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How to Fit Heel Cups – The Most Effective Way to Fit Heel Cups Inside Your Kids’ Shoes!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on March 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on how to fit heel cups inside your kids’ shoes.

After identifying which heel cup is best for your child’s feet, the next step is to make sure that they fit perfectly inside your kids’ shoes. If the heel cups don’t fit correctly inside your kids’ shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the heel cups have to offer. I am going to show you how to fit heel cups inside your kids’ shoes in 2 simple steps.

If you don’t have the correct pair of heel cups for your child yet, start by taking a look at an article I wrote where I describe the most effective heel cup to treat and prevent your child’s heel pain. Click on the link below:

The Best Heel Cups for Kids – How to STOP Heel Pain

After writing that article, several parents have contacted me wanting to know how they should fit those heel cups inside their kids’ shoes.

There are 2 simple steps that you need to follow to make sure that your kids’ heel cups are fitting correctly inside the shoes.

How to Fit Heel Cups – Follow These 2 Easy and Simple Steps!

✅ First Step:  Make Sure you Have the Correct Type of Shoes. 

Heel cups won’t fit in any type of shoes. For the heel cups to fit properly inside your kids’ shoes, you must find shoes that provide extra depth and that also provide the correct amount of support. The deeper the shoes are, the better, as the heel cup will sit deeply inside the shoes and won’t give your children the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes.

For example, let me show you how different a heel cup fits in a shoe that provides extra depth versus a shoe that doesn’t:


I wrote a different article in which I describe the best shoes for children who wear heel cups:

Best Shoes for Kids Who Wear Heel Cups – Supportive and Extra Deep!

✅ Second Step: Shoelaces Instead of Velcro Closure Shoes.

I always recommend parents to provide their children with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure. Shoes that come with shoelaces provide better support and stability than shoes that come with velcro closure. In addition, a pair of shoes with shoelaces helps push the child’s heels back and secure them against the back of the shoe, preventing the child’s heels from coming out of the shoes.

My coworker who has over 30 years of shoe fitting experience taught me the most effective way to tie shoes for kids who wear heel cups or orthotics inside their shoes.

✅ Start by leaving the two top eyelets (small holes of the shoe) of each side of the shoes open – take a look at the image below for clarification:


✅ Grab the shoelaces and go through the top hole first like shown in the image below:


✅ The last step is to go through the holes you left open:


If the shoelaces or velcro closure are not pulled tightly, they will make your children’s feet move too much inside the shoes and they won’t get any of the benefits that the heel cups have to offer. If you follow these 2 simple steps, your child will get the full benefits of the heel cups and you will notice how the heel pain will be greatly reduced or fully eliminated.

How to Fit Heel Cups in Shoes – Watch Video!

I also created a video for you to visualize how to fit heel cups inside your kids’ shoes.

I hope you find the video informative and please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever need help finding a particular shoe style for your child.

I am always emphasizing to parents to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find it:



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