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

Kids Shoes With Wide Toe Box

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?

There are different children’s shoe styles available in extra wide widths, but the most common mistake 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. A shoe style that comes in extra wide widths is the first step in the process of finding shoes for your child’s extra wide feet.

In addition, there are other two key features that the shoes must provide in order to fit the shape of your child’s feet. The shoes must be deep and come with a round toe-box.

Deep shoes will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of their feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes with a round toe-box will prevent your chid’s toes from overlapping and rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes.

You might be wondering…

How are you going to find these shoes if shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” and with a “round toe-box”? I will help you find them!

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, which requires us to carry the widest shoes available in order to accommodate those orthotics. I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands fit wider than others.

For the last 3 years I have been helping families find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.

Some of the most popular shoe brands that make children with extra wide feet are New Balance, Saucony, and Stride Rite.

I have found the New Balance shoes tend to fit much wider than Saucony or Stride Rite.

For example, let’s compare two different shoe styles in the same length and width size, 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 left) has a rounder toe-box than the Saucony style (on the right)? These shoes are the same size, but as you  can see, they will fit very different.

Extra Wide New Balance Shoes

An extra wide shoe made by New Balance will fit wider than an extra wide shoe made by the Saucony. I have noticed howNew Balance shoes tend to have the widest, roundest toe-boxes. This doesn’t mean that all New Balance shoe styles will fit a child with extra wide feet, there are only certain styles and I will show them to you shortly.

I want you to do something for me right now. I want you to take a look at the shoes that your child is wearing now and 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.

Shoes That Are Too Narrow

Shoes That Are Too Narrow

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.

I will provide you with a selection of the best children extra wide shoes, but let’s first make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size.

Please keep in mind that these shoes will even accommodate your child’s high instep.

Avoid  Retailers such as Nordstrom’s, Footlocker, and  Payless…

Unfortunately, most parents don’t know that their children have wide or extra wide feet. This might 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 Puma… which are great shoe brands, but they don’t manufacture shoes in different widths. Their focus is on more fashionable shoes rather than function oriented shoes.

I noticed how Footlocker carries New Balance shoe styles but they don’t offer them in different widths. This came to a surprise to me since one of the reasons why New Balance shoes are so popular is because they manufacture shoes that can accommodate all sort of feet.

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

I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, 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 children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.

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 with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Shoe Size Foot Length

Now that you know to figure out your child’s foot size from home you are ready to see a selection of the best children extra wide shoes.

The Best Children Extra Wide Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles 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.

Here you can find a selection of the best extra wide shoes for children that come with Velcro closure:


Here you can find a selection of the best extra wide shoes for children that come with shoelaces:


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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.

These are the best shoe styles that I have fitted before for children with extra wide feet and a high instep.

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!

The Best Socks for Kids with Extra Wide Feet – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

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 will 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.

Here you can find a selection of the best socks for children with extra wide feet:


The Best Sport, Summer/Winter, Dress Shoes for Extra Wide Feet ❤️

I am always emphasizing this to parents: It doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it!

While I can’t get into too much detail about all different types of shoes for children with extra wide feet, I have written articles that will cover everything you need to know.

Take a look at the different articles I have written that cover all that you need to know about that specific shoe style that you are looking for your child with extra wide feet:

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

When children are playing a particular sport, they are stressing out their feet and legs at a whole different level. This is why it is really important to have your kids’ sport shoes properly fitted, to keep his feet and legs healthy.

When it comes to sports shoes, there are only two soccer cleat styles that will fit the shape of a child with extra wide feet:

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

Here you can find extra wide shoes for the following sports:

Wide Width Baseball Cleats – They Do Exist!

Wide Basketball Shoes For Kids – The Best Style For Your Child With Wide Or Extra Wide Feet

Wide Football Cleats For Boys – They DO EXIST!

Let’s wrap it up with the best seasonal shoes for children with 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!

The Best Children Running Shoes

Finding extra wide shoes for children that are deep and come with a round toe-box can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styes to look for.

Some children may not even need an extra wide width shoe, buy if they wear an orthotic, they might need an extra wide shoe for the orthotic to be able to fit inside the shoe. Orthotics take a lot of space inside the shoes, and generally a wider width shoe that is deep is needed for the orthotic to properly fit inside the shoe.

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.LET’S 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.

  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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