Have you been looking for a pair of extra wide shoes for your baby? Do you always feel like you have a hard time putting your baby’s shoes on?
Most babies have wide or extra wide feet, and they are born with a pad of fat around the arch area which usually leads to them requiring a wider shoe style.
Did you know that shoes are available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide?
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes 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.
Your baby’s first pair of shoes must fit the shape of their feet perfectly in order to allow your baby to take his or her 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 such as blisters, calluses, and corns, and also compromise your child’s stability.
That is why it’s so important to fit your baby’s shoes just PERFECTLY. Keep in mind that I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that FIT.
I have been contacted by several parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store in their area and they must purchase their kids’ shoes online. If you are one of those parents you have nothing to worry about, since I have been helping parents find their kids’ shoes online for the last three years.
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.
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).
In this post I will describe the best extra wide shoes for babies, but before I provide you with a selection of the best styles I want you to know what features the shoes must provide in order to keep your baby’s feet healthy!
Extra Wide Shoes For Babies – Learn About The Features!
Besides being the correct shoe size (this involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width), your baby shoes must provide the following features:
- Flexibility: The shoes that you provide for your child 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Can we find a baby shoe that comes with all of those features and that is also available in extra wide widths?
Yes, we can!
I have fitted baby shoe styles that provide all the features mentioned above (also available in extra wide), and I will HELP YOU find them!
It doesn’t matter how many good features a pair of shoes provides to your child, if the shoes are not the correct size (correct shoe length and correct shoe width), your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. You will also be creating several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
If you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST do not hesitate to take your child there to be properly fitted for shoes, but if you don’t, please take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to make sure your baby is wearing the correct shoe size:
Now that you know what features a baby shoe must provide for your child and how to make sure your baby is wearing the correct shoe size, I will show you a selection of the best extra wide shoes for babies below.
Extra Wide Shoes For Babies – The Secret Revealed!
Please keep in mind that when I review a particular shoe style is because I have fitted it before and I am not only familiar with the features the shoe has to provide, but also how the shoe style FITS (short, long, narrow, or wide).
For example, let’s say your baby measures a shoe size 4 but the shoe 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 shoe size 4 but the shoe fits “long”, you will have to provide your baby with a size 4 or 4 ½ in order to allow for growing room since the shoe already runs long.
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 shoe measuring device in order to allow for growing room.
Now that you know which are the best extra wide shoes for babies, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Please remember that it’s really important to provide your babies with shoes that fit the shape of their feet perfectly in order to keep their feet and legs healthy.
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
Don’t Forget About The Socks – 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 formation of bacteria inside the shoes as well as cushion your baby’s feet to prevent the creation of blisters.
I have found seamless socks to be the most effective when it comes to keeping babies’ feet healthy.
Babies wiggle their toes as a way of exercising their feet, and seamless socks will allow your baby to freely move his or her toes and also prevent the toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other.
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 we can all benefit from your experiences!