Fitting Children's Shoes

I work for a children’s shoe store where we evaluate children’s feet on a daily basis, and we have helped hundreds of children with flat feet, rolled ankles, low muscle tone, hypermobility, toe walking, and other conditions as well.

Several physical and occupational therapists refer children to the shoe store to be fitted for the correct type of shoes and orthotics. While I am not a medical professional, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that the correct type of orthotics can have on a child’s life. It is amazing how something so simple such as fitting a child in the correct type of orthotics can improve the child’s walking gait, balance, and overall posture.

Supportive Insole for Mild Cases of Pronation: Footlogics

This orthotic has been specifically designed by podiatrists to correct the misalignment caused by flat feet and rolled ankles. When children are flat footed and experience overpronation, they start putting pressure on parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, which usually leads to foot and leg pain.

The main reason why I recommend this orthotic is that it provides excellent arch and heel support, and at the same time is not as invasive as other orthotics. This means that this orthotic allows your toddler’s foot and leg muscles to develop on their own while supporting them.

Do You Need to Remove the Original Insoles of Your Kids’ Shoes?

Yes, don’t forget to remove the original insoles of your kids’ shoes to make the orthotics fit better inside the shoes and increase comfort.

Supportive Orthotic for Moderate or Severe Cases of Pronation: littleSTEPS

This orthotic mechanically supports the pieces of the foot that causes the foot to be flat such as the heels. I recommend this orthotic for children with flat feet, rolled ankles, overpronation, low muscle tone, hypermobility, toe walking, and knock knees.

Do You Need to Remove the Original Insoles of Your Kids’ Shoes?

You won’t have to remove the original insoles of your child’s shoes before placing this orthotic inside the shoes.

Take a look at the chart below to figure out what size to order based on your child’s shoe size:


Unsure Which Orthotic to Choose for Your Child’s Foot Condition?

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble deciding which orthotic will work best for your child’s specific foot condition: [email protected]

What Are the Best Shoes to Accommodate Orthotics?

If you are having trouble finding a pair of shoes to fit your kids’ orthotics please refer to an article that I wrote called where I describe the best kids’ shoes that fit orthotics.

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  1. My child has flat feet, inward and limping when walking long distance, does not like to run because she gets tired easily. which sneakers, or orthotics do you recommend for her to wear.
    Thank you,


    1. Hello Gina,

      In order to recommend specific shoes for your daughter I first need to know her exact foot shape (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide). I also need to know from which country you are contacting me to check what specific shoes are available in your area.

  2. Do you recommend an insole for a ski boot? My son enjoys skiing but can’t stand the boots. Since his foot is growing I don’t want to pay for custom boots. Do you know of any way to make them more comfortable, perhaps using something like an insole?

    1. Hello Jaysri,

      I am not familiar with ski boots, but maybe I can guide you in the right direction. What specific part of the boot bothers your son’s feet? Do you know if your son’s ski boots have removable insoles?