Do you have a child with extra wide feet that always complains about his or her shoes feeling too tight? Do you feel like every time you take your kids’ shoes off there are are marks on her or his feet? Have you been looking for a pair of comfortable extra wide shoes for your child?
Shoes in extra wide width do exist and it doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly and I will HELP YOU find it.
Finding the correct type of extra wide shoes for your child takes more than just choosing a shoe that is available in extra wide widths. The shoes must also be deep (so your child’s feet can sit comfortably inside the shoe) and they also must come with a nice round toed-box (to prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other). This might be a time consuming process, but the good news are that I have fitted these type of shoes before and I will share them with you in this article.
Providing your child with the correct shoe size will prevent a lot of headaches and end up saving you a lot of money in the future. Shoes that are too narrow for your kids’ feet will create all sort of issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, the last ones being really hard to get rid of. Shoes that are too narrow will lead to foot and leg pain as well.
Children with extra wide feet have a very hard time finding shoes that FIT, and the most common mistake I see parents make is to end up buying longer shoes in order to compensate for the width. I strongly suggest that you STOP doing this, since yow will not only end up compromising your child’s stability but you will also end up creating all the foot issues mentioned above since your child’s feet will be moving too much inside the shoe.
It doesn’t matter what type of shoes you need for your child, I can guarantee you that they exist and I will HELP YOU find it. I have been helping parents find their kids’ shoes online for the last three years.
Why am I so confident that I will find that particular shoe style for your child?
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years 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. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
I have helped parents find shoes for their kids in extra wide widths that they didn’t even know existed such as soccer shoes, baseball shoes, basketball shoes, summer sandals, winter boots, dress shoes, you name it!
In this post, I will describe the best extra wide shoes for kids.
Everyday Extra Wide Shoes For Kids – Important Features!
The shoes that you provide for your child with extra wide feet must provide certain features in order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy. These features are:
- A substantial sole: This is the part of the shoe that will cushion your kids’ feet and minimize the impact that their feet receive every time they become in contact with the ground. A shoe that comes with a supportive sole will also prevent your child’s feet from collapsing (in case they have flat feet) and will allow your child to walk and run straighter.
- A firm heel counter: This is the part of the shoe that will cushion and protect your kids’ ankles and provide lateral stability and ankle support. You can always press on that part of the shoe before purchasing it and the firmer it is the better. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? Please take a look at the picture below for clarification:
- A round toed-box: This is really important specially if your child has extra wide feet, since it will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other.
- Depth: The deeper the shoes the better. This feature will allow your child’s feet to sit comfortable inside the shoe (specially if your child has a high instep).
- Good traction: This will prevent your child from slipping and falling specially when walking on wet surfaces.
The shoes that we want to provide to your child with extra wide feet must provide all of these 5 important features. If we find such a shoe, your child will be good to go!
Remember that FIT remains our top priority. The shoes must be the right size or your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Deeper Shoes With Round Toed Boxes – Get Them Right!
There are two features that are really hard to find in your kids’ shoes since they don’t come labeled. When purchasing your kids’ shoes online most online retailers won’t be able to filter shoes by depth or wide toed-boxes, that is something that I know from experience.
Shoes with round toed-boxes will allow your child to freely move his or her toes and prevent them from cramping against each other or against the side of the shoe.
Deep shoes are important not only for children with extra wide feet, but also for kids that have foot issues and need an orthotic fitted inside the shoe. Every time I need to fit an orthotic inside a shoe, I always look for deeper shoes since the orthotic will fit deeper inside the shoe and prevent your child’s feet from being raised up.
Shoes that are deep will also prevent the top part of your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top of the shoe.
Those two features will make a huge difference when it comes to allowing your child to walk and run comfortably, and there are only a few show styles that provide those features, but I got you covered since I have fitted them before and will show them to you in this article.
One thing I want to emphasize on is how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style has to offer, if it’s not fitted properly your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating several foot issues to their feet. If you are not sure whether your child is wearing the correct shoe size or not, please START by reading a pot where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
The Best Extra Wide Shoes For Kids – The Secret Revealed!
Now that you know which features must a good provide to your child and how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, you can find a selection of the best extra wide shoes for kids below:
The shoes in the first-row fit “short”,which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row 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 scale in order to allow for growing room.These shoes are more appropriate for children that have extra wide feet with a high instep since the New Balance shoe styles tend to fit much wider than the Saucony styles.
Below you can find a selection of the best extra wide shoes for older kids:
Keep in mind that the New Balance shoe styles will fit much wider than the Saucony ones!
All of these shoe styles fit ” true to size” which means that you have to only go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale.
Please keep in mind that I always recommend parents to take their children to their local shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that FIT. The issue is that I get contacted daily by parents who are concerned about not having a kids’ shoe store in their area and need guidance on finding their kids’ shoes online.
Before you leave, I want to leave you with certain articles that will show you exactly why I told you in the beginning of the article how it doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of their feet perfectly.
For example, did you know that soccer cleats in extra wide widths for children existed? While I can’t get into too much detail about extra wide soccer cleats in this post, you can learn about them in this article:
The same applies to baseball and football sport shoes:
Please don’t refrain from providing your child with a particular shoe style just because you think it’s not available in a particular width, let me know what you are looking for and I will help you find them!
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.