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Girls with Flat Feet – The Best Shoes to Minimize or Fully Eliminate Foot Pain!


When children have flat feet, their feet collapse and turn inwards, and this shifts their whole bodies out of alignment and leads to foot and leg pain. The correct type of shoes can help prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and help your child walk straighter, which is going to improve your child’s overall posture.

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years working for a specialized children’s shoe store. We specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.


These are the 2 most important features that your kids’ shoes must provide to help treat flat feet:

✅ Substantial Outsole: This feature helps cushion your girl’ feet and prevent them from collapsing and turn inwards. A shoe with arch support also helps children to walk and run straighter, and prevents them from putting pressure on parts of their feet and legs where they are not supposed to. Let me show you the difference between a pair of girl shoes that provides a substantial outsole versus one that doesn’t:


✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature provides ankle support as it helps cushion and protect your girl’s ankles.


I only review shoes that I have fitted before, as that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

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The shoes described below provide arch and ankle support, and they are available in medium (M), wide(W) and extra wide (XW) widths.  Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.5 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

Below you can find a conversation between myself and a father whose daughter was dealing with foot and leg pain due to having flat feet, and her pain was significantly reduced and almost eliminated as soon as she tried the pair of shoes I recommended. I decided to share our conversation so other families who might be going through a similar scenario can benefit from it.

Dear Juan,

I am located in Jordan [Middle East] and my daughter is 3 years and 8 months. I am reaching out to you because she is suffering from foot and leg pain due to having flat feet. I was told that one foot is 95% flat and the other is 100% flat with noticeable pronation.

Since she has been putting pressure in parts of her feet where she is not supposed to, she has developed bunions in both of her feet.

The problem I have is that the place I took her to have her feet evaluated only had 1 shoe style that will work for her feet. My daughter is very selective and stubborn, and I would like to know if you could provide me with other options (maybe sneakers and boots).

My daughter’s shoe size is 11 1/2 and she needs a wide or an extra wide width shoe (this is what I was told by the person who measured her feet).

I appreciate your kind assistance.

Hello Mohammad,

I have helped several girls with flat feet find the correct pair of shoes that minimized and in certain cases fully eliminated the pain they were experiencing.

I will help you, but your daughter needs to be flexible because there are only certain shoe styles that provide good arch and ankle support. I will send you a link of the shoes that will work for her feet, but there will not be more than 3 to 5 options.

Are you looking for a pair of boots or a pair of sneakers? I recommend that she wears a pair of sneakers since they provide more support than boots.

I think we should focus on minimizing or fully eliminating her foot and leg pain first, and then we can worry about providing your daughter with a pair of seasonal shoes.

Here is an example of shoes that are supportive, durable, and are available in wide and extra wide widths:

1st Option: New Balance With Support (choose the correct shoe width “W”, or “XW”)

2nd Option: New Balance With Support (choose the correct shoe width “W”, or “XW”)

3rd Option: Geox With Support (only available in regular width but the shoe fits wide).

If she needs a pair of boots here are the most supportive ones – please have her wear sneakers for most of the time.

Supportive Boot: Option 1

Supportive Boot: Option 2

I understand that your daughter is picky about her shoes, but we need to go for what fits and for what provides good support.

I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

Dear Juan,

Thank you so much!

I would like to ask you something before I order the shoes:

1- The person who measured my daughter’s feet recommended a wide or an extra wide shoe, is New Balance the only shoe brand that makes wide or extra wide shoes that will work for my daughter?

2- Do you have any solution for the bunion?

3- The local doctor told me that she must wear the shoes at least 6 hours a day and when she is not wearing them, she must not walk barefoot. Actually, I believe it is difficult to have her wear the shoes for such a long time especially since she has no school yet. Don’t you think she will benefit it if she only wears it for one or two hours a day?

4- Do you recommend I provide her with a pair of sandals also?

Please clarify.

Hello Mohammad,

1- New Balance is not the only shoe brand that makes wide or extra wide shoes, Saucony and Stride Rite make them as well. However, New Balance makes the deepest shoes with the roundest toe boxes – that is the main reason why I recommend New Balance shoe styles. She needs a wider width shoe for the bunion not to rub against the shoes – I will recommend that you start with the “wide” and if the shoes feel too tight or if you see pressure around the area where her bunion is then order the “extra wide”.

2- The most cost-effective solution to bunions is wearing shoes that fit properly and don’t put pressure on them. Once she is older you can think about considering surgery. In the meantime, by providing your daughter with the correct pair of shoes, the pain from her hammer toes will be greatly reduced and, in some cases, fully eliminated.

3- I strongly recommend that she wears her shoes most of the time – even more than 6 hours a day, the more she wears them the better, but she can also alternate with a pair of sandals or boots.

4- Here are the sandal options:

Supportive Closed Toe Sandal

Supportive Open-Toed Sandal

I hope this clarifies!

Dear Juan,

Thank you for all your help. I ordered the New Balance shoes and the Merrell sandals and I will get back to you and let you know how they worked for my daughter.

Dear Juan,

My daughter is so happy with her New Balance shoes that she wants to wear them all the time. She doesn’t complain about foot or leg pain anymore, and I know this is because of the shoes she is wearing. I also noticed that she is walking and running straighter, and the doctor told me that she doesn’t seem to need an orthotic for now – as the shoes have made such a big difference).

I really appreciate all the time you took to help me find the perfect pair of shoes for her.

She also is wearing her sandals and boots and never complains about them. I have noticed that you have written several articles on children’s shoes, but my question is: How can I search for specific ones? I wanted to see if you had any articles about soccer shoes for girls with wide feet.

Can you please help me find the article or recommend a good pair of soccer cleats – they must be wide or extra wide for my daughter’s bunions?

Thank you Juan.

Hello Mohammad,

I am glad that the shoes worked out for your daughter’s feet. The most important thing is that she is not experiencing any foot or leg pain anymore. Please keep a close eye on her feet and keep asking her how her shoes feel.

The article below describes the best soccer shoes for children with wide or extra wide feet:

Soccer Cleats For Kids – Finding An Extra Wide Boot That Fits

If you have any other questions in the future, please go to the “Search Bar” on my homepage and type a keyword of the question that you have before you contact me. For example, you can type “wide soccer socks for kids”, or “the best everyday shoes for kid” and all the related articles will show up.

Here is a snapshot of where you can find the “search bar” on my homepage:


If you can’t seem to find the answer to your question in any of the articles, please contact me directly and I will be happy to help: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com


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4 Comments on Girls with Flat Feet – The Best Shoes to Minimize or Fully Eliminate Foot Pain!

  1. Thank you for sharing this information, it’s so helpful to learn from the experiences of others who deal with similar issues. It seems like there are many good options out there that offer adequate support.

    • Hello Montgomery,

      I am glad that you found the website informative!

      I wouldn’t say that there are many options out there, but there are a couple of shoe styles that will offer good arch and ankle support. You just need to identify which ones they are, and that’s why I am here for.

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