Do you have a child that has the middle toe longer than the big and second toe? Do you always have a hard time finding shoes that FIT? Has your child developed a blister on her/his middle toe?
My name is Juan Valenzuela and I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids online for the last three years.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide or how narrow your kids’ feet are, how flat or high there arches are, or if they have the middle toe longer than the first toe, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of their feet perfectly and I will HELP YOU find it!
Why am I so sure I will be able to help you find that particular shoe style?
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting 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 have noticed through the years that there are different features that shoes provide and when finding the correct shoe size for your child it takes more than just choosing the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.
For example, if your child is a size 10 and needs a pair of extra wide shoes, it takes more than just choosing the size 10 and selecting the XW width. Shoes in that same size and width can be deeper or have a wider toed-box than others.
If your child has the middle toe longer than the big toe, we will want to find a shoe that has a nice round toed-box (this will prevent the middle toe from rubbing against the end of the shoes or overlapping the other others), and we also want to find a shoe that is deep (this will allow your child’s feet to sit comfortably inside the shoe and prevent the top of the toes to rub against the top of the shoe).
Does this make sense to you?
It’s hard to find an online shoe retailer that will allow you to filter by “depth of the shoe” or by “round toed-box”, but I have fitted most shoe styles and I am familiar with how each particular shoe styles fits.
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 shoe you in this post the best type of shoes that will FIT a child that has the middle toe longer than the big toe!
Shoes With Round Toed-Boxes – The First Important Feature!
I want to explain you a little further what shoes with round toed-boxes are. For example, take a look at the pictures below to see the difference between shoes in the SAME LENGTH SIZE and the same WIDTH SIZE and how different the toed-boxes are:
Do you notice how the New Balance shoe style has a much rounder toed-box?
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 toed-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 those children with foot issues.
Deeper Shoes For Kids – The Second Important Feature!
The second important feature that we need to find in our kids’ shoes is for them to be deep. The deeper the shoes, the better.
A shoe that is deep will allow your child’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoe, which will provide several benefits.
The first benefit is that it will prevent the top of your kids’ feet or toes to rub against the top of the shoe.
The second benefit 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.
The third benefit is that if your child needs an orthotic, a deeper shoe will allow the orthotic to sit deeply inside the shoe for a much more comfortable FIT.
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.
SO, if you don’t have a local children’s shoe store that you TRUST, start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the most effective method to learn your child’s shoe size and you can find it here:
The Best Shoes For Kids With A Long Middle Toe
Now that you know what features we are looking for your child that has the middle toe longer than the first toe, and how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, I will show you a selection of the best children’s shoes for kids that have their middle toe longer than the first toe.
I have fitted all these shoe styles before and I am familiar not only with the features that they provide but also with the way they FIT.
Just because your child measures a shoe size 10, it doesn’t meant that he or she will need a shoe size 10 in all shoe styles.
Shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide. I will be specific as possible and show you exactly how each shoe style fits.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children that have the middle toe longer than the big toe:
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 shoe measuring scale 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 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 help you better.
Choose The Correct Type Of Socks – They Make A Difference!
The role that socks play in keeping our kids’ feet healthy goes beyond acting as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes.
Finding the correct type of socks will also play a key role for your child that has her or his middle toe longer than the big toe.
We don’t want the socks to cramp our kids’ toes or make them overlap each other, so the type of socks we want to find for our kids’ feet must be seamless.
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 for example 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, you can learn more about them in an article I wrote called:
If you have been looking for a pair of good seamless socks for your child, you can take a look at the selection below since I have fitted them and I know they are made of great quality since parents love them and keep coming back for them:
Now that you know which are the best shoes for children that have their middle toe longer than the big toe and which socks will keep their feet healthy, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.