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The Best Kids’ Shoes with Arch Support – STOP Your Kids’ Foot and Leg Pain!

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Has your child bee diagnosed with flat feet? Is your child complaining about foot and leg pain? There are certain kids’ shoes that provide better support than others and help improve a child’s walking gait and posture.

The most common reason why children need a pair of shoes with arch support is having flat feet. This foot condition leads to excessive pronation, and once the feet are pronated, the knees and hips also become misaligned.

Finding a pair of shoes for a child with flat feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for. There is only a few selection of children’s shoes that can help your child’s flat feet, 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 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 provide better support than others.

There is only a small selection of shoes that provide good arch support, the key is to find a pair of shoes that come with a substantial outsole that helps improve your child’s walking gait and prevent foot and leg pain.

Children’s feet suffer about 3 times more stress than the average adult feet, and this is simply because children are involved in higher impact activities than adults. Therefore, I always recommend that they wear supportive shoes with good shock absorption in order to reduce high impact on their feet and legs.

Did you know that something so simple such as providing flat footed children with the correct type of shoes can help improve their posture and allow them to walk and run straighter?

Let me prove it to you!

Let’s take a look at the image of a flat footed child standing barefoot. Does the image look familiar? Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

Now let’s take a look at an image of the same flat footed child wearing a pair of unsupportive sneakers. Do you notice how the feet are collapsing and tuning inwards?

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how straighter the feet are? The substantial outsole is preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards and is improving the child’s overall posture.

Several parents have contacted me asking if I know about a particular shoe style that can help reduce or fully eliminate their child’s foot and leg pain.

The answer is yes, I know exactly which shoes provide better support than others from having fitted them before. The shoes that I recommend provide the following benefits:

✅ They help improve your children’s posture by allowing them to walk and run straighter.

✅ They help minimize the impact on your kids’ feet and legs every time they come in contact with the ground.

✅ They help your child with balance.

✅ They help reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ muscle strain and fatigue.

Foot and leg pain in children is never normal, and you shouldn’t just assume that they are growing pains. Once your children start complaining about foot or leg pain you should always start by checking the shoes that they are wearing. Most pain is related to the type of footwear that they wear as it might not be supportive enough or it might not be the correct size.

I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their kids’ foot conditions, as this can only lead to the condition getting worse.

If you are not sure whether you have a flat footed child at home take a look at the image below for clarification purposes:

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I will show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes with arch support shortly, but first I want to show you what 2 key features the shoes I recommend provide.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Foot Pain?

✅ Substantial Outsole: This feature helps support your children’s feet and minimize the impact that their feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground. Shoes with a substantial outsole also prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and allow your child to walk and run straighter.

Below you can see the difference between a shoe with a substantial outsole versus a shoe with an outsole that is too thin and doesn’t provide the correct amount of support:

✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature helps cushion and protect your kids’ heels and provide lateral stability. Always make sure the heel counter of your kids’ shoes feels firm. Below you can see the difference between a shoe with a firm heel counter and a shoe with a soft heel counter:

✅ Lightweight and Flexible: While the shoes must be supportive, they need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired. Your kids’ shoes should always bend at the ball of the foot but not further:

Now that you know what features the shoes I recommend provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best kids’ shoes with arch support.

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.

The Best Kids’ Shoes with Arch Support ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

These shoes are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW). Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes 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 shoes.

These shoes all come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure, as shoelaces provide better support and stability.

If you don’t know your child’s foot size you won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online. Which leads me to this next question:

Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you know your exact foot size.

I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

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

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Now that you know which are the best kids’ shoes with arch support you are ready to make the most informed decision.

Providing your child with a pair of good quality, supportive shoes will allow for proper growth and foot development. Supportive shoes are recommended for every child not just for those with specific foot issues.

If you already own a pair of shoes for your child and you are not ready to replace them just yet, you can fit an “arch support cookie” inside the shoes for extra support.

Arch support cookies are adhesive-backed pads that fit below the arch of your kids’ feet and provide extra arch support. You must remove the original insoles of the shoe first before placing the adhesive “ cookie” arch support, and then put the original insole of the shoe back on top.

This product will help alleviate your kids pain in the arch which can be associated with high arches, weak arches, fallen arches, flat feet, and pronation-related foot problems.

While I can’t get into too much detail about which are the best arch support cookies for kids, there is another article that I wrote where I describe the best arch support cookies for children and how to fit them inside the shoes. Go to the link below:

Arch Support For Kids – The Solution To Your Kids Foot Pain!

Have you found a particular shoe style that provides good arch support and has worked well for your child’s flat feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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