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Shoes for Kids with Clubfoot – Give These Life Changing Shoes a Try!


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 kids with clubfoot.

Clubfoot (also called talipes) refers to a condition where a child’s foot or both feet are rotated out of position, pointing down and inward. The cause of clubfoot remains unknown, but it is believed to be hereditary. Children born with clubfoot may struggle with balance issues, weak ankles, stiff heels, as well as general foot and leg pain if untreated.

The ​Ponseti method​ is the standard and most effective treatment technique for clubfoot. This technique involves a combination of stretching and a series of foot-casting to guide your child’s feet to the correct position.

While it is recommended to treat babies shortly after birth so their clubfoot can be corrected before they start walking, it is possible to treat clubfoot in older children.

Clubfoot does not resolve on its own. However, with treatment, most clubfoot can be corrected.

What Happens after the Casting Phase is Completed?

Once the casting phase is completed, your child will need to wear special boots that attach to each other with a bar to prevent the clubfoot from returning. Take a look at the image below for clarification:


Most children need to wear these until they are 4 or 5 years old. Your child will most likely have to wear the brace all of the time for about 3 months. Afterward, they will only need to wear the brace during naps and at night.

When your child is only wearing the brace during naps or nighttime, it is very important that he or she wears the correct pair of shoes during the day.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

For the last 10 years, I have been helping children find the correct pair of shoes. I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on helping children with foot and leg problems, including those with clubfoot. Over the years, I became familiar with the best shoes to help treat this condition.


It’s important that you fit your child in supportive shoes that provide straight lasts to help improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture. I am not talking about orthopedic shoes, just regular sneakers that simply provide better support than others.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Clubfoot?

The shoes I recommend are regular everyday sneakers that provide 3 key features:

Straight Last: This feature is going to help keep your child’s feet in the correct position. It’s important that you avoid shoes with curved lasts as they can aggravate the condition.


Substantial Outsole: This feature is going to help improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture by preventing your child’s feet from turning inwards or outwards. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a thicker outsole compared to the shoe on the left?


Targeted Ankle Support: This feature is also going to help prevent your child’s ankles from rolling inwards or outwards as well as prevent ankle pain. Always press on the heel counter of the shoes before buying them to make sure it feels firm (like the shoe on the right) and not soft (the left shoe).


To buy the correct shoe size online, you will need to know your child’s exact foot size before ordering them. If you are unsure of your child’s foot size please refer to the article below:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width 

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

These Shoes Can Improve Your Child’s Walking Gait and Balance!

Remember that these are not orthopedic shoes, they are regular everyday sneakers that simply provide better support than others.

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.

All of the shoes I recommend come with shoelaces instead of a velcro closure, as shoelaces provide better support and stability than any other closure.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are having trouble finding a different pair of shoes such as dress shoes or seasonal footwear:


Are Your Child’s Feet Considerably Different in Size?

I have noticed that a child’s treated clubfoot may be slightly smaller than their other foot. Also, their lower leg muscles may appear smaller due to atrophy. The changes are dependent on the severity of your child’s clubfoot.

Sometimes these changes do not cause any problems, however, in some cases, a child with treated clubfoot will benefit from wearing two different sized shoes.

The most recent child I helped had clubfoot and has a 4 shoe size difference between his feet. The left foot measured at a ​shoe size 1​ and was ​extremely wide​ and ​flat​. The right foot measured at a ​shoe size 5​ and had a very ​high arch​.


Though it was challenging to find shoes that fit both feet properly, my fitting experience enabled me to find the best shoes for them.

Do not hesitate to email me if there is a considerable difference between your child’s feet and you are having a hard time finding shoes that fit:


Clubfoot is more common than you think! The good news is the Ponseti method offers a simple and straightforward method of correcting clubfoot which involves minimal surgical intervention. It is important to keep your child in supportive sneakers that provide good stability for your child to continue being active and prevent any foot or leg pain.

Have you found a specific pair of shoes that have worked well for your child’s feet? Let me know in the comment section below so other families can benefit from your experiences.

“Clubfoot.” ​Mayo Clinic​, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 28 June 2019, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/clubfoot/symptoms-causes/syc-20350860.

“Clubfoot: Boston Children’s Hospital.” ​Boston Children’s Hospital​, www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions/c/clubfoot.


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15 Comments on Shoes for Kids with Clubfoot – Give These Life Changing Shoes a Try!

  1. Thank you for your insight I will keep this in mind for our 5 year old girl. This is so helpful I have printed it for future reference, I will educate my girl as she gets older on how to buy her shoes as well… Thanks again !

      • Hi, very informative article. My 14 year old son had bilateral club foot and has very wide, flat feet. Some New Balance shoes have worked well for his speakers. Our current problem is finding a pair of cleats that fit him. Have tried 5 different pairs and none have worked, either too narrow or hurt his feet. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also have trouble finding sandals and dress shoes, if you have suggestions for these.

        • Hello Jim —

          I suggest looking into this specific model: Zephz This is the only soccer cleat available in extra wide widths (available in both kids and men’s shoe sizes).

          As far as sandals and dress shoes are concerned, is your son wearing kids’ shoe sizes or men’s shoe sizes? What shoe size does he wear?

  2. Thank you so much for all this info! Are all New Balance shoes okay for kids with clubfoot? I have a toddler and I am wondering what kind of sneakers he can wear during the day, while he is out of his night shoes and bar.

    • Hello Myriam,

      Not all New Balance shoes work well for children with clubfoot, just some specific styles. The 990V5 and the 888V2 are ideal for children with clubfoot as they provide supportive outsoles, firm heel counters, straight lasts, and they are lightweight and flexible at the same time. Does your toddler have a considerably size difference between his/her feet?

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