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Extra Wide Shoes for Kids – The Best Everyday Shoes for Your Child with Extra Wide Feet!

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Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes for your child with extra wide feet? Do you notice red marks or indentations on the top of 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 more complicated.

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 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. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for kids with extra wide feet.

Let me show you a couple of pictures of kids with extra wide feet that I helped find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet:

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Shoes in extra wide widths (XW) do exist, but 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 that I see parents make is to assume that once they find a shoe that is labeled as extra wide that shoe will automatically fit the shape of the child’s extra wide feet.

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

In addition to being labeled as extra wide, there are other 2 additional key features that the shoes I recommend provide.

✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows the child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevents the top part of the feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Let me show you a pair of shoes that provides extra depth versus one that doesn’t:

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✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature prevents the child’s toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes. The shoes below are the same length and width, but have very different toe-boxes.

Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides a rounder toe-box versus one that doesn’t:

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You must stay away from shoes that come with pointer toe-boxes, or you will end up cramping your kids’ toes inside the shoes.

Parents are often confused as how they are supposed to find shoes that provide those 2 features as shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with a “rounder toe-box”.

If you provide your child with shoes that are too narrow, your child might 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 that I see parents make is to end up buying larger 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, as 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 sport 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 make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size.

Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!

If you don’t know your child’s exact foot size you won’t know what shoe size to order online.

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:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

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 I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

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I only review 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. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best extra wide shoes for kids.

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 All of the shoes below come labeled as extra wide (XW), so please choose the shoe width accordingly. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

The shoes are also capable of fitting children with high insteps. The instep is the top part of the feet and when it’s high, it makes it a lot more complicated to find shoes that fit. When children have high insteps, there is a lot of extra foot volume to be fitted inside the shoes. Let me show you a picture of a child with a high instep:

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These are the 5 most important features that the shoes I recommended provide:

Extra Wide Shoes for Kids – The 5 Most Important Features!

✅ Substantial Outsole: This is the part of the shoe that supports and cushions your kids’ feet, minimizing the impact that their feet and legs receive every time they become in contact with the ground. A shoe that comes with a supportive outsole helps prevent your child’s feet from collapsing (in case they have flat feet) and will allow your child to walk and run straighter.

Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides a substantial outsole versus one that doesn’t:

✅ Firm Heel Counter: This is the part of the shoe that cushions and protects your kids’ ankles and provide lateral stability and ankle support.  You should always press on the heel counter of the shoe before buying it to make sure it feels firm:

✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This is really important specially if your child has extra wide feet, sit helps prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other or the side of the shoes.

Extra Depth: The deeper the shoes are, the better. This feature allows 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 as it helps children who have high insteps.

✅ Good Traction: This feature helps prevent your child from slipping and falling specially when walking on wet surfaces.

I provided you with a selection of the widest shoes that I have fitted before. There are no other shoes that are wider than the ones I recommend, so if the shoes are still too narrow for your kids’ feet you should consider using a shoe stretcher:

Do Shoe Stretchers Work?- The Solution to Kids With Wide and Extra Wide Feet

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:

Wide Soccer Cleats For Kids – The Best Wide And Extra Wide Soccer Cleats For Children

Wide Width Baseball Cleats – They Do Exist!

Wide Football Cleats For Boys – They DO EXIST!

Wide Basketball Shoes For Kids – The Best Style For Your Child With Wide Or Extra Wide Feet

The Best Wide Lacrosse Cleats for Kids Reviewed

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: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

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 your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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4 Comments on Extra Wide Shoes for Kids – The Best Everyday Shoes for Your Child with Extra Wide Feet!

  1. My son, 8 years old, has always needed extra wide shoes since he was a baby. I tended to find them at Stride Rite until they stopped carrying as many as he aged. The real problem seems to be that his foot is thick though he doesn’t have much of an arch. He complains of shoes feeling tight and hurting across the top. I think he still needs a wide, but deep is more important. Does one or the other of Saucony and New Balance do better with the depth issue?

    • Hello Melissa,

      That’s a great question. Just to clarify, it seems like what your child has is a high instep. The instep is the top part of the foot, and when it’s high, a wider and deeper shoe is required.

      From the shoes I describe in this article, I will suggest that you stick with the New Balance shoe styles, since they are much deeper than the Saucony styles.

      I hope this helps.

    • I am looking for a youth size 1 extra wide shoe. I will need something with velcro closure. The last shoes I found was listed with the orthotic shop. The shoes I had we’re made by the makers at Answer2. I think the lcompany either sold out I found it up because I cannot find any of their shoes at the orthotic shop or any other retail sellers. Can you help me find a company that would have this size and width?

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