Are you having a hard time finding a pair of extra wide shoes for your baby? Do you always feel like you try several styles but you always end up empty handed?
Most babies have wide or extra wide feet, which can make it complicated to find shoes that fit, especially if you don’t know what shoe brands and what shoe styles to look for.
Babies move their toes as a way of exercising their feet, and if you provide them with shoes that are too narrow you will constrict this toe movement and you will end up creating all sort of issues to their feet such s blisters, calluses, and corns.
There are only a few shoe styles that will fit the shape of a baby with extra wide feet, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
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 fitting as well. I have fitted hundreds of babies for their first pair of walking shoes, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles will fit the shape of their extra wide feet better.
Your baby’s first pair of shoes must fit the shape of their feet perfectly in order to allow them to take their first steps with confidence and prevent foot issues.
Shoes that are too long (or too wide) will compromise your children’s stability and make them more prone to falling down, and shoes that are too short (or too narrow) will create all sort of foot issues to your baby’s feet.
Some the best shoe brands that manufacture shoes for babies with extra wide feet are:
- Stride Rite ❤️
- See Kai Run ❤️
- Pediped ❤️
This doesn’t mean that all shoe styles from those 3 shoe brands will fit the shape of your baby’s extra wide feet. There are only certain styles that will work among those brands, and I will show them to you shortly.
The shoes that we want to provide for your baby with extra wide feet must be soft, flexible, lightweight, and available in extra wide widths. However, just choosing a shoe that is labeled as extra wide doesn’t meant that will fit the shape of your baby’s feet.
Did you know that certain shoes that are labeled as “wide” might fit even wider than shoes that are labeled as “extra wide”? Even among the extra wide widths shoe styles some of them will fit wider than others.
The shoes must also be deep and come with a round toe-box, but I will discuss these features in more detail shortly. I have fitted most baby shoe styles in extra wide widths so I am familiar with which styles are wider and deeper than others (depth plays a key role since the deeper the shoe, the more comfortable your baby’s feet will feel).
I will describe the best extra wide shoes for babies shortly, but first let me show you the most effective way to figure out your baby’s foot size from home and what features these shoe styles will provide.
Extra Wide Shoes for Babies – The 5 Most Important The Features!
The shoes I will describe below will provide these 5 important features:
- Sensory Response Technology™: This new technology helps mimic barefoot walking by having sensory pods on the outsole. This technology will also allow your baby to feel the ground, which is a key feature to help your babies maintain good balanced and feel more stable with every step they take.
- Flexibility: The shoes that you provide for your baby must come with a thin moldable rubber outsole in order to allow your baby for natural movement. The sole must also be able to protect your baby’s feet specially when they are walking and playing outside.
- Breathability: Did you know that baby’s feet sweat approx. 2-3 times more than an adult’s foot? That is the main reason why the shoes must come with a breathable mesh lining in order to keep your baby’ feet dry, cool and healthy.
- Wide opening: This is actually a really important feature since you don’t want to have to struggle every time you have to put your baby’s shoes on.
- Padding: The shoes that you provide for your baby must come well-padded specially around the heels of the shoes since that will minimize rubbing. This will also prevent the formation of blisters.
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 baby won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their babies to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their babies’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your babies 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 baby shoe must provide and how to figure out your baby’s foot size from home, you are ready to see a selection of the best extra wide shoes for babies.
The Best Extra Wide Shoes For Babies ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Below you can find a selection of the best extra wide shoes for babies:
These shoe styles all 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 foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
One of the most common mistakes I see parents make is to assume that once they get their child’s foot size, that size will automatically translate into their kids’ shoe size. For example, let’s say your baby measures a foot size 4 but that particular shoe style fits “short”, that means that in order to allow for growing room you will have to provide your baby with a shoe size 5 instead of a 4 ½. On the other hand, if your baby measures a foot size 4 but the shoe style fits “long”, you will have to provide your baby with the same size that he/she measured (since the shoes already run long).
Some parents contact me asking what shoe size their child should wear based on their age, and while I always explain them that the most effective way to get their child’s correct shoe size is to measure it with the Brannock device (standard foot measuring tool). Here is a set of guidelines you can use:
- 0-3 months: Size 1
- 3-6 months: Size 2
- 6-9 months: Size 2.5, 3
- 9-12 months: Size 3.5, 4
- 12-18 months: Size 4.5, 5
- 18-24 months: Size 5.5, 6
The Best Socks for Babies – Keep Your Baby’s Feet Healthy!
Did you know that socks play a key role in keeping your baby’s feet healthy?
Socks act as a barrier between your baby’s feet and the shoes, and they prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes as well as the formation of blisters.
The type of socks that I recommend for babies are 100% seamless, since they will allow your baby to freely move his/her toes, remember that babies are always wiggling their toes as a way of exercising their feet.
I have found seamless socks to be the most effective when it comes to keeping babies’ feet healthy.
If you want to see a selection of the best baby socks, you can find them in an article I wrote called:
I provided you with a selection of the best extra wide shoes for babies and also the best fitting socks for their feet, and now you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good children’s shoe store in their area. If you happen to know of one in your area, please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.