Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes for your child with the second toe bigger than the big toe? Is your child’s toe rubbing against the front of the shoes?
Finding a pair of shoes for a child who has the second toe bigger than the big toe can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
I have fitted several children with this foot condition, and I can tell you that it’s key to find shoes that are deep and that also come with a round toe-box. These two features will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the second toe from rubbing against the other toes or the front of the shoes.
Please always remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with 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.
When I have to help a child that has the second toe longer than the big toe, I always explain to parents that there are two important features that the shoes must provide:
- Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent the second toe from rubbing against other toes or the front of the shoes.
- Depth: This feature will prevent the top part of your child’s second toe from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
These two important features will prevent your kids’ second toe from developing foot issues.
The issue most parents have is that they don’t know how they can find kids’ shoes that provide these two features, since shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”. The good news is that I will help you find them.
I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for a child who has the second toe bigger than the big toe shortly, but first let’s take a look at what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
First Feature – Shoes with Round Toe-Boxes ❤️
A shoe with a round toe-box means that the front of the shoe has a rounder instead of a pointier shape, which means that it allows extra space for the toes to move around and don’t overlap each other or rub against the side or the top of the shoes.
Let me show you the difference between a shoe with a round toe-box and one with a pointier toe-box:
These are two shoes that are the same size in length and width but look at how different the toe-boxes are. The shoe made by New Balance (grey and pink) has a much rounder toe-box than the shoe made by Asics (all black)which has a much pointier toe-box.
So, if your child has the second toe longer than the big toe you will always choose the shoe that has the roundest toe-box.
Second Feature – Deep Shoes ❤️
Shoes that are deep will allow your kids’ feet to fit deeply and more comfortable inside the shoes and prevent the second toe from rubbing against the top front part of the shoe. Deep shoes also prevent your children from having the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes.
Deeper shoes are also great for children who have a high instep, require an orthotic to be fitted inside the shoe, or always has the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe.
These are the two most important features you need look for a child that has the second toe longer than the big toe.
In addition to providing these two features, the shoes that I will describe below are also supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
I have fitted shoes that provide all of these features and I will describe them below. However, I want you to keep one thing in mind: 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. What’s even worse, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I always recommend parents to take their toddler to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting 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 in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features a shoe for a child that has the second toe longer than the big toe must provide and how to make sure you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for kids that have the second toe bigger than the big toe below.
Best Shoes for the Second Toe Bigger Than the Big Toe ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Every time I describe a particular shoe style is because I have fitted it before and I am familiar how the shoe is cut. This means that I can tell you exactly whether the shoe runs short, long, narrow, or wide.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for for kids that have the second toe bigger than the big toe. Please keep in mind that all of these shoe styles are available in different width such as medium, wide, and extra wide, so choose the shoe width accordingly.
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Now that you know which are the best shoes for a child that has the second toe bigger than the big toe you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Before you leave, I want you to know that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy specially if your child has the second toe bigger than the big toe.
The Best Socks for Kids with Long Toes – Seamless
Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
In addition, there is a particular type of sock that will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another.
Have you ever heard of seamless socks?
These types of socks are great because they won’t constrict toe movement and will allow your kids’ toes to freely move. These are the type of socks I recommend for children who have wide or extra wide feet and they are also great for those children that feel every lump and bump.
While I can’t get into too much detail about the importance of seamless socks in this post, I provide a description of the best seamless socks for children in another article. Go to the link below:
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 children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.