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Best Toddler Sandals for High Instep and Wide Feet – Must-Have Feature: Extra Depth

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Are you having a hard time finding a pair of sandals to accommodate the shape of your toddler’s high instep? Have you noticed imprints on the top of your toddler’s feet when you take the sandals off?

If you find yourself checking out a bunch of different children’s stores and ordering multiple shoes online before finding one that fits, seems comfortable, and is good quality, you came to the right place.

Let’s start by clarifying what the instep is. The instep is the top part of the foot, and when it’s high, it makes it really hard to find shoes that fit. Seasonal footwear such as sandals are even harder to find.

Most of the time having a high instep is a bigger problem than having wide feet. Below there is a picture that will help you visualize where the instep of the foot is located:

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When toddler have a high instep, there is a lot of extra volume that we need to fit inside the shoes:

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I always recommend parents to look for sandals that provide extra depth, as this allows the foot to fit deeply inside the sandals and prevents the top part of the foot from rubbing against the top part of the sandals.

The issue is that it’s hard to find sandals that provide extra depth as they don’t come labeled as “extra deep”. The good news is that I know which sandals are deeper than others 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. The store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Due to my experience in fitting thousands of kids, I became familiar with the best shoes for toddlers with high insteps.

Let me show you the difference between a sandal that provides extra depth versus one that is too shallow. Both of these sandals are the same length and width, but they fit very differently. The sandal on the right is going to be capable of accommodating a toddler with a high instep, and that in fact is one of the sandals I recommend below.

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Most toddlers tend to have wide feet and a high instep, while some other have extra wide feet and a high instep. Whichever foot shape your toddler might have, I am here to help you find the perfect pair of sandals for your toddler’s feet.

In addition to accommodating the shape of your toddler’s wide feet and high instep, the sandals that I recommend are supportive, lightweight, flexible, and durable.

Before I provide you with a selection of the best toddler sandals for high instep and wide feet, I want to make sure that you know your toddler’s exact foot size. If you don’t know your toddler’s exact foot size, you won’t know what size to order online.

In fact, let’s start by checking if you don’t have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area. I created a map that describes the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

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 find a store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at a different article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your toddler’s exact foot size from home:

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

Now that you know your toddler’s exact foot size, let’s check what size you should order.

How to Figure Out What Sandal Size to Order? – Round Up!

Keep in mind that most sandals are not available in half sizes, so if your toddler happens to be “in between sizes” please order the larger size to allow for growing room. For example, let’s take a look at the following scenarios to help you figure out what sandal size your toddler needs:

  • If your toddler measures a foot size 6, then you should order the sandal in a size 7.
  • If your toddler measures a foot size 6 1/2, then you should order the sandal in a size 7 as well.

Without further due, let’s take a look at the best toddler sandals for high instep and wide feet.

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OPTION 1: SEE KAIN RUN

The sandal below is one of the deepest sandals that I have fitted for toddlers.  These are the 5 most important features that this sandal provides:

✅ Supportive footbed that helps cushion and support your toddler’s feet.

✅ Rubber toe-box provides protection to your toddler’s toes. The toe-box is deep and round which allows your toddler’s toes to move freely and develop naturally.

✅ Flexible and lightweight outsole which is non marking and slip resistant.

✅ The sandal provides 2 points of adjustability in the top and back of the foot, allowing for a secure and custom fit.

✅ Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) to promote healthy foot development.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this sandal a half a size larger than the size their toddler’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your toddler’s longest toe and the end of the sandals.

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OPTION 2: TEVA

The sandal below is the second most popular style for toddlers with high insteps. Some parents are skeptical with providing their toddlers with this sandal because it’s open-toed instead of closed-toe. These are the 4 most important features that this sandal provides:

✅ Wider Opening: It will only take a few seconds to get them on and off your toddler’s feet.

✅ Lightweight/Flexible: This feature helps prevent your toddler’s feet from easily getting tired.

