Has your child been diagnosed with flat feet and overpronation? Did your physical or occupational therapist recommended that your child wears an orthotic with his/her shoes?
If you have been looking or already found the correct type of orthtotics for your child, then you must find the correct type of shoes that FIT the orthotics. Not all shoe styles will be able to fit an orthotic, in fact, there is only a small selection of shoes that work with orthotics.
Orthotics and shoes work hand to hand, and if you fit a pair of supportive orthotics in the wrong pair of shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
I have found orthotics to be extremely effective in improving a child’s posture, since they provide biomechanical balance by redistributing body weight and helping children walk and run straighter. Please remember that if the orthotics are not fitted with the correct pair of shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotic has to offer.
The most common mistake parents make is that they only focus in what type of orthotics their kids need and they don’t pay too much attention about the shoes.
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. The shoe store specializes in children with foot and leg issues, that is the reason why we carry the most supportive shoes and the best orthotics for children.
I am familiar with the best shoe styles for orthotics, since we only carry good, supportive shoes that come with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter.
Did you know that a pair of well fitted shoes with orthotics is all your child needs to be able to walk straighter and improve his/her overall posture?
Allow me to elaborate…
For example, let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet wearing two different pair of shoes. The first picture shows a child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are turning inwards?
The second picture shoes the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how the arch support and the heel support will help align the feet? This will allow your child to walk and run straighter!
Once I am done fitting a child in a pair of shoes with orthotics, I always take them to the hallway to watch the way they walk and run.I will say that 80% of the time we can see an improvement right away, but in certain cases it takes longer for the child to adjust to the way the shoes and the orthotics feel.
One common complain children have when they first try a pair of shoes with orthotics is how they feel like their feet are coming out of the shoe every time they take a step. This makes sense, since when we FIT an orthotic inside a shoe, the orthotic is eventually raising the child’s feet up, giving the child the impression that his/her feet are coming out of the shoe.
In order to prevent this from happening, we must find a pair of shoes that are deep, since that will guarantee that the orthotic will FIT deep down inside the shoe, and your child won’t get the impression that his or her feet are coming out of the shoe.
A pair of deep shoes will not only allow your child’s feet to sit more comfortably inside the shoe, but it will also prevent the top part of your child’s foot from rubbing against the top part of the shoe.
Let me show you an example of how an orthotic FITS inside a pair of DEEP SHOES VS a pair of SHALLOW SHOES (both of these shoes are the same size).
Here is a picture of an orthotic fitted in a pair of deep shoes. Do you notice how deep the orthotic is fitting inside the shoe?
Now, let’s take a look of a picture of an orthotic that is being fitted in a pair of shoes that are too shallow.
Do you notice the difference? In the first picture the orthotic is sitting deeply inside the shoe while in the second picture the orthotic is fitting further up which will raise your kids’ feet up and give your child the impression that his/her feet are coming out of the shoes.
The shoes should also come with a round toe-box in order to prevent the orthotic from poking against the side of the shoes and destroying the shoes. Do you notice how the shoe on the right (grey and pink) has a much rounder toe-box than the shoe on the left (all black)? These shoes are the same size but they will fit very differently.
You need to find a shoe that is supportive, deep, and that also comes with a round toe-box.
You might be wondering… Shoes don’t come labeled as deep or with a round toe-box, so how would I ever find them?
I will provide you with a selection of the best deep shoes for orthotics, but I want you to get familiar with the features that the shoes must provide in case you don’t like any of the shoes I will show you.
Shoes that Fit Orthotics – Supportive, Deep, and a Round Toe-Box!
Besides being deep and coming with a round toe-box, there are other features that the shoes must provide in order for an orthotic to fit properly inside them. Some of these features are:
- Removable insole: The shoe that you provide for your child should come with a removable insole, in order for you to be able to take it out when you are fitting the orthotic inside the shoe.
- Substantial and supportive sole: This will help reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground. This feature will hold the orthotic in place.
- A firm heel counter: This will help strengthen and straighten the ankles. If the shoe that you provide for your child has a heel counter that is too flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? It’s the back part of the shoe that offers ankle support. Here you can find where the heel counter is located:
This is an example of a shoe with a soft heel counter:
This is an example of a shoe with a firm heel counter:
If we find a shoe that provides all of these features, your child will be good to go! This way you will guarantee that your child will get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
IMPORTANT TIP: Most shoes don’t provide the correct type of support or structure to be fitted with an orthotic. Please make sure you are providing your child with a supportive shoe if you want him or her to get the full benefits of the orthotics.
The Best Deep Shoes for Orthotics ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Before I show you a selection of the deepest shoes for orthotics, I want to emphasize that it doesn’t matter how much support and structure a shoe provides, if it’s not fitted properly, 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 kids’ feet and find shoes that FIT. However, several parents have contacted me asking about where they can get their kids’ shoes online since they don’t have any shoe stores left in their area that they TRUST.
If you are one of those parents, start by reading a post I wrote where I describe the best way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
Now that you know how to provide your child with the correct shoe size, you can find a selection of the best deep shoes for orthotics. All of these shoe styles are all available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide, so choose the shoe width accordingly.
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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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
In certain cases you might need to provide your child with a whole size longer since the orthotics do take extra space inside the shoes. You should NEVER go more than a whole size longer since then you will end up compromising your child’s stability.
Please keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to know the quality of the shoes and how they fit. These shoes are also available in different widths, so it doesn’t matter what type of feet your child has (medium, wide, or extra wide), as long as you choose the correct shoe width, your child will have no problem fitting in these shoe styles.
Even if your child doesn’t have wide or extra wide feet, orthotics take a lot of room inside the shoes so you might need to choose the wider width.
Shoelaces Or Velcro Closure Shoes? – Get It Right!
I always recommend shoelaces over Velcro closure when a child must wear an orthotic inside the shoes.
I want to clarify that I do understand how hard it is for parents to deal with tying their kids’ shoelaces when they come untie all the time, but if your child has severe pronation and foot and leg pain, shoelaces will make a big difference helping your child walk and run straighter.
Shoes that come with shoelaces provide more support and more stability than shoes with Velcro closure. The main reason for this is that the shoelaces hug the feet bettering they push the heels against the back of the shoe, making your kids feel more secure when walking and running.
Most parents don’t want to deal with shoelaces, so they end up providing them with a pair of Velcro shoes. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you understand that your child might not get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
I provided you with a selection of shoes that come with shoelaces and also Velcro, so you can decide which styles will fit your child’s need better.
Don’t Forget About your Kids’ Socks – Keep your Kids’ Feet Healthy!
Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the build up of bacteria inside the shoe and also protecting your kids’ feet from rubbing against the shoe.
I have also helped several children that couldn’t stand wearing socks with their shoes find the correct type of socks. There are certain kids’ that feel every bump and lump as soon as you put socks on them, and they will refuse to wear them.
Have you ever heard of seamless socks? They are the solution to STOP your kids’ from fussing every time they need to put socks on. You can learn more about them in an article I wrote called:
Now that you know about the deepest shoes for kids and the best type of socks for them, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Have you found a pair of deep shoes for your child that has worked well for his or her orthotics? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!