I decided to create a post about the best kids dress shoes with arch support since I have had several parents requesting me to create this post for a while now. I strongly believe that supportive shoes play an important role in keeping our kids’ growing feet healthy, and while it might be easier to find everyday supportive shoes for our kids, finding a pair of dress shoes with arch support is far more complicated.
Whether your children have painful flat feet or heel pain, or you are simply looking to protect your kids from developing foot problems, I will describe the best dress shoes for them that are fashionable and SUPPORTIVE at the same time!
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 7 years now, and we specialize in children with foot and leg problems. We carry the most supportive kids’ shoes and orthotics, and they make a tremendous difference for those children that are experiencing foot and leg pain.
There are several children that need shoes with arch support, since they might have pronated feet or might be experiencing leg or foot pain. Finding kids’ dress shoes with arch support is not an easy thing to do, but finding them in different widths such as wide or extra wide is even harder!
However, every time I review a particular shoe style I want it to be available in different widths, since not all kids’ feet are the same.
Remember that it doesn’t matter how supportive your kids’ shoes are, if they are not fitted properly, your child will not get any of the benefits the shoe has to offer. You will actually end up creating more problems, since a shoe that doesn’t fit properly will lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
While dress shoes are meant to be worn for a very short period of time once in a while, we still want them to be fitted properly and to be supportive. Besides, some children might wear this shoes to church or to go to synagogue, which it 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 review in this post not only the most supportive dress shoes for kids, but also the styles that are available in different widths such as narrow, wide, and extra wide widths!
If you want to rest assured that your child is receiving complete and reliable support from his or her dress shoes, you have come to the right place!
Dress Shoes For Kids – Why They Are Important!
As children get older, they will start needing an alternative shoe to their everyday sneakers. Whether you have a special occasion to attend to, or you want your children to have a pair of dressier shoes to go to dinner, providing them with the correct pair of shoes is important.
I have spoken with several parents who explained me how they couldn’t buy their kids a pair of dress shoes because they couldn’t find the correct shoe width, or they couldn’t find a style that was supportive enough.
I am sure you wouldn’t want your child to attend an event wearing his or her everyday sneakers when all the other children are wearing dress shoes, just for the simple fact that you can’t find them! TRUST me, supportive dress shoes do exist and I will show you the best styles below!
How Much Support Do I Need In My Kids’ Dress Shoes?
It all depends on how long your child will wear them! Some children will wear their dress shoes for only a couple of hours a day (4 to 5 hours), once in a while. In this case, you won’t have to worry about your kids’ shoes providing that much support. However, if your child will be wearing his or her dress shoes for two to three times a week, then you will definitely have to find a more substantial dress shoe.
Basically it all depends how much use your child will get from his or her dress shoes!
The Most Supportive Dress Shoes For Kids – Choose Them Wisely!
What type of features does a shoe style must have in order to be supportive for our kids’ feet?
- It must have a firm heel counter to provide ankle support.
- It must have good arch support to prevent our kids’ feet from collapsing.
- It must have a strong, durable rubber sole with good traction to allow our kids to run around comfortably.
If we find a shoe with all the features mentioned above, your child will be good to go! There are certain shoe styles that we must stay away from, such as loafers for boys since they won’t provide your child with any support or stability. For girls, you must avoid providing them with flats since they provide no support whatsoever.
Mary jane shoe styles 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 foot for stability purposes!
It is a fact that kids outgrow their shoes relatively quickly, which leads a lot of parents to don’t put a lot of time and effort in trying to find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids. Taking the time to find a shoe that fits not only length wise, but width wise as well, will be extremely beneficial to your kids’ feet and legs in the long run.
Below you can find a selection of the most supportive children’s shoes that are also available in different 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.
Can’t Seem To Find Supportive Shoes That Fit? – The Best Alternative
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 will provide more support to their feet.
Do you know what a “cookie” means in terms of footwear? It’s an adhesive-backed pad that fits behind the arch of your kids foot 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 behind the inner sole of the shoe behind the arch of your kids’ foot. This can be inserted in any shoe, and we usually fit them at the store for those kids who want a particular shoe style that doesn’t provide enough 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 show in this post closely to learn how to insert a “cookie” inside your kids’ shoe, or you will have to find a children’s shoe fitting store in your area that can do this 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 behind the inner sole of the shoe).
The advantage of inserting a “cookie” inside your kids shoes is that it opens up for a broader selection of shoe styles. If you can’t seem to find a pair of kids’ dress shoes with enough arch support, here you can find the best “cookies” arch support (you will have to order the size “small” for your kids):
Everyday Shoes That Look Like Dress Shoes – Learn The Secret!
Sometimes parents will want to find an everyday shoe for their kids that they can still wear as their dressier shoes. Is this possible? ABSOLUTELY!
Depending on the occasion your child needs to attend, you can definitely get away with a pair of everyday sneakers that look like dress shoes.
In fact, there are two posts that I wrote where I describe the best all black everyday shoes for kids and the best all white everyday shoes for kids (both choices look dressy enough), and both styles are available in wide and extra wide widths!
You can find those posts below!
The Importance Of Wearing The Correct Type Of Socks!
I wanted to emphasize that wearing the correct type of sock and the correct sock size has the same importance as providing your child with the correct shoe size. While I don’t want to get into too much detail about this subject in this post, I wrote a post where I describe the importance of wearing the correct type of socks and you can find it here:
Have you been looking for kids supportive dress shoes for a while now? Do you know of a particular dress shoe style that works well for children that need extra support? Please share your thoughts and comments below so we can all benefit from them!