✅ Traction: This feature helps prevent your toddler from slipping and falling, especially when walking on wet surfaces.

✅ Fast Drying: It’s important for your toddler’s sandals to dry fast, as when toddler’s feet get wet for long periods of time they are more susceptible to developing foot issues such as blisters.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this sandal a half a size larger than the size their toddler’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your toddler’s longest toe and the end of the sandals.

Most Important Review

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OPTION 3: STRIDE RITE/SEE KAI RUN

The sandal below is the third best choice for toddlers with high insteps. This sandal can be sued for water play as well as for dressier occasions. These are the 5 most important features that this sandal provides:

✅ 100% leather. The natural leather footbed conforms to your toddler’s feet and allows for breathability.

✅ Padded heel collar prevents blisters around the ankles and increases comfort.

✅ Lightweight and minimalist construction designed specifically to provide maximum flexibility.

✅ Durable and excellent traction to prevent your toddler from slipping and falling down.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this sandal a half a size larger than the size their toddler’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your toddler’s longest toe and the end of the sandals.

Most Important Review

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Two Common Signs that Your Toddler’s Sandals Don’t Fit

I want you to pay close attention and check if your toddler’s pinky toe (small toe) is being pressed against the side of the sandals. This can lead to your toddler developing a blister which might turn into a corn — which is really hard to get rid of — This is a sign that your toddler’s sandals are too narrow.

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I also want you pay close attention and notice whether you see imprints on the top of your toddler’s feet when you take the sandals off. Please take a look at the image below for clarification purposes. This is a sign that your toddler’s sandals are not deep enough.

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Please feel free to send me pictures of your chid’s feet if you are unsure on whether the sandals or shoes are fitting correctly. I will be able to let you know in less than 24 hours: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Also do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a different pair of shoes to fit the shape of your toddler’s high instep and wide feet, as it’s highly likely that I have fitted them before, and I will help you find them.

In the meantime, you can refer to the article below to see a selection of the best sneakers for toddlers with high insteps:

Shoes for Toddlers with High Insteps – Extra Depth is the Most Important Feature!

Have you found a specific sandal style that as worked well for your toddler’s high instep and wide feet? Please share your findings below so other families can benefit from your experiences.

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4 Comments on Best Toddler Sandals for High Instep and Wide Feet – Must-Have Feature: Extra Depth

  1. Hi Juan,

    I do have more questions😂

    So my daughter’s feet is measured 14.5cm and the Biochemics EU24 looks quite small on her so I thought she should be wearing EU25 now.
    On Primigi website the shoes size chart shows that EU24 is 14.7cm, EU25 is 15.3cm so I this case should I get EU24 or 25?

    Since I realized my daughter has wide feet I have pay attention on shoes width information. It’s almost impossible to find, even on official website they don’t specify the shoes width. (Ricosta website has detail information on every shoes models)

    Thanks for the great information on the website!
    Jackie

    • Hi Jackie –

      I am not surprised that the measurements differ as different shoe brands manufacture shoes that fit very differently.

      You can have 2 shoes in a size EU24 that fit very different, as some shoes fit shorter/longer than others.

      Most European shoes don’t come labeled as wide (W) or extra wide (XW). Primigi shoes do tend to fit wider than Biochemics and Ricosta. I know this because I have fitted shoes form those shoe brands before.

      From 14.5 cm to 15.3 cm there is a little over a half a size difference shoe size. My recommendation is that you get the Primigi size EU25.

      I hope this helps.

  2. Hi Juan,

    My 2 yr old son has a high instep and wide foot. Would you recommend the keen Newport H2 or see Kai run sandaps?

    • Hi Diana,

      The Keen Newport might fit the shape of his feet depending on how high and wide his feet are. See Kai Run sandals are deep and can also fit a wide foot but it depends on each style. Is there a particular See Kai Run sandal you had in mind?

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