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The Best Dress Shoes for Kids – The 6 Most Stylish, Supportive, Comfortable, and Affordable Styles!

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It can be overwhelming for parents to choose what dress shoes to provide to their children. There are several different choices out there, and most of the times parents find themselves staring at a wall of shoes that look very similar, but in reality, they are very different.

If you are looking to provide your child with a pair of stylish dress shoes without compromising your child’s foot comfort and foot health, you came to the right place.

The dress shoes I am going to recommend in this article are going to provide your children with a formal look, without leaving your child’s feet sore or feeling uncomfortable.

One of the most common mistakes that I see parents make is to not put a lot of thought in the type of dress shoes that they provide to their children, as they might wear them once in a while and for only a couple of hours. You might want to rethink this. It only takes a couple of wears in the wrong shoe size for your child to develop a foot issue.

Children’s feet are constantly growing, and in order to get the most out of your child’s dress shoes, the shoes need to look appropriate for formal events, but also for school uniforms.

One factor that you need to keep in consideration is that not all children’s feet are the same. Children’s feet come in all shape and sizes, and while most children’s have a medium width foot, some others might have a more “complicated foot shape” such as narrow or extra wide feet. Some children have high insteps — top part of the foot — which makes it a lot more complicated to find shoes that fit. Take a look at the image below to identify where the instep of the foot is located:

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Some children might have a medium width foot with a high instep, and if that is your case with your child you are going to need to find deeper dress shoes. Take a look at the extra foot volume that you are going to have to fit inside your kids’ dress shoes:

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If you are unsure of your child’s foot size or foot shape, start by taking a look at a different article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrowmediumwide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

I also don’t want you to fall under the assumption that if your child’s dress shoes don’t feel comfortable, it’s because they need a “breaking in” period. I strongly believe this is a sales tactic that most shoe stores use to close the sale. It is a fact that dress shoes tend to be stiffer than sneakers, but whenever someone tells you that your child needs to “break in” the shoes to feel better, they are basically telling you that the shoes are not designed or fitted for your child’s feet.

I take children’s foot health very seriously, and I only recommend shoes that I have fitted before, as 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.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years, and I am familiar with which shoe brands manufacture better dress shoes for children.

The dress I will describe shortly provide the following features:

✅  100% leather made: This feature is going to give your child’s look a sleek look and allow your child’s feet to breathe. This is going to prevent bacteria from forming inside the shoes. Leather shoes also happen to be the most durable ones.

✅  Supportive Outsoles: This feature is going to keep your child’s feet comfortable and supported.

✅  Padded Heels: This feature is going to prevent blisters from forming in the back of your child’s ankles.

✅  Non-Marking Outsoles: If your child is running around on tiles floor at formal occasions the shoes won’t leave a trace.

Without further due, let’s take a look at a selection of the best dress shoes for kids.

The dress shoes I describe below are available in different widths, meaning that they are capable of fitting different foot shapes, so please choose the shoe width accordingly.

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First Choice: Gamefish by Sperry

The shoe below is one of the most popular ones for toddlers and little kids. It will fit children with medium(M) or wide (W) feet, and it’s available from a toddler shoe size 7 all the way up to a little kid shoe size 12.

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This is one of parents favorites in terms of style, comfort, and versatility. The shoe appears to come with shoelaces when in fact it comes with a velcro closure:

In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this dress shoe a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the dress shoes.

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Second Choice: Chad by Hush Puppies

The shoe below is one of the most stylish yet comfortable and supportive dress shoes. It will fit children with medium (M) or wide (W) feet, and it’s available from a toddler shoe size 8.5 all the way up to a big kid shoe size 7.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this dress shoe a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the dress shoes.

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Third Choice: Colton by Sperry

The shoe below is one of the most stylish loafers I have fitted before. It will fit children with narrow (N)medium (M) or wide (W) feet, and it’s available from a little kid shoe size 1 all the way up to a big kid shoe size 7.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this dress shoe a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the dress shoes.

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Fourth Choice: Lexi by Hush Puppies

The shoe below is one of the most versatile ones for girls as it’s stylish but comfortable and supportive at the same time. It will fit children with medium (M) or wide (W) feet, and it’s available from a little kid shoe size 1 all the way up to a big kid shoe size 7.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this dress shoe a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the dress shoes.

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Fifth Choice: Bonnett by Nina

The shoe below has a classic style that your child can wear to church or dressier occasions. It will fit children with narrow (N)medium (M) or wide (W) feet, and it’s available from a toddler shoe size 5 all the way up to a big kid shoe size 1.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this dress shoe a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the dress shoes.

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Sixth Choice: Naturino

The shoe below is one of the most versatile ones for girls as it’s stylish but comfortable and supportive at the same time. It will fit children with medium (M) or wide (W) feet, and it’s available from a little kid shoe size 8 all the way up to a big kid shoe size 1.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this dress shoe a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the dress shoes.

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These are the most stylish, supportive, comfortable, and affordable children’s dress shoes that I have fitted before.

If your child has extra wide feet and you can’t seem to find any dress shoes that fit I suggest that you take a look at the article below:

Extra Wide Children’s Dress Shoes – The Only Styles Available for Extra Wide Feet!

It is a fact that you will be able to find cheaper dress shoes than the ones I recommend, but considering the quality and support that the shoes provide, they are very reasonable priced. The shoes I recommended are also capable of fitting different foot shapes such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide feet, as well as  high insteps.

Please keep in mind that poorly made dress shoes are one of the most common reasons why children develop foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

If you happen to need a pair of dress socks for your child please refer to the article below:

The Best Dress Socks for Kids – Seamless, Comfortable, and Durable!

Is there a different dress shoe that has worked well for your child and you want to recommend? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

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