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

Has your child been 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. I am going to show you a list of the best kids’ shoes with arch support based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.

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, based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.

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Children’s feet suffer about 3 times more stress than the average adult’s 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 to reduce the high impact on their feet and legs.

Pro Tip: If you’re pressed for time here is a list of the most supportive shoes for children.

Children with Flat Feet – Before and After Images

Did you know that something so simple 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 turning inwards?

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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.

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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:

1️⃣ They help improve your children’s posture by allowing them to walk and run straighter.

2️⃣ They help minimize the impact on your kids’ feet and legs every time they come in contact with the ground.

3️⃣ They help your child with balance.

4️⃣ They help reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ muscle strain and fatigue.

Is It Normal for Children to Complain About Foot Pain?

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:

I will show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes with arch support shortly, but first I want to show you what 3 key features the shoes I recommend provide.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Foot Pain?

1️⃣ Substantial Outsoles: 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:

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2️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: This feature helps cushion and protect your kids’ heels and provides 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:

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3️⃣ 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:

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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. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Kids’ Shoes with Arch Support

These shoes are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW).

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. This leads me to this next question:

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

I always recommend parents 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 resource that showcases the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take 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:

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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.

Have You Heard of “Arch Support Cookies”?

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:

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Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child’s flat feet. My e-mail address is:

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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.