Are you having a hard time finding a pair of Mary Jane shoes for your child with extra wide feet? Do you feel like you try several pairs on your chid’s feet but always end up empty handed?
Finding a pair of extra wide Mary Jane shoes for children can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe brands and what shoe styles to look for.
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.
Since I am experienced in fitting orthotics (which take a lot of space inside the shoes), I am familiar with every single children’s shoe style that comes in wide and extra wide widths.
Parents need to keep one thing in mind: It doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide their children’s feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their children’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
The most common mistake I see parents make is assuming that once they provide their children with a pair of shoes that are labeled as extra wide (“XW”), that shoe will automatically fit the shape of their feet.
There are two other key factors that the shoes must provide in order to guarantee that they will fit the shape of their feet:
- Depth: This feature will allow your children’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your their feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
- Round Toe-Box: Shoes with a round toe-box will prevent your children’s toes from rubbing against the side of the shoes or overlapping one another.
I decided to create an article about the best extra wide Mary Jane shoes for kids because parents seem to have a really hard time finding them.
Do Mary Jane shoes actually come in extra wide widths? Yes, there are certain Mary Jane styles that I have fitted before that I know come actually labeled as extra wide (XW).
The selection is very small, but the good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles will work for your child’s feet and I will help you find them.
I will provide you with a selection of the best Mary Jane shoe styles shortly, but first let me show you what features these Mary Janes will provide for your child’s feet and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Extra Wide Mary Jane Shoes – The 3 Most Important Features!
These are the 3 most important features that the Mary Jane shoe styles that I will describe below will provide to your child’s feet:
❤️ Supportive sole: These Mary Jane styles all come with a substantial sole that will 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 which will protect and support your child’s heels.
❤️ Good traction: All of the Mary Jane styles I will describe below will come with good traction in order to reduce the likelihood of your child from slipping and falling down.
Parents seems to have one common question: Will my child be able to wear these Mary Jane shoe styles as their everyday shoes?
Yes, because the shoe style that I recommend all provide good support and they are all made of quality materials which makes them very durable. However, Mary Jane shoe styles should not replace your child’s everyday sneakers. For activities such as physical education class or when your child is playing a particular sport, a pair of everyday sneakers is required to keep your child’s feet and legs healthy.
Before I describe the best Mary Jane shoe styles for children, I want to make sure that you are 100% sure of your child’s foot size.
I always recommend parents to take their toddler 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 what features these Mary Jane shoe styles provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, let’s take a look at a selection of the best extra wide Mary Jane shoes for kids.
The Best Extra Wide Mary Jane Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Please remember that your child should NOT wear these shoe styles for high impact activities or sports. Here you can find a selection of the best extra wide Mary Jane shoes for kids. Please keep in mind that most of these styles are only labeled as wide (“W”), but they will also fit a child with extra wide feet.
This first selection is for toddlers:
This selection is for older kids (ages 4 and above):
All of these Mary Jane shoe styles provide all of the features that I mentioned before (substantial sole, firm heel counter, rubber sole).
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the Brannock device (foot measuring device).
Now that you know which are the best extra wide Mary Jane shoes for kids, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
How to Tell If Your Kids’ Mary Jane Shoes Are Too Narrow?
There is an easy and effective way to check if your kids Mary Jane shoe styles are too narrow. Slide your finger around the top part of your child’s feet where the front part of the Mary Jane shoe meets with your kids’ feet. Take a look at the image below for clarification purposes:
You should be able to comfortably slide your finger around this area. If you can’t fit your finger, then it means that Mary Jane shoe style is too narrow.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before and I will help you find it.
Have you tried another Mary Jane shoe style that has worked well for your chid’s extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.