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Extra Wide Shoes for Girls – The Best Shoe Style for Girls with Extra Wide Feet!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on April 2022 and reflects an up-to-selection of extra wide shoes for girls.

Are you having a hard time finding a pair of extra wide shoes for your girl? Do you feel like you try on a whole bunch of different pairs on her feet but you always end up empty handed?

I have been contacted by several parents who want to know which are the best extra wide shoes for girls. Finding a pair of extra wide shoes for children can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples of children with extra wide feet:


I have helped hundreds of girls with extra wide feet find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet.

Some girls have a high instep in addition to their extra wide feet, and that makes it a lot harder to find shoes that fit. Do you know what the instep of the foot is? The instep is the top part of the foot, and when it’s high, it makes it a lot harder to find shoes that fit. Take a look at the image below to visualize where the instep of the foot is located:


Now let’s take a look at all the extra foot volume that needs to be fitted inside the shoes:


The most common mistake that I see parents make is to assume that just because a shoe style is labeled as extra wide (XW), the shoe is automatically going to fit the shape of their child’s extra wide feet. In addition to being available in extra wide widths, the shoes need to provide 2 important features.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Extra Wide Feet?

✅ The shoes I recommend provide extra depth, which prevents the top part of your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Let me show you the difference in depth between 2 shoes that are the same size. Do you notice how the shoe on the right is going to be capable of fitting the shape of a child with a high instep better than the shoe on the left?


✅ The shoes I recommend provide rounder toe-boxes to prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing or overlapping against one another. Let me show you the difference between a shoe with a rounder toe-box versus one with a pointier one:


The issue is that shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with “rounder toe-boxes”, but the good news is that I have fitted those types of shoes before and I will help you find them.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now where we focus on helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles fit wider than others from having fitted those shoes before.


For the last 5 years, I have dedicated myself to helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.

I only write reviews of shoes 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. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Extra Wide Shoes for Girls ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the best extra wide shoes for girls that are available in wide (W) and extra wide (XW) widths. All of the sneakers below are also capable of fitting girls with high insteps. 

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child. My e-mail address is:


Let me show you the most popular questions parents have asked me about the shoes I just recommended:

  •  What Type of Features Do These Shoes Provide?

These shoes all come with a substantial outsole that helps minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground. These shoes are also lightweight, flexible, breathable, durable and they come with a firm heel counter —that provides good ankle support.

  • Can my Kids Wear These Shoes as Their Everyday Sneakers?

Yes, these shoes provide good support, allowing your child to play and run comfortably for most of the day.

  • Can I Put These Shoes in the Washing Machine?

No, I don’t recommend putting these shoes in the washing machine as you might end up ruining the shoe materials.

  • Do These Shoes Come with Removable Insoles?

Yes, you can easily remove the original insoles in case you need to fit an orthotic for extra support.

  • Can I Fit an Orthotic Inside These Shoes?

Yes, these shoes provide extra depth, meaning that the orthotic will fit deeply inside the shoes, and won’t give your child the impression that the feet are coming out of the shoes.

  • Do These Shoes Provide Good Traction?

Yes, these shoe styles provide excellent traction. The thread on these shoes will minimize the likelihood of your child slipping and falling.

  • Are These Shoes Durable?

Yes, the shoes also come with a reinforceable toe-box in the front, which helps prevent your kids from destroying the front part of the shoes even if they like to drag their toes as they walk.

If you have a boy who also has extra wide feet and you always have a hard time finding shoes for him, check out another article I wrote where I describe the best shoes for boys with extra wide feet. Go to the link below:

Extra Wide Shoes for Boys – The Best Shoe Style for Boys with Extra Wide Feet!

If you can’t seem to find shoes to fit the shape of your extra wide feet and a high instep, then you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best extra wide shoes for women:

The Best Extra Wide Width Shoes for Women – Deep, Supportive, Flexible, and with a Round Toe-Box!

Let me know if you have any thoughts and comments about this shoe style, and most importantly, if you have tried this shoe for your child before, I would love to hear how you liked it!


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12 Comments on Extra Wide Shoes for Girls – The Best Shoe Style for Girls with Extra Wide Feet!

  1. Hi!
    Me again. Your site is great, really is. I have not problem what so ever i. Teusting your recommendations.

    I just wish, that you could recommend SHOES not sneakers. My little girls can not use sneakers every single day, and all their lives (5.5 & 3.5) they have worn Shoes (not ballerinas, flats, or canvas) and once in a while sneakers.

    Have you fitted girls for actual shoes, good ahoes with arch support, heel support? I bet you have, sadly I can tell you that in NYC there’s only one store to get fitt d with good shoes. And once they pass the toddler years they only carry Clarks, stride rite, and sneakers. Another children store only carries sneakers.
    If you can guide me in a brand though is not an Amazon product I will be extremely thankful. I hate Clarks cause USA models do not come in wide. keds wides aren’t, stride rite are flimpsy shoes and expensive. I’m breaking my head to find good Shoes for girls. And there are none!! Please help me!

    • Hello Susy,

      Please look at my previous response. I will try to create a post where I describe the best shoes with arch support (not sneakers), I just haven’t found the time to do it yet. One of the shoe brands that I recommend are Beeko and Geox also makes shoes with arch support. I will try to get that post out by the end of the week. Take care and let me know how everything works out!

  2. I’m hoping you can help me! My 5 year old has extra wide feet apparently! I have tried the shoes in this post, plus wide, extra wide, new balance, stride rite, Hey Dude & others. 9 (so far in total). Do you have any other suggestions? I hate for her to wear crocks all year!

  3. Please help ! I am a 76 year old who wears a size 3 wide. I need a pair of black/blue flats that don’t look too childish. Payless used to carry such shoes, but their website indicates that they no longer carry wide widths. Land’s End shoes do not fit at all.

  4. Hi,
    Thank you for all this info. Do you have any recommendations for a dress shoe for an 8 year old girl with wide feet and high instep? Thank you!

      • Hello! I have this same question. Looking for dressy shoes (ballet flats, Mary janes, etc) for both my girls who have high insteps. One is a big kid size 4 extra wide w/ high instep. The other is a toddler size 9 wide with a high instep. Thank you so much!

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