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The Best Sandals for Kids with Foot Pain – Extra Arch and Heel Support!

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on March 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best sandals for kids with foot pain.

Have you been looking for a pair of sandals to help treat and prevent your child’s foot pain? Certain sandals come with supportive outsoles that provide excellent shock absorption and helps 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.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

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 how they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

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From my experience of fitting thousands of kids, I am more familiar with the best shoe brands for children with foot pain and the best styles amongst those brands.

The Importance of Supporting Your Child’s Feet During the Summer

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 should 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.

I have found certain sandals that have proven to be the most effective ones in helping treat and prevent children’s foot pain, regardless of the foot condition that they might have.

What Shoe Brands Manufacture Supportive Sandals?

My go-to shoe brands are:

  • Keen
  • Teva

These shoe brands manufacture some of the most supportive sandals for children with foot issues. Among these shoe brands, certain styles provide better support than others, and I will help you find them!

Certain Keen sandals come with an internal support mechanism that is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support. 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. Let me prove it to you!

What a Difference the Correct Pair of Sandals can Make!

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?

Before Image: Child Standing Barefoot

Now let’s take a look at an image of the same child wearing a pair of the Keen sandal 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.

After Image: Child Wearing Supportive Sandals

Supportive Sandal for Kids with Wide Feet

Remember how I told you that not all Keen sandals 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 the child’s feet are still not as straight as the previous image?

After Image: Child Wearing Unsupportive Sandals

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What Makes the Sandals I Recommend Effective for Kids with Foot Pain?

Reason #1: Targeted Arch Support

The internal support mechanism is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot. Do you notice how the sandal on the right  image (Keen) has a much thicker and supportive outsole than the sandal on the left image?

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Reason #2:  Targeted Heel Support

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 versus one that doesn’t. This extra padding helps reduce the impact on your kids’ heels and prevents ankle and heel pain.

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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, certain sandals will fit better than others. For example, if your child has narrow feet, there are certain sandals that fit narrower than others. On the other hand, if your child has wide feet, there are other styles that fit deeper and wider. I will expand on this shortly.

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The sandals that I recommend can tackle all terrain, meaning that children can wear them to go to the beach, the swimming people, ride their bikes, go hiking, or any other activity you might think of.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before, as that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit.

The Best Sandals for Kids with Foot Pain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find the best sandals for kids with foot pain. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

Many of the sandals featured below come in several color options, so if your child likes a specific model, please make sure to click through and see if they have the desired color.

Several parents have told me how these sandals have significantly reduced or fully eliminated their child’s foot pain.

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 to the beach, swimming pool, camping, hiking, etc.

Parents have told me how one of the hardest things they have to do is figure out their child’s exact sandal size.

How to Figure Out What Sandal Size to Order? – Let’s Find out!

The issue is that most sandals are not available in half sizes, they are available in whole sizes only — most seasonal footwear is.

One of the things you have to take into consideration is how many months of summer you got ahead to determine how much growing room your child needs. 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 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. However, in a pair of sandals, your child will wear the size 11 since they are not available in half sizes.
  • If your child measures a foot size 10 1/2, you still will provide your child with a sandal size 11.

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

If you want to be 100% sure about what shoe size to order online, I suggest that you follow the instructions on the article below:

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

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having a hard time figuring out what sandal size your child should wear.

Are Any Other Sandal Choices Available?

If none of these sandals are available in your child’s shoe size or if you need the sandals to be made of a specific color don’t hesitate to email me at:

fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Allow your child to be able to play and run around during the summer without experiencing foot or leg pain!

Have you found a specific pair of 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.

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