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Best Toddler Shoes for Flat Feet – The Most Effective Way to Improve your Toddler’s Posture!


Have you noticed your toddler walking or running differently lately? Has your toddler been diagnosed with flat feet and overpronation?

Treatment of flat foot is subject to great controversy.

It is a fact that most toddlers are flat footed, but this doesn’t mean that this condition should be left untreated. Most pediatricians and physical therapists advise parents to be patient and just wait for their toddlers to develop an arch or to “outgrow” the condition, but the fact is that several of these toddlers don’t develop an arch, and parents end up regretting not having taking action sooner.

Flat feet can lead to foot and leg pain, muscle tightness, muscle weakness, or your toddler having  trouble keeping up with peers in performing age-appropriate activities.

The key is to prevent your toddler’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards, as this has an effect on your toddler’s overall posture and leads to your toddler to compensate for the increased motion of the midfoot, making your toddler exposed to abnormal loads leading to injury.

Something so simple such as providing your toddler with the correct type of shoes can improve your toddler’s walking gait and overall posture. I am not talking about orthopedic shoes, I am talking about regular everyday sneakers that happen to provide better support than others.

I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their toddler’s foot conditions. Leaving your toddler’s foot conditions untreated can only lead to the condition getting worse.

Do you know how a toddler with flat feet looks like? Does this picture look familiar? Since there is no arch to keep to keep the toddler’s feet straight, the feet collapse and turn inwards. One of the main issues with being flat footed is that it shifts the whole body out of alignment.


The good news is that if you provide your toddler with a pair of supportive shoes, you can improve your toddler’s overall posture by allowing him or her to walk and run straighter.

Let me prove this to you.

The first image shows a toddler with flat feet standing barefoot. Do you notice how the toddler’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?


Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same toddler wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how much straighter his feet look compared to the previous picture? The shoes are preventing his feel from collapsing and turning inwards.


This proves that something so simple such as providing children with the correct type of shoes can align their feet and legs, helping them walk and run straighter.

Your toddler’s feet are regarded as the foundation for their entire body, and parents should start monitoring their toddlers’ feet right from when they start taking their first steps.

Before I show you a selection of the best toddler shoes for flat feet, let’t first make sure that your toddler is in fact flat footed.

How Can you Tell if Your Toddler is Flat Footed? – 2 Simple Ways!

1st Method: Have your child stand up straight and check whether you see a visible arch on your child’s feet.

I have helped hundreds of flat-footed toddlers find the correct pair of shoes, so it’s easy for me to tell whether a toddler is flat footed or not. Let me show you the difference between a flat foot and a foot with a normal arch. Do you notice how the foot on the left image is completely flat while the foot on the image on the right has an arch?


2nd Method: Check if the shoes that your child is wearing are tilting inwards. This method will work if your child has been wearing the shoes for over 2 months. Do you notice how the shoe on the left is collapsing and turning inwards while the shoe on the right is straight?

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If you checked these 2 steps and your toddler in fact has flat feet, then let’s take a look at the best toddler shoes for flat feet.

Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that’s the only way for me to tell how the shoes FIT and how well made they are.

The Best Toddler Shoes for Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The shoes I describe below are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW), so choose your toddler’s shoe width accordingly. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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

Why are These Shoes so Effective for Toddlers with Flat Feet? – 5 Most Important Features

✅ Substantial Outsole: It’s hard to find toddler shoes that provide good arch support, but there is a small selection of shoes that provide a substantial sole that is going to help prevent their feet from collapsing. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides a substantial sole versus one that doesn’t:

✅ Firm Heel Counter: Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? The heel counter is the back part of the shoes that provides ankle support. Before you buy your toddler’s shoes you must make sure that they come with a firm heel counter. You can check this by pressing on that area of the shoe. If you press on the heel counter of the shoe and it feels soft and flimsy, then you must stay away from that shoe style. Take a look at the image below:

✅ Flexible and Lightweight: The shoes must be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time, in order to prevent your toddler’s feet from getting tired.

✅ Traction: This feature helps prevent your toddlers from slipping and falling down — especially if they are walking on slippery surfaces —

✅ Breathable: This feature allows the toddler’s feet to breathe and prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.

I am always explaining to parents that if they don’t provide their toddlers with the correct shoe size, they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you might end up creating all sort of issues to your toddler’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

Are you 100% of Your Toddler’s Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!

I always recommend parents to take their toddlers to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit properly.

The issue is that most parents don’t have a local children’s shoe store in their area, and they must end up buying their kids’ shoes online. If you identify with this, start by looking at a map I created where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe store by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in the United States – Where to Go for Proper Fittings

If after reading that article you still can’t seem to find a children’s shoe store in your area, then I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your toddler’s foot size from home:

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

There will be certain cases when the shoes that you provide for your toddler might not be enough to prevent his or her feet from collapsing. If this is the case with your toddler, then the next step is to try an orthotic inside the shoes for extra support.

Orthotics for Toddlers with Flat Feet – Let’s Support Their Feet!

Do you know what an orthotic is? An orthotic is simply a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot. Orthotics can be extremely effective in preventing your toddler’s feet from collapsing and aligning their feet and legs.

Below is the most effective orthotic that I have fitted for toddlers before that has proven to reduce, and in most cases fully eliminate the pain that they were experiencing due to their flat feet as well as improve their overall posture. I recommend this specific orthotic because it provides excellent arch support but it’s not as invasive as other orthotics, meaning that it allows the toddler’s foot muscles to develop on their own.

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Orthotics must always be fitted inside shoes that are supportive and extra deep. The good news is that all of the shoes that I described above meet those requirements. Deeper shoes  allow the orthotics to fit deeply inside your toddler’s shoes and prevent raising your toddler’s fit up — as this can give your toddler the impression that his/her feet are coming out of the shoes —

Now that you know which are the best shoes for toddlers with flat feet, you are ready to keep their feet and legs healthy.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need a different pair of shoes for your toddler with flat feet such as a pair of dress shoes, sandals, or winter boots. I know exactly which seasonal as well as dress shoes are better for toddlers with flat feet and I will help you find them: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com 

Is there a particular shoe style that has worked well for you toddler’s flat feet? Pleas let us know your findings in the comments section below, that way other parents can benefit from your experiences too.


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