Do you have a boy who is already in men’s shoe sizes? Do you always have a hard time finding him shoes that FIT?
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting 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 FIT every single child.
The last boy’s shoe size is 7 and any shoe size above size 7 is considered men’s shoe sizes. I have fitted several young boys that were over a boy shoe size 7 in men’s shoes. We are a children’s shoe store, but we still have a selection of men’s shoes for those children who have large feet.
You will notice a big price increase between children’s and men’s shoes, but there is not much we can do about that. However, the shoes I will describe in this article are supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable but reasonable priced. Keep in mind that more expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes for your child’s feet.
Just so you know, if your boy is over a shoe size 7 and still doesn’t know how to tie his shoes, it gets really difficult to find shoes with velcro closure. In those cases, I always recommend parents replacing the pair of shoelaces with a pair of lock laces.
Lock laces are a smart, durable alternative to keeping your children’s shoes tight and they have become extremely popular not only among young children, but also teenagers and adults. They are also very easy to use, since the only thing your child will have to do is to press a button and pull to make the lock laces tight and press the button again when they decide to take the shoes off.
While I can’t get into too much detail about lock laces in this article, you should take a look at a post I wrote where I describe the best type of lock laces for children or adults:
Please keep in mind that if your child is really active and into sports you should take the time to teach him how to tie his shoes, since he will get more stability and support from shoes that have shoelaces.
I will describe in this article the best shoes for children who are in men sizes. The shoes I will describe are supportive (so your child can wear them as his everyday shoes), lightweight, flexible and breathable.
I also like to review shoes that are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide to make sure they will fit all children, no matter the shape of their feet.
I want you to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly and I will help you find it!
What Features Do We Want In Our Children’s Shoes?
We will be looking into men’s shoes for your child, but these shoes must provide certain features in order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy. Some of these features are:
- Supportive: In order for your child to be able to wear these shoes all day, the shoes must provide enough support to reduce the impact that our kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight: While we do want our kids’ shoes to be supportive, they must be lightweight at the same time. Shoes that are too stiff and heavy will make your kids’ feet and legs tired.
- Flexible: A flexible shoe will allow your child to perform at his best when running around or playing sports.
- Breathable: It’s important for shoes to be breathable in order to prevent the build-up of bacteria inside the shoe and also prevent foot odors.
- Firm heel counter: The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support. The firmer it is the better, since it will cushion and support your kids ankles and prevent injuries.
- Traction: Shoes must provide good traction to prevent your child from slipping and falling down.
If we find a shoe that provides all of these features, your child will be good to go! However, you must make sure you provide your child with the correct shoe size or your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly, but I have been contacted by several parents who don’t have a local shoe store in their area and must purchase their kids shoes online.
If you are one of those parents please take a look at a post I wrote where I describe the most effective way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
Boys In Men Shoe Sizes – The Secret Revealed!
I will describe below the best shoes for boys who are already in men’s shoe sizes. I have fitted all of these shoe styles before so I am not only familiar with the type of features these shoes provide, but also how they fit. Remember that shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide.
The most common mistake that parents make is to assume that because their children’s feet measure a certain number in the shoe measuring device, that number automatically translates to their actual shoe size. This usually tends to their kids’ wearing the wrong shoe size and leads to all sort of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
For example, if your child measures a shoe size 7 in the measuring device, it doesn’t mean he will automatically need a shoe size 7 in all shoes. Normally we always want to go a half a size bigger in order to leave a certain amount of growing room. However, if that particular shoe runs short, then he will need a shoe size 8 (a whole size bigger in order to leave growing room).
The shoes I describe below also fit orthotics, so if your child needs extra support in his shoes you can easily remove the inner sole and insert an orthotic since these shoes are deep and supportive.
Now that you know how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, please find below a selection of the best shoes for boys who are in men’s shoe sizes!
Please keep in mind that if your child has extra wide feet I would recommend any of the New Balance shoes (first two options from the left) since they tend to have a much rounder, and wider toed-box. The Asics shoes I describe above do come in wide and extra wide widths, but they tend to have a more pointer, narrower toed box than the New Balance shoe styles.
The shoes made by New Balance fit true to size, which means that you only need to go a half a size bigger of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes made by Asics tends to fit short, which means that you will have to provide your child with a whole size bigger of whichever shoe size he measured in the shoe measuring device.
If your child doesn’t know how to tie his shoes but is ready to learn, you should definitely take the time to teach him, since shoes must be tied properly in order to provide good support and stability. I actually created an article where I explain the most effective way to teach a child how to tie his shoes. At the shoe store I used to work for we had a shoe tying class where we taught children how to tie their shoes with this particular shoe tying method. You can learn more about this shoe tying method here:
Remember that fits remains our top priority , so if you are not 100% sure about how a certain shoe style fits please do not hesitate to contact me and I will make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size.
Now that you know which are the best shoes for boys in men’s shoe sizes, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Do you happen to have a good children shoe store in your area that you TRUST? Parents are always contacting me asking where they can get their children’s shoes, so it will be very helpful if you can leave your location and the name of the children’s shoe store so all parents can benefit from your experience!