Are you having a hard time finding pair of shoes to accommodate your child’s orthotics? Have you tried a whole bunch of different shoe styles but none of them seem to be deep and wide enough to fit your kids’ orthotics?
If your child been diagnosed with flat feet, overpronation, rolled ankles, or any other foot condition that requires wearing an orthotic for extra support inside the shoes, you will need to find shoes that will provide good support and accommodate the orthotic at the same time.
There are only certain shoe styles that will allow an orthotic to be fitted inside your kids’ shoes, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
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.
Orthotics can improve your children’s posture tremendously by preventing their feet from collapsing and aligning the feet and legs, helping them walk and run straighter.
Parents need to keep in mind that if your chid’s orthotic is fitted in the wrong pair of shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
One of the most common reasons why children need to wear orthotics is from having overpronation due to flat feet. When children are flat footed, their feet collapse, which throws their whole body out of alignment.
Let’s take a picture of a flat footed child. Does it look familiar?
Now let’s take a look at picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes and orthotics. Do you notice how straight the feet are?
Let’s take a look at the results of the child wearing the same orthotic but in a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the feet are still collapsing and turning inwards?
Overpronation can also occur when a child has rolled ankles. In this case, a shoe with a firm heel counter will help straighten and strenghten your child’s ankles, and prevent them from turning inwards or outwards.
If you don’t know where the heel counter of the shoe is located please take a look at the picture below for clarification:
Orthotics take a look of extra space inside the shoes, so it’s important for the shoes to be deep and that also come in wide and extra wide widths, in orderer the orthotics to be fitted inside the shoes.
The depth of the shoes plays a key role, since it’s important for the orthotics to fit deeply inside your kids’ shoes to not give your child the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes.
Let me show you what a difference a deep shoe can make:
Below is a picture of an orthotic fitted in a pair of New Balance shoes (grey and pink) and Asics (all black). Do you notice how deep the orthotic is fitting inside the New Balance shoe compared to the Asics shoe style ?
You will notice the difference more clearly in this second image.
I will provide you with a selection of the best kids’ shoes for orthotics shortly, but first let’s take a look at what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s foot size from home.
I have helped several children with foot and leg pain, and my advice to parents is to always start by checking the shoes that your child is wearing.
The Best Kids’ Shoes for Orthotics – The 5 Most Important Features!
These are the 5 most important features that your kids’ shoes must provide in order for you to be able to fit an orthotic inside them:
❤️ Substantial Sole: The shoes must provide a substantial sole to hold the orthotic in place and reduce the impact that your child’s feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
❤️ Firm Heel Counter: The shoes must come with a firm heel counter to help the orthotic provide good ankle support. Shoes that come with a firm heel counter will helps strengthen and straighten your kids’ ankles.
❤️ Flexible and Lightweight: The shoes must be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time in order to prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
❤️ Breathable: This is an important feature since it’s important to allow your child’s feet to breathe in order to prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.
❤️ Deep: This feature will allow the orthotic to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent your kids’ feet from being raised up by the orthotics.
If your kids’ shoes provide all of these features then you will be keeping your child’s feet and legs healthy, and your child will get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer. However, you must provide your child with the correct shoe size or your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Which leads me to this next question: Are you 100% sure that you know your child’s exact foot size?
I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.
Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I createdwhere I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features a good supportive shoe must provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best kids’ shoes for orthotics.
All of the shoe styles described below come with a substantial sole that provides good arch support, a firm heel counter that provides ankle support, and they are also deep, lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
The Best Kids’ Shoes for Orthotics ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 a selection of the best shoes for orthotics for toddlers (ages 1 to 4):
This selection of shoes fit ” true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the Brannock device (foot measuring device) in order to allow for growing room.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for orthotics for older children (ages 4 to 12):
This selection of shoes also fits ” true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the Brannock device.
Please keep in mind that I always recommend a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure for children who wear orthotics, since shoelaces will help hold the orthotic in place. Shoelaces will also provide more support and stability, and they will push your kids’ heels back supporting and securing them against the back of the shoes.
Now that you know which are the best kids’ shoes for orthotics, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Not Sure What Orthotic To Get For Your Child? – Let’s Find Out!
I have fitted several different types of orthotics through the years, but there is a particular one that I have found to be the most effective one in correcting and improving childcare’s overall posture.
If you are unsure about which orthotic to get for your child, you should read an article along with a video I created where I describe the best orthotics for children:
In that article I describe the orthotic I was telling you about which provides optimal arch support, comes with a heel cup to help strengthen and straighten your child’s ankles, and it’s made from comfortable materials. The video will also help you visualize how you can fit orthotics inside your kids ’shoes.
Have you tried a particular shoe style that has worked well in accommodating your child’s orthotics? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.