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 children are experiencing painful flat feet or heel pain, or you are simply looking to prevent your kids 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 will provide good arch support to their feet. The good news is that I know exactly which styles these are from having fitted them before.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and we specialize in 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.
I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others from having fitted them myself before.
There are several reasons why your children might need a pair of shoes that provide good arch support:
- 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.
- Overpronation: When children experience overpronation they put pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, which leads to foot, leg, and back pain.
- 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.
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 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. These styles will also be available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide widths.
How Much Support Do You Need from Your Kids’ Dress Shoes?
As children get older, they will start needing an alternative shoe to their every day 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.
The amount of support that the dress must provide 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) and once in a while. In this case, you won’t have to worry about your kids’ shoes providing that much support. However, if your children will be wearing their dress shoes for two to three times a week, then you will definitely have to find a more substantial dress shoe style.
If your child has developed a foot condition that requires the dress shoes to provide extra support, then we obviously need to find a pair of dress shoes with good support.
Supportive Dress Shoes for Kids – The 3 Most Important Features!
Let me show you the 3 most important features that your kids’ dress shoes must provide in order to keep their feet and legs healthy:
- Substantial sole: The dress shoes must come with a substantial sole with good arch support I order to reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground ❤️
- Firm Heel Counter: This is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support. This feature is important to support and protect your kids’ heels ❤️
- Traction:Your kids’ dress shoes must come with a strong, durable rubber sole with good traction to minimize the likelihood of your child from slipping and falling down ❤️
If we find a shoe style that provides all of those features, your child will be good to go! There are certain shoe styles that you 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 and high heels since they provide no support whatsoever.
However, 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.
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:
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:
Now that you know what features these dress shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, let’s take a look at a selection of the best dress shoe with arch support.
The Best Dress Shoes with Arch Support ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
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.
Below you can find a selection of the best dress shoes with arch support for girls:
Here you can find a selection of the best dress shoes with arch support for boys:
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.
Please keep in mind that some of the styles described above are available in wide and extra wide widths.
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:
Extra Arch Support – Have You Ever Heard of “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 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 below the inner sole of the shoe 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.
Here you can find the best “cookies” arch support (you will have to order the size “small” for your kids):
Please 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!
Now thay you know which are the best dress shoes with arch support, you can keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy.
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.