Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes to accommodate the shape of your child’s foot with 7 toes? Do you feel like you have tried several different shoe styles but they all end up cramping and squeezing your child’s toes?
This condition is more common than you think, and aside from running in families, there can be specific gene defects that determine the shape of the feet.
Finding a pair of shoes for a child who has 7 toes can be quite a frustrating and time-consuming experience. The most common problem is how parents can’t seem to be able to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate the shape of the child’s extra toes.
Toes are not meant to rub or overlap against one another, they are designed to move like they did with cavemen and cavewomen. If you allow your child to wear shoes that cramp the toes together, your child might develop several foot issues that range from blisters, calluses, and corns, to general foot and leg pain. Cramped toes can also affect your child’s walking gait.
Your kids’ shoes shoes not get in the way and allow your kids to perform at their best, allowing them to walk and run comfortably, especially if they are involved in sports or high impact activities.
Imagine how painful it can be for children to jump and land on their feet in shoes that don’t allow the toes to properly spread. It’s important to reduce extra pressure on your kids’ toes by wearing the correct type of shoes.
It’s important to clarify that your child won’t need customized shoes to accommodate the extra toes, you just need to find a regular shoe style that provides 2 key features which are a round toe-box and extra depth.
I have fitted a couple of children with 6 toes on their feet before, but I have only been able to fit one child with 7 toes on his feet before. I noticed how most children with extra toes tend to have them next to the big or the little toe.
The key here is to find a pair of shoes that prevent the toes from rubbing or overlapping against one another, while making sure that the shoes are not too wide for the child’s feet. In order to accomplish this, we must make sure that the shoes provide the 2 important features that I mentioned before:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, preventing the top part of the toes from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes. Let’s compare the difference between a shoe style that provides extra depth versus one that doesn’t. For better visualization purposes, there is an orthotic fitted inside the shoes. Do you notice how the orthotic is fitting deeper inside the first shoe style?
✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature will allow your child’s toes to spread comfortably and prevent them from rubbing against the top or side of the shoes. Let’s take a look at the difference between two shoe styles that are the same size and width but they have very different toe-boxes. Do you notice how the grey shoe style has a much rounder toe-box?
These two features will allow you to accommodate the shape of your child’s 7 toes without getting shoes that are too wide for your child’s feet.
Let me walk you through the process of finding the correct type of shoes for a child with 7 toes.
- The first step is to make sure that the shoes are available in wide or extra wide widths. Children’s shoes come labeled as “N” for narrow, “M” for medium, “W” wide, and “XW” for extra wide.
It’s highly likely that even though your child might have a narrow or medium width foot, you will need to find a pair of shoes that come labeled as wide or extra wide, to accommodate the shape of your child’s extra toes.
- The second step is to make sure that you provide your child with a pair of socks that are seamless. These type of socks don’t constrict the toes, and it will help prevent your child’s toes from rubbing or overlapping against one another.
- The third step is to make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size. Parents make the common mistake of providing children with shoes that have extra space in the front in order to allow extra space for the extra toes. This will end up compromising your child’s stability, making your child more prone to falling down.
The biggest issue is that parents are often confused as how they are supposed to find shoes that come with a rounder toe-box and provide extra depth if shoes don’t come labeled that way. The only way to tell if the shoes provide those 2 features is by having fitted them before.
The good news is that 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 extra toes and the best styles among those brands.
I am going to provide you with a selection of the deepest shoes with the roundest toe-boxes that I have fitted before, but first I want to show you how to provide your child with the correct shoe size.
Are You 100% of Your Child’s Exact Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!
Figuring out your child’s foot size is just the first step when trying to figure out your child’s correct shoe size. The main reason for this is that shoes can fit short, long, or true to size, and depending on how they fit you will have to adjust the size that you get for your child. For example, as a standard rule, I always recommend allowing a half a size (3/8 of an inch) of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. However, if the shoes fit short, then you might have to provide your child with a whole size longer instead of a half size. Makes sense?
Please note that your child’s longest toe doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe, it can be the second toe or in some cases even the third toe.
I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local specialized shoe store. However, most parents might not be aware that they have a good specialized children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I created a map that describes the best stores in the US by state. Go to the link below:
If you don’t have a store in your area then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video that I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home:
Without further due, let’s take a look at the best shoes for children with seven toes. It’s time to stop the struggle and find shoes that fit your child’s feet properly!
The Best Shoes for Kids with Seven Toes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
You should know that I only recommend shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how supportive, well-made, and durable the shoes are. More importantly, by having fitted the shoes before I can also tell you how the shoes fit.
These are the best shoes for kids with seven toes that I have fitted before.
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size longer of the size that your child measured at the standard foot measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
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Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a different type of shoe for your child with seven toes. Whether it might be a pair of sandals, boots, or sport shoes, I will be able to help you find it.
Before you leave, I wanted to emphasize how socks also play a key role when it comes to fitting the shape of a child’s foot with seven toes. Every time I have to fit a child with extra wide feet or extra toes, I always recommend parents to provide their children with socks that prevent the toes from rubbing or overlapping against one another. Seamless socks are my to-go socks for children with extra toes.
While I can’t get into too much detail about the best seamless socks for children with extra toes in this article, there is another article I wrote where I describe the best seamless socks for children. Go to the link below:
That article will also show you how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct sock size. You don’t want your child’s socks to be too long or too short. Socks that are too long will end up bunching up below your child’s feet and make your child feel uncomfortable. On the other hand. socks that are too short will make your child’s extra toes to overlap and rub against one another.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has been effective in accommodating the shape of your child’s seven toes? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.