Do you have a toddler with a high instep and does it seem almost impossible to find shoes that fit? Do you feel like you are always shoving the shoes in your toddler’s feet and when you remove the shoes your toddler’s always have red marks on the top of their feet?
The instep is the top part of the feet, and when it’s high, it makes it much more complicated to find shoes that fit. Here is an image to help you visualize where the instep of the foot is located:
Most toddlers tend to have wide or extra wide feet, but if in addition to having wide feet they have a high instep, then the selection of shoes to choose from gets very small. Some parents are just happy to be able to find at least one pair that fits.
There are 2 key features that your toddler’s shoes must provide in order to be able to accommodate a high instep:
✅ Extra Depth: Shoes that provide extra depth will allow your toddler’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, which will prevent the top part of your toddler’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe-Box: Shoes that come with a rounder toe-box will prevent your toddler’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes.
The issue is that most parents are confused as how they can find shoes that provide these 2 features since shoes don’t come labeled as with a “round toe-box”, or “extra depth”.
I know which toddler’s shoes provide these 2 features from having fitted them before.
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 toddlers with high insteps and the best styles among those brands.
Are you the type of parent who stresses way too much over your kids’ shoes? Ordering a whole bunch of different shoe styles from different shoe brands and testing which one fits better is just too frustrating, time-consuming, and doesn’t even guarantee you that your toddler will end up wearing the correct shoe size. There is a better way, I promise!
If you provide your toddler with a high instep a pair of shoes that are too shallow, you will notice how your toddler will refuse to keep the shoes on, and the constant pressure on the top part of the foot can lead to foot pain. The other downside to providing your toddler with shoes that don’t accommodate their instep is that they might create foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I want to clarify that I don’t think that there is a particular children’s shoe brand that you can label as being better for toddlers with high insteps. I believe that among each shoe brand there are certain shoe styles that are better than others when it comes to fitting children with high insteps.
Most parents make the common mistake of fitting their toddlers in Crocs, or boots that come with zippers on the side. Some parents will also label certain shoe brands as being better for toddlers with high insteps, but the reality is that there are only a few shoe styles among each brand that can accommodate a toddler with a high instep.
There are regular sneakers that will fit your toddler’s high instep, and I will help you find them. In addition, there are also other shoe styles such as Mary Janes, boots, sandals, that will fit the shape of your toddler’s high instep, but in this article I am going to cover the best everyday sneakers for toddlers with high insteps.
In addition to providing extra depth and a round toe-box, there are certain features that your toddler’s shoes must provide in order to accommodate their high instep and keep their feet healthy.
It’s important for your toddler’s shoes to open up nice and wide to allow you to easily put your toddler’s shoes on. The last thing that you want is having to struggle every time you have to put your toddler’s shoes on.
Shoe styles that provide extra depth, come with a rounder toe-box, and open nice and wide are the most effective ones in fitting toddlers with high insteps. However, we still need the shoes to provide the correct amount of support and be lightweight and flexible at the same time. It’s also important for your toddler’s shoes to be breathable since they tend to sweat a lot.
I have put together a selection of the best shoes for toddlers with high insteps that I have fitted before. I mentioned before how most toddlers have wide or extra wide feet, but there are still certain toddlers who have narrow feet and a high instep. Don’t worry, I also know which shoe styles will fit a toddler with narrow feet and a high instep.
Before I show you a selection of the best shoes for toddlers with high insteps, I want to make sure that you know your toddler’s exact foot size, otherwise you won’t know what shoe size to order.
I always recommend parents to take their toddlers to have their feet measured at their local specialized children’s shoe store, but the issue is that most of these stores have been closing down. I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so start by taking a look at that map. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a store in your area, then take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your toddler’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Now that you know what features your toddler’s shoes must provide and how to figure out the correct foot size from home, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for toddlers with high insteps.
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit.
The Best Shoes for Toddlers with Wide Feet and High Insteps
This first selection is for toddlers with medium, wide, or extra wide feet and a high instep. Please choose the shoe width accordingly.
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This selection of shoes fit “true to size”,which means that you need to go a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your toddler measures in the standard shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
The Best Shoes for Toddlers with Narrow Feet and High Insteps
This second selection of shoes is for toddlers with narrow or medium width feet.
This selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your toddler measures in the standard shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
I recommend Velcro closure shoes because I know how most parents don’t want to deal with having to tie their toddler’s shoelaces. However, shoelaces will allow you to open up the shoes nice and wide, meaning that you should consider trying this option if the Velcro options don’t work for your toddler.
It’s important for your toddler’s shoes to be wide enough at the front to provide plenty of room for their toes. Always make sure that your toddler’s shoes don’t constrict toe movement, since babies and toddlers move their toes as a way of exercising their feet.
If you happen to be looking for a different shoe style for your toddler with high instep, please send me an e-mail and I will help you find them. My e-mail address is email@example.com
I have helped several older children with foot issues from not wearing the correct type of shoes in their younger years.
Toddler’s feet tend to grow very quickly, usually every 31/2 to 4 months. Please keep a close eye on your toddler’s feet since shoes that are too short or too narrow can hamper your toddler’s walking and cause problems, such as ingrown toenails.
I want to emphasize that expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes. Some of the best children’s shoes that I have fitted before and reasonably priced. It also all comes down to how the shoes fit the shape of your toddler’s feet.
You can buy a shoe style that provides several features, but if they don’t fit the shape of your child’s feet correctly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has been effective in accommodating your toddler’s high instep? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.