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Best Shoes for Pigeon Toed Toddler – Let’s Improve Your Toddler’s Walking Gait and Posture!


Have you noticed your toddler walking with his or her feet pointing inwards? Has your toddler been tripping more often lately? Pigeon toed which is also referred to as in-toeing isn’t necessarily a cause for concern as it’s common in toddlers, but that doesn’t mean that it should be left untreated. I am going to show you a list of the best shoes for toddlers with pigeon toes based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.

Leaving in-toeing (pigeon toes) untreated can lead to several foot issues that involve:

  • Constant tripping
  • Repetitive ankle sprains
  • Foot deformities
  • Painful feet as an adult

It is true that in most cases toddlers might outgrow this condition, but in the meantime, there are steps that you can take to improve your toddler’s walking gait, pelvis alignment, and overall posture. There have been several cases of children who continue in-toeing as adults, which is often due to a lack of intervention from an early stage.

Don’t Take the “Wait and See Approach” – Be Proactive!

I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their children’s foot conditions. Leaving your children’s foot conditions untreated can only lead to the condition getting worse. For instance, if by the age of 9 or 10 your child doesn’t show a real improvement and keeps walking pigeon-toed, surgery may be necessary to align the bones properly.

Pigeon toes occur from 4 different places:

  • Hip
  • Thigh Bone
  • Tibia
  • Foot

I have found that the most effective treatment for pigeon toes is to wear the correct type of shoes. There are certain toddler shoes that provide the correct amount of support to targeted areas of the feet, which helps redirect pigeon toes and improve your toddler’s overall posture.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience!

I know which shoes are better for a toddler with pigeon toes as I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years.


We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, and the difference that a good pair of supportive shoes can make in a child’s life is quite shocking. Don’t take my word for it, let me prove this to you!

What a Difference the Correct Types of Shoes Can Make!

Let’s take a look at a picture of a toddler who is pigeon-toed. Do you notice how the toddler’s feet are pointing inwards?

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Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same toddler wearing a pair of supportive shoes that I recommend. Do you notice how the toddler’s feet are a lot straighter? The shoes are preventing the toddler’s feet from turning inwards which is going to allow him to walk and run straighter.

After Image

What a difference the correct pair of shoes make!

Now let’s take a look at an image of an older child who is also pigeon-toed and in addition to the feet turning inwards the child’s knees are almost touching each other.

Before Image

Now let’s take a look at an image of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes that I recommend. Do you notice how the child’s feet, legs, and knees look a lot straighter?

After Image

Something so simple as providing your toddler with the correct type of shoes can make a tremendous difference in correcting your toddler’s walking gait and improving your toddler’s overall posture.

Toddlers who have pigeon toes tend to trip more regularly than others. I also believe that pigeon toes can lead to foot and leg pain, as when we walk with our feet pointing inwards, we are shifting our whole body out of alignment and putting pressure on parts of our bodies where we are not supposed to.

The shoes that I recommend for toddlers with pigeon toes are not orthopedic, they are regular everyday sneakers that provide better structure and support. Please note that you won’t see any improvement in your toddler’s walking gait if you keep buying unsupportive shoes made from low-quality materials.

What Makes the Shoes that I Recommend Effective for Pigeon Toes? – 4 Features!

Let me show you why the shoes that I recommend are so effective for toddlers with this condition.

1️⃣ Substantial Outsoles: This part of the shoe is going to help prevent your toddler’s feet from pointing inwards and redirect the feet and legs so your toddler can walk and run straighter. Take a look at the image below to see the difference between a shoe that provides a substantial sole versus one that doesn’t:


Toddlers who are pigeon-toed cause unusual wear on the sole of their shoes, which further exacerbates their gait. That is the reason why the shoes that I recommend provide reinforced stitching and are made of durable materials.

2️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: This is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support and is going to help keep your toddler’s feet straight. The firmer the heel counter is, the better support it provides. Take a look at the image below for clarification:


3️⃣ Straight Lasts: This feature helps prevent the forefoot from pushing in.


4️⃣ Shoelaces vs Velcro Closure: Toddlers who experience pigeon toes tend to trip more often. Shoes that come with shoelaces are going to provide your toddler with better stability and support.


I can’t stress enough the importance of providing your toddler with shoes that fit correctly. If your toddler’s shoes are too long or too short, you will be defeating all the benefits that the shoes have to offer.

Most parents are tempted to provide their toddlers with extra growing space, but this can only lead to your toddler’s condition worse, making your toddler more prone to tripping and falling.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for pigeon-toed toddlers. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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These shoes are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW). 

