Have you been looking for a pair of sandals for your child with foot pain? There are certain sandal styles that come with a substantial sole that provide excellent shock absorption and will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take when they come in contact with the ground.
Several parents have contacted me about which type of sandals their children with foot pain can wear during the summer. Some of the most common reasons why children need to wear supportive sandals are from having flat feet, rolled ankles, overponation, low muscle tone, or knock knees.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has given me many insights into children’s shoes and the way in which they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience of fitting thousands of kids, I am more familiar with the best shoe brands for children with flat feet and the best styles amongst those brands.
Most children’s foot pain and foot injuries occur during the summer when a child plays hard and runs around in overly flimsy sandals. When it comes to protecting your children from foot injuries, timely prevention is particularly important. Most kids might not be mature enough to speak up or realize that a foot condition is developing until the pain can no longer be tolerated, which means that they might not receive a diagnosis as promptly as they should.
If you have a child that has a particular foot condition and needs to wear supportive shoes and orthotics, you will need to provide your child with a pair of supportive sandals during the summer.
One common question parents have is whether their children can wear an orthotic inside the sandals for extra support? I want to clarify that under no circumstances an orthotic should be fitted inside a pair of sandals.
There is a particular type of sandal that has proven to be the most effective one in helping treat and prevent children’s foot pain, regardless of the foot condition that they might have.
Have you heard of the shoe company Keen? This shoe brand makes some of the most supportive sandals for children with foot issues. Among this brand, there are certain styles that provide better support than others, and I will help you find them.
In addition to minimizing the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take when they come in contact with the ground, these sandals will help your child walk and runs straighter, improving your child’s overall posture. There are certain Keen sandal styles that come with an internal support mechanism which is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support.
Let me prove this to you…
Let’s start by taking a look at a picture of a flat footed child. 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 child wearing a pair of the Keen sandal styles that I recommend. Do you notice how the child’s feet are a lot straighter? The internal support mechanism of the sandals is preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards, which will help your child walk and run straighter.
Remember how I told you that not all Keen sandals will provide the same amount of support? Let’s take a look at the same child wearing a different Keen sandal style. Do you notice how while there is an improvement in how straight the child’s feet are the feet are still not as straight as the previous image?
In addition to providing excellent arch support, these sandals also come with extra support around the heel area. This is a great feature, especially if your child has rolled ankles. Let me show you the difference between a Keen sandal style that provides extra cushion around the heel. Do you notice how the sandal on the left comes with extra padding around the heel compared to the sandal on the right? This extra padding will reduce the impact on your kids’ heels and prevent ankle and heel pain.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best sandals for kids with foot pain, I want to first show you what features these sandals will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Sandals for Kids with Foot Pain – The 2 Most Important Features!
Keen sandals can tackle all terrain, meaning that children can wear them to go to beach, the swimming people, ride their bikes, go hiking, or any other activity you might think of.
These are the 2 most important features that these sandals will provide to your child’s feet:
✅ Arch Support: The internal support mechanism that Keen sandals provide will offer your child excellent arch support. This feature will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy and improve your child’s overall posture.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: While we want the sandals to be supportive, we still want them to be lightweight and flexible to prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired. Your kids’ sandals should always bend at the ball of the foot but no further. It’s important for your kids sandals to be flexible but not too flexible, otherwise they won’t provide enough support.
Here you can find a picture of a pair of sandals that provides the correct amount of flexibility:
The picture below shows a shoe style that is too flexible and won’t provide good support to your child’s feet:
While these are the 2 most important features that will help to significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot pain, Keen sandals provide 3 extra awesome features.
►Durability: Keen sandals are the most durable kids’ sandals. Your child will outgrow these sandals before they are ready to be replaced. They come with a rubber toe-box at the front that will take anything that your child can dish out.
► Secure Closure: Keen sandals come with a Velcro strap and toggle shoelace that will hold your child’s feet in place and provide your child with maximum support and stability.
► Machine Washable: One of the biggest complains parents have about Keen sandals is how bad they tend to smell. In that regard, have great news for you, all Keen sandals are now machine washable, which means you can just throw them in the washing machine to prevent them from developing a smell.
I am always emphasizing to parents how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoe doesn’t fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Based on your child’s foot shape, there are certain Keen styles that will fit better than others. For example, if your child has narrow feet, there is a particular style of Keen sandals that fits narrower than others. On the other hand, if your child has wide feet, there is another style that fits deeper and wider. I will expand on this shortly.
Now that you know what features these sandals will provide to your child’s feet, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best sandals for kids with foot pain.
The Best Sandals for Kids with Foot Pain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit.
Like I mention before, depending on the shape of your child’s feet, there will be certain sandal styles that will accommodate the shape of your child’s feet better.
The most effective Keen sandal style for children with foot pain is called the Newport. This style will accommodate the shape of a child with medium or wide feet only. Here you can find the best Keen sandal style for children with foot pain that have medium to wide feet. Once you click on the image you will be able to see all available colors.
Several parents have told me how these sandals have significantly reduced or fully eliminated their child’s foot pain.
Another added feature of these sandals is how they provide a quick-drying webbing which is effective in allowing the sandals to dry faster.
How to Figure Out Your Child’s Keen Sandal Style? – Let’s Find out!
Parents have told me how one of the hardest things they have to do is figure out their child’s exact sandal size.
The issue is that Keen sandals are not available in half sizes, they are available in whole sizes only (most seasonal footwear is).
One of the things you will have to take into consideration is how many months of summer you got ahead, in order to determine how much actual growing room you will in your Keen sandals. It’s important to provide your child with a certain amount of growing room, but getting sandals that are too long might compromise your child’s stability and make your child more prone to developing foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Let’s take a look at the following scenario to figure out what Keen sandal size you need to provide your child with:
If your child measures a foot size 10, in most sneakers your child will wear a shoe size 10.5, since you will want to provide your child with a certain amount of growing room. However, in a pair of Keen sandals your child will wear the size 11, since they are not available in half sizes. You will also want to consider how many months left of summer you got. For example, if you are getting your child the sandals right at the beginning of summer, you will want a good amount of growing room in order for your child to wear the sandals through the whole summer season. On the other hand, if you only have 2 months left of summer ahead, you might want to provide your child with the size 10 instead of the size 11. Makes sense?
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having a hard time figure out what Keen sandal size your child needs.
One of the reasons parents love these sandals so much is because their kids can wear them pretty much everywhere that involves them being active. They can wear them to go the beach, swimming pool, camping, hiking, etc.
Allow your child to be able to play and run around during the summer without experiencing foot or leg pain.
Have you found a pair of Keen sandals that has worked well in reducing or fully eliminating your child’s foot pain? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.