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Sandals for Kids with Overpronation – Let’s Prevent Foot and Leg Pain During the Summer!

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on March 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best sandals for kids with overpronation.

Do you have a child that is dealing with overpronation? Are you looking for a pair of substantial and supportive sandals to help treat your child’s overpronation during the summer season and prevent foot and leg pain?

Children with overpronation are highly likely to experience foot and leg pain during the summer since they are not able to wear their regular sneakers and orthotics for most of the day. The most effective way to significantly reduce or fully eliminate their foot and leg pain during the summer is by wearing sandals that provide good shock absorption.

I have fitted certain sandals that provide an internal support mechanism that is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and prevent the flattening of the arch.

Having fallen arches or flat feet can be a developed or hereditary condition. The biggest issue with pronation either inward or outward is how it can cause the misalignment of your child’s hips and knees. We all have a certain degree of pronation, but when it’s excessive it’s when most problems arise. Overpronation affects your child’s overall posture.

It is a fact that most sandals are not the most foot-friendly shoes for children to wear. In addition to the lack of support and the increased likelihood of developing blisters, sandals can also be easier to trip in, leading to bumps, bruises, or broken toes.

The key is to find a pair of sandals that will help align your kids’ feet and legs and reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground. Most sandals are too flimsy and don’t provide the correct amount of support that a child with a particular foot condition such as overpronation needs.

There are many different types of sandals for children, but the sandals that I recommend will help your child with the following:

  • They provide proper body weight distribution by supporting and preventing your kids’ feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
  • They provide a built-in-arch and a cushioned foot-bed for better support and balance.
  • They prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.

There is only a small selection of sandals that help treat your child’s overpronation, but the good news is that 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. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit.

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Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience of fitting thousands of kids, I am more familiar with the best shoe brands for children with overpronation and the best styles among those brands.

Most children with overpronation are flat-footed, have low muscle tone, or rolled ankles. Sandals that provide a substantial outsole can help prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards or outwards.

Don’t take my word for it, let me prove it to you!

Before and After Images of Sandals for Kids with Overpronation

Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat-footed child with rolled ankles. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

Before Image: Child Standing Barefoot

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of the supportive sandals that I recommend. Do you notice how the feet look a lot straighter and are not collapsing or turning inwards anymore?

After Image: Same Child Wearing Supportive Sandals

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Now, remember how I told you that even among the same shoe brand, not all sandals provide the same levels of support, comfort, and durability? The picture below shows the same child wearing a different pair of sandals from the same shoe brand. The child’s feet look straighter but notice how the feet are not as straight as in the previous image.

After Image: Same Child Wearing Unsupportive Sandals

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What Makes the Sandals I Recommend Effective for Kids with Foot Overpronation?

Reason #1: Targeted Arch Support

The internal support mechanism is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot. Do you notice how the sandal on the right image has a much thicker and supportive outsole than the sandal on the left image? I will provide you with a link to that sandal shortly.

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Reason #2: Targeted Heel Support

In addition to providing excellent arch support, these sandals also come with extra support around the heel area. This is a great feature, especially if your child has rolled ankles. Let me show you the difference between a sandal style that provides extra cushion around the heel versus one that doesn’t. This extra padding helps reduce the impact on your kids’ heels and prevents ankle and heel pain.

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Before I provide you with a selection of the best kids’ sandals for overpronation, I want to first show you what features these sandals provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.

Reason #3: Lightweight and Flexible

While we want the sandals to be supportive, we still want them to be lightweight and flexible to prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired.

Your kids’ sandals should always bend at the ball of the foot but not any further, meaning that they need to be flexible but not too flexible, otherwise they won’t provide enough support. Below you can find a picture of a pair of sandals that provides the correct amount of flexibility versus a sandal that is too flexible.

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These are the 3 most important features that will help treat and prevent your child’s overpronation and significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot pain.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. 

Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best sandals for kids with overpronation. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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These sandals will help improve your child’s posture and help treat and prevent your child’s overpronation. 

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

How to Figure Out Your Child’s Exact Sandal Size? – Let’s Find out!

Parents have told me how one of the hardest things they have to do is figure out their child’s sandal size.

To be able to figure out your child’s correct sandal size, you need to know your child’s exact foot size to begin with. If you don’t know your child’s foot size, take a look at the article below:

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 length 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.

What Sandal Size Should You Order?

Most of the sandals that I recommend are not available in half sizes, they are available in whole sizes only. If your child is in “between sizes” then always round up.

It’s important to provide your child with a certain amount of growing room, but getting sandals that are too long might compromise your child’s stability and make your child more prone to developing foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

Let’s take a look at the following scenario to figure out what sandal size you need to provide for your child:

  • If your child measures a foot size 10, in most sneakers your child will wear a shoe size 10.5. However, in a pair of sandals, your child will wear the size 11 since they are not available in half sizes.
  • If your child measures a foot size 10 1/2, you still will provide your child with a sandal size 11.

Are Any Other Sandal Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly to my e-mail if you are unsure about what sandal style will work best to help treat your child’s overpronation. My e-mail address is:

fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

What are the Best Sneakers for Kids with Overpronation?

If you are unsure whether your child is wearing a pair of supportive sneakers I suggest that you take a look at the resource below:

The Best Shoes for Kids with Overpronation – Keep their Feet and Legs Healthy

Have you found a particular sandal style that has worked well for your child’s overpronation? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

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2 Comments on Sandals for Kids with Overpronation – Let’s Prevent Foot and Leg Pain During the Summer!

  1. Hello!
    Do you recommend putting orthotics into the sandal during warm weather? What are your thoughts on Geox sandals? Do they provide similar support for overpronation? Tahnk you.

    • Hello Natasa,

      I don’t recommend putting orthotics inside sandals as they won’t do any good. Orthotics work in an enclosed shoes (sneakers, dress shoes, boots), but not sandals.

      Most Geox sandals are great as they provide supportive outsoles with a stable base of support. Is there a specific Geox sandal style you had in mind?

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