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Orthopedic Sandals For Kids – Finding The Best Summer Sandal For Your Child!

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Has your child been diagnosed with flat feet, pronation, or rolled ankles? Are you looking for a pair of orthopedic sandals for your child that will keep his or her feet healthy during the summer season?

If your children have been diagnosed with flat feet, pronation, rolled ankles, or any other issue that involves foot and leg pain, providing them with a pair of good supportive shoes is the most effective way to minimize or fully eliminate the pain that your child might be experiencing.

I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have worked at a children’s shoe store for 10 years. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics 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.

I have seen the positive impact that a good pair of supportive shoes can provide for children, especially when they have foot issues such as flat feet, pronation, or rolled ankles.

The issue is that once the summer season starts, your child won’t be able to wear his or her everyday shoes with the orthotics all day and will need a pair of supportive sandals.

If you don’t provide your child with a good pair of sandals for the summer it will be like taking a step back from all the work and investment you have put in the shoes and orthotics.

There are certain orthopedic sandals for kids’ that will provide support for their feet and allow them to walk and run straighter. I will describe those type of sandals in this article, but before you provide your child with a particular shoe style, you must make sure you provide him or her with the correct shoe size.

I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style has to provide for your child, if the shoe is not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer and you will actually end up creating all sort of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store that they TRUST, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit properly. The issue is that most local/independently owned children’s shoe stores have been closing down and we are left with big retailers that have employees who don’t know how to measure kids’ feet properly.

If you are one of those parents without a kids’ shoe store in your area please START by reading an article I wrote called:

How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!

That article describes the simplest, yet most effective way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size.

Another important point I want to make is that you can NEVER insert a pair of orthotics in sandals. I wanted to clarify that because this is a very common question several parents have asked and seem confused about.

I will provide you with a selection of the best orthopedic sandals for kids, but let’s first take a look at what features these sandals will provide for your child.

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Orthopedic Sandals For Kids – What Makes Them Special?

The features that these sandals will provide for your child are:

  • The upper and lining of these sandals are made of high quality genuine leather with foam-padded elements in specific areas of the feet for better comfort.
  • A firm heel counter to protect your kids’ ankles and support them.
  • A substantial sole that provides arch support and will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
  • The sandals will also provide good traction in order to prevent your child from falling down specially when walking around wet surfaces.
  • Another important feature is how these sandals dry really fast, which is important in order to prevent blisters and other foot issues specially if your child will wear it for a longer period of time.

Now that you know what features a good pair of sandals must provide for your child and how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best orthopedic sandals for kids.

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Please keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since that’s the only way I can feel the quality of the shoe and also tell how the shoe fits.

You always want to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures at the shoe measuring scale, but this varies depending if the shoes run short or long.

Just so you know, shoes can run long, short, narrow, or wide. This means that if your child needs a shoe size 10 but the shoe runs short, you will need to provide your child with a shoe size 11 in order to allow for growing room (you go a whole size longer instead of half a size).

On the other hand, if a particular shoe style happens to run long, you will need to provide your child with a size 10 in order to allow for growing room (since the shoe already runs long you don’t need to go any bigger).

Here you can find a selection of the best orthopedic sandals for kids:

The sandals in the first row are called Keen sandals and you might be familiar with this shoe brand since it’s one of the most popular ones for children. They provide excellent support (this is our to-go summer sandal for those children who wear orthotics), and your child can wear them for most of the day. They provide excellent traction (this is important specially when your child is walking around on wet surfaces) and they come with a rubber toed-box to protect your kids’ toes.

Keen sandals don’t come in half sizes so always go for the longer size in order for your child to be able to wear them for the whole summer season. These sandals fit ” true to size” which means that you need to go a half a size longer from the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

The sandals in the second row are actually orthopedic sandal (that’s why you see such a big price increase). The sandals are specifically designed to offer the best footwear solution for your kids’ flat feet, club foot, toe walking, and pronation. These kids’ sandals were evaluated in Europe and they treat and prevent ankle pronation. If your child pronates severely, these are the styles you should go for. 

Now that you know which are the best orthopedic sandals for kids you are ready to make the most informative decision!

If you ever need a pair of everyday, summer, winter, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes you need. This tool is extremely valuable since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. I also tell you exactly how each shoe style is cut (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic! You can find that tool here:

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5 Comments on Orthopedic Sandals For Kids – Finding The Best Summer Sandal For Your Child!

  1. Hi Juan Pablo,
    Thank you for writing this helpful article! I am only able to see 4 sandals, all of them are Keen ones. I can’t see the “second row” that you refer to.
    Thank you,

    • Ruth,

      I checked and it’s working fine for me. Please try refreshing your page. I added the sandals here in case you can’t see them:

      I hope this helps!

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