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Children Extra Wide Shoes – Prevent Blisters, Calluses, and Corns!

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Are you having a hard time finding shoes for your children with extra wide feet? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different shoe styles on their feet but they all end up being too narrow?

I have put together a selection of the best shoes for children with extra wide feet and I will show them to you shortly.

There are different children’s shoe styles available in extra wide widths, but the most common mistake that parents make is to assume that by getting their children a shoe style that is labeled as extra wide (XW), that shoe style will automatically fit the shape of their extra wide feet.

I have helped several children with extra wide feet find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet. Let me show you some examples of children with extra wide feet:

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 What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Kids with Extra Wide Feet?

In addition to being labeled as extra wide, there are other two key features that the shoes I recommend provide in order to fit the shape of your child’s feet.

✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows the child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevents the top part of the feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes that provide extra depth also prevent children from getting blisters on their toes, by preventing the top part of their toes from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides extra depth and one that doesn’t:

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✅ Rounder Toe-Boxes: Shoes with round toe-boxes help prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against the side of the shoes or overlapping one another. Let me show you the difference between a pair of shoes that provides a rounder toe-box versus one that doesn’t:

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How are you going to find these shoes if shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with “rounder toe-boxes“? I will help you find them!

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for children with extra wide feet.

Some of the most popular shoe brands that make children with extra wide feet are New Balance, Saucony, and Stride Rite. However, I have found the New Balance shoes tend to fit much wider than Saucony or Stride Rite shoes.

For example, let’s compare two different shoes in the same length and width, one made by the shoe company New Balance and one made by the she company Saucony.

Do you notice how the New Balance shoe (on the right) has a rounder toe-box than the Saucony style (on the left)? These shoes are the same size, but as you  can see, they will fit very different.

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Before I show you a selection of the best children extra wide shoes, I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. If you don’t know your child’s foot size, you won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online.

Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down.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:

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 identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

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

If your children have extra wide feet and they are not wearing shoes that are too narrow for their feet, this will lead to blisters, calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails, among other foot problems.

Without further due, let’s take a look a the best shoes for children with extra wide feet.

I only write reviews of shoes that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

The Best Children Extra Wide Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Please find below a selection of the best extra wide shoes for children, make sure that you order the extra wide width (XW). 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.

How to Make Sure Your Kids’ Shoes Are Not Too Narrow?

Once the shoes arrive and you try them on your child’s feet, I want you to check if you notice a small bump on the side of the shoes. Take a look at the image below which shows a child wearing a pair of shoes that are too narrow. That bump that you notice on the side of the shoe is the small toe being pressed against the side of the shoe by the other toes.

Did you know that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy? They act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the buildup of bacteria and the formation of blisters.

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Socks for children with extra wide feet do exist, and they will allow your kids’ toes to freely move inside the shoes, and prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against one another. Socks that are too tight can make your child’s toes rub against one another, and this constant friction can lead to blisters and corns.

The type of socks that I recommend for children are seamless socks. This type of socks are also great for children who feel every bump and lump, since they are also made from high quality and soft materials. Below you can find a selection of the best socks for children with extra wide feet:

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Avoid  Buying Your Kids’ Shoes at Target, Footlocker, or  Payless!

Unfortunately, most parents don’t know that their children have wide or extra wide feet. This might be because they buy shoes at the store without their children being physically there, estimating the shoe size the child might need. If you go to a shopping mall and pay close attention at the stores that sell shoes, I can guarantee you that you won’t find shoes that come in different widths.

Those stores are filled with brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour, which are great shoe brands but they don’t manufacture shoes in all different widths. Their focus is on more stylish shoes rather than functional shoes.

I noticed how Footlocker carries New Balance shoes but they don’t offer them in different widths. This came up as a surprise to me since one of the reasons why New Balance shoes are so popular is because they manufacture shoes that can accommodate children with wide and extra wide feet.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a different shoe style for your child’s extra wide feet: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com 

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In the meantime, I am going to leave you with some of my most popular articles that describe the best shoes for children with extra wide feet:

Extra Wide Children Dress Shoes – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy!

Extra Wide Soccer Cleats – The Only Soccer Shoe Style Available For Kids Wide Or Extra Wide Feet!

Sandals For Extra Wide Feet – The Best Summer Sandal For Kids With Extra Wide Feet!

Extra Wide Boots For Kids – Finding An Extra Wide Boots That Fits!

Finding extra wide shoes for children that are extra deep and come with rounder toe-boxes can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for. I made things easier for you and showed you the best children extra wide shoes.

Are you looking for a pair of extra wide shoes for yourself? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best extra wide shoes for women and you can find it here:

Extra Wide Tennis Shoes for Women – The Best Shoes to Fit your Extra Wide Feet!

Is there another shoe brand or shoe style that you can recommend for a child with extra wide feet? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit it from them!

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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20 Comments on Children Extra Wide Shoes – Prevent Blisters, Calluses, and Corns!

