Do you have a child with extra wide feet and you always seem to have the hardest time finding shoes that fit? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed?
One of the most common mistakes I see parents make when trying to find shoes for their children with extra wide feet is assuming that once they find a shoe style that is labeled as extra wide (“XW”), that shoe will automatically fit the shape of their child’s extra wide feet. In addition to finding a shoe style that is available in extra wide, your kids’ shoes must provide the following 2 key features in order o accommodate your child’s extra wide feet:
✅ Extra Depth: Shoes that provide extra depth allow your child’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of the feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. This feature will also prevent blisters by preventing the top part of your kids’ toes from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your child’s toes from overlapping against one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
Let’s visualize how a deeper shoe style looks like compared to a shoe with regular depth. Both of the shoes below have an orthotic fitted inside of them for better visualization purposes. Do you notice how much deeper the orthotic is fitting in the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) compared to the Asics one (black)?
Shoes that come with a rounder toe-box are also really important since they will prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against each other or the side of the shoes. Do you notice in the picture below how the New Balance shoe style has a rounder toe-box than the Asics shoe style?
You might be wondering…
How are you suppose to find these two features in your kids’ shoes if shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”?
There are only certain styles that provides these two features, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted hundreds of different shoes and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are wider than others.
If you provide your child with shoes that are too narrow, you can make your child more prone to developing blisters, calluses, and corns.
Do you happen to have a child that has extra wide feet and a high instep? The instep is the top part of the foot, and when it’s high then it makes it so much harder to find shoes that fit. Take a look at the picture below that shows an example of the foot of a child with a high instep:
If you happen to have a child with extra wide feet and a high instep, then you must definitely find a shoe that is labeled as extra wide (“XW”), and that is also deep and comes with a round toe-box.
I will show you a selection of the best shoes for extra wide feet shortly, but let’s first get familiar with what features these shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Help! – My Kids’ Feet Look Like Frying Pans!
The million dollar question I am asked by almost every single parent who comes to the store with a child who has extra wide feet is:
Are my child’s feet always going to stay extra wide?
My answer is: It depends on each child. In most cases the child’s feet tend to narrow down as they get older, but in certain cases children keep their extra wide width feet for the rest of their lives.
Fitting your child in the correct pair of shoes starting from an early age can prevent foot issues in the future. Most parents ignore the importance of fitting the width of their kids’ feet, and they focus only on the amount of space they have between the end of their longest toe and the end of the shoe.
Please keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how much growing room you leave for your child’s feet, if the shoes are not wide enough, your child will outgrow the width of the shoe faster than the length, and you will have to replace the shoes sooner than you expected.
Most parents don’t realize that there are shoes for extra wide feet available. I have heard plenty of parents mistakenly say “my child’s feet are too wide to wear dress shoes” or “my child’s feet are too wide to wear sandals”.
While it’s true that there may be limited shoe styles available, I want you to remember that there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s extra wide feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
I have fitted kids with extra wide feet in dress shoes, sandals, soccer cleats, boots… you name it! There is no reason why you should avoid buying a particular shoe style for your child just because you believe it won’t fit your child’s extra wide feet.
Extra Wide Shoes for Kids – The 5 Most Important Features!
In addition to providing extra depth and a round toe-box to fit your child’s extra wide feet, your kids’ shoes must provide the following 5 important features:
✅ Substantial Sole: This feature will provide shock absorption and minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature will provide ankle support by cushioning your kids’ heels.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: The shoes must be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time. This will prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired.
✅ Breathable: This feature will prevent your kids’ feet from sweating too much.
✅ Durable: Your children should always outgrow the shoes before they destroyed them. It’s important for your kids’ shoes to be made of durable materials.
The shoes that I will describe below will provide all of those features, but I am always emphasizing to parents how 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. Whats even worse, you might end up creating all sort of foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
That is the main reason why I always recommend parents to have their children’s feet properly measured at their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can find the perfect pair of shoes for your child. The issue is that most parents don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area, and they must end up purchasing their kids’ shoes online.
I created a map that describes the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so you should start by taking a look at that map. Go to the link below:
If you still can’t seem to find a store in your area, then proceed to reading an article where I describe the simplest and most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Now that you know what features your kids’ shoes must provide and how to figure out your kids’ exact foot size from home, you are ready to a look at a selection of the best shoes for extra wide feet.
The Best Shoes for Extra Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that 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.
Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ sneakers that come with a round toe-box, are deep, and that are also available in extra wide widths. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
These shoe styles 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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
Do you happen to need a pair of extra wide shoes for yourself? I have also fitted several moms that came to the store with extra wide feet in deep shoes with a round toe-box. I am familiar with which are the best shoe styles for women with extra wide feet, and you can learn which ones they are here:
Wide feet in children are common.
Over the years, I have seen hundreds of children who came into the store with extra wide feet and a high instep and I was always able to find the right pair of shoes for them. Whether you need an every day pair fo sneakers, dress shoes, sandals, hiking/snow boots, Mary Janes or sport shoes, I will help you find them. Please contact me directly if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child with extra wide feet: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Tell If Your Kids’ Shoes are Too Narrow? – Let’s Find Out!
There is a simple method you can follow in order to figure out if your child is wearing shoes that are too narrow.
Have your child wear his/her shoes on and check whether you notice a small bump in the side of the shoes. Take a lookout the image below for visualization purposes:
Extra Wide Sport Shoes for Kids – Do They Exist?
We all know that children are highly active most of the time, so helping them find a sport for them to canalize all the energy they have is really important. When children play a sport, they keep themselves active and healthy. Also, taking part in a sport can help in the development of your children’s body and also boost their self-esteem and confidence.
When children are playing sports, they are stressing their feet and legs at a whole different level, so it’s important that they wear the correct type of shoes.
Did you know there are certain cleat styles that will fit a child with wide or extra wide feet? Most parents don’t even know that there are soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and lacrosse cleats available wide widths.
I wrote an article where I describe these cleats in more detail, so if your child has extra wide feet and involved in a particular sport, you will be able to keep his/her feet comfortable and healthy. Go to the link below:
Stop Fitting Your Child in Shoes That Are Too Narrow – Here’s Why!
If your child is wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow, you are putting your child at risk of developing serious foot deformities such as bunions, corns, or blisters.
The most common problem I have seen is the development of corns. The hard corn usually starts as red skin, followed by a coating of callus, which develops into a hard corn. Most hard corns form on the side of the little toe (thus the importance of shoes coming with a round toe-box), but are also found in other places where there is steady pressure and abrasion.
The goal is to prevent the corn since they are hard to get rid of.
The other main problems of providing your child with shoes that are too narrow are:
☹️ Ingrown toenails
☹️ Aching feet
Do you have a child that has extra wide width feet? Are you having the hardest time finding a particular shoe style that fits? Certainly contact me via e-mail or in the comments section with further questions.