Supportive Shoes for Children with Clubfoot – Maintain the Corrected Foot Position

Has your child been diagnosed with clubfoot and your medical professional recommends wearing supportive shoes to help improve your child’s foot posture and walking gait? In addition to finding supportive shoes, families of children with clubfoot have the challenge of finding shoes that can fit their children’s specific foot shape (which usually tends to be on the wider side). Whether shoes can make a difference in helping improve your child’s balance, foot posture, and walking gait, directly depends on the degree of your child’s foot condition. With that said, I am going to show you a list of the most supportive shoes for children with clubfoot.

If your child already went through the initial treatment (casting and bracing), it’s important to choose supportive shoes to maintain the corrected position of the feet and provide comfort and stability.

The Challenges of Finding Shoes for Children with Clubfoot

One of the biggest challenges is to find shoes that are wide and deep enough for the child’s feet. Clubfoot can result in size differences between the affected foot and the unaffected foot, so this also creates an additional challenge.

The good news is that I have helped several children with clubfoot find the correct pair of shoes for their feet, and hopefully, I will be able to help your child as well. The shoe store where I work specializes in helping children with clubfoot and other foot problems find the correct pair of shoes for their feet. In some cases, I need to fit the child in supportive shoes and orthotics, but I will dive into this shortly.


Does Your Child’s Age Matter When It Comes to Intervention Techniques?

This is a question that your medical professional should be able to answer, but if the doctor is recommending supportive shoes, then that might be the route to go. In my experience, the earlier the child is, the higher the likelihood that shoes can have a positive impact on the child’s balance and foot posture.

What Makes the Shoes that I Recommend Effective for Kids with Clubfoot?

The list of shoes that I recommend includes the following 3 key features that make them ideal for children with clubfoot:

1️⃣ Straight Lasts: It’s important to avoid shoes with excessively curved lasts and get the ones with straight ones, as this is a key feature when it comes to maintaining the child’s feet in the correct position. Below there is an image for better visualization purposes:


2️⃣ Sturdy Construction: The shoes should provide supportive outsoles to help improve your child’s balance and posture. This feature is also especially important for preventing the feet from turning inward.


3️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: Some families like to call this part of the shoe the heel cup, but I refer to it as the heel counter. This is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle and heel support. When children have a foot condition, you simply just don’t support the arch, you mechanically support all of the pieces that make the foot flat, such as the heels.


Images of a Child with Clubfoot – Find Out the Degree of Your Child’s Clubfoot

Not all clubfeet are the same. There are different degrees to this condition. For example, below there is an image of a child with a mild degree of clubfoot:

Here is another example but in this case the child has a moderate degree of clubfoot.

Whichever degree of clubfoot your child is dealing with, here you can find a list of the most supportive shoes for children with clubfoot. Disclosure: Note that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases, this allows us to create free content and resources.

Most Supportive Shoes for Children with Clubfoot

Now let’s look at a list of the most supportive shoes for children with clubfoot. I have fitted all of these shoes at the shoe store where I work so I am familiar with how they fit and the amount of support that they provide.

Consider that these shoes will help improve your child’s foot posture and improve walking gait. However, how long these shoes should be worn depends on the severity of the clubfoot for your child. Therefore, I can’t stress enough that you should always consult with your medical doctor or pediatric orthopedist. 

Would You Rather Receive Specific Shoe Recommendations for Your Child?

Children’s shoe needs can vary depending on their age, activity level, and degree of their clubfoot. If you have any questions or need any further assistance, you can also contact us via email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are happy to help you find a different pair of shoes for your child so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Are You Unsure About Which Shoe Size to Order Online?

As I mentioned before, clubfoot can result in size differences between the affected foot and the unaffected foot. The extent of this size difference can vary from child to child and may depend on the severity of the clubfoot and the success of treatment. In some cases, the affected foot may be smaller or shorter than the unaffected foot, and there may be differences in the length and width of the feet.

This means that it will take a lot of trial and error to find out what final shoe size a child needs. For this reason, I created a free and effective resource that will help you retrieve your child’s foot shape and the exact shoe size you should order.

Should Your Child Wear Orthotics As Well?

Orthotics are devices that fit inside the shoes and are designed to support, align, or correct foot abnormalities.

It’s important to note that the goal of treatment for clubfoot is to achieve the best possible alignment and function. Whether your child can benefit from wearing an orthotic inside the shoes is something that your healthcare professional should be able to answer.

If you already have an orthotic in mind you can rest assured that the shoes above will accommodate it. Just make sure that you order the shoes in wide or extra wide widths to allow space for the orthotics.

Additional Resources for Children with Clubfoot

I have created many resources over the years that describe the best shoes for babies with clubfoot as well as seasonal footwear such as sandals.

Let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions or please share any shoe recommendations that have worked well for your child’s clubfoot.


“Clubfoot.” ​Mayo Clinic​, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 28 June 2019,

“Clubfoot: Boston Children’s Hospital.” ​Boston Children’s Hospital​,