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Shoes For Different Size Feet – The Best Shoes For Kids With Different Size Feet

Shoes For Different Sized Feet

Did you know that most people are simply born with two different sized feet? The difference between their feet is normally not a lot: only a half a size.

I have been working for a children’s shoe store that specializes in fitting shoes for children who have foot issues and we provide regular fittings as well. A half a size to a whole size difference between your kids’ feet is normal. However, anything greater than a whole size and a half difference between your kids’ feet can create several problems!

For example, if we fit the longer foot (which is the correct way of fitting shoes), there will be too much extra space left in the smaller foot, which will make the foot move around too much inside the shoe leading to several foot problems such as blisters, calluses, corns, and lack of stability, among many others!

On the other hand, if we fit the longer foot in a smaller shoe size to compensate for this difference, we will end up cramping the longer foot, creating the same type of foot issues mentioned above!

What type of foot issues require different shoe sizes?

  • Club foot
  • AFO orthotics
  • If your child has more than a whole size and a half difference between his or her feet.

In this post, I will describe the best shoes for a child who has a whole size and a half difference or more between his feet!

Measure Baby Feet

A Whole Size And A Half Difference Between Feet – Is It Normal?

The fact is, when a child has that type of difference between his or her feet, we must provide them with two different pair of shoe sizes. Most stores will give you the second pair at cost, which means 50% off the original price!

Sometimes, children don’t have a large size discrepancy between their feet, but they might be wearing ankle-foot orthosis or another type of orthotic that takes a lot of room. In these cases, we must also provide the children with two different shoe sizes!

Are you struggling to find the right pair of shoes for your child? You have nothing to worry since other parents just like you go through similar struggles when finding shoes for different foot sizes for their kids’!

What To Do If Your Child Has Different Sized Feet?

The first step is to figure out which foot size is longer than the other. I always recommend taking your children to be fitted at your kids’ local shoe store because they will measure their feet properly. Family owned business hire seasonal employees that are experts in assessing your kids’ feet.

Once they measure their feet, if there is more than a whole size and a half difference between them, then two different sized shoes will be require to accommodate your kids’ feet.

Foot Length Shoe Size Chart

The shoe fitter will be able to recommend shoes for your child that will fit the shape of the foot the best, providing your child with the everyday support that they needs to perform their everyday activities! The shoes will also help  improve stability! I have fitted several children with different sized feet, and it is impossible to fit them in the same shoe size without developing foot problems if they have a whole size and a half difference between their feet!

The smaller foot will move too much inside the shoe which will lead to several foot problems such as blisters, calluses and ingrown toe nails, among others. The child will also experience lack of stability, since in one foot there will be too much space at the front!

Needing a pair of shoes with 2 different sizes doesn’t have to mean you are paying for 2 pairs of shoes. Once the shoe fitter finds the right pair of shoes for your child, he will proceed to charge you full price for the first pair and 50% off the second pair (this is what most shoe stores do).

My advice to parents is not to stress out about your kids’ foot size difference. It is not a big deal! I have helped several children with this condition, and if you are in the hands of someone who knows what type of shoes to look for, you will have no problems fitting your kid in the right pair of shoes!

I wrote  post where I describe how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size! The post is called:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

All it takes is someone who is knowledgeable and has done this before to can guide you through the process of finding the right shoes!

Shoe Size Foot Length

I Don’t Have A Local Shoe Store In My Area: What Can I Do?

If you don’t have a place you can take your children to have their feet properly measured, you can follow my guidelines to find the right pair of shoes for your child. Remember, you will have to buy two pair of shoes in different sizes to accommodate for your kids’ foot size difference!

There are certain shoes that will fit the shape of your kid’s foot better. For example, a child born with a clubfoot or a child who wears orthotics normally requires a wide or n extra wide width shoe. The shoe must also have a deeper end in order for the orthotic to fit deep down inside the shoe.

I have found that the best place to buy your kids’ shoes online is Amazon. It offers the best prices for kids’ and adult shoes online. I wrote  post where I explain why Amazon is the best place to buy your kids’ shoes. You can find the post here:

Kids Shoes On Amazon – Is Amazon The Best Place To Buy Your Kids’ Shoes?

