Do you have a child that is overweight and you are having a hard time finding a pair of shoes that are supportive and wide enough to fit the shape of his or her feet?
There are several parents that have contacted me concerned about how their kids have fabulously large, thick feet and are unable to fit into any footwear other than Crocs or slippers. Believe me when I tell you that I understand your frustration of repeated attempts to find a pair of shoes that will fit the shape of your child’s feet.
Overweight children put a lot of extra stress on their feet and legs when they walk or exercise, and this can lead to several foot issues as well as foot, knee, and back pain.
Finding shoes for an overweight child can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for. The most common mistake that most parents make is to assume that in order to fit the shape of the feet of an overweight child they need to find a pair of shoes that is labeled as extra wide (“XW”). There are other 2 key features that your kids’ shoes must provide:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your child’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes that are deep are also easy to get on and off.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your child’s toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
The issue is that most parents are confused as how they are supposed to find shoes that provide these two features if shoes don’t come labeled as deep or with a round toe-box. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles provide these two features and I will describe them shortly.
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.
If your child starts getting involved in physical activity, the last thing that you want is for your child to be discouraged when he or she starts an exercise program and starts feeling pain in the feet, knees, hips, and lower back.
When walking, children impact the ground at two times their body weight, but when they are running or exercising that impact increases to three times their body weight. That impact that your child is receiving is the #1 cause of foot, leg and back pain. That is the reason why shoes play such a big role in protecting and supporting your children’s feet.
I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for big kids shortly, but first let’s take a look at what features these shoes will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Shoes for Overweight Kids – The 5 Most Important Features!
In order to support and fit the shape of your child’s extra wide feet, the shoes must provide the 5 following important features:
✅ Round Toe-Box: The shoes must come with a round toe-box to prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes, since this can lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
✅Extra Depth: The shoes must be deep in order for your child’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of their feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. The deeper the shoes the better, since this means that no matter how wide or thick your child’s feet are, they will fit deeply inside the shoes. This feature will also make it easy for you every time that you have to put your child’s shoes on (since you won’t feel like you are jamming or stuffing the shoes onto your child’s foot).
✅ Extra Wide Widths: The shoes must come labeled as extra wide widths (“XW”, or “2EE”). Don’t settle for shoes that “fit wider” than others, and always make sure that the shoes are labeled as extra wide.
✅ Substantial Sole: The shoes must provide a substantial sole with arch support, in order to minimize the impact that your child’s feet and legs take when they come in contact with the ground.
✅ Firm Heel Counter: The heel counter is the back part of the shoes that provides ankle support. It’s important for the heel counter of the shoes to be firm in order to provide support to your kids’ heels and prevent ankle pain. If you don’t know what the heel counter of the shoes is, take a look at the picture below for clarification:
I am always explaining to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Which leads me to this next question: Are you 100% sure that you know your child’s exact foot size?
I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at their local fitting shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.
Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features these shoes 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 shoes for big kids.
The Best Shoes for Big Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for big kids. All of these shoe styles provide excellent support, which will reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground. Also note that these shoe styles are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide, so please choose the shoe width accordingly.
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All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your children with a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that they measure in the shoe measuring device (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
Before you leave, I wanted to tell you that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy. Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, and they will prevent the formation and build-up bacteria inside the shoes.
If your children have extra wide feet, I recommend that you provide them with a pair of seamless socks, since they won’t constrict toe movement and will allow your children to freely move the toes. Seamless socks will also prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping one another. While I can’t get into too much detail about the best seamless socks for big kids in this article, you should refer to the articles below:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child’s feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before and I will help you find it.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for your overweight child? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.