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Dress Shoes with Arch Support – The Best Kids Dress Shoes with Support!


Are you looking for a pair of dress shoes for your child that provides good arch support? Has your child been diagnosed with flat feet or overpronation and needs a pair of supportive dress shoes?Whether your child is experiencing painful flat feet or heel pain, or you are simply looking to prevent your child from developing foot problems, I will describe the best dress shoes with arch support that are also fashionable and supportive at the same time.

There is a myriad of dress shoes available for children, but there are only certain styles that provide good arch support to their feet. The good news is that I know exactly which styles these are from having fitted them before.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience!

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and we specialize in helping children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive kids’ shoes and orthotics, and they make a tremendous difference for those children that are experiencing foot and leg pain. Shoes with arch support will also help align your kids’ feet and legs, improving their posture and allowing them to walk and run straighter.


These are the 3 most common reasons why children need extra support from their dress shoes:

1️⃣ Flat Feet: When children are flat-footed, their feet collapse and this throws their whole body out of alignment. Shoes with arch support will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and allow your child to walk and run straighter.

2️⃣ Overpronation: When children experience overpronation they put pressure on parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, which leads to foot, leg, and back pain.

3️⃣ Foot and Leg Pain: Shoes with arch support provide shock absorption, reducing the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.

What Makes the Dress Shoes I Recommend Effective for Kids with Foot Issues?

1️⃣ Substantial Outsoles: The dress shoes must come with a substantial outsole with good arch support to reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground. Let me show you an example of a dress shoe that provides arch support:


Mary Jane shoes are the best dress shoe choice in terms of support and durability for girls. They are by far better than flats since they tend to have a durable rubber sole with good traction, a firm heel counter for ankle support, and a velcro strap that will hug your kids’ feet for stability purposes.


2️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: This is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support. This feature is important to support and protect your kids’ heels.


While dress shoes are meant to be worn for short periods of time and once in a while, we still want them to be fitted properly and to be supportive. Besides, some children might wear these shoes to church or to go to synagogue, which might involve a lot of walking.

If you have been neglecting your child with a pair of dress shoes because you can’t seem to find a good supportive style, I will provide you with a selection of the best dress shoes with arch support. The shoes are also going to be available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best dress shoes with arch support.

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. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Dress Shoes with Arch Support ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

These styles are capable of fitting kids with medium (M) or wide (W) feet.

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

In each of the descriptions of the dress shoes, I indicate whether you need to order a half size or a whole size bigger than your child’s current foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

It doesn’t matter how supportive your kids’ dress shoes are, if they are not fitted properly, your child won’t t get any of the benefits the shoes have to offer. You will actually end up creating several foot problems to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!

I always recommend parents 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 to know what size to order.

I created a resource that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in the United States – Where To Go for Proper Fittings

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Foot Shape from Home

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article 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

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.


Extra Arch Support – Have You Ever Heard of “Arch Support Cookies”?

If you weren’t able to find a shoe style that works for your kids’ feet, there is another alternative —a little bit more complicated, especially if you don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in your area— There is a certain type of product you can insert inside your kids’ dress shoes that helps provide better support to their feet.

Do you know what a “cookie” means in terms of footwear? It’s an adhesive-backed pad that fits below the arch of your kids’ feet to provide extra arch support. Take a look at the picture below to see how a “cookie” looks like:


A “cookie” is made out of rubber and it goes below the insoles of the shoes right below where the arch of your kids’ foo is located. “Cookies” can be inserted in any type of shoe, and I usually fit them at the store for those kids who want a particular shoe style that doesn’t provide enough arch support. The “cookie” makes all the difference since it prevents your kids’ feet from collapsing and allows them to walk and run straighter.

However, you will either have to follow the steps I will show you below to learn how to properly insert a “cookie” inside your kids’ shoes, or you will have to find a children’s shoe fitting store in your area that can provide this service for you.

Below you can find a picture of how the “cookie” will look like one placed inside the shoe —keep in mind that the “cookie” fits below the inner sole of the shoe.


The advantage of inserting a “cookie” inside your kids’ shoes is that it will open up a broader selection of shoe styles. If you can’t seem to find a pair of kids’ dress shoes with enough arch support, you will just have to insert a pair of “cookies” inside the shoes.

Below you can find the best “cookies” arch support —you will have to order the size “pediatric” for your kids:

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular dress shoe style for your child. It’s highly likely that I have fitted it before, and I will help you find it. In the meantime, take look at an article that describes the best sneakers with arch support:

The Best Kids’ Shoes with Arch Support – STOP Your Kids’ Foot and Leg Pain!

Now that you know which are the best dress shoes with arch support, you can keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy.

Do you happen to need a pair of dress shoes with arch support for yourself? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best dress shoes with arch support for women and you can find it here:

Women Dress Shoes with Arch Support – Keep your Feet Comfortable and Healthy!

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child. My e-mail address is:


Have you found a particular dress shoe style that provides good arch support? Please share your thoughts and comments below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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11 Comments on Dress Shoes with Arch Support – The Best Kids Dress Shoes with Support!

  1. Hi Juan Pablo,
    Thank you for this information. My daughter who is 4 years old loves to dress up and wear dress shoes many times during the week. She wears custom orthodics since her feet overpronate. She wears a size 9.5 and likes black and shiny dress shoes. What do you recommend? Thank you for your time.

    • Hello Ruth,

      If you want to fit her in dress shoes with orthotics, below you can find the styles that I recommend (she can also wear these dress shoes without her orthotics as long as you limit the wear to a maximum of 4 hours a day):

      Dress Shoe: Option 1

      Dress Shoe: Option 2

      I hope this helps!

  2. Thank you so much! I bought her the See Kai Run ones, because she didn’t like the Pediped ones. Is there any other dress shoes in which I can put the orthodics?

  3. I’m having a hard search on black dress shoes for my grandson. He has extra wide feet size 1.5 need for June 13 graduation. What would you recommend.

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