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How Can You Tell If Your Child Has Medium, Wide, Or Extra Wide Feet? – The Most Effective Foot Measuring Tool

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Are you trying to figure out whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet?

I am always explaining to parents that it doesn’t matter how supportive, flexible, lightweight, and durable their kids’ shoes are, if  they don’t provide their kids with the correct shoe size (the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width), 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 am an expert when it comes to finding the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size for children.

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store that specializes in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings 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 want to clarify that I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local kids’ shoe store, this article is for those parents who don’t have access to a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area.

In order to get your children the correct shoe size, you must provide them with the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.

For example, let’s say that you leave the proper amount of growing room in front of the shoe but you don’t take into consideration the width of the shoe and the shoe ends up being too narrow, you will have to replace your kids’ shoes faster than you expected it. Your child will end up outgrowing the width of the shoes faster than the length (the small toe will be squeezed against the side of the shoe). On the other hand, if the width of the shoe is too wide, then your kids’ feet will end up moving too much inside the shoe, and that constant rubbing will lead to all sort of foot issues such as blisters and corns.

My point is that you can’t possibly provide your child with the correct shoe size if you don’t know your child’s foot width. Parents please remember that shoes come in different widths for a reason!

It doesn’t matter how narrow, or wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of  his/her feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it.

Measuring A Child Foot

The Most Effective Way To Figure Out Your Kids’ Shoe Size!

There is a common question that parents ask me: How can we tell if our kids’ feet are narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide?

Several parents have contacted me concerned about how most family owned children’s shoe stores have been closing down and they have nowhere to take their children to be fitted for shoes.

If you must purchase your kids’ shoes ONLINE, I will describe exactly how to make sure you provide your child with the correct shoe size (which involves getting the correct shoe length and also the correct shoe width).

I want you to first take a look at a map I created where I describe the best kids’ shoe store by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores – Where To Go For Proper Fittings ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a good fitting kids shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created where I show you the simplest, yet most effective way to find out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Kids Shoe Size from Home – In Less than 30 Seconds!

That article will show you exactly how to measure your child’s foot size from home by using the standard foot measuring tool called the Brannock device.

Child Foot Measure

The Brannock Device – The Most Effective Foot Measuring Tool!

Please remember that in order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy you must provide them with the correct shoe size, and this involves the correct shoe length AND the correct shoe width.

There is a particular foot measuring tool that has proven to be the most efficient one when measuring children’s and adult’s feet.

Have you ever heard about the Brannock device? This is the tool used in most shoe stores to measure the feet.

The Ultra Fit Jr Brannock Device for children is something you will find to be the best for your kids. Made of extremely strong and durable plastic, this device is set to exceed your expectations and and wipe away all your worries while finding the right shoe size!

This is how the device looks like, and you can find it for the best price at Amazon.

Junior Brannock Device For Kids

Most children feet that I have seen were wide or extra wide, and then there was a smaller amount of children with narrow feet.

The Best Shoes For Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now that you know  how to figure out your child’s correct shoe width and length, you are ready to make the most informative decision.

f you have been looking for an everyday shoe that your child can wear all day, below you can find a selection of the most supportive, lightweight, and flexible every day shoes that are also available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide widths.

The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).


This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.


This selection of shoes 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.

If you still have questions about how these shoe styles FIT please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will guide you through the process of making sure that the shoes fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly.

Did you Know These Shoes Existed? – Most Parents Didn’t!

Did you know that cleats in wide and extra wide widths actually existed?

I have helped several families that came to the shoe store saying how their kids had to STOP playing soccer or baseball since they were constantly having blisters and calluses on their feet due to the shoes being too narrow. If you know of a family who has a child that is into playing sports and has extra wide feet, please let them know that cleats in extra wide widths do EXIST, and you can learn more about them in two articles I wrote called:

Wide Soccer Cleats For Kids – The Best Wide and Extra Wide Soccer Cleats For Children!

Wide Width Baseball Cleats – They Do Exist!

NEVER settle for longer shoes to compensate when your child has wide feet, or shorter shoes for when your child has narrow feet, you will end up creating all sort of issues to your child’s feet.

