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Shoes for Children with High Arches – Extra Cushion and Extra Depth!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of shoes for children with high arches.

Do you have a child with a high arch and are finding it nearly impossible to find shoes that fit? Do you feel like you always have a hard time getting your child’s shoes on, and when you finally manage to put them on they leave imprints on the top part of your child’s feet?

How Does a Foot with a High Arch Looks Like?

Below you can find images of children with high arches. You will notice that not all arches are the same, some children have higher arches than others.


There are several problems associated with having high arches, but these are the 3 most common ones that might affect your child:

  • The first one is that your child will be placing an excessive amount of stress on the ball and heel of the foot. This usually leads to your child developing corns and calluses on the ball, side of the feet, or heels. Children who place extra stress on the heels tend to roll and sprain their ankles. Keep an eye on your child’s toes since children with high arches also tend to develop hammertoes or claw toes.
  • The second one is that the arches of your kids’ feet won’t be able to properly absorb shock when walking or running. You will notice how your child’s body weight lands on the outer edges of each foot, which is also referred to as supination. It’s important to clarify that not all children with high arches will supinate, but many are at risk. Some of the main issues with supination are knee pain and plantar fasciitis.
  • The third one is how it is to be harder to find shoes that fit. Children with high arches have the hardest time finding shoes that fit well since most shoes are not deep enough to accommodate the high arch. Most children with high arches tend to also have a high instep.

How Can You Tell If Your Child Has High Arches?

If you notice that your child’s feet body weight falls on the outside of the feet (when standing), this is the first sign that your child has high arches.

If you always have a hard time getting your children’s shoes on, that’s another sign that your child might have a high arch.

If you are still unsure whether your child has a high arch or not, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will help you figure it out:


The good news is that the correct pair of shoes that provides extra depth and the correct amount of support will help redistribute your children’s body weight more evenly, preventing children from putting extra pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to.

Let me prove this to you. Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with high arches from behind. Do you notice how the child’s body weight falls on the outside of the feet?

Before Image

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes that provide extra depth. Do you notice how much straighter the feet are?

After Image

Please keep in mind that depending on the degree of your child’s supination you might have to provide your child with a pair of orthotics as well. However, I always recommend starting with a pair of shoes and observing whether the child’s walking gait and posture improve or not.

Finding a pair of shoes for children with high arches can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoes to look for.

The biggest issue is how you need to find shoes that provide the correct amount of support to prevent supination and that are also deep enough to allow your child’s feet to comfortably fit inside the shoes.

Most parents make the common mistake of providing their children with longer or wider shoes to take the pressure away from the top part of the feet, when in reality they should be looking for shoes that provide extra depth. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides extra depth and one that doesn’t:


High arches are often caused by an inherited structural deformity, but in some cases, high arches are a result of a medical condition, such as cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, spina bifidia, polio, or muscular dystrophy.

If your child’s high arches are a result of an inherited structural abnormality, the condition won’t progress or worsen. However, if your child’s high arches are a result of a neurologic disorder, the condition is likely to progressively worsen.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for High Arches?

The shoes I recommend provide these 3 key features that are going to help accommodate your child’s high arches:

✅ Substantial Outsole: This feature provides shock absorption and minimizes the impact that your kids’ feet take when they come in contact with the ground. Shoes that provide the correct amount of support will help prevent your child from supinating and improve your child’s overall posture. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides a substantial and supportive outsole versus one that doesn’t.


✅ Firm Heel Counter: This is the part of the shoe that provides ankle and heel support. The heel counter is located in the back of the shoe, and the firmer it is, the better. The heel counter plays a key role in preventing rolled and sprained ankles. Let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe with a firm heel counter versus one with a softer one:


✅ Extra Depth: Shoes that provide extra depth allow the child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, preventing the top part of their feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe that provides extra depth versus one that is too shallow. For better visualization purposes, there is an orthotic fitted inside the shoes. The orthotic is fitting deeper inside the shoe on the right compared to the shoe on the left.


There are only a few shoes that provide those 3 key features, but the good news is that I know exactly which ones they are from having fitted them before.

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. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.


From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for children with high arches and the best styles among those brands.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for children with high arches.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive the shoes are. Most importantly, having fitted the shoes before helps me figure out how the shoes fit. Shoes can fit short, long, narrow, wide, or true to size, and depending on how they fit you will have to adjust the final size that you get for your child.

These shoes can fit the shape of children with medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW). Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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Medium – Wide – Extra Wide Feet

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Narrow – Medium Feet

If your child happens to have narrow feet then please take a look at the selection below:

I am always emphasizing to parents that if they don’t provide their children with the correct shoe size, they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. This leads me to this next question:

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!

If you are unsure whether you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area, start by taking a look at a resource that I created where I showcase the best specialized fitting children’s shoe stores by state. Go to the link below:

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

If you don’t see a store in your area, then take a look at the article below that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact 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.

Families Testimonials – Get Inspired!


Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to accommodate your child’s high arches.

I know that in certain cases surgery might be recommended to help treat high arches that lead to pain and lack of stability. It’s important to try to avoid a more invasive option by trying the correct type of shoes and orthotics first.

In my experience, the correct type of shoes and orthotics will help treat this condition.

What are the Best Sandals for Kids with High Arches?

I created a different resource that describes the best summer shoes for children with high arches:

Best Sandals for Kids with High Arches – Prevent Foot Pain!

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly to my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes to accommodate your child’s high arches. My e-mail address is: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Have you found a particular shoe that has been effective in accommodating your child’s high arches? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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