children more prone to developing foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

I will show you a selection of the best sandals for kids with high insteps shortly, but let me first show you how you can figure out your child’s foot size from home and describe the most important features that these sandals will provide.


Sandals for Kids with High Insteps – The 5 Most Important Features!

The most important feature that the sandals must provide in order to accommodate your child’s high instep is extra depth. In addition, in order to allow your child to play and run comfortably during the summer, your kids’ sandals must provide the 5 following extra features:

✅ Substantial Sole: Sandals that come with a supportive and substantial rubber sole will help minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground. This is also referred as shock absorption. The sandals I will recommend below all come with an anatomically shaped footbed that provides arch support.


✅ Lightweight and Flexible: These features will prevent your child’s feet from easily getting tired. It’s important for the sandals to be flexible, but too much flexibility means that the sandals will not provide good support. Your kids’ sandals should always bend at the ball of the foot but not any further.


✅ Waterproof: This feature will allow your kids’ sandals to get wet without compromising the wear of the materials.


✅ Quick-Dry: This is an important feature because it will prevent your child from walking around all day with wet sandals. In addition, when our skin gets wet, it gets softer and more prone to developing blisters.

✅ Traction: Sandals that provide good traction will reduce the likelihood of your child from slipping and falling down, especially when walking around wet and slippery surfaces.


All of the sandals that I will describe below will provide your child with those 5 important features to keep your child’s feet and legs healthy. However, I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular sandal provides, if the sandals are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the sandals have to offer.

Which brings me to the next question: Are you 100% sure that you know your child’s exact foot size? If you are going to order your kids’ shoes online, you must be completely sure of your child’s foot size, or you will end up returning the shoes and wasting time.

The Best Narrow Sandals For Kids

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.

I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Now that you know what features these sandals will provide and how you can figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to see a selection of the best sandals for kids with high insteps.

Best Sandals for Kids with High Insteps ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

All of these sandal styles come with a round toe-box, to prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against each other or the side of the sandals. Here you can find a selection of the best sandals for kids with high insteps.

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All of these sandal styles fit “true to size” which means that you need to go a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room. It’s important to allow for the proper amount of growing room (3/8 of an inch) for your child to grow into the sandals and be able to wear them through the whole summer season.

The open-toe styles will provide less protection to your kids’ toes but the adjustable strap will allow you to adjust the sandals to the exact shape of your child’s feet.

Do you happen to have a high instep and you are having a hard time finding a pair of sandals that fit? I actually created an article where I describe the best sandals for women with wide feet that will also accommodate a high instep. If you want to learn about those type of sandals then go to the link below:

Sandals for Women with Wide Feet — Supportive, Lightweight, Deep, and with a Round Toe-Box!

Do not hesitate to contact me if you can’t seem to find a particular shoe style for your child. I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the feet of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find them.

Please keep in mind that your kids may not be mature enough to realize that a foot condition is developing until the pain gets so bad that they cannot longer tolerate it and finally speak up. The issue with this is that they may not receive a diagnosis as early as they should, which will make them more prone to developing  a more serious foot condition as they grow such as back pain.

Is there any other sandal style that has worked well for your child with a high instep? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from them.


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