Are you having a hard time finding a pair of extra wide sandals for your boy? Do you feel like every sandal style that you try on his feet feels too tight and leaves red marks on the top of his feet?
Finding a pair of extra wide sandals for boys can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide or narrow your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly and I will help you find it.
There is only a small selection of sandals for boys with extra wide feet, but the good news is that I know exactly which styles these are from having fitted them before.
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have worked for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have gotten familiar with the best kids’ shoe brands and the best styles among those brands.
For the last 3 years I have been helping families find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids online.
There are 2 key features that the sandals must provide and most parents are not even aware of in order to fit the shape of your boy with extra wide feet:
- Depth: This feature will allow your kids’ feet to fit deeply inside the sandals and prevent the top part of their feet and toes from rubbing against the top part of the sandals.
- Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping one another or rubbing against the side of the sandals.
Most parents get confused about how are they suppose to find sandals with those two features since sandals don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”. You have nothing to worry about, the sandals I will provide you with will provide these two key features and some other important ones as well.
One of the most common mistakes I see parents make is to provide their children with shoes that are extra-long in order to compensate for the width. As soon as the child complains that the shoes feel tight parents start trying a longer shoe size until the child says the shoes don’t pink anymore.
If you provide your children with a pair of shoes that are too long, you will end up compromising your child’s stability and making him/her more prone to falling down.
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.
I will provide you with a selection of extra wide sandals for boys shortly, but first I want to show you what features these summer sandals will provide to your child’s feet and how you can figure your child’s exact foot size from home.
Extra Wide Sandals for Boys – The 5 Most Important Features ❤️
In addition to being deep and coming with a round toe-box, there are certain features that a summer sandal must provide in order to keep your child’s feet healthy:
- Support: Sandals must provide good support and come with a substantial sole in order for your child to be able to run around all day comfortably. A supportive sandal will also keep your kids ‘feet and legs healthy by minimizing the impact that your kids ‘feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight/Flexible: While we want the sandals to be supportive, we also want them to be lightweight and flexible at the same time in order for your kids’ feet and legs to not get tired easily.
- Durable: Every parent wants their kids to outgrow their shoes before they get destroyed. It’s important for the sandals to be durable so your boy can wear them for the whole summer season (remember that boys tend to be really rough on their shoes!)
- Quick-dry: It’s important for sandals to be able to dry fast in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy.
- Traction: A sandal that provides good traction will reduce the likelihood of your child from slipping and falling down, especially when walking or running around wet surfaces.
If we find a sandal that provides all of those features and is available for a boy that has extra wide feet, you will be keeping his feet and legs healthy for the whole summer season.
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.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe storethat 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 a good summer sandal must provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the bet extra wide sandals for boys.
The Best Extra Wide Sandals for Boys ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Like I mentioned before, 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.
Here you can find below a selection of the best extra wide sandals for boys. You will notice how some of these sandals are labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”), while some other do not. If the sandal is not labeled as wide or extra wide it means that they just fit really wide. I have fitted boys with extra wide feet and high insteps in all of these sandals.
All of these sandal styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
One awesome feature I forgot to mention about these sandals is how they come with a removable insole that you can wash if they start getting smelly. Have you ever tried Keen sandals? Parents always complain about how smelly they get! You won’t have this problem with these sandals.
If you need any other type of shoes such as everyday, summer, winter, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes that you need. This tool is extremely valuable since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. I also tell you exactly how each shoe style is cut (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic. Go to the link below:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have trouble fining a particular shoe style for your child’s feet.
Have you found another summer sandal style that has worked well for your child’s extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.