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes, I indicate whether you need to order a half size or a whole size bigger than your toddler’s current foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If your toddler has narrow feet I suggest that you email me so I can send you specific shoe recommendations:


I feel like it’s important to clarify that the thigh bone being turned in at the hip is the most common cause of pigeon toes in toddlers. Parents make the mistake of assuming that being pigeon-toed is exclusively from the feet turning inwards, but it’s actually the thigh bone that causes the knees, feet, and toes to point inward.

Provide your child with supportive shoes and be patient. You should also monitor and check whether the condition is getting better or worse.

Are You Unsure of Your Toddler’s Exact Foot Size and Shape?

There is a different article I wrote that helps parents determine their toddler’s exact foot size and whether the toddler has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. In that article you can also figure out if your toddler has a high instep or not:

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

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3 Common Mistakes that Parents Make and They Hurt Their Toddler’s Feet

Mistake #1: Assuming that the size the foot measures at the foot measuring scale automatically translates into their actual shoe size. Shoes can fit short, long, or true to size, and depending on how the shoes fit you need to adjust the size that you get for your toddler. That’s why when I recommend a particular shoe I always describe how it fits.

Mistake #2: Buying longer shoes to compensate for the width. Never buy longer shoes if your child has wide or extra wide feet as you might end up compromising your toddler’s stability. Longer shoes also allow for too much foot movement inside the shoes and that constant friction between the feet and shoes usually leads to blisters.

Mistake #3: Allowing their toddlers to wear their shoes without socks. Socks play a key role in keeping your toddler’s feet healthy as they act as a barrier between the feet and the shoes. They also prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.

Below you can find a selection of the best toddler socks that I have fitted before. These socks are seamless, breathable, and durable.

I hope you find this information useful, and remember that no matter what direction you decide to take, never leave your child’s foot conditions untreated. I get contacted by families from all over the world and parents with foot pain are always telling me how they wished their parents had acted sooner.

I want you to know that there is nothing that you could have done to prevent your toddler from being pigeon-toed, as this condition occurs because of how babies are positioned and curled up inside the womb before they’re born.

Should I Provide My Child with a Pair of Orthotics?

If you happen to try any of the shoes that I recommend and your toddler’s walking gait and posture don’t improve then your toddler might be a candidate for orthotics. Refer to the article below:

Best Orthotics for Pigeon Toed Children – Let’s Improve Your Child’s Walking Gait

Have you found a specific shoe style that has worked well in improving your toddler’s pigeon toes? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a pair of seasonal or dressier shoes for your child’s pigeon toes.


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14 Comments on Best Shoes for Pigeon Toed Toddler – Let’s Improve Your Toddler’s Walking Gait and Posture!

    • Hello Mohammad,

      In order to recommend specific shoes for your daughter I first need to know her foot shape (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide) and from which country you are contacting me to check what specific shoes are available in your area.

    • Hello Jessica,

      I am happy to recommend specific shoes for your son but would you say that his feet are wide or extra wide? The reason I ask is that I don’t want you to compensate the length with the width, as shoes that are too big will defeat most of the features that the shoes have to offer.

  1. Hello Juan
    My 2.5 years old daughter has pigeon toed, she trips and falls constantly. She has narrow feet shoe size is 7 at this moment. What would you recommend? From USA Thank you

    • Hello Vivian,

      I suggest fitting your daughter in shoes that provide supportive outsoles, firm heel counters, and straight lasts to help improve foot posture and her walking gait as well. Before I send you specific shoe recommendations, are you willing to provide your daughter with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure? The reason I ask is that shoelaces will help improve her stability.

  2. Hi Juan,

    Can you please recommend specific shoe or brand for my 2.5 year old daughter. She has wide feet. Heel to toe measures 15 cm or EU size 26/UK size 8.5. From Hong Kong. Your help is much appreciated.

  3. Hello! Could you assist with a pair of shoes for my 4 year old daughter? She’s between a 7 and and 8 in See Kai Run and is always tripping and I’d like to try your recommendations. She’s medium width and I’d be happy to provide her laces if it would help! I am having trouble finding the New Balances you recommended. Thank you!

    • Hello Marissa,

      Do you know whether your daughter has flat feet or another foot condition that might be compromising her stability?

      Shoes with laces usually help provide the child with better support and stability as they “hug” the feet more effectively compared to shoes with velcro closure. We also need to make sure that your daughter wears the shoes in the correct size, as shoes that are too long can compromise her stability.

      I believe this is a good place to start to make sure that we know your daughter’s exact foot shape and length: How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width If you just want the shoe recommendations let me know and I will get back to you with a list of shoes that will work for your daughter’s feet.

      • Helllo Juan

        Can you please recommend specific shoe or brand for my daughter 22 months old. She has feet with wide of 7cm. Heel to toe measures 15 cm. When she walk, her feet looks a bit turning in (pigeon feet). From Indonesia. Your help is much appreciated.

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