Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes for your child with extra wide feet? Have you noticed red marks on your child’s feet every time you take the shoes off?
Finding a pair of shoes for a child with extra wide feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for. In addition, if your child happens to have a high instep as well then it makes the process of finding shoes a lot harder.
There is only a small selection of shoes that will fit children with extra wide feet and a high instep, but the good news is that I will help you find them
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
Shoes in extra wide widths do exist and it doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly and I will help you find them.
Finding the correct type of extra wide shoes for your child takes more than just choosing a shoe that is labeled as extra wide(“XW”).
The most common mistake I see parents make when trying to accommodate the shape of their child’s middle toe is to assume that a shoe in an extra wide width will relieve the pressure on the toe. An extra wide shoe will definitely help prevent the toe from rubbing against the front of the shoe, but there are other 2 key features that the shoes must provide.
✅ Extra Depth: This will allow your kid’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the middle toe from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping one another or against the side of the shoes.
Does this make sense to you?
Parents are often confused as how they are supposed to find shoes that provide those two features since shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”.
Please keep in mind that if you provide your child with shoes that are too narrow for their feet, you will end up creating all sort of foot 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.
Another common mistake I see parents make is to end up buying longer shoes for their children in order to take away the pressure from the widest part of their feet. I strongly suggest that you stop doing this, since yow will end up compromising your child’s stability.
I have helped parents find shoes for their children with extra wide feet that they didn’t even know existed such as soccer cleats and baseball cleats, basketball shoes, summer sandals, winter boots, dress shoes, or any other type of shoe style that you might think of.
I will show you a selection of the best extra wide shoes for kids shortly, but first I want to show you what features these shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Extra Wide Shoes for Kids – The 5 Most 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:
✅ Substantial Sole: This is the part of the shoe that will support and cushion your kids’ feet and minimize the impact that their feet and legs 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.
✅ 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 buying to make sure it feels firm. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? Please take a look at the picture below for clarification:
✅ Round Toe-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 or the side of the shoes.
✅ Depth: The deeper the shoes the better. This feature will allow your child’s feet to sit comfortably inside the shoes and prevent the top part of the foot from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. This feature is really important since it will help children that have high insteps.
✅ Good Traction: This will prevent your child from slipping and falling specially when walking on wet surfaces.
Deeper Shoes with Round Toe-Boxes – Key Features!
DEEPER SHOES ✅
A shoe that is deep will allow your child’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoe, which will prevent the top of your kids’ feet or toes to rub against the top of the shoe. Another benefit of deeper shoes is that your child’s feet will sit comfortably inside the shoe and your kids won’t have the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe.
Deep shoes also work greater children who wear orthotics, since a deeper shoe will allow the orthotic to sit deeply inside the shoe for a much more comfortable fit.
Let me show you the difference in depth between two shoe styles that are the same length and width. For better visualization purposes, there is an orthotic fitted in both of the shoes below:
Do you notice how the orthotic is sitting much deeper in the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) than in the Asics shoe style (black)?
The shoes I will describe below are the deepest one that I have fitted before.
ROUNDER TOE-BOXES ✅
Shoes with round toe-boxes will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping against one another or the side of the shoes. This feature is really important because it will prevent blisters, calluses, and corns.
Let me help you visualize the difference between a shoe that has a round toe-box versus a shoe that has a pointy toe-box. I will put side by side 2 shoe styles that are the same length and width, and you will notice how different the toe-boxes are.
Do you notice how the shoe on the right (grey and pink) has a much rounder toe-box than the shoe on the left (all black)?
You must stay away from shoes that come with pointer toe-boxes, or you will end up cramping your kids’ toes inside the shoes.
I want you to remember one thing, it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style has to provide to your child’s feet, if the shoes are not the correct size, 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 such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s 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 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 Best Extra Wide Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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
All of the shoes below come labeled as extra wide (“XW”), so please choose the shoe width accordingly.
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All of these shoe styles 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.
Did you know that sport shoes in extra wide widths for children existed? While I can’t get into too much detail about the best extra wide sport shoes for children, you can refer to the following articles that describe them in more detail:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child’s extra wide feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before and I will help you find it.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for your child’s extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from them.