Have you been looking for a pair of slip-on shoes for your child with wide feet? Do you feel like every time you try a slip on shoe your child complains that it feels too tight?
There are only certain slip-on shoe styles that will accommodate the shape of a child’s with wide feet, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
I have been helping parents find the correct type of shoes for their kids’ online for the last 3 years. I am always emphasizing to parents one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
Why am I so sure I will be able to help you find that particular shoe style that you are having a hard time finding for your child?
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
The slip-on shoes I will describe below are deep, which will allow your children’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of their feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. The shoes will also come with a round toe-box, to prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another.
Please keep in mind that you won’ be able to provide your child with the same amount of growing room in a slip-on shoe as you would in other types of shoes. The main reason for this is that slip-on shoes don’t come with any type of closure to hold your child’s feet in place.
Slip-on shoes provide several advantages and the most popular one is how they allow your children to easy put the shoes on and take them off by themselves. I will provide you with a selection of the best kids’ slip-on shoes for wide feet shortly, but first let me show you what features these shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home.
Shoes that are too narrow will not only be uncomfortable for your child to wear, but they will also lead to several foot issues as well as foot and leg pain. If your children have wide feet, you must provide them with the correct shoe width in order to prevent the formation of blisters, calluses, and corns.
One common mistake I see parents make when their kids complain about the shoes feeling too tight is trying a longer shoe in order to compensate for the width. Please stop doing this since you will end up compromising your children’s stability and making them more prone to falling down and hurting themselves.
Slip-On Shoes for Wide Feet – The 5 Most Important Features!
The feature that parents love the most about slip-on shoes is how it gives children the independence to put the shoes on and take them off by themselves.
One thing I want you to consider is that slip on shoes are not meant to be worn as everyday shoes. The main reason is that they don’t provide the same amount of support or stability than regular sneakers do, so I always recommend parents limiting their children to wear them for a maximum of 6 hours a day and then switching back to their sneakers.
These are the 3 most important features that these slip-on shoes will provide to your child’s feet:
❤️ Firm Heel Counter: The heel counter of the shoe is the back part of the shoe and the firmer it is the better. This is the part of the shoe that keeps your kids’ ankles healthy by securing and supporting them.
❤️ Good traction: The sole of the shoe must provide great traction, so your kids can feel stable and secure when walking or running around.
❤️ Flexibility: Besides providing those two important features a pair of slip on shoes must be flexible in order for your kids’ feet to not get tired easily when walking or running around.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular pair of shoes has to provide, if they are not the correct size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. Even worse, you will be creating all sort of issue to your kids’ feet such as the formation of blisters, calluses, and corns.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features these slip-on shoes will provide and how to figure out your children’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best slip-on shoes for wide feet.
The Best Slip-On Shoes for Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Here you can find selection of the best wide slip-on shoes for children that I have fitted before:
This selection of shoes all fit “true to size”which means that you only need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Keep in mind that 50% of the time I end up inserting a tongue pad inside a slip-on shoe in order to prevent heel slipping. A tongue pad is an adhesive-backed pad that goes in the tongue of the shoe and it pushes your kids’ heels back in order to secure them against the back of the shoe.
If your children are complaining about their shoes slipping every time they walk, start by trying a tongue pad. Your child will notice a difference right away. While I can’t get into too much detail about how tongue pads work in this post, take a look at another article I wrote where I describe them in more detail. Please go to the link below:
Now that you know which are the best wide slip-on shoes for children you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents daily asking me whether there is a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.