When it comes to apparel and footwear, Nike is one of the most trustworthy and popular brands all over the world. As children grow up they start asking about more fashion oriented shoe brands. Nike is a brand that caters to everyone’s needs, kids and adults alike. They innovate new designs and types of shoes according to the specific desires of their customers. However, their main flaw is that they offer very few shoes in wide widths.
Many parents have asked me why Nike doesn’t make kids’ sneakers in wide widths…
The million dollar question is: Can children with wide feet wear Nike shoes? I will say that 90% of the time they can’t!
I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 7 years now, and I work for a specialized children’s shoe store where we help children with foot and leg problems. Providing our kids with the correct shoe size and the correct type of shoes is extremely important if we want to keep our kids and legs healthy.
The main issue with Nike shoes is that the great majority of them are not available in wide widths. As kids get older and start asking for more fashion oriented shoe brands, Nike happens to be on the top of their list.
But… What do we do if our kids have wide feet? Do we let them wear the shoes anyways? Wouldn’t that end up creating all sort of foot issues?
When parents look for kids’ shoes there should be several questions that come to their minds – How do we make sure that the footwear we choose for our kids will last? Will they hurt our kids’ feet? Will they fit the shape of their feet perfectly? Is there enough growing room for our kids to grow into the shoes?
We want to provide our kids with a pair of shoes that they like, but at the same time we should NEVER compromise how well they FIT! If your child is asking you for Nike sneakers but happens to have wide feet, there are specific Nike shoe styles that actually do come in wide widths and will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly.
In this post, I will describe the best Nike shoes for kids who have wide feet so you can make them happy and keep their feet and legs healthy at the same time!
Do Nike Sneakers For Kids With Wide Feet Exist?
Yes they do! In fact, at the children’s shoe store that I work for we carry every single shoe style that Nike makes in wide widths! We carry them because we are a fitting shoe store, so our main goal is to provide children with shoes that FIT.
When I say that we carry shoes in wide widths from Nike, I am not talking about a particular Nike shoe style that fits wider than others, I am talking about Nike shoes for kids that actually come in wide widths. If your child has wide feet and has been asking you to get him or her Nike sneakers, you don’t have to compromise on the fit anymore.!
As they get older, children begin to refuse to wear anything other than shoes they believe look stylish. While I will describe the best Nike shoes for kids that come in wide widths in this post, if your child has extra wide feet, he or she WONT fit in a pair of Nike shoes.
Children with extra wide feet always have a hard time finding shoes that fit, especially because there are not that many shoe styles available in extra wide widths. That is the reason why I decided to create a post where I describe the best shoes for children with extra wide feet, and you can find it here:
Style VS Comfort – Your Child Can Have Both!
As your child gets older, they will ask for more stylish, fashionable and attractive shoes. The main issue I have with Nike sneakers is that the great majority of them don’t provide the support and structure that our kids need to keep their feet and legs healthy. I always advise parents to provide their kids with other shoe brands instead of Nike, sometimes kids will refuse to wear anything but Nike shoes.
The good news are that there are certain Nike shoes that not only look stylish, but also provide great support to our children’s feet. Moreover, no other brand innovates new designs and new types of shoes like Nike does. This is another reason why Nike has gained immense popularity among kids and teenagers.
If you would like to provide your child with lightweight and flexible shoes, Nike caters to those needs! Nike tends to make shoes that are extremely lightweight and flexible, so your child can comfortably run around all day without their shoes feeling too heavy or their legs getting tired.
Why Do Kids’ Want Nike Shoes As They Get Older?
Nike is a very popular brand among not just young children, but adults as well. The older children get the more they care more about what they wear, and peer pressure at school might lead them to choose fashion over comfort!
The Nike shoe styles that I describe below are the most durable, supportive, and flexible of the brand, and they will fit a child with wide feet. Because these shoes are made of good, quality materials, they will guarantee that your children will outgrow his or her shoes before they have a chance to destroy them!
I have helped numerous children at the shoe store that I work for, and they tell me they want to wear Nike shoes because that’s what their friends wear. I totally get that, and as long as the shoes fit, we should be able to provide our kids with the shoes they WANT to wear. Remember, Nike shoes in wide widths DO EXIST, you just need to know which ones they are!
Below you can find a selection of the best Nike shoes for kids that come in wide widths!
These Nike shoe styles 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.
Tired Of Tying Your Kids Shoes? Try Out Nike’s Velcro Sneakers!
Some children might not be ready to wear shoes with shoelaces, either because they don’t want to learn how to tie them, or because they have weak fine motor skills. If this is the case with your child, you can provide him or her with a pair of velcro sneakers! There are many cases of children tripping and falling and becoming severely injured due to untied shoelaces. Therefore, it is important to tie shoelaces properly or provide your kids with an alternative.
If your child does want to learn how to tie his or her shoes, I wrote a post where I describe the best way to teach them. You can find that post here:
Nike velcro sneakers are a smart, durable, and easy way to provide your child with the independence he or she always wanted, and your children will never have to worry about tying the shoelaces anymore. Moreover, Nike has designed these sneakers so that they perform the functions of shoelaces, that is, by keeping the sneakers tight on your kids’ feet!
Young parents are always trying to provide their kids with stylish shoes, and sometimes they forget about the importance of well-fitting and supportive shoes. My goal as a shoe fitter has always been to provide kids and parents with both comfort and style!
Making Your Kids Happy – Provide Them With The Shoes They Always Wanted!
If your child with wide feet has been begging you to get him or her Nike sneakers for a long time, you don’t have to compromise on the FIT anymore. I have seen several instances where parents bring their kids to the shoe store with the intention of getting them good, sturdy, supportive, and well-fitting shoes, but they realize their child had a particular shoe style in mind and won’t leave the store in any other pair of shoes!
If your kids like to wear lightweight and flexible shoes, Nike has several styles that will cater to those needs.
Please keep in mind that if your child is experiencing foot or leg pain, you must stay away from Nike sneakers. There are other type of shoes that are more substantial and supportive that will reduce or fully eliminate the pain that your child is experiencing. I wrote a post about these type of shoes for children who are experiencing leg or foot pain and you can find it here:
Do you have a child with wide feet who has been asking you to get Nike shoes for a while now? Have you found a particular Nike shoe style that comes in wide width that I didn’t mention above? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them.