Are you having a hard time finding shoes for your child that has the middle toe longer than the other toes? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed?
Having the middler toe longer than the other toes can lead to your child developing blisters on his/her middle toe, and finding a pair of shoes to accommodate the middle toe can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
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 you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide or narrow your kids’ feet are, how flat or high their arches are, or if they have the middle toe longer than the big toe, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly and I will help you find it.
For the last 3 years I have dedicated myself on helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
The most common mistake I see parents make when trying to accommodate the shape of their child’s middle toe is to assume that a shoe in an extra wide width will relieve the pressure on the toe. An extra wide shoe will definitely help prevent the toe from rubbing against the front of the shoe, but there are other 2 key features that the shoes must provide.
✅ Extra Depth: This will allow your kid’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the middle toe from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
Does this make sense to you?
Parents are often confused as how they are supposed to find shoes that provide those two features since shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”.
The good news is that I know exactly which styles provide those 2 features and I will help you find them.
So, if your child has the middle toe longer than the big toe and you have been wasting time and money with shoes that don’t fit, I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for kids who have the middle toe longer than the big toe.
Shoes With Round Toe-Boxes – The First Most Important Feature ❤️
Shoes that come with a round toe-box will be extremely effective in preventing your kids’ middle toe from rubbing against the front or the side of the shoes,
Let me help you visualize the difference between a shoe that has a round toe-box versus a shoe that has a pointy toe-box.
I will put side by side 2 shoe styles that are the same length and width, and you will notice how different the toe-boxes are.
Do you notice how the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) has a much rounder toed-box than the Asics shoe style (all black)?
This shoe style will work perfectly for children with wide or extra wide feet, or for children that have the middle toe longer than the big toe.
I am familiar with which shoe styles have a rounder toe-box since they are also the best fitting styles for children who need orthotics, and at the shoe store I work for we fit a lot of orthotics for children with foot issues.
Shoes with Extra Depth – The Second Most Important Feature ❤️
The second important feature that we need to find in your kids’ shoes is depth.
A shoe that is deep will allow your child’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoe, which will prevent the top of your kids’ feet or toes to rub against the top of the shoe. Another benefit of deeper shoes is that your child’s feet will sit comfortably inside the shoe and your kids won’t have the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe.
Deep shoes also work greater children who wear orthotics, since a deeper shoe will allow the orthotic to sit deeply inside the shoe for a much more comfortable fit.
Let me show you the difference in depth between two shoe styles that are the same length and width.For better visualization purposes, there is an orthotic fitted in both of the shoes below:
Do you notice how the orthotic is sitting much deeper in the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) than in the Asics shoe style (black)?
Now, besides providing these two features, it’s important for the shoes to also be supportive, lightweight, durable, and breathable.
I want you to remember one thing, it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style has to provide to your child’s feet, if the shoes are not the correct size, 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 always recommend parents to take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features we are looking for your child that has the middle toe longer than the big toe, and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, I will show you a selection of the best shoes for children that have their middle toe longer than the big toe.
The Best Shoes for Middle Toe Longer Than The Big Toe ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children that have the middle toe longer than the big toe.
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All of these shoe styles 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 are unsure of how the shoes are fitting your children’s feet, please feel free to contact me or send me a picture of your kids’ feet with the shoes and I will be able to tell you whether the shoes are fitting correctly or not.
Do you happen to have the middle toe longer than your big toe? I actually created an article where I describe the best shoes for a woman with the middle toe longer than the big toe:
Socks will also play a key role in keeping your children’s feet comfortable, especially if they have their middle toe longer than the other toes.
The Best Kids’ Socks – Seamless and Breathable!
Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
In addition, there is a particular type of sock that will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another.
Have you ever heard of seamless socks?
These types of socks are great because they won’t constrict toe movement and will allow your kids’ toes to freely move. These are the type of socks I recommend for children who have wide or extra wide feet and they are also great for those children that feel every lump and bump.
While I can’t get into too much detail about the importance of seamless socks in this post, I provide a description of the best seamless socks for children in another article. Go to the link below:
Now that you know which are the best shoes and socks for children that have their middle toe longer than the big toe, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for your child with a middle toe longer than the big toe? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from them.