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!
When I tell parents that their child has a high instep, they tend to look at me blankly, as if they have never heard that word before!
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe for over 6 years now, and we focus on helping children who have foot issues and we do regular fittings as well.
Please REMEMBER this when buying shoes for your kids: Most foot issues are believed to be genetic, but the type of shoes you get for our kids’ will certainly impact their feet for better or for worse!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Have you ever worn a pair of shoes that were too narrow? Have you ever experienced having your toes cramped inside a shoe? A parent realize when their shoes feel too tight, but there is a large amount of kids that won’t say anything about their shoes feeling too tight, and they will keep on wearing the shoes even though they are too narrow for their feet!
This will lead to several foot issues such as blisters, corns, and calluses!
I will describe the best shoe styles for a child that has high instep and how to make sure you are getting your child the right 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!
Don’t worry! I have fitted hundreds of children’s feet that have high insteps and I know which shoes are best for them! However, I always recommendthat parents take their children to a local kids’ shoe store that they trust in order to have their kids’ shoes properly fitted!
This post is for parents who DON’T have a local children’s shoe store in their area that they trust!
There are several issues that come with wearing shoes that are too narrow:
- Hammer Toe
- Crossover Toe
- Ingrown Toenail
If your child already has any of the conditions mentioned above, you can read a post I wrote about the several problems that poor fitting shoes can create and the best remedies to get rid of them! The post is called:
Basically, wearing shoes that are too narrow can create all sort of foot problems! 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’!
Does Your Child Has A Wide Or Extra Wide Feet With A High Instep?
Do you feel like you are stressing out way too much over finding the perfect pair of shoes for your kids? If your child has wide feet and a high instep you will have a harder time finding shoes that fit!
Don’t worry! Shoe companies definitely make shoes for kids that have extra wide feet and a high instep! You just don’t know which ones they are!
I will describe these shoes below but remember that if you have a local kids’ shoe store in your area, you must take your kids’ to be fitted for shoes there! I am a firm believer of having your kids’ feet measured at your local children’s shoe store. By local I mean your independent, family owned small business shoe store that you trust!
Always avoid big retailers such as Nordstrom, Stride Rite, or Payless! These places don’t have experienced shoe fitters and you might as well look for the shoes yourself than expect help from them!
I actually wrote a post describing why you must avoid taking your kids to be fitted for shoes at those store here:
The Best Shoes For Children With High Insteps – Learn The Secret!
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.
HOWEVER, it all starts by getting the right shoe size!
When looking for new shoes for your kid, ALWAYS make sure that their toes are not cramped or pinching inside the shoe, and that none of their toes are being pushed overlapping the other toes.
Read this post where I describe to parents how to make sure they are getting the right shoe size for their kids:
Here is a selection of the best shoes for kids’ that have high insteps:
The shoes in the first-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row 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 shoe measuring scale 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!
How Can I Tell If My Child Has A High Instep?
In the picture below, a child is standing on the instep of the foot of the father.
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.
Did you know that children with narrow or skinny feet who have a high instep might require a wider cut shoe? 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 skinny 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!
We went over the best type of everyday shoes for children that have high insteps. But what type of cleat should you get for your child that has a high instep and plays soccer or baseball?
When children are playing sports, they are putting increased stress their feet and legs! Imagine wearing a cleat that feels too tight on your foot, besides creating all sort of foot problems, your child will not be able to perform at his best!
These type of shoes can be extremely hard to find since cleats tend to fit on the medium to narrow side. I wrote a post about the best soccer and the best baseball cleats for kids’ that come in wide widths and you can find them here!
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 or cleats feeling too tight 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!!!
However, 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.
The problem is that most parents don’t know which shoes these are and have been going to the wrong place to find them!
I have provided you with a list of the best fitting shoes for high insteps and wide feet, and now you are ready to make the most informed decision!
Does your child have a high instep? Have you been having a hard time finding shoes that fit? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!