Have your children been complaining about foot or leg pain? Do you feel like every shoe style that you try is not supportive enough for their feet? Has your pediatrician or physical therapist diagnosed your child with flat feet?
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
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 to their knees and feet!
I have helped hundreds of children who were experiencing foo and leg pain find the correct type of shoes to minimize or fully eliminate the pain that they were experiencing by simply providing them with the correct pair of shoes.
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. That is the main reason why I decided to create a post that will describe the best kids shoes with arch support.
Keep in mind that I always recommend parents to take their children to their local shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly.
Most children’s shoe stores have been closing down lately and parents have to end up buying their children’s shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you know exactly which shoe style you need for your child and you MUST know your children’s shoe size or you will end up creating more issues to their feet. That is the main reason why if you are not 100% sure about your children’s shoe size, you should START by reading an article I wrote called:
In that article you will learn the most effective way to figure out your children’s shoe size from the convenience of your home.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoe is not fitted properly, your child will not get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. In other words, if you find a shoe with good arch and ankle support that is also flexible and breathable but it’s not the correct shoe size, your children won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Foot and leg pain in children are never normal, and 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 shoe size.
In this post I will describe the best kids’ shoes with arch support!
Children Foot And Leg Pain – Possible Causes
If your child has been complaining about foot and leg pain don’t ignore it! Yes, in certain cases it might be growing pains, but the FIRST STEP is to check the shoes that they are wearing.
The first cause might be that the shoes that they are currently wearing are not supportive enough or the wrong size.
Every time a pediatrician or physical therapist sends a child to the shoe store to be diagnosed for shoes and orthotics due to their foot and leg pain, I always start by looking at the shoes that they are wearing. I will say that 50% of the time the only thing the child needs is a pair of good, supportive shoes. In other cases where the child pronates excessively and has rolled ankles, we must provide them with a pair of good supportive shoes and orthotics.
The second cause might be that the child is flat footed.
If your child is flat footed then his or her feet might roll inward every time they walk and run, which leads to putting pressure in parts of their feet and legs where they are not supposed to, which leads to foot and leg pain.
If your child has been diagnosed with flat feet, I will provide you with a selection of the best children’s shoes that provide arch support and will help him or her walk and run straighter.
There might be other causes that are causing your child’s foot and leg pain such as rolled ankles or growing pains, but the two mentioned above are the most common ones.
What Features Must A Shoe Provide To Stop Your Kids’ Pain?
In order to minimize or fully eliminate your kids’ foot and leg pain we must find a shoe that provides the following features:
- A built-in arch: This will cushion your kids’ 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 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!
- A thick, durable sole: This will help reduce the impact that our kids’ feet receive every time their feet come in contact with the ground. This part of the shoe must also provide good traction to prevent your child from slipping and falling down.
If we find a shoe that provides all of these features, we will be keeping our kids’ feet and legs healthy and we will minimize or fully eliminate the pain that they were experiencing.
So you might be wondering…
Where can I find a shoe that provides all of these features? I will show you exactly which shoe styles come with these particular features since I have fitted these shoe styles before at the shoe store that I work for.
Below I will describe the best kids’ shoes with arch support.
Children Shoes With Arch Support – The Secret Revealed!
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 those with specific foot issues. I have seen the huge role that shoes play in helping children with pronation, pigeon toes or collapsed ankles.
Now that you know the positive impact that a good supportive shoe can provide for your child and how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, below you can find a selection of the best kids’ shoes with arch support that I have fitted before (these shoes are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide):
The selection of shoes in the first row (New Balance) all 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.
The shoes in the first row are available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths (in case you need to fit an orthotic inside the shoe).
The selection of shoes in the second row (Asics) all fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room. These shoes will fit a child with a narrow to a medium width foot only.
The shoes I described will provide the following benefits for your child!
- 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 when they are playing high intense activities!
- They will help your child with balance!
- They will reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ muscle strain and fatigue!
Now that you know which are the best shoes for kids’ with arch support you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.