  1. Hi Juan,

    I signed up to your email list. I come from a part of the world where parents don’t even know that shoes come in extra wide widths. They don’t pay too much attention to the shoes the child wears, until something is wrong with their feet.

    I love the information about getting the right size of kids socks that allow easy movement of the toes. I will also get the right size of shoes to prevent ingrowing toe nails. I don’t have a kids’ shoe store where I live but I ordered shoes for my kids’ based on your recommendation!

    Thanks again. I will follow up with you to tell you how they worked out!

    • Please let me know how the shoes work out, and if you have any particular question feel free to email me. Extra wide shoes are hard to find everywhere, since shoe manufactures are making less and less of them. It is important for the shoes to be wide enough in order to prevent foot problems!

  2. This is a great read. I’ve always believed (and in many ways, still do) that corns and blisters are cause more by kids that wear shoes that no longer fit them.

    That said, there is definitely a market for extra wide shoes, especially among females. From reading the reviews on the shoes you posted, those are some great options. If I hear someone complaining about their corns, I will definitely refer them to your site!

    Where can I find wide and extra wide shoes for kids’?

  3. I greatly appreciate the information I learned from you article. I did not realize that different shoe companies ran wider than others. I will be getting my son New Balance shoes now that I know they are larger in width than other shoes. My son has the widest feet and always complain about his shoes feeling too tight! Thank you for this info!

  4. My son will not wear anything but wide shoes. He doesn’t really have extra wide feet, he just likes the “feel” of them a lot more. Says they are much more comfortable. That being said, it sometimes can be challenging finding shoes he likes that come in wide. Or shoes that just aren’t so narrow. I will say that New Balance is one brand that does carry wide shoes. Sometimes he wants a different brand, but you will find they have them.

  5. This is really great information so thank you for sharing! As someone who has a kid with extra wide feet and always used to buy longer shoes because I couldn’t find them wide enough, I am so HAPPY I cme across your website.

    It’s great that so many shoe companies are now making wide fitting shoes for children. I was scared of the short and long term consequences of a child wearing shoes that are too narrow is too great not to provide him with the correct shoe width.

    I ordered him two pair of sneakers from your website and he loves them! He even said that they are the most comfortable shoes that he has ever worn!

    • I am also glad that your child is wearing the correct pair of shoes now. It will make a huge difference when he runs, plays and walks! AND it will prevent several types of foot issues! Also, they make wide soccer cleats and wide baseball cleats for when your child starts playing sports.

  6. I have a three year old son with extra wide flat feet as well as sensory issues. I’ve had shoes fit for him expertly at a local shoe store known for fitting shoes. my son refuses to wear them as his sensory issues make it feel too tight for him.he walks around with Crocs all day which i cant imagine being good for his feet. Help! What do I do?

  7. Hi,
    I’m so glad that I came across your website. I have been struggling to find any shoe that will fit my 1.5 year old’s foot. The issue is the thickness of his actual foot from the bottom of his foot to the top. It is so thick that shoes either don’t go on, or I get his foot in and then can’t velcro anything shut because his foot is too chubby. I’ll try New Balance next, but I’m not sure if that will be any better.

    • Hello Karley,

      I believe your son has a high instep. This means that you don’t only need wider shoes, you also need deeper shoes. The deeper the shoes the better, since his foot will sit more comfortably inside the shoe.
      Have you been trying shoes in wide or extra wide widths?
      Definitely try New Balance, it will make a huge difference. The shoes I describe all come in extra wide and are also the deepest styles.
      I hope this helps!

  8. Hello,
    My nephew is 2 and has a very wide AND tall foot. By the time a pair of shoes fits the width of his foot, his foot still seems to tall but the length (toe to heel) of the shoe is too long. Based on the length, his foot was determined to be between a size 5 and size 6 (toddler). However, the width of height of his feet have not fit correctly into any of the size 6 shoes that we have tried. We are hoping to find a pair of shoes that will fit him correctly.

    • Hello Heather,

      By “tall foot” I assume that you mean your nephew has a high instep. I think you are having the issue of the shoes being too long because you are compensating the width with the length. Did you try any of the shoe styles in an extra wide width before?

      Try any of these two shoe styles below (they come in wide and extra wide widths and they are very deep to accommodate your nephew’s high instep).

      New Balance Deep and Wide Shoe – Option 1

      New Balance Deep and Wide Shoe – Option 2

      I hope this helps!

  9. I am trying to find a boat-style shoe for my daughter who wears size 3 extra wide in New Balance (she is really between a 2.5 and 3). Any suggestions?

  10. We were originally using striderite extra wide but starting when he needed a size 10 they weren’t wide enough. We now use new balance in wides and he is happy he has more than 3 choices of colors/style. Any recommendations on snow boots? If he wants to play in snow we have to wrap grocery bags around his feet with duct tape. They keep him dry but are slick and now that he’s 3 he wants snow boots like every one else.

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