Hello Juan Pablo,
My daughter is almost 16 months and just got fitted for small braces. We are having an insanely difficult time finding a pair of shoes to properly fit her foot with the braces on. We are in NYC and have gone to a reputable children’s shoe store which sold us a shoe that was too long and too wide. So, then I went online and have been in a series of buying and returning buying and returning with nothing working out well. Do you work in an NYC store? If so, which one? We’d really appreciate your expertise and would be happy to go to your store as we feel this should be done by a professional in person.
Thanks so much!
I am actually located in Potomac, Maryland. I can definitely guide you and help you find shoes for your daughter.
Most parents are not aware that if they don’t get the correct pair of shoes with the orthotics, their children won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
If the shoes are too long, your daughter won’t get the proper support of the orthotics and you will end up compromising your daughter’s stability and making her more prone to falling down when walking or running.
If the shoes are too wide that will allow the orthotic and her feet to move too much inside the shoes and that constant friction will lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
I am going to need her shoe size with and without the braces. What we need to look for is a deeper shoe (the deeper the shoe the better, that way the brace will sit deeply inside the shoe and won’t raise her feet up, since this will give her the impression that her feet are coming out of the shoe when walking or running).
We also want to go wider instead of longer (if the shoe is too long then you will end up compromising her stability and the braces won’t do any good). I already have some shoe styles in mind but please get back at me with her shoe size (length and width), and I will get back at you as soon as possible with some shoe recommendations.
We tried a size 5.5 wide in a Stride Rite shoe store with her wearing the braces. This was based on the recommendation of the man at the shoe store and the shoes were way too big and made her walk as though she was wearing flippers. She kept falling down and complaining that the shoes kept coming up and down when she walked.
The issue is that he couldn’t get any smaller shoe size (in length) because it wouldn’t fit the orthotics. No matter how hard he tried, the orthotics wouldn’t fit inside the shoes.
So, what is the next step? She won’t be able to walk or run around in shoes that are too long, she was already falling down trying to walk in those shoes. This has been a very time consuming and frustrating experience and I need it solved as soon as possible.
Please let me know how to proceed.
First of all, shoes come in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and EXTRA WIDE. The first step is to go wider instead of going longer. So, try the same shoe style if you want in an extra wide if you can and see if you can actually try the size 5 or even smaller. Also, it really helps to try on shoes that are deeper, since this allows the orthotic to sit deeper inside the shoe. This basically means that the orthotic won’t raise your daughter’s feet up as much, and it won’t give her the impression that her feet are coming out of the shoes.
Are you also willing to try a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure? This will provide your daughter with more support and stability, and secure her ankles to minimize heel movement.
If you need to get your daughter’s shoes online and need deeper shoes that are available in extra wide widths, take a look at the shoe style below which is one of the best fitting shoes for orthotics:
If you want to see a bigger selection of shoes take a look at an article I wrote called:
Ok sounds good. I want to try the first shoe style that you recommend. I wouldn’t mind having to tie my daughter shoes if this will benefit her in the long run. Is there a special type of way I should be tying her shoes? I read somewhere that there is a special way to tie shoes with orthotics but I wanted to hear it from you and if you have a special lacing technique please let me know.
I worry about the brace not fitting in the high top. Has this been a problem in your experience?
There actually is a particular way to tie shoes with orthotics, and you can learn about it here:
The high top I recommend is the best fitting shoe style for orthotics, although I cannot be 100% that the shoes will work for your daughter’s orthotics, I am pretty confident that they will. Please don’t forget to remove the insole of the shoe before putting the brace inside. If you keep the insole inside the shoe, you will be raising your daughter’s feet up and her toes will rub against the top of the shoe which can lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
I tried the shoes that you recommend, and they have worked perfectly! I tried an extra wide width which allowed me to stick with a smaller size (4.5XW) and my daughter is walking and running so much better. Her feet and legs look straighter when she walks and runs, and now she is not putting pressure in parts of her body where she is not supposed to.
These shoes really make a difference, I wish I could keep buying the longer size every time since I made you go through so much trouble, but I am really grateful for your patience.
Do you have any other articles that talk about children with foot problems? I have so many friends with older kids that complain about foot and leg pain and they don’t know what to do about it.
I am glad that the shoes worked out for your daughter. While getting shoes for children might seem like a simple task, it takes more thought and research than most parents think.
I also want you to know that if you ever have any questions related to children’s shoes, you can type a keyword to your question (for example “the best shoes for orthotics”) and all the articles related to that keyword will show up.
Take a look at the image below for clarification:
Since other parents are having similiar issues, you can refer them to an article I wrote called:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you take your children to be fitted for shoes? Parents are always asking me if I know about good children’s shoe stores in their area where they can take their children to be properly fitted for shoes, so if you have a shoe store that you trust, please let us know where you are located since other parents will find that information very helpful.