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 with 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 through wearing sandals that provide good shock absorption. There are certain sandals that provide an internal support mechanism which 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 can also affect your children’s shoulders, back and neck too.
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 best sandals for overpronation will help your child with the following:
- They will provide proper body weight distribution by supporting and preventing your kids’ feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
- They will provide a built-in-arch and a cushioned foot-bed for better support and balance.
- They will prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
There is only a small selection of sandals that will help treat your child’s overpronation, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
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. 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.
Have you ever heard of the shoe company Keen?
Keen makes some of the best sandals for children with overpronation. However, among this brand, there are certain sandal styles that will be more effective in treating your child’s overpronation.
Most children with overpronation are flat footed, have low muscle tone, or rolled ankles. Sandals that provide a substantial sole will help prevent the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards or outwards.
Let me prove this to you…
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?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive Keen sandals. Do you notice how the feet look a lot straighter and are not collapsing or turning inwards anymore?
Now, remember how I told you that there are certain Keen styles that are better than others in terms of support, comfort, and durability? The picture below shows the same child wearing a different style of Keen sandals. The child’s feet look straighter but notice how the feet are not as straight as in the previous image.
In addition to providing excellent arch support, there are certain Keen sandals that provide 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 Keen sandal style that provides extra cushion around the heel area versus one that does not.
Do you notice how the sandal on the left comes with extra padding around the heel compared to the sandal on the right? This extra padding will reduce the impact on your kids’ heels and prevent ankle and heel pain.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best kids sandals for overpronation, I want to first show you what features these sandals have to offer and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Sandals for Overpronation – The 5 Most Important Features!
✅ Arch Support: The internal support mechanism that Keen sandals provide will offer your child excellent arch support. This feature will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy and improve your child’s overall posture.
✅ 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’ Keen sandals should always bend at the ball of the foot but not any further. It’s important for your kids’ sandals to be flexible but not too flexible otherwise they won’t provide enough support.
Here you can find a picture of a pair of sandals that provides the correct amount of flexibility:
The picture below shows a Keen sandal style that is too flexible and won’t provide good support to your child’s feet:
These are the 2 most important features that will help treat and prevent your child’s overpronation and significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot pain.
Keen sandals are also well-known for providing these 3 extra important features:
✅ Durability: Keen sandals are the most durable sandals for children, since they are practically indestructible. Children can wear them to different activities such as going to the beach, hiking, camping, riding their bicycles, and running around in different types of terrain.
✅ Machine Washable: This is an awesome feature that Keen implemented in all of their sandals. Most parents used to complain about the terrible smell that Keen sandals used to developed after being worn for a couple of times. Now you don’t have to worry about that anymore since all Keen sandals are machine washable.
✅ Secure Closure: This feature will provide your child with added stability and support. Most Keen sandals styles come with a Velcro strap as well as a toggle lace for maximum stability. This will allow your child to adjust the sandals to their preference. Some children like to wear their shoes really tight while some others prefer a loose fit.
How to Figure Out Your Child’s Keen Sandal Style? – Let’s Find out!
Parents have told me how one of the hardest things they have to do is figure out their child’s exact Keen sandal size.
The issue is that Keen sandals are not available in half sizes, they are available in whole sizes only (like most seasonal footwear is).
One of the things you will have to take into consideration is how many months of summer you got ahead, in order to determine how much growing room is needed in your Keen sandals. 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 Keen sandal size you need to provide your child with:
If your child measures a foot size 10, in most sneakers your child will wear a shoe size 10.5, since you will want to provide your child with a certain amount of growing room. However, in a pair of Keen sandals your child will wear the size 11, since they are not available in half sizes. You will also want to consider how many months left of summer you got. For example, if you are getting your child the sandals right at the beginning of summer, you will want a good amount of growing room in order for your child to wear the sandals through the whole summer season. On the other hand, if you only have 2 months left of summer ahead, you might want to provide your child with the size 10 instead of the size 11. Makes sense?
In order to be able to figure out your child’s correct Keen sandal style, you need to know your child’s exact foot size. To assist parents in determining their kids’ shoe size at home effectively and with ease, I created a video tutorial:
Now that you know how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home and what feature these sandals will provide to your child’s feet, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best sandals for kids with overpronation.
The Best Sandals for Kids with Overpronation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoe styles 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.
These sandals will improve your child’s posture and help treat and prevent your child’s overpronation.
Below you can find a selection of the best sandals for kids with overpronation. Click on the image to see all available color options.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having a hard time figuring out which Keen sandal size your child needs.
Have you found a particular Keen sandal style that has worked well for your child’s overpronation? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.