Are you having a hard time finding a pair of extra wide school shoes for your child? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different shoe styles and they all end up being too narrow?
Finding a pair of extra wide back to school shoes can be a time-consuming and frustrating thing to do, especially if you don’t know what shoe brands to look for. Even if you know what shoe brands are better for children with extra wide feet, there will only be a few shoe styles among that brand capable of accommodating a child with extra wide feet.
Most parents make the common mistake of assuming that once they find a pair of shoes that is labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”), then that shoe style will automatically fit the shape of their child’s extra wide feet.
In addition to being labeled as wide or extra wide, your kids’ shoes must provide 2 important features that most parents are not aware of:
✅ Extra Depth: This particular feature will allow your children’s feet to fit deeply inside their school shoes, preventing the top part of their feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes that provide extra depth will also prevent the top part of your kids’ toes from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes.
The issue is that children’s shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with a “round toe-box”, so parents get confused as how they are supposed to find them. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles provide those 2 key features from having fitted them before.
Another common mistake that parents make is providing their children with longer shoes aiming to reduce the pressure in the widest part of their feet. This will allow for too much foot movement inside the shoe which can lead to blisters, and you will also end up compromising your child’s stability, making your child more prone to slipping and falling.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best back to school shoes for children with extra wide feet and the best styles among those brands.
Your children’s back to school shoes must fit the shape of their extra wide feet perfectly, otherwise your child might end up developing blisters, calluses, and corns, as well as foot and leg pain.
Certain schools require you to follow a certain dress code policy, which means that your kids’ back to school shoes must be made of a specific material and from a particular color (black or white).
In addition to fitting the shape of your child’s extra wide feet, your kids back to school shoes must provide good everyday support and made from breathable materials.
Through my 10 years of fitting children’s shoes, I have noticed that there are only a few back to school shoe styles that will fit the shape of a child with extra wide feet. Some children have extra wide feet and a high instep, which makes the selection of shoes that can fit their feet even more limited.
Do you know what the instep of the foot is? The instep is the top part of the foot. Take a look at the image below for clarification:
That is the reason why I was mentioning the key role of finding shoes with extra depth, since they allow for the foot to fit deeply inside the shoes, preventing the top part of the child’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
I have been contacted by several families who were having the hardest time finding a pair of extra wide back to school shoes for their children. Let’s take a look at what they had to say since you might relate with their experiences:
“I am going nuts trying to find a pair of back to school shoes for my boy with extra wide feet and a high instep. I selected the wide width option and I can’t even get my child’s feet inside the shoes”
“My boy’s feet look like frying pans and every year we have the hardest time finding school shoes. When are you going to write an article about school shoes for children with extra wide feet?”
“I am really struggling to find school shoes for my girl’s feet. She has extra wide feet and wants to wear a Mary Jane but I can’t seem to find a single style to accommodate her extra wide feet. Any suggestions?”
I am going to show you a selection of the best extra wide school shoes for kids shortly, but first I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size, otherwise you won’t be able to know what shoe size to order online.
Let’s Figure Out Your Child’s Exact Foot Size – Simple Steps!
I always advice parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local specialized children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can accurately measure their child’s feet and find shoes that fit.
The issue is that most specialized children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and parents either have to take their children to big retailers such as Nordstrom’s or Payless, where they don’t really know how to measure children’s feet properly.
That is the reason why I created a map of the US where you will be able to find specialized children’s fitting shoe store by state. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a good shoe store in your area, please proceed to taking a look at another article along with a video that I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Please keep in mind that your child’s foot size doesn’t automatically translate into your child’s correct shoe size. What I mean by this is that we always want to provide children with a certain amount of growing room, which is usually a half a size (3/8 of an inch) longer of the size that the child measures at the foot measuring scale. However, shoes can fit short, long, narrow, wide, or true to size, and depending on how they fit you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
For example, if a shoe fits short, then you might need to provide your child with a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer. I will show you how each shoe style fits so you can make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size.
Now that you know how to figure out your child’s exact foot size, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best extra wide school shoes for kids.
The Best Extra Wide School Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit.
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This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
These shoes will also provide good support to your child’s feet by minimizing the impact that your kids’ feet take when they come in contact with the ground. Furthermore, these shoes are also extremelly durable which means that your children will outgrow these shoes before they wear them down.
Finding a pair of extra wide shoes is not an easy task, but I have written several other articles that cover pretty much everything that parents need to know about children with extra wide feet and a high instep.
I want you to remember one thing: it doesn’t matter how wide your children’s feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find them.
There are sport shoes, boots, sandals, and dress shoes that will fit children with extra wide feet. You just need to know which styles these are, and if you are in doubt, please contact me directly and I will help you find them: firstname.lastname@example.org