Imagine the following scenario:
A family comes into the shoe store and to get their son’s feet measured to get fitted for a new pair shoes.
The shoe fitter proceeds by taking the child’s shoes off and…
“Oh my! Those feet look like frying pans!”
Does your child have wide or extra wide feet?
Do you always have a hard time finding him shoes that fit? Does he always complain that his shoes feeling too tight? Do you always buy bigger shoes to compensate for the width? Well all of that STOPS now!
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 6 years and I have seen all sorts of feet from narrow, medium, wide, to extra wide widths! Some parents even come to the store saying that they need help from a specialist since their child needs shoes for his “extra wide feet”.
Shoe companies do have a decent selection of kids’ shoes that come in extra wide widths, but different shoe styles fit differently. For example, a certain shoe style with the same length and width size fits different than another shoe style in the same shoe length and width! I know it’s sounds confusing, but take a look at the picture below for clarification!
Do you notice how the New Balance shoe (on the left) has a rounder, wider toe-box than the Saucony style (on the right)? These shoes are the same size, but as you can see, will fit very different!
An extra wide shoe made by the New Balance will fit wider than an extra wide shoe made by the Saucony! How can this be possible if we are talking about the same shoe size in length and the same size in width? Well, shoe companies make shoes differently! New Balance shoes tend to have the widest, roundest toe-boxes, that will fit the widest kids’ feet!
In this post, I describe which are the BEST kids’ shoes for extra wide feet!
Which Shoe Companies Make Children Shoes In Extra Wide Widths?
- New Balance
- Stride Rite
- Jumping Jacks
Those are the five brands that make children’s shoes in extra wide widths. While there are a lot of children with extra wide feet, not many shoe companies address their needs. Perhaps they believe there is not such a demand of children with extra wide feet! Boy are they wrong!
Since I work in a specialized kids’ shoe store that specializes in children with foot issues such as flat feet, knocked knees, or pigeon toes, we sell different type of orthotics or shoe inserts for kids’ to help correct the particular condition. Once we put an orthotic inside the shoe, we need a wide or extra wide shoe for the orthotic to fit properly inside the shoe.
That is the reason why we carry every single shoe style shoe companies make extra wide for kids’. I have fitted them all and I know which ones are the best styles.
Warning: Avoid Places Such As Nordstrom’s, Stride Rite,and Payless…
Unfortunately, most parents don’t know that their children have wide or extra wide feet. This might be because they just see shoes as coverings of the feet, and don’t really see the importance that shoes play in keeping their kids’ feet healthy!
They might 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 place close attention at the stores that sell shoes, I can guarantee you won’t find shoes that come in different widths!
Those stores are filled with brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Puma… which are great shoe brands, but they don’t make shoes in different widths. Their focus ison more fashionable shoes rather than function oriented shoes!
When you see people shopping for shoes at the shopping malls, they are not having their children feet properly measured and hence they don’t have a clue whether their children’s feet are narrow, wide, or extra wide. If you go to your local children’s shoe store, you will see shoes of all different widths, since these stores hire and train their staff to become shoe fitters that know how to properly measure your kids’ feet!
I always recommend that parents shy away from taking their kids’ to have their shoes fitted at stores such as Nordstrom, Stride Rite, or Payless to name a few examples. I actually wrote a post where I explain why you must stop buying shoes for your kids’ at these stores and the best place to buy kids’ shoes in this post:
Why Are Extra Wide Shoes Important? Healthy Feet!
If your child has extra wide feet and he or she is not wearing the right shoe width, this will lead to blisters, calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails, among other foot problems!
Some children may not even need an extra wide width shoe, BUT if they wear an orthotic, they might need an extra wide shoe for the orthotic to fit inside the shoe. Orthotics take a lot of space inside the shoe, and generally a wider width shoe is needed for the orthotic to properly fit inside the shoe.
If your child needs an extra wide width sneaker, below you can see a list of the best extra wide fitting sneakers for children!
The shoes in the first-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row 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.
Do Kids’ Dress Shoes Come In Extra Wide Widths? Learn The Secret!
Yes, but very few of them do. There are three brands that make dress shoes in extra wide and they are:
- Stride Rite
- Jumping Jacks
While the selection of kids’ dress shoes in extra wide widths is definitely more limited than that of sneakers, if your child has an extra wide width foot and needs a dressier shoe, they do make them! While a child might use a dress shoe for short periods of time, and infrequently – 2 to 4 times a month, it is still important to have them fitted properly!
Below you can find a selection of the best extra wide dress shoes for children in wide and extra wide widths:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Before you decide which shoes to get for your child, read my post where I describe how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. You can find that post here:
My Child Always Complains About His Socks Feeling Too Tight!
When a child has extra wide feet, that means he will need extra wide shoes, but also socks that will allow his toes to freely move inside the shoes, and prevent constriction of toe movement! Every time I fit a child in an extra wide width shoe, I always suggest parents find a pair of seamless socks as well.
Those type of socks will prevent your child’s toes from overlapping or rubbing against each other. I created a post where I describe the best socks for kids’ with wide or extra wide feet and how to make sure you are getting the correct sock size. You can find that post here:
Extra Wide Sport Shoes For Children- Do They Exist?
While most sport shoes don’t come in extra wide widths, there is one style of cleats for soccer and one style of cleats for baseball that do come in extra wide widths! Isn’t that amazing? How long have you been trying to find them?!
There is also a small selection of basketball shoes that come in wide widths, but the style got discontinue so you might not be able to find those shoes anymore! When a child is playing a particular sport, he is stressing his feet and legs more than when he is performing his everyday activities. This is why it is really important to have your kids’ sport shoes properly fitted, to keep his feet and legs healthy!
Below you can find three different posts I wrote where I describe the best extra wide shoes for that particular sport your child is playing!
Extra Wide Shoes For Your Child Do Exist!
Finding extra wide widths shoes can be extremely difficult depending on where you take your child to get fitted for shoes. I presented you with the best extra wide widths shoes! I always recommend that parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store to have their shoes properly fitted, but several parents have contacted me concerned that they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust where they live.
If you don’t have a shoe store to take your kids to, I created a post where I describe how and where you can get shoes online. The post is called:
Does your child has wide or extra wide feet? Are you having a hard time finding the right type of shoes for him or her? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit it from them!