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Popular Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – Stylish and Supportive!


Do you have a child who wears orthotics and only wants to wear shoes from specific shoe brands such as Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour? Are you hesitant of providing your child with these “popular shoes” as they might not provide the correct amount of support? I have found a few popular shoes for kids with flat feet made by Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour that provide good support, and I will show you these shoes shortly.

The older children get, the more aware they become about fashion trends and they start having strong opinions about footwear choice. Some children refuse to wear shoes picked by their parents, and will only wear the ones that they like. This can become a problem if your child is dealing with a specific foot condition and needs extra support from the shoes.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years, where we focus on helping children with foot conditions such as flat feet, rolled ankles, overpronation as well as “complicated” foot shapes.

I have fitted many children for their first pair of walking shoes up to their teenage years. The older children get, the pickier that they become about shoes.


Some children walk into the store with their minds already set about what shoes they want to get. I always try to balance style with function, as it’s important that children wear the shoes that they like without compromising foot health.

I have noticed that many children would say that the shoes hurt their feet when they don’t like how the shoes look.

My Child Only Wants to Wear Popular Shoes!

Have you looked at any of the Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour commercials? There is a large number of athletes who wear their products, and if you go to any shoe store you will notice that the amount of display space devoted to these shoe brands is so much larger than the space for any other shoe brand.

What Popular Shoes Work Well for Kids with Flat Feet?

There are certain shoes made by Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour that balance style and function by providing supportive outsoles and firm heel counters. Some of these shoes we carry at the shoe store that I work for, while some others I found by doing extensive research online.

For example, the shoe below is made by Nike and older children love it because it’s named after Lebron James. While this shoe is not my number one choice for children with flat feet, it provides certain features that make it appropriate as long as your child has mild to moderate pronation. Below is a picture of how the shoe looks like. I like the fact that the shoe provides a substantial outsole with a reinforced heel counter and Max Air under the heel area to support and protect your child’s heels:


There is a shoe brand that might not be as popular for older children (New Balance) but manufactures a shoe that has been quite popular among older children. The shoe is named after the basketball player Kawhi Leonard, so several children like this style. Below is a picture of how the shoe looks like. I like this specific style because it provides a full-length outsole shank for added stability:


Where Can You Find Popular Shoes that Provide Good Support?

You can visit your local fitting shoe store or buy them online. If you prefer to shop online you need to be 100% sure of your child’s foot shape and length. Your child’s foot shape (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide, high instep) will also determine what specific shoes your child should wear.

If you are unsure of your child’s shoe size I suggest that you take a look at a resource I created where I help parents retrieve their child’s exact foot length and shape online:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Now that you know your child’s foot shape and length let’s take a look at the most popular shoes for kids with flat feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

Most Popular Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet

Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out whether that specific style can fit your child’s foot shape.

Many of the shoes featured below come in several color options, so if your child likes a specific color, please make sure to click through and see if they have that specific color.

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Need to Order for Your Child?

Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out what shoe size you need to order to allow for the correct amount of growing room.

What Makes the Shoes that I Recommend Ideal for Children with Flat Feet?

All of the shoes that I recommended provide supportive outsoles and firm heel counters. Even though these shoes provide really good support, there are other shoes manufactured by other shoe brands that might not be as fashionable or popular but provide better support.

I created a different resource that provides a list of the best shoes for kids with flat feet, so I suggest that you also show your child those shoes to check if they like them, as they will be more supportive than the ones recommended above:

The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!

Are Any Other Popular Shoe Choices Available?

These are the most supportive popular shoes that I have fitted before but if your child doesn’t like any of the shoes above I am happy to check if there are any other options available. You can leave me your question in the comment section below or send me an email to:


The Importance of Properly Lacing Your Kids’ Shoes

I strongly suggest that you make sure that your kids’ shoes are properly tied at all times. The reason I mention this is that a lot of children walk around with untied shoelaces or lace their shoes in a specific way that doesn’t really “hug” their feet. Your child won’t get the full support or stability from the shoes if they are not properly laced:

The tighter the shoelaces are, the more support and stability that your child will get from the shoes. I also suggest that you apply the following shoe lacing technique:

How to Tie Shoes for Heel Pain – The Most Effective Way!

Is Your Child Complaining About Foot or Leg Pain?

If your child is complaining about foot or leg pain you will have to fit a pair of orthotics inside the shoes for extra support. I created a different resource that describes the best orthotics for kids with flat feet:

Orthotic Inserts for Kids with Flat Feet – Align Your Kids’ Feet and Improve Their Posture!

Finding a pair of fashionable shoes for a child who has flat feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. Whether your child is complaining of foot pain or you simply want to prevent your child from developing foot problems later in life, the shoes that I recommended are fashionable and supportive at the same time.

Don’t hesitate t contact me if you have any questions or need a different pair of shoes for your child’s flat feet. I am happy to help you find them!

Help me make this resource even better by adding your popular shoe recommendations as well!


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