Fitting Children's Shoes

I review children’s shoes based on my vast experience of having children’s shoes for the last 10 years. I currently work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on helping children with “complex” foot shapes such as extra wide feet as well as foot and leg problems.

All of the dress shoes described below are stylish, supportive, lightweight, flexible, and durable. Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best kids’ dress shoes in extra wide widths.

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

Take a look at the description below each dress shoe to find out how it fits (short, long) to increase the chances that you order the correct shoe size. As a standard rule of thumb, I recommend 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.  However, you won’t be able to know what shoe size to order online if you don’t know your child’s foot size to begin with. So, if you are unsure of what your child’s foot size is start by taking a look at an article I created where I describe how 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

Parents need to understand that not all children can wear all type of shoes, since they are limited to their particular foot shape —narrow, medium, wide, extra wide— and instep height also plays a key role. The dress shoes described in this article are all capable of accommodating the shape of a child with extra wide feet. You can also check in the shoe description whether the shoe is capable of accommodating high insteps.

If you need any other type of shoes such as sneakers, summer sandals, winter boots, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes you need. This tool is extremely effective since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. I also tell you exactly how each shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic. Go to the link below:

Find the Best Shoe Style for Your Child’s Unique Feet

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  1. None of the shoes you have shown are extra wide. Wide is the best the web sites have. Please adjust your advertising.

    1. Hello Vicki,

      Unfortunately, most shoe brands are not manufacturing their children’s dress shoes in extra wide widths anymore. However, the dress shoes I recommend in this article are the widest available right now.

      There is another resource I created that has more up-to-date dress shoe recommendations for children with extra wide feet: Extra Wide Children’s Dress Shoes – The Only Styles Available for Extra Wide Feet!

      If you tell me your child’s shoe size and whether you are looking for a dress for a boy or a girl I am happy to help you look and send you specific shoe recommendations.

  2. My son’s foot is just shy of 9 Inches in length and 3.5 inches in width at the ball of the foot. I can’t find extra wide shoes for him. School issue 6200 in 5W are ok at ball of foot, but over an inch too long. Size 4.5 is good in length, but tight in width. Hush puppies (Gavin) in wide in size 4.5, 5 or 5.5 are all too narrow. Any suggestions would be appreciated. We live in NYC and would buy custom made shoes if you know of any reputable shop. Thanks!

    1. Hi Regina,

      I input 9 inches in the Brannock Device and I get a foot size 5 1/2. This means that in most shoes your son will need to wear a shoe size 6 in order to allow for growing room.The final shoe size that he will take depends on whether the shoes fit short or long.

      I am under the impression that your son needs to wear an all blakck shoe for school. If that is the case then I suggest you try the shoe style below:

      Option 1

      If you are unsure of your child’s foot size you can refer to this article I wrote: How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

      I hope this helps.