Are you looking for a pair of dress shoes for your toddler with wide or extra wide feet? Do you feel like every dress shoe style that you try for your toddler is too narrow and you always struggle to put the shoes on?
Finding a pair of dress shoes for your toddler with wide or extra wide feet can be a frustrating experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for, but I have been HELPING parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids ONLINE for the last three years and I am confident that I will be able to help you find them.
Finding the perfect pair of wide or extra wide dress shoes for your toddler takes more than just choosing a dress shoe in a wide (W), or extra wide (XW) widths. The dress shoes must provide two important features, they must be DEEP, and they must come with a ROUND TOE-BOX.
The issue is that shoes don’t come labeled as “deep”, or with a “round toe-box”. The only way to know if a pair of dress shoes provides those features is by having fitted them before.
Believe me when I tell you that I can save you a lot of time and money, since I know which shoe styles are better than others in terms of fit, materials, and support.
I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others by having tested them and fitted them myself.
I have noticed that most toddlers have wide or extra wide feet, and there is only a SMALL group of toddlers with narrow feet.
The issue is that the selection of dress shoes for toddlers with wide or extra wide feet is pretty small, and there are only a few shoe styles that will fit the shape of their feet. The good news is that I know which styles are wider than others, and I will HELP you find them.
In this article I will show you a selection of the best dress shoes for toddlers with wide feet, but first I want to show you what features the dress shoes must provide and how to make sure that you are providing your toddler with the correct shoe size.
Wide Dress Shoes for Toddlers – Important Features!
The two most important features the dress shoes must provide is for them to be DEEP and come with a ROUND TOE-BOX. There are three additional important features that you must look for in your toddler’s dress shoes:
- Support: This feature will allow your toddlers to run and play comfortably, and minimize the impact that their feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight and Flexible: It’s important for the shoes to be supportive, but they must be lightweight and flexible at the same time in order to prevent your toddler’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
- Durable: It’s important for your toddler’s dress shoes to be durable in order to make sure that they will outgrow them before the shoes get destroyed.
One thing that I am always emphasizing to parents is that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your toddler will NOT get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, or corns.
While I am always helping parents find the correct pair of shoes for their kids online, I always recommend parents to take their toddlers to be fitted for shoes at their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that FIT.
If you don’t happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust, then you should START by reading an article I wrote called:
That article will explain you the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your toddler’s foot size from home.
By the way, if you are unsure whether you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area, you should take a look at a MAP I created where I describe the best fitting children’s shoes store in the United States. I break down this shoe stores by state:
The stores that I describe in this map are all fitting shoe stores, not big retailers such as Payless or Nordstrom’s.
Facts About Toddler’s with Wide Feet – Take Note!
Here are some interesting facts about toddlers with wide feet:
- Wide and extra wide feet in toddlers are common.
- Shoe width is the most important part of fitting a shoe. It doesn’t matter how much room your toddler has in the front of the shoes, if the shoes are too narrow then you will have to replace the shoes faster than you expected it.
- Wearing shoes that are too narrow will put your toddler at risk for developing serious foot deformities such as blisters, corns, and bunions, just to name a few.
- Don’t purchase shoes thinking that they will stretch as your toddler wears them.
Why are Wide Dress Shoes for Toddlers so Hard to Find?
The main reason why shoe companies only provide a small selection of dress shoes for toddlers with wide or extra wide feet is the lack of demand. The issue is that most parents are not even aware that their children have wide or extra wide feet.
Parents think that since their toddlers will be wearing the dress shoes once in a while and for a short period of time, they don’t have to worry about fitting them correctly.
Now that you know what features a good dress shoes must provide and how to find out your toddler’s foot size, let me show you a selection of the best dress shoes for toddlers with wide feet.
Dress Shoes for Toddlers with Wide Feet – Find Them Here!
All the shoes that I recommend are shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that’s the only way for me to tell the quality of the shoes and how they FIT.
Please keep in mind that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
For example, if your child measures a foot size 10 but the shoes run “short’, then you need to provide your child with a shoe size 11 in order to allow for growing room. Another example will be if the shoes run “true to size” and your child measures a foot size 10, then you need to provide your child with a shoe size 10 ½ in order to allow for growing room.
Here you can find a selection of the best dress shoes for boys with wide feet:
Please keep in mind that all of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
Here you can find a selection of the best dress shoes for girls with wide feet:
This selection of shoes also fit “true to size”, meaning that you also 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.
Socks or No Socks with Your Toddler’s Dress Shoes?
I always recommend parents to put socks every time their children are wearing shoes. Socks play an important role in keeping your kids’ feet, especially for toddlers whose feet are still developing.
Socks act as a barrier between your toddler’s feet and the shoes, and they prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
Because your toddler’s feet are soft, socks will also cushion your toddler’s feet and prevent the shoes from rubbing against your toddler’s feet (this can lead to blisters and other foot issues).
If you have been looking for a pair of good quality and seamless socks for your toddler, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best socks for kids:
All of the socks that I describe in that article are seamless and breathable! Seamless socks are great, especially for those toddlers who feel every bump and lump in the socks.
Is there a particular dress shoe style that you have tried and can recommend for your toddler with wide or extra wide feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them!