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New Balance Shoes for Girls Reviewed – Lightweight, Supportive, Deep, and Fits Orthotics!


I decided to review this particular shoe style made by New Balance because it provides most of the features that parents want in their kids’ shoes. Please keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since I believe that is the only way to test the quality of the shoes and how they fit.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted some of the best children’s shoe styles, and I am familiar with which brands and styles are better than others.

For the last 5 years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids’ online.

If you have a girl that has wide or extra wide feet and a high instep, this is the best shoe style you will find for her feet. Please keep in mind that this shoe style won’t fit your child with narrow feet.

Shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they fit you need to adjust what size you will get for your child. We always want to go a half a size longer of your child’s foot size in order to allow for growing room.

If I describe a particular shoe style I always need to know how it fits so I can tell parents to adjust the sizing. For example, if you have a child with a foot size 7 and you purchase a pair of shoes that fits “short”, then you need to provide your child with a shoe size 8 instead of 7 1/2 in order to allow for growing room.

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New Balance 680V5 – The Overview
Shoe Style Name: New Balance 680V5
What type of foot does this shoe style fit: Medium, Wide, and Extra Wide
Purpose of the shoe: Every day wear.
Removable Insole: Yes
Accommodates Orthotics: Yes
How does the shoe style fit: True to size
Rating: 9.5 out of 10







I have never let a family walk out the shoe store without being a 100% sure that their kids’ shoes were fitting properly. I care about making sure your child is wearing the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size, since your child can develop several foot issues from wearing the wrong type of shoes.

Keeping your Kids’ Feet Healthy Means Finding the Proper Shoes!

The New Balance 680V5 is the #1 choice for parents who are looking for a pair of shoes that are SUPPORTIVE, LIGHTWEIGHT, FLEXIBLE, DURABLE, and that accommodates ORTHOTICS. 

Do you feel like you struggle every time you have to put your kids’ shoes on? Can you imagine not having to shove the shoes in your kids’ feet every time you have to put them on? I believe that this shoe style will make your life a lot easier!

This is one of the best shoe styles for children made by New Balance. This particular shoe style has been around for at least 10 straight years, and New Balance keeps making them because parents are buying their kids the same shoe over and over again (keep in mind that it does come in different colors!).

This shoe style is available from an infant shoe size 2, all the way up to a little kid size 3 (ages 8 to 12).

Since fit to me is extremely important, I love the fact that these shoes are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.

From a fitting perspective, this shoe style fits “true to size”, meaning that you need to order a “half a size longer” of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

This shoe style retails for $39.99 and thats more of what most parents want to pay for their kids’ shoes. They always tell me how they can find cheaper shoes at places such as Target or Payless but those shoes usually end up falling apart a lot quicker and most importantly they don’t provide any type of support for your child’s feet.

I believe that for the quality and support this shoe style provides, they are very reasonably priced.

You are getting an every day pair of shoes for your child that I can guarantee you she will outgrow it before the shoes get destroyed.

Let’s take a look at how this shoe style looks like and a closer look at the features it provides. This first picture shows how even though the shoe style has suede on the sides, it’s still breathable and if you look at the sole of the shoe it looks thick , durable and supportive:

The picture below will show you the traction that the shoe style provides:

New Balance Shoes For Boys

I decided to recreate the most important questions that parents have asked me at the shoe store about the New Balance 680V6:

1- Can my Child Wear this Shoe Style as Her Everyday Pair of Shoes?

Yes, your girl will be able to wear this shoe style for her every day activities. The shoe offers enough support for your girl’s feet and is lightweight and flexible at the same time ✅

2- Is this Shoe Style Durable?

Yes, your girl will most likely outgrow the shoes before they get destroyed ✅

3- What Type of Foot does this Shoe Style Fit?

This shoe style will fit a child with medium, wide, and extra wide feet. This is the best shoe style for children with wide or extra wide feet.

4- What is this Shoe Style Made of?

This shoe style is made of suede and leather and mesh upper which provide durability and breathability.

5- Does this Shoe Style Provide Good Traction?

Yes, this shoe style provides excellent traction and will prevent your child from slipping and falling, especially when walking in slippery, wet surfaces ✅

6- Does this Shoe Style Come with a Removable Insole?

Yes, you can easily pull it out if you have to ✅

7- Can I Fit an Orthotic Inside this Shoe Style?

Yes, I have fitted orthotics in this shoe style before. This is the best shoe style for children who need orthotics since it’s one of the deepest shoes I have fitted before. ✅

8- Can I Put this Shoe Style in the Washing Machine?

No, I do not recommend putting this shoe style in the washing machine.

9- Is this shoe Style Easy to Put On?

Yes, this shoe style is easy to put on since it opens up widely ✅

10- Does this Shoe Style Come in Different Colors?

Yes, this shoe style is available in other colors  such as grey and navy blue ✅

What I LIKE about this shoe style:

PRO #1 The shoe style FITS extremely well and its very versatile since it offers enough support to be worn for every day activities.

PRO #2: Easy On & Off! You won’t have to struggle every time you are putting your child’s shoes on since they open up nice and wide. If your child is old enough, she won’t have any trouble putting the shoes by herself.

PRO #3: Fits children with extra wide feet and a high instep.

PRO #4: I love how lightweight and flexible this shoe style is. Great for children who are running around all day!

PRO #5: This shoe style accommodates any type of orthotics.

PRO #6: This shoe style is available in different widths and comes in half sizes and while you might believe this is a given for most shoes, there are a lot of kids’ sneakers out there that are available in whole sizes only.

What I DON’T LIKE about this shoe style:

CON #1: Won’t fit a child with narrow feet.

CON #2: Not machine washable.

Is your Child Wearing the Correct Shoe Size? – Let’s Find Out!

Did you know that your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer if you don’t provide him with the correct shoe size? I am always emphasizing to parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that proper fit the shape of their feet.

If you don’t have a local shoe store in your area, take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the SIMPLEST, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Please keep in mind that this shoe style runs “short”, meaning 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.

Now that you know which is the best New Balance shoe style for girls, you are ready to make the most informative decision!

If you have any, I mean ANY, questions about this particular shoe style or if you have tried this shoe style before, please let us know how you liked it in the comments section below.

New Balance KV990V4









  • Fits Wide and Extra Wide Feet
  • Fits a High Instep
  • Easy On & Off
  • Accommodates any Type of Orthotics
  • Durable


  • Won't Fit Children with Narrow Feet
  • Not Machine Washable


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