Have you been looking for an extra wide sandal for your boy? Do you feel like every sandal that you try on his feet feels too tight and pinches his toes? Extra wide summer sandals for boys do exist and I will describe them here!
I want you to REMEMBER one thing, it doesn’t matter how wide or how narrow your kids’ feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly and I will HELP you find it.
I have been helping parents find their children’s shoes online for the last three years since I am familiar with most kids’ shoe styles and how they FIT.
I am an expert when it comes to shoe fitting since I have worked at a children’s shoe store for 10 years. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting 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 hurt anymore.
Please STOP doing that, since all you are doing is compromising your child’s stability by providing him with shoes that are too long. This can lead to your child falling and injuring himself.
There are certain features that a summer sandal must provide in order to keep your child’s feet healthy.
The sandals must be supportive (in order for your child to be able to run around all day), provide good traction (this will prevent your child from slipping and falling when walking on wet surfaces), and they must be durable (in order to last the whole summer season).
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.
Keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way to be able to tell parents exactly how the shoes FIT.
Are you 100% sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size? I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’shoe store so a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.
If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store to take your child to be properly fitted for shoes, please START by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s shoe size:
Did you know that shoes that are too short or too narrow can create several foot issues to your kids’ feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns?
STOP providing your child with shoes that are too narrow!
Before I provide you with a selection of extra wide sandals for boys, I want you to know what features a summer sandal must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy.
Extra Wide Sandals For Boys – Important Features!
Besides being the correct size (length and width), the summer sandals that we want to provide for our boys must provide the following features:
- Supportive: 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 take every time they become in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight: While we want our kids’ sandals to be supportive, we also want them to be lightweight at the same time in order for their feet to not get tired easily.
- Durable: Every parent wants their kids to outgrow their sandals 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.
- Secure closure: We either want a velcro strap or a toggle shoe lace that will hug your kids’ feet and provide them with good stability and support.
- Traction: A sandal that provides good traction will prevent your child from slipping and falling down,especially when walking or running through wet surfaces.
Besides providing all of those features, the sandals I will describe below come with a closed toe front so it will protect your kids’ feet as well.
Can we find a sandal that provides all of these features and that is available in extra wide widths?
Yes, we can!
I have fitted them before and I can guarantee you that they will fit your boy with extra wide feet.
Now that you know what features a good summer sandal must provide and how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the bet extra wide sandals for boys.
Extra Wide Sandals For Boys – The Secret Revealed!
Please keep in mind that I have fitted the sandals that I will describe below and I am familiar exactly how each shoe style FITS (short, long, narrow, wide).
But before you decide to provide your child with a certain shoe size, you must take certain things in to consideration.
For example, if you know your child needs a shoe size 10, you will need a size 10 ½ in order to allow for growing room (we want seasonal footwear to last for the whole season). But, you need to adjust according to how the particular shoe style that you need for your child FITS. If your child needs a shoe size 10 but the shoe style runs short, that means that your child will need a size 11 instead of a size 10 ½ (in order to allow for growing room).
Another example will be that if your child needs a shoe size 10 but the shoe runs long, you will stick with the size 10 or 10 ½ in order to allow for growing room (because the shoe already runs really long).
Please find below a selection of the best extra wide sandals for boys. These sandals don’t come labeled as “W” (wide) or “XW” (extra wide), they just fit really wide and I have fitted boys with extra wide feet and high insteps in these sandals.
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.
One awesome feature I forgot to mention about these sandals is how they come with a removable sole 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 Jambu 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 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! You can find that tool here:
Have you tried a pair of summer sandals for your boy that fit extra wide? Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all benefit from them!