I recently wrote an article about children who have their middle toe longer than their big toe since I had a couple of parents who contacted me asking about this issue.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for I helped a few children that have their middle toe longer than the big toe, but it’s even more common to see children who have their second toe bigger than the big toe.
I have been helping parents find their kids’ shoes online for the last three years, and I always make sure that I find those parents at least one shoe option that will FIT their child’s feet perfectly.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of his or her feet perfectly and I will HELP YOU find it!
Just so you know a bit more about me, I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
With that said, I never let a child walk out of the store without making sure the shoes were fitting him or her perfectly.
We carried a huge selection of children’s shoes and some of the most popular and supportive brands for them, which allows me to find the correct type of shoes no matter the shape of the feet.
When I had to help a child that had the second toe longer than the big toe, I always explain to parents that there are two important features that the shoes must provide:
- The first one is that they must come with a nice round toed-box.
- The second one is that they must be deep.
These two features (considering that you are providing your child with the correct shoe size) will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy.
I always explain to parents how it’s important to take their kids to their local children’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly. However, if you are one of those parents who don’t have a local shoe store in their area, I will help you find these shoes online.
In order for you to be able to provide your child with a pair of shoes that you found online, you must make sure you know how to provide your child with the correct shoe size. You should START by reading a post I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective method to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
Now that you know how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at what features shoes must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy,
First Feature – Shoes With Round Toed-Boxes!
Every time I recommend a parent to find a shoe with a round toed-box for his or her child they get confused of what to look for, so I want to explain this in more detail.
A shoe with a round toed-box means that the front of the shoe has a rounder shape instead of being pointier, 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 shoe.
Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
These are two shoes that are the same size in length and width but look at how different the toed-boxes are. The shoe made by New Balance has a much rounder toed-box than the shoe made by Saucony which has a much pointier toed-box.
So, if your child has the second toe longer than the big toe you will always choose the shoe that has the roundest toed-box, and in this particular case it will be the New Balance style.
Second Feature – Shoes That Are Deep!
The other important feature that we need in shoes for your child that has the second toe longer than the big toe is for the shoes to be deep.
But what does this really means?
Shoes that are deep will allow your kids’ feet to FIT deeply and more comfortable inside the shoe and prevent the toes from rubbing against the top of the shoe. Deep shoes also prevent your child from having the impression that his or her feet are coming out of the shoe since their feet are sitting deeply inside the shoe.
If a child has a high instep, requires an orthotic to be fitted inside the shoe, or always has the impression that his or her feet are coming out of the shoe, DEEP shoes will take care of those issues!
I have fitted shoes that are deep before and they make a huge difference in the way the shoes feel and fit.
These are the TWO most important features we want to look for a child that has the second toe longer than the first toe.
Besides these two features, the shoes that you choose for your child must be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
Can we find a shoe style that provides all of these features?
Yes, 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 it’s not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will develop foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Now that you know what features a good shoe must provide to your child that has the second toe longer than the first toe and how to make sure you get your child the correct shoe size, I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for kids that have the second toe bigger than the big toe below.
The Best Shoes For Kids That Have The Second Toe As Their Longest Toe!
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, wide, or narrow.
If you have been struggling to find a pair of shoes for your child that has the second toe bigger than the big toe, take a look at the selection below where I describe the best shoes for those type of feet:
The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).
This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
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 informative 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 main goal of socks is to act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes.
Socks can cramp our kids’ toes together if they are not made of the right materials. Have you ever heard of seamless socks? These socks are great because they prevent the toes from overlapping each other or getting cramped, and they are great for those children who feel every lump and bump.
While I can’t get into too much detail about these type of socks in this post, you can learn more about them in a post I wrote called:
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.