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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!