Have you ever gotten your kids’ shoes at Foot Locker? Has your child developed a foot condition from not wear the correct type of shoes? Providing your child with the correct shoe size which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, is essential in order to keep your children’s feet and legs healthy.
In addition to providing your child with the correct shoe size, you must find a pair of shoes that are supportive, lightweight, flexible, breathable, and durable.
I have noticed how the kids’ shoes that are sold at Foot Locker don’t come available in different widths. For example, they carry some of the most popular kids’ shoe styles made by New Balance, but they don’t offer them in wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”) widths.
If your child happens to have wide or extra wide feet, I recommend that you don’t take your child shoe shopping at Foot Locker.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
I want to clarify that as long as your child has a medium width foot, getting your child’s shoes at big retailers such as Foot Locker, Nordstrom, or Payless should not be a bigger issue.
Let me tell you the 2 main reasons why I don’t recommend parents shopping for their kids’ shoes at Foot Locker:
- First Reason: The staff that works at Foot Locker is not properly trained on how to properly measure children’s feet, and they generally end up fitting them in the wrong sized shoes. I know this for a fact because I have helped several families that came to the shoe store that I work for after having their children’s shoes fitted at Foot Locker, and 90% of the time those children were wearing the wrong sized shoes or the wrong shoe style .
- Second Reason: Foot Locker carry shoe brands such as New Balance and Saucony, which are shoe brands that are popular among children for making wide and extra wide shoes, but they don’t carry their shoe styles in actual wide or extra wide widths (only medium widths). I believe that it can be confusing for parents to learn that New Balance and Saucony are two of the best shoe brands for children with wide or extra wide feet, since they provide their children with these shoe brands without knowing that they actually need to provide them in wide or extra wide widths.
It’s important to understand that New Balance and Saucony are the best shoe brands for children with wide or extra wide feet as long as the shoes come labeled as wide “W”, or extra wide “XW” widths.
One important thing that I learned throughout these years is that at least 70% of the time toddlers who range from 1 to 4 years old require a wide or an extra wide shoe, and I would say that 50% of older children require a wide or an extra wide shoe.
If you have a child with wide or extra wide feet and you are providing your child with a New Balance or Saucony shoe style that is labeled as a medium width (“M”), you will end up creating several foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
This is why it’s so important for the shoes to be available in different widths such as wide or extra wide.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot size? – Let’s Find Out!
I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.
Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Did you know that your kids can develop foot and leg pain from wearing shoes that are too narrow, too wide, too short, or too long? That is why it’s so important for your kids’ shoes to fit just right.
Since Foot Locker doesn’t offer kids’ shoes in different widths, I have put together a selection of the best shoes for a child with wide or extra wide feet. These are all shoe styles that I have fitted before, and in addition of fitting a child with wide or extra wide feet, they are also supportive, lightweight, flexible, breathable, and durable.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Wide or Extra Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only recommend shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way that I can tell the quality of the shoe, the amount of support it provides, and how it FITS.
One common mistake I see parents make is to assume that once they figure out their kids foot size, that size will automatically translate into their actual shoe size.
We always want to provide children with a half a size longer (3/8 of an inch) of the size that they measured at the foot measuring scale in order to provide them with growing room. The issue is that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run, you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
For example, if your child measures a shoe size 10 in the measuring scale but the shoes fit “short”, then instead of providing your child with a shoe size 10 ½ to allow for growing room you will have to provide your child with a shoe size 11 (since the shoes run short).
Here you can find a selection of the best wide and extra wide shoes for toddlers:
This first selection of shoes for toddlers fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the Brannock device (shoe measuring scale).
Here you can find a selection of the best wide and extra wide shoes for older children (4 years old and above):
This second selection of shoes for older children also fit “true to size”, which means that you also need to provide your child with a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale.
Now that you know which are the best shoe styles for children with wide or extra wide feet and how to make sure that they are wearing the correct shoe size, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
I hope I was able to raise awareness of why parents should not take their children to be fitted for shoes at Foot Locker, especially if they have a child with wide or extra wide feet, or a foot condition that requires extra attention.
It’s infuriating for me when I see a child that was fitted in the wrong sized shoes, since they are putting the child’s foot and leg health in danger. I want to believe that the staff that works at Foot Locker simply don’t know what they are doing, and that they don’t fit children in the wrong pair of shoes just to make a sale.
Have you taken your child to be fitted for shoes at Foot Locker? What was your experience like? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.