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children who have a clubfoot, wear orthotics, or have a whole size and a half discrepancy between their 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.

Is It True That Some Children Feet Size Can Change Over Time?

Yes, and this can happen for a couple of different reasons:

  • Foot injuries.
  • Foot deformities.
  • Repetitive use of the same foot in a particular sport.

Foot Size Discrepancy –  The Secret To Find Shoes That Fit!

Some people who have been living with foot size discrepancies can tell you how challenging of a condition this can be if you don’t have the correct information  to attack the problem!

Sneakers, dress shoes, and boots are the easiest to fit, and nobody will notice the difference between your feet in these shoes. The real issue comes when wearing you’re wearing a pair of sandals, that’s when your feet and toes are more noticeable. The key is to compromise the amount of growing space for the longer foot, that way the difference will not be so noticeable!

Finding shoes for your child whohave a whole size and a half difference between their feet can be a frustrating experience if you don’t know what type of shoes to look for! I described the best type of shoes for kids who have a big size discrepancy between their feet and if you don’t have a local shoe store in your area, now you know where to find them!

Don’t forget to get your child the right pair of socks, and getting the correct sock size is just as important as getting the correct shoe size! You can find the best socks for kids’ here: 

The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Grippers Or No Grippers?

Does your child have a big size difference between his feet? Are you having a hard time finding them shoes? Share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!


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12 Comments on Shoes For Different Size Feet – The Best Shoes For Kids With Different Size Feet

  1. It is so true about feet being different sizes. I just thought as a child that it was normal to have one foot feel tighter in my shoes than the other. The irony is that I have also found the best shoes for this are ones that are a bit wider in nature. I almost exclusively wear New Balance and Asics shoes due to the way they fit both feet well. The issue for me is the toe box and Nike’s toe box generally is too narrow for both of my feel to feel comfortable. Also I would experience knee pain while wearing Nikes. Odd. I don’t feel any knee or ankle pain with New Balance. Great shoes.

    Best wishes,

  2. I learned a lot from this article. The people who live near you are really lucky to have a specialty shoe shop with professional fitters! I’m glad that you have resources and suggestions on your site to help those that don’t have access.

    My feet are the same size but I have a bunion on one (not only old people have them!) so choosing the right shoe is important. Do you know which are the best shoes for a child that has an extra wide foot? My son has the widest feet and I just cant seem to find shoes that fit.

  3. Interesting information. I don’t remember if my child had both feet measured when purchasing shoes. I guess that is something to stress to the “fitter” if they don’t. Could foot measuring be something that could be incorporated at pediatric check ups? So many people these days buy their lil ones shoes at discount store and of course they don’t measure…Just a thought. Not sure if you researched that. Little ones can’t tell us one or the other foot hurts

    • You bring up a good point but pediatricians actually have no clue about how shoes are suppose to fit. They will be able to tell you if your child is flat footed or might need certain shoes with orthotics, but definitely they have zero training on fitting shoes.

      I always advise to take your kids’ to your local children’s shoe store to have their feet properly measured! if you don’t have a local kids’ shoe store that you trust, my website has every single answer to any question you might have about your kids feet.

  4. such a coincidence i’ve came across this website because i was just saying to family the other day i really need to get my sons feet measured and every time we have previously been to get his feet measured one foot is always bigger than the other and also wider. its very hard to find suitable shoes to fit my son.

  5. I recently came across the foot size differences while buying shoes with my friend for our sons. Her son does have one foot slightly longer than the other, and I thought that was odd. I never really thought about this before. I think your advice for buying two pairs of shoes would be the best. Although my friend uses extra cushioning stuff to put in the shoe that doesn’t quite fit her son’s foot. Wouldn’t that be uncomfortable, though?

    • Lena,

      Having a half a size difference between the feet is totally normal.The issue comes when the child has more than a half a size difference between his feet. That can create several foot problems since the smaller foot is being fitted in a shoe that is too long.

      It depends on what “extra cushioning stuff” she is putting inside the shoe. For example,tongue pads can be a great solution for a shoe that is slighter bigger. Show your friend this article I wrote:Leather Shoe Tongue Pads – Stop Heel Slippage

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