Are you having the hardest time finding a pair of shoes for your child with six toes? Do you feel like every single shoe style that you try for his/her feet is too narrow?
If your child was born with six toes then you should know by now how challenging it can be to find the a pair of shoes that fits.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over the last 10 years now, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have helped children find shoes to accommodate their different kinds of foot issues, from being flat footed to having knock-knees, to having six toes on one or both feet.
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes, since I am familiar with which are the best children’s shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
I have helped a few children who needed shoes to acommodate their feet with six toes.
The process of fitting them in a pair of shoes is not that much different than that of a child who has five toes, but we must consider the extra room that we need in the shoes for that extra toe. We need to prevent those toes from getting cramped inside the shoes or overlap with the other toes,
There are two important features that the shoes must provide in order to prevent this from happening. The shoes must be deep and come with a round toe-box. A pair of deep shoes will prevent your toes from rubbing against the top of the shoes, and a shoe with a round toe-box will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping one another.
You might be wondering… How can you find shoes that provide these two features if shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”?
The good news is that I know exactly which kids’ shoe styles provide these two features, and I will HELP YOU find them!
Finding a pair of shoes for a child with six toes can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, but I am here to make that whole process easier.
The first step before you start looking for shoes is to take into consideration the type of socks that will provide for your chid. This is one of the most important yet overlooked steps. A pair of seamless socks will be ideal for a child who has an extra toe, since it will allow for extra room around the toes, preventing them form cramping against one another.
Let me show you a selection of the best shoes for children with six toes that I have fitted before.
Why Is It So Hard To Fit A Child With Six Toes? – Let’s Find Out!
The hardest part is knowing which shoes to get. Finding a shoe that is deep and comes with a round toe-box is ideal to make sure your kids’ feet are comfortable.
I have noticed how there are certain shoe styles made by the company New Balance that are best for fitting children with wide or extra wide feet. This is my to-go shoe brand for children who have really wide feet, since it tends to fit the widest feet. Remember that your child’s extra toe is taking up extra space inside the shoe.
You must avoid shoes that are come with pointy toe-boxes. Shoes that are too narrow for a child with six toes will lead to several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, and corns, just to name a few.
I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes and socks for a child who has six toes, but let’s first take a look at which are the best socks for a child with six toes.
IMPORTANT TIP: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides for your child, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store to have their shoes properly fitted. However, parents contact me on a daily basis asking me how they can measure their kids’ foot size from home, since they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust. If you identify with this, START by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know how to provide your children with the correct shoe size and what features a shoe style must provide for a child with six toes, let me show you a selection of the best shoes for six toed feet.
The Best Shoes for Six Toed Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
New Balance tends to be the most consistent shoe brand when it comes to manufacturing shoes that are deep and come with the widest, roundest toe-boxes. However, there are only a few shoe styles among those brands that will provide those two features.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for a children with six toes:
The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measured in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes I described above are the best fitting shoes for a child who has six toes. The combination of depth of the shoe and the rounder toe-box, makes it the perfect shoe style for children who have six toes.
You may be thinking: What if my child has very narrow feet, will he still need a wider shoe to accommodate for his or her sixth toe?
Your child may not need a wider shoe, but you still must find a shoe that is deep and comes with a round toe-box. If your child has narrow feet, my suggestion is that you provide him/her with any of the shoe styles that I recommend above but in a medium width (‘M”).
If your child has six toes, you have nothing to worry about. I have fitted a few children with this condition and while they don’t make specific shoes for children with six toes, regular shoes will work as long as they are deep and come with a round toe-box.
Please don’t forget about the importance of wearing the correct type of socks. Wearing seamless socks and the right pair of shoes will guarantee hat your kids’ feet with six toes remain healthy.
The Best Socks for Six Toed Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wearing a pair of seamless socks will make a huge difference for a child that has six toes.
The greatest advantage is that it will allow your child’s toes to spread out comfortably and prevent them from overlapping against one another. It will also allow extra room in the socks for the toes, without the socks bunching up or being too big. Your child won’t have to worry about feeling the seams, the wrinkling, and the bunching of the socks anymore.
Getting the correct sock size is crucial. If the socks are too big, they will end up bunching up below your kids’ feet, and if the socks are too short, they will end up cramping your kids’ toes, even if the socks are seamless.
Did you know that getting the correct sock size is just as important as getting the correct shoe size?
When trying to find the correct socks size for your child, please ignore the label the reads “sock size” or “age guidelines”.
In order to find your child’s correct sock size you must always look under the label “shoe size” in the socks tags. This is the most effective way to find your child’s correct sock size.
Take a look at the two pictures below for clarification:
Now, not all seamless socks are the same, since some of them are made of better quality than others. Below you can find a selection of the best seamless socks for a child who has six toes. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
I almost forgot, if your child has six toes and is involved in sports such as soccer, baseball, or lacrosse and needs a pair of cleats, you can find the best cleats for a child with a six toes here:
Does your child have six toes? Have you found a particular shoe style that works best for his feet? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences as well!