When I write a review about a particular shoe style is because I have fitted that particular shoe style before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
There are certain schools that will request an all black shoe for your child to wear as part of their uniform code, and an all black shoe is not easy to find. If your child happens to have a foot condition or a complicated foot shape such as narrow, wide, or extra wide feet, it can make it even more complicated to find shoes that fit.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FITevery single child.
I am familiar with which are the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands from actually having fitted and tested the shoes in different children’s feet.
Your kids school shoes also need to be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and durable.
Your child will be running around at recess and during physical education class, and if the shoes are not supportive and durable, they will start wearing down faster. Supportive shoes will also minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
The shoes I will describe below are all made out of leather and available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
One of the features parents love the most about these shoe styles is how they can be dressy enough to be worn as a school uniform, but also durable enough for playground wear.
I decided to recreate the most important questions that parents have asked me at the shoe store about this shoe style:
- What type of foot will this shoe style fit?
This shoe style will fit a child with a medium (choose M), wide (choose W), or an extra wide (choose XW) foot.
- Is this shoe style available with Velcro closure or shoelaces?
This shoe style is available in both Velcro closure and shoelaces.
- Does this shoe style “runs true to size”?
Yes. This shoe style runs “true to size”. This means that once you figure out your child’s foot size in the standard foot measuring device (Brannock device), you just need to go a half a size longer to allow for growing room.
- Will this shoe style fit a child with a high instep?
This shoe style will fit a child with a high instep because is deep and comes with a round toe-box.
- Does this shoe style provide arch support?
Yes, this shoe style provides arch support.
- Does this shoe style provide ankle support?
Yes, this shoe style comes with a firm heel counter that provides good arch support.
- Does this shoe style come with a removable insole?
Yes, this shoe style comes with a removable insole. You can easily remove it to insert an orthotic if necessary.
- Can I fit an orthotic inside this shoe?
Yes, just make sure you remove the original sole before placing the orthotics.
- Is this shoe style durable?
Yes, your children will most likely outgrow the shoes before they wear them down.
- What is this shoe style made of?
This shoe style is made out of leather.
- Can I put this shoe style in the washing machine?
No. I don’t recommend putting this shoe style in the washing machine since you might end up ruining the materials.
- Does this shoe style provides good traction?
Yes, this shoe style provides good traction.
- Is this shoe style easy to put on?
Yes, this shoe style is easy to put on since it opens up widely.
The Best Black Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Like I mentioned before, when I write a review about a particular shoe style is because I have fitted that particular shoe style before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the best black shoes for boys:
Below you can find a selection of the best black shoes for girls:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”,which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Are you 100% Sure that Your Child is Wearing the Correct Shoe Size?
Did you know that your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer if you don’t provide him with the correct shoe size? I am always emphasizing to parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that proper fit the shape of their feet.
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:
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:
If you have a child who needs an all white shoe to wear for back to school and you can’t seem to find it, check out this post I wrote where you will find the best back to school shoes in all white:
Is there another black shoe style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from them.