One of the most common mistakes I see parents make is that when their children complain about the shoes feeling tight around the width area they just get them a longer shoe until the child says they are not tight anymore. The same applies when a child has narrow feet, the parents start trying shorter shoes until there is no more gaps around the heel area of the shoe.

Both of these strategies will lead to foot issues and compromising your child’s stability. Shoes that are too long will make your child more prone to falling down and lead to blisters, calluses, and corns from your child’s feet moving too much and rubbing constantly against the shoe. On the other hand, shoes that are too short will lead to the same issues since your child’s toes will be cramped inside the shoe and rub against each other.

Have you tried measuring your kids’ feet with the Brannock device? Parents are always contacting me asking where they can get their children’s shoes, so it will be very helpful if you can leave your location and the name of the children’s shoe store that you trust so all parents can benefit from your experiences!

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

I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids’ feet and get my guide for free: The 5 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make when Buying Their Kids’ Shoes

4 Comments on How Can You Tell If Your Child Has Medium, Wide, Or Extra Wide Feet? – The Most Effective Foot Measuring Tool

  1. Hi Juan
    Where are you? Id love to come and see you. My daughter is 5 years old and she has long narrow flat feet. However she has a bump on the top of her foot from me, due to having extremely high arches and also a pinkie toe that hasn’t quite turned out so become sore on her shoe. She has just started school and we got “fitted” at a rebel sports store but after just 6 weeks she has very sore feet. It was an asicis – can you help? we live on the Sunshine Coast,qld but happy to drive to Brisbane if you recommend anyone. Ive read your posts and I am trying to decide between the new balance or sacouny

    • Hello Rachel,

      The children’s shoe store I used to work in is called Shoe Train and is located in Potomac, Maryland. I am not there anymore but the staff is great and some of them have 25+ years of experience. I am not familiar with any good children’s shoe store in your area.

      Did you try shoelaces or velcro? Keep in mind that shoelaces will provide more support and stability and also fit the shape of her narrow feet much better than velcro.
      When it comes to dealing with her pinky toe there are certain orthotics that might help her specially if you put a toe rise, since it will help spread her toes more evenly.

      Where does her feet actually hurt? This will allow me to identify if the shoe is not supportive enough, or if it’s hurting on the top of her feet the shoe might not be deep enough which means that the top part of her foot is being pressured by the shoe. Let me know so I can give you better advise!

  2. Hi! My daughter is 8 and has Autism. She has always worn mary jane shoes. She was recently referred to a PT bc of her right foot turning inward. Her PT suggested a good, stable shoe. She is a 4.5. I plan on using your tool for measuring but i know she has a wide forefoot. I bought a pair of Saucony cohesion shoes. Prior to finding this website. My concern is that since she is already showing a deformity if i need to go on and get her orthotics. The right foot looks super flat and overpronated. She needs something super stable for her heel. I feel terrible. She was just really picky and likes velcro bc she can’t independently put on laced shoes yet. She is also in a size that you can’t find velcro shoes in. Idk what shoes have removable insoles (the saucony conhesions do not) and she is still a girl and likes pretty shoes. We have no shoe shops in our area for her to be fitted. Thank you.

    • Hello Gloria,
      It is frustrating when we don’t actually have a shoe store to take our kids to be properly fitted for shoes. I understand that your daughter prefers Mary jane shoes and she can still wear them, but I will definitely recommend she wears a pair of supportive, stable sneakers for most of the day.

      For the record, you always should get the orthotics first before purchasing shoes because the shoes need to accommodate the orthotic not the other way around. Saucony cohesion shoes are great in terms of support, you might have to use a screwdriver to remove the inner sole though.

      I would recommend you take her to your physical therapist to be evaluated for orthotics. I don’t know if she has expressed that she has foot or leg pain, but children with flat feet and overpronation normally do.
      I can definitely provide you with a selection of velcro shoes (probably 2 or 3 shoe styles) that come in her size and will be supportive enough to fit an orthotic.
      But please first find out what orthotic she needs. If I were you I would mention to the PT if they are familiar with CASCADE DAFO orthotics since I have fitted those before and they make a huge difference. I hope this helps and please folow up with me.

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