If you don’t know what the instep of the foot is, then you can’t possibly be getting your kids’ the right shoe size! Finding a pair of shoes for your child with a high instep can extremelly challenging, especially if you don’t know which shoe styles can accommodate a high instep.
There are only certain shoe styles that will fit a child with a high instep, and I know which ones they are because I have fitted these shoe styles myself.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe for over 10 years now, and we focus on helping children who have foot issues and we do regular fittings as well. I know which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others, and I will HELP YOU find them.
Let’s start by answering this important question: What is a high instep? The instep is the top portion of the foot between the toes and ankles. If you were told that your child has a high instep, you must find either deeper or wider shoes!
The issue is that shoes don’t come labeled as deep, so there is no way for you to know which shoes are deeper than others.
The good news is that I know which kids’ shoes are deeper than others and I will show them to you in this article.
Let me show you the difference between a deep pair of shoes and one that is not. There is an orthotic fitted in both of the shoes below, do you notice how the orthotic is sitting much deeper in the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) than in the Asics shoe style (all black)?
The picture below shows it more clearly:
So in this case, if your child has a high instep, we will choose the New Balance shoe style rather than the Asics one.
If you don’t provide your child with a high instep with the correct type of shoes, then you can create all sort of issues to his or her feet since the top of your child’s feet will rub against the top of the shoes. This can lead to your child developing blisters, calluses, and corns.
How Can you Tell if your Child has a High Instep?
Figuring out if your child has a high instep of or not comes with experience. There is no measuring device or way to measure your kids’ instep. Because I have been fitting children’s shoes for so long. I can look at a child’s foot and tell immediately if he or she has a high instep .
Basically, if the top part o your child’s foot is high, it means that he or she has a high instep. If you try shoes for your child and he or she complains that they are too tight when there is plenty of width room and length room, it might be that he or she has a high instep and you need a wider or deeper shoe.
Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with a high instep. Do you notice how high the top part of this child’s foot is?
Online shopping is becoming more popular every day, and parents are more likely to purchase their kids’ shoes online. However, most parents look at the length of the kid’s foot and purchase shoe sizes accordingly, not knowing that this will hurt their kids feet!
There are 3 main things that need to be taken into consideration when buying children’s shoes!
- Length of the foot.
- Width of the foot.
- Instep of the foot.
If you don’t take the width or the instep of the foot into consideration, you will get shoes that are too narrow for your kid, which will lead to several foot issues.
I will show you which are the best shoe for a high instep and how to make sure you are getting your child the correct shoe size!
Wearing Narrow Shoes Causes Harm to Your Kids’ Feet!
If your child has a high instep and they are not wearing shoes that are wide or deep enough for their feet, they will experience discomfort and pain. Keep in mind that a child that has narrow feet can still have a high instep! In this case is important that you find deeper shoes instead of wider ones!
I have fitted hundreds of children’s feet that have high insteps and I know which shoes are best for them! However, I always recommend that parents take their children to a local kids’ shoe store that they trust in order to have their kids’ shoes properly fitted!
The issue is that most children’s shoe store have been closing down, and we are left with big retailers that don’t know how to properly fit children’s shoes.
That is the reason why I created a map where you can check if you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area. You can find that map here:
If after looking at that map you still can’t find a children’s shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
There are several issues that come with wearing shoes that are too narrow:
- Hammer Toe
- Crossover Toe
- Ingrown Toenails
Most children like to run around all the time, they are filled with energy, and they like to play rough! Wearing poorly fitted shoes on top of all that activity worsens their foot problems!
Parents should allow their kids’ to perform their everyday activities without having to worry about their kids’ shoes feeling too tight.
Did you know that between 75% and 80% of the adult population has experienced some sort of foot problem? Imagine how much lower this number could be if these adults started wearing good fitting shoes when they were kids’!
Now that you know how to get your child the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for children with high insteps.
The Best Shoes for Children with Wide Feet and High Insteps ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
There are certain shoes that will fit a child that has a high instep better than others. They key is to find either a shoe that has a deep end (the foot will fit deeper inside the shoe) or a shoe that is wide enough to accommodate for the high instep.
The shoe styles I will describe below are the DEEPEST shoes that I have fitted before, and they will allow your child’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoes and accommodate their instep. This first selection of shoes is for children with medium or wide feet and a high instep:
These shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes I described above have the support and structure a child needs to wear them for their everyday activities! I have fitted all these shoes at the children’s shoe store that I work for, and I know what type of support they provide, how they fit, and how well made they are!
The Best Shoes for Children with Narrow Feet and High Insteps ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Did you know that children with narrow or skinny feet can also have a high instep? This makes things really complicated because you want to accommodate for the instep, but you don’t want your kid’s foot to slip around the shoe too much!
I have fitted hundreds of children that have this issue, and I always like to go for a deeper shoe instead of a wider shoe!
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with narrow feet and high insteps:
All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Sport Shoes for Kids that Have High Insteps! – They DO Exist!
If your child is involved in sports and has a high instep, it can make it very hard to find shoes that fit.
We went over the best type of everyday shoes for children that have high insteps, but what type of shoes should you get for your child that has a high instep and plays sports?
When children are playing sports, they are stressing their feet and legs at a whole different level. If you provide your child with a cleat that is too tight , you will be creating all sort of foot problems and your child will not be able to perform at his/her best!
These type of shoes can be extremely hard to find since cleats tend to fit on the medium to the narrow side (since they are meant to fit the shape of the player’s foot). I wrote a post about the best soccer and baseball cleats for kids’ that come in wide widths and that are deep enough to fit the shape of your child’s high instep. I also wrote an article about the best basketball shoes for kids with wide feet.
Believe it or not, these are the ONLY type of cleats that are available in wide widths!
These types of cleats will fit your children with high insteps and allow them to play at their best and have fun on the field! They won’t have to worry about their feet hurting anymore.
The Best Shoes for Kids with High Insteps – Spread the Word!
I have spoken with several parents who have kids’ with wide feet and a high instep, and they have told me that finding shoes for their kids’ that fit properly can be a NIGHTMARE! The problem is that most parents don’t know which shoes these are and have been going to the wrong place to find them!
The shoes that I described here are especially made to fit a child with wide or extra wide feet and a high instep, or a child that has narrow feet with a high instep.
I have provided you with a list of the best fitting shoes for high instep and wide feet, and now you are ready to make the most informed decision!
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for your child with a high instep? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from them!