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Prevent Blisters in Feet – The Best Shoes to Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on April 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on how to prevent blisters in feet.

Your child’s heels are the most susceptible areas for developing a blister. Do you want to know the most effective way to prevent your child from getting a blister? Make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe style in the correct shoe size. Certain shoes provide extra padding around the heel area which helps prevent blisters.

If your children already developed a blister then I recommend that you allow them to walk barefoot in the house for the blister to heal faster. When your child goes outside and needs shoes make sure your child wears socks and a pair of sneakers with good cushion around the ankles — this is the most common area where children get blisters.

These are the 3 most common reasons why children develop blisters:

Shoes that don’t fit properly: Shoes that are too short will cramp your kids’ toes and make them overlap against one another or the side of the shoes. On the other hand, shoes that are too long allow your child’s feet to move too much inside the shoes, and that constant friction and rubbing usually leads to the formation of blisters.

Low-quality and poorly made shoes: These shoes tend to be stiffer and less breathable, and it’s important for your kids’ shoes to provide good breathability for your kids’ feet to be able to breathe and not sweat so much. When kids’ feet start sweating, they make the skin softer and more vulnerable to develop blisters.

Not wearing socks with their shoes: Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, and they help prevent blisters, calluses, and corns. Even if your children refuse to wear socks it’s important to make them understand that they must wear socks with their shoes at all times.

Does Your Child Have a Complicated Foot Shape? – Let’s Find Out!

Children with narrow or extra wide feet tend to have the hardest time finding shoes that fit the shape of their feet properly, but I want you to keep one thing in mind: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find them!

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that focuses in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.


Certain shoes are better made than others and provide more cushion (better padding) and support to your kids’ feet. For example, let me show you a picture of a shoe that provides extra padding around the heel area:


How to Prevent Blisters in Feet – The Most Effective Way!

As I mentioned before, the main reason why children develop blisters is that they are wearing the wrong shoe size, and this can be that the shoe is either too short, too long, too wide, or too narrow. Shoes that are made from low-quality materials also tend to be stiffer, especially around the heels.

If you prefer to buy your kids’ shoes online, you need to be 100% sure that you know your child’s exact foot size to know what shoe size to order.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size to know what size to order.

I created a resource that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

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

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.


After you figure out your child’s exact foot size, you are ready to find shoes that are supportive and comfortable that will keep your kids’ feet healthy. I will provide you with a selection of these types of shoes shortly. 

Most children refuse to wear socks with their shoes because they might feel every bump and lump as soon as they put their socks on. I have found certain sock styles that are 100% seamless and breathable. I describe the types of socks in more detail in an article I wrote called:

Seamless Socks for Kids – Stop the Struggle of Putting Socks On!

Now that you know about the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size, the key role that shoes play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, and the importance of why children should always wear socks with their shoes, you are ready to see a selection of the better made and best fitting shoes for children.

Keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Kids’ Shoes to Prevent Blisters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Medium – Wide – Extra Wide Feet

The shoes below are all made from high-quality materials and provide extra cushion in targeted areas of the feet. They are also available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) widths.

The Best Kids’ Shoes to Prevent Blisters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Narrow – Medium Feet

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If none of these shoes are available in your child’s shoe size or if you need the shoes to be made of a specific color don’t hesitate to email me at:


Remember that fits remain our top priority and it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.

Providing your child with a pair of quality shoes that are the correct size will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy and save you a lot of time and money in the future.

Now that you the key role that properly fitted shoes and socks play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, you are ready to make the most informed decision. If you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style in a particular size for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help you find it.

Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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