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Stylish Shoes for AFO Braces – Mary Jane’s Shoes, Boots, Dress Shoes, and Casual Sneakers!

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Have you been looking for functional, comfortable, and yet fashionable shoes for your child to wear with an ankle-foot orthoses (AFO)? While shopping, are you constantly challenged to fit your children’s AFOs over stylish shoes? There is a small selection of stylish shoes for AFO braces, but the good news is that I will help you find them.

Finding stylish shoes that accommodate all the extra space that an AFO takes can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.

An AFO is a brace that is usually made of plastic, worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle. An AFO will help correct your child’s overall posture or other biomechanical problems with the foot by holding the foot and ankle in the correct position.

Most off-the-shelf shoes are not created for children who need to wear AFOs. Parents feel heartbroken when they see the disappointment on their kids’ faces when not a single pair of the fashionable and cute shoes that they want to wear can accommodate the shape of the AFOs.

Usually, children who wear AFOs end up wearing basic sneakers with not much excitement, since parents are not able to find anything on trend or that are fun for children. This is life and most agree that there could be worse problems. However, this doesn’t need to be the case anymore.

Children who need specialty shoes also want to be as fashionable as their peers. The shoes that fit your kids’ AFOs don’t have to be unattractive or clunky. There is a particular shoe company that offers contemporary fashion and stylish shoes as well as well-engineered design.

There is a small selection of functional shoes that will work with your kids’ AFOs, but the selection gets even smaller when it comes to finding a pair of stylish shoes. What I mean by stylish is a pair of Mary Jane shoes, moccasin boots, dress shoes, and leather sneakers.

The good news is that there are two shoe brands that manufacture fashion shoes that are specifically designed to work with your kids’ AFOs, and I will put together a selection of their best styles shortly.

Since I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, also providing regular shoe fittings, I will be able to help in you in this shoe quest.

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We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics. I will share with you my perspective on the best shoe brands  that manufacture stylish shoes that are able to accommodate AFOs.

I have noticed that many parents who are new to AFOs wear have the same questions and concerns. Moreover, they have the same worries and frustrations, but I will share with you what I have learned over all my years of professional shoe fitting.

I get contacted by parents on a daily basis who are frustrated about not being able to find an alternative other than their kid’s everyday sneakers for their kids to wear with their AFOs. As you know parents always have their child’s best interest at heart and also want their children to be happy and have fun.

Several parents have explained to me how for little girls, cute boots and shoes are such a big thing and how they never thought that shoe shopping would be such an emotionally charged (and usually tear-driven) event.

After writing an article about the best sneakers for kids with AFOs, parents started asking me if there are stylish shoes for AFO braces.

There are 2 shoe brands that manufacture stylish shoes for AFO braces: Gracious May and Memo Shoes.

Memo Shoes

Memo is the highest quality European children footwear in classic style, made of natural materials soft grain and nubuck leather and ideally adapts to the child’s foot, without causing discomfort and skin irritation.

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Memo now offers stylish sneakers and Mary Jane shoes that are perfect to be worn as a fashionable completion of your child’s outfit. The shoes provide prophylactic features and the styles I recommend provide a Thomas Heel, along with an outsole that provides proper foot position of the child’s foot.

These shoes come equipped with a thermoplastic rigid heel counter with excellent ankle support that is enough for children with Gross Motor Function Classification System of level 1 and 2. If you feel like your child can benefit from wearing an AFO inside these shoes then you can definitely fit the AFO inside them.

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These shoes are absolutely unique on the market!

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To allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes half a size larger than their child’s current foot size. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

If you will be fitting the AFO inside these shoes I suggest that you order them a whole size larger which translates to 0.6 inches or 1 centimeter.

Gracious May

Gracious May provides children with customized footwear that does not compromise style. Their shoes are fully customized to fit your kids’ measurements, meaning that they are able to accommodate any type of orthotic out there from AFO, KAFO, DAFO, and SMO braces.

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Below you can find a selection of the best stylish shoes for AFO braces. By clicking on any of the images you will redirected to the website where you will be able to see a larger selection of shoes. All of these shoe styles are extremely durable and made in America from 100% genuine leather.

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It can be extremely time-consuming to find shoes that accommodate AFOs. Gracious May and Memo shoes made it easy for parents to find shoes that can easily accommodate their children’s AFOs.

The myth that cute shoes for a child who wears AFOs are hard to come by has been dispelled!

Please note that fashionable shoes are not meant to be worn as everyday shoes. Your children should wear everyday supportive shoes with their AFOs for most of the day and wear their fashion shoes for no more than 4 to 5 hours a day.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a different type of shoe or if you are unsure whether your child’s current shoes are fitting correctly:

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If you need a different type of shoe that your child can wear with his or her AFOs I suggest that you take a look at the articles below:

Best Sandals for AFOs – The Only Sandal Styles that Will Accommodate Your Child’s AFOs!

Boots for AFO Braces – Stylish, Deep, Comfortable, and with a Wider Opening!

Why Is It So Hard to Find Stylish Shoes for AFOs?

In order to accommodate an AFO, your kids’ shoes require a wider opening to easily slide the foot in with the AFO on. Also, the shoe should have extra depth to accommodate for the additional room taken up by the AFO.

One of the most common mistakes parents make is to buy their children longer shoes in order to accommodate the AFOs. This usually leads to compromising their child’s stability, making them more prone to falling down and hurting themselves, and defeating the whole purpose of wearing an AFO. Another common mistake parents make is to assume that a shoe that is labeled as “extra wide” will automatically fit the AFO.

There are 3 key features that your kids’ shoes must provide in order to accommodate your child’s AFO.

✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows the AFO to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. She’s that provide extra depth will also prevent giving your children the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes as they walk.

✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature prevents the AFO from poking a hole in the front of the shoes.

✅ Wider Opening: This feature prevents you from shoving your child’s foot in the shoes every time you have to put your kids’ shoes on.

If you don’t provide your child with shoes that provide these three important features, it would only be weeks or a month before the child would wear holes in the shoe.

Most parents who have children who need to wear AFOs can agree that shopping for their kids’ shoes has never been easy, and most of them dread going into the stores to find shoes. I have heard many stories of how parents would travel from store to store, maneuvering their physically challenged child, looking for a pair of shoes that would fit the braces.

The Best Socks to Wear with AFO Braces

Socks also play a key role in keeping your child’s feet healthy. While some kids may be able to wear any type of socks underneath their AFOs, others may find short socks with seams to be uncomfortable. The seams may rub and cause irritation, while short socks may allow plastic and strapping to rub against bare skin.

It’s important for the socks to be soft and cover the length of the brace in order to provide protection, comfort, and accommodate your child’s AFO toe straps.

If your child is wearing AFO braces there is a particular type of seamless sock that is soft, durable, wicks perspiration, comes with an anti-microbial fabric and have a heel free design that ensures a perfect fit.

This type of sock is made with super soft materials and a design that includes a non-binding Halo Top, which eliminates irritating indentions, as well as reducing slippage on the legs. I have put together a selection of the best socks to wear with AFO braces:

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These socks are thick enough to prevent your children from getting blisters or red spots from their AFOs. They work much better than traditional socks.

If worn in the correct type of shoes, AFOs can greatly enhance your children’s function, by helping them stand or walk, and may also help prevent foot and ankle deformities.

Children who AFO braces shouldn’t feel excluded because they are limited to a single type of athletic shoe. It is important for children with disabilities to be able to wear shoes that they like and allow them to simply be kids.

Have you tried any of the stylish shoes made by Gracious May before? Is there another shoe brand that has worked well in accommodating your child’s AFOs? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

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