In this article I will describe the best shoes for girls with flat feet, since I have been contacted by several parents that are dealing with this issue with their kids. Below you can find the conversation between myself and a parent with a girl with flat feet that was experiencing foot and leg pain due to overpronation, and we were able to solve it by finding a pair of shoes that were supportive and helped align her feet and legs to walk and run straighter.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier specialty children’s shoe store. We specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fittings for all children, whatever their needs are.
Here is the exchange between myself and a parent that was trying to find answers on how to relieve or fully eliminate her child’s foot and leg pain.
In this article you will find out which are the best everyday shoes and sandals for girls with flat feet.
Hello Juan Pablo,
I have a daughter that is 5 years and 10 months old. I took her to the doctor and he said that she has really flat feet and overpronation, which is leading to her putting pressure in parts of her body where she is not supposed to. He told me I need to provide her with a pair of shoes with good support, can you help me find them?
I had her feet measured and the guy at Footlocker said she needs a US shoe size is 13.
(1) A pair of shoes that she can wear to school every day.
(2) A pair of supportive sandals that she can wear when she gets home from school because we are used to wearing footwear indoors (usually just flip-flops). She is never barefoot when we are home since it is too painful for her to walk barefoot.
(3) Insoles to slip into her dressier shoes when she has a party to go to (because once in a while its nice for her to wear something other than sneakers).
Thank you very much. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Before I can recommend a pair of shoes, we must make sure about your daughter’s shoe size. Footlocker doesn’t do a great job measuring kids’ feet so I am concerned whether that is her correct shoe size or not. Did they tell you what is your child’s shoe width?
I use a measuring tool called the Brannock Device in order to get the correct foot length and the correct foot width. This is by far the most effective measuring tool, and if you will be measuring your daughter’s feet from your home it might be worth investing in one.
Here you can find the Brannock Device for the best price:
Do you know if there is a good children’s shoe store in your area where you can take her to have her feet properly measured? Where are you located?
I recently created an article where I showcase a map of the United States that has the best children’s shoe stores by state.
You can find that map here:
I will help you find supportive/corrective footwear to prevent her feet from turning inwards when she is standing and walking (the correct type of shoes will also minimize or fully eliminate her foot and leg pain).
I will be able to send you those recommendations once you send me her exact shoe size.
Thank you for your prompt response – much appreciated!
I live in La Jolla, CA. and thanks to your tool I was able to find out that there was a children’s shoe store named Golden Bugs.
The lady at Golden Bugs recommended I buy my daughter a shoe size 13.5 or 1 in a “regular” width.
Can you please send me the recommendations now?
Based on your daughter’s shoe size here are my recommendations:
1) A pair of shoes she can wear to school every day (I recommend you provide her with a shoe size 1 “M”):
These are two of the most supportive styles I have fitted before. They provide good arch and ankle support and they are proven to reduce or fully eliminate foot and leg pain and help children walk and run straighter.
I recommend shoelaces because they provide more support and more stability than velcro. However, if your daughter doesn’t know or is not ready to learn how to tie her shoes please get the same shoe styles but with velcro.
2) Supportive sandals that your daughter can wear when she gets home from school (I would recommend a size 13 M, since they both run long).
3) Supportive insoles for your daughter to slip into her dressier shoes when she has a party to go to (I would start with the ‘J’ and if it’s too small try the ‘A”, this insole can be trimmed if it’s too long).
Choose the letter “J” which falls between your daughter’s shoe size.
If after trying these shoe styles the pain persists, then I will recommend you use the Superfeet insoles in all of her shoes.
Please follow up with me to see how they work. I wanted to start with Superfeet because if the pain persists, there might be another more supportive orthotic for you to try. However, I think that starting with good supportive shoes and the Superfeet insole should be our first step.
I want to clarify that “Option 1” is always better than “Option 2“, but the shoes described under “Option2” are more supportive than most shoe styles out there.
I hope this helps!
Thank you so much! I will order the shoes and the insoles you suggested for my daughter. If you have time, can you please recommend certain shoes for myself? I have also been dealing with foot and leg pain.
I’m a 40-year-old woman and I also have flat feet. I wear a US size 9-9.5 in a narrow width depending on the brand and fit. I have been struggling with foot pain for a long time now. I use Dr.Scholl‘s Triplanar Motion Control Orthaheel Insoles once in a while when they fit particular pairs of shoes I own, but I need to use insoles every day.
(1) Good, supportive shoes that I can wear when I am at home. I like to wear flip-flops when I’m home since I like to let my feet breathe, but the foot pain is starting to drive me crazy. I’m hoping you can suggest something supportive I can wear indoors every once in a while, that are not a pair of sneakers.
(2) I also need a pair of insoles I can slip into my shoes when I go to work. The insoles I use help a little, but I would prefer a higher arched insole – could you please suggest one?
I understand that you don’t want to wear sneakers inside the house, but if you are having foot pain, you should wear everyday (running shoes) most of the time. For your indoor shoes, I am thinking a pair of supportive sandals instead of flip-flops.
Here are my recommendations:
That is one of the most supportive Asics I have fitted for women who needed extra support from their shoes. They provide good arch and ankle support, and they are supportive enough to be worn all day. This shoe style will also fit the shape of your narrow feet.
This shoe style is one of the most popular ones I have fitted since it is very deep (you can insert an orthotic and your feet will sit deeply inside the shoes), it provides good arch and ankle support as well. Please order the “M” medium width.
Dr. Scholl‘s insoles provide great comfort, but they are not effective in reducing foot and leg pain.
I recommend that you try Superfeet insoles. These are great supportive insoles with arch support that are known for greatly reducing or fully eliminating foot pain. You can find them here:
For your indoor shoes I recommend that you wear a pair of supportive sandals.
I hope this helps!
Thank you for all your time and recommendations! I really appreciate it.
That was the conversation between a worried parent that was able to find shoes for her daughter with flat feet that was overpronating.
If you happen to know of other families that have a hard time finding shoes for their children with flat feet, please refer them to an article I wrote called:
If there is a particular shoe style that you need for your child and you can’t seem to find it, please contact me and I will HELP you find it!