Are you having a hard time finding a pair of dress shoes for your child with extra wide feet? Do you feel like every single shoe style that you try for your children’s feet is too narrow and leaves red marks on the top of their feet?
There is only a small selection of extra wide dress shoes for children, but the good news is that I will help you find them. I have found a selection of kids’ dress shoes that are actually labeled as extra wide (“XW”), and they will fit children with extra wide feet who also have a high instep.
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, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
I am always explaining to parents to remember that it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide their kids’ feet are, there is always at least one pair of shoes out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
While dress shoes are meant to be worn for a couple of hours and once in a while, if your kids wear dress shoes that are too narrow they might develop blisters, calluses, and corns. Please keep in mind that it only takes a couple of wears in the wrong shoe size for blisters to form,
Once a blister is formed, it can change the walking pattern of your children, leading them to putting pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to. This usually leads to foot and leg pain.
In addition to coming in extra wide widths, your kids’ dress shoe must also be deep and come with a round toe-box.
Parents are usually confused as how they are supposed to find shoes that provides those two features since shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”. I will make it easy for you and describe them below.
While the selection is small, there are a few dress shoes that will fit a child with extra wide feet.
I will show you a selection of the best extra wide children’s dress shoes shortly, but before I want to show you which are the most popular dress shoe brands for kids with extra wide feet and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
The Best Dress Shoe Brands for Kids with Extra Wide Feet ❤️
One of the best dress shoe brand for kids with extra wide feet is called Hush Puppies. This shoe company manufactures dress shoes that actually come in wide and extra wide widths and that are deep enough to fit children with high instep.
Another great shoe brand that makes children dress shoes in extra wide widths is called Stride Rite. You might want to start getting familiar with these two shoe brands if your child has extra wide feet.
These two children’s shoe brands have been around for a long time, and they provide good quality footwear that your kids will always outgrow before wearing the shoes down.
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. What’s even worse you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to your child’s feet.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting 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 which shoe brands make children’s dress shoes in extra wide widths and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, let’s move on to find out which are the best extra wide children’s dress shoes.
The Best Extra Wide Children’s Dress Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
I have fitted all the shoes I will describe below, and I know they won’t just fit a child with extra wide feet, but they will also provide good support and comfort. These shoes are also perfect if your child has a high instep, since they are very deep and come with a round toe-box.
Here you can find a selection of the best extra wide children’s dress shoes. Even though some of these shoe styles are only labeled as wide “W”, they are the widest dress shoes styles available for children.
This first selection is for boys:
This selection is for girls:
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.
If you are looking for a pair of everyday running shoes for your child with extra wide feet then you should take a look at another article I created called:
Before you leave, I wanted to tell you the key role that socks play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy.
The Best Dress Socks for Kids – Seamless, Durable, and Breathable!
If your child has extra wide feet, it’s also important that you find a pair of socks that don’t constrict their toe movement. Dress socks tend to have a seam around the toes, which can lead to not allowing the toes to freely move and make them overlap and rub against each other.
Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the buildup bacteria inside the shoes.
There are certain type of dress socks that are breathable and seamless, which will guarantee that they will not constrict your kids’ toes and prevent them from overlapping and rubbing against each other.
Below you can find a selection of the best seamless dress socks for kids:
Most socks come in a package with labels that read “Fits Sock Size”, “Fits Ages From” , “Fits Shoe Size”. When trying to find the correct sock size for your children, please ignore the label the reads “sock size” or “age guidelines”.
In order to find your child’s correct sock size, you must always look under the label “shoe size” in the sock’s tags. This is the most effective way to find your children’s correct sock size. Take a look at the two pictures below for clarification:
IMPORTANT TIP: Is your child into playing sports? There are certain sport shoes that actually come in wide and extra wide widths. I wanted to mention this because I know most parents are not aware that sport shoes for children with extra wide feet actually exist.
Click on the sport that your child likes to play to find cleats available in wide and extra wide widths:
I provided with a selection of the best extra wide dress shoes for children and now you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Have you found a particular dress shoe style that has worked well for your child with extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.