Has your child bee diagnosed with flat feet? Is your child complaining about foot and leg pain?
Finding a pair of shoes for a child with flat feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know hat shoe styles to look for. There is only a few selection of children’s shoes with arch support, 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.
Children’s feet suffer about 3 times more stress than the average adult feet, and I believe this is due because children are involved in higher intense and impact activities than adults. Therefore, I always recommend that they wear good supportive shoes with good support and shock absorption, in order to reduce the 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 by allowing them to walk and run straighter?
Let me prove this to you…
Take a look at the image of a flat footed child. Does it look familiar?
Now let’s take a look at an image of a 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 much straighter the feet are? The arch support is preventing the child’s feet from turning inwards and is correcting the child’s overall posture.
Several parents have contacted me asking if I know about a particular shoe style that will help reduce or fully eliminate their child’s foot and leg pain.
The answer is yes, I know exactly which shoe styles provide more support than others from having fitted them before.
The shoes I will describe in this article will provide the following benefits to your child’s feet:
- They will help correctly develop your children’s’ feet, ankles and joints ❤️
- They will help improve your children’s posture and allow them to walk and run straighter ❤️
- They will minimize the impact on your kids’ feet and legs every time they come in contact with the ground ❤️
- They will help your child with balance ❤️
- They will reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ muscle strain and fatigue ❤️
Foot and leg pain in children are 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 they wear since it might not be supportive enough or it might not be the correct size.
I will show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes with arch support shortly, but first I want to show you what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s foot size from home.
Shoes for Kids with Foot Pain – The 5 Most Important Features!
The shoes thatI will describe below will provide the following features to your chid’s feet:
- Built-In Arch: This feature will support your children’s feet and minimize the impact that their feet receive every time they become in contact with the ground. This will also prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and will allow your child to walk and run straighter. A shoe that comes with a built-in arch support will also provide shock absorption.
- Firm Heel Counter: This will cushion and protect your kids’ ankles and provide lateral stability and ankle support. If you are not sure what the heel counter of the shoe is, please take a look at the picture below for clarification:
- Substantial Sole: This will help reduce the impact that your kids’ feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground. This part of the shoe must also provide good traction to prevent the likelihood of your child from slipping and falling down.
- 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.
- Breathable: This feature will allow your kids’ feet to breathe and prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it does’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your toddler won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. Whats even worse you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to their feet.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their toddler to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
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:
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 along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features these shoe styles will 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.
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.
Please keep in mind that these shoes are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide,
This first selection is for toddlers:
This selection is for older children (ages 4 and above):
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you only 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.
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 don’t want to replace them just yet, there is another method that will allow your child to get proper arch support from his or her shoes. Do you know what a “cookie” means in footwear terms?
Arch cookies are adhesive-backed pads that fit behind the arch of your kids foot to provide extra arch support. You must remove the inner sole of the shoe first, then place the adhesive “ cookie” arch support and then insert the inner sole of the shoe again.
This product will 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.
There is another article I wrote where I describe the best arch support cookies for children, and how to fit them in shoes. Go to the link below:
Have you found a particular shoe style that comes with arch support that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.