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The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!


Do you have a child with flat feet that has been complaining about foot and leg pain? Did you know that certain shoes can significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot and leg pain? If you notice something wrong with your child’s walking gait or if your child is complaining about foot or leg pain you need to intervene as soon as possible. Let me show you a list of the best shoes for kids with flat feet based on my many years of shoe-fitting experience.

I am always emphasizing to parents that pain is not the only reason to treat flat feet. It’s highly likely that if left untreated, flat feet might produce a problem sometime later in the child’s life. It might not be on the foot, it might be on the knee, the hip, the back, all of the structure and joints above the feet depend on the feet!

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Due to my experience in fitting thousands of kids, I became familiar with the best shoe brands for children with flat feet and the best styles among those brands.


Several pediatricians, physical, and occupational therapists refer families to the shoe store that I work for to be fitted for supportive shoes and orthotics.

I have noticed throughout the years that something so simple such as providing your children with the correct pair of shoes will help strengthen and straighten your children’s feet and legs, allow them to walk straighter, improve their posture, and significantly reduce or fully eliminate the pain that they have been experiencing.

At What Age Should Parents Worry About Flat Feet? – Are Flat Feet Normal in Kids?

Sometimes parents take their children to their medical professionals and are told to be patient and wait as the child’s foot condition might resolve on its own. It is true that sometimes the child’s foot condition resolves on its own, but there are many instances that doesn’t.

It’s normal for children below the age of 4 or 5 to not have the arch fully developed. However, this doesn’t mean you should leave the condition untreated. Children under the age of 5 don’t have pain, they don’t complain, but they have a treatable condition. Children over the age of 6 are not supposed to have flat feet.

Please trust your parental intuition if you notice something off about your child’s feet and/or walking gait. You know when there is something wrong with your child, you are living with the child, not your doctor.

The picture below will help you visualize how the feet of a flat footed child look like. Does that picture look familiar?


Children with flat feet might experience severe pain in their feet, which may affect their posture and also cause pain in their legs and lower back. When children have flat feet, their feet collapse when they stand, and the knees and hips also become misaligned. This means the muscles that move those joints no longer work efficiently, and it will take more energy for your child to do the same work as other children who don’t have this condition.

What a Difference the Correct Pair of Shoes Can Make!

Let’s take a look at a couple of pictures of children with flat feet standing barefoot and wearing supportive shoes. It’s pretty amazing to visualize what a difference the correct pair of shoes can make in helping improve a child’s foot posture.

Before Image

Do you notice how the feet are collapsing and turning inwards? When children have flat feet you don’t only need to support the arch, you need to support the heel bone as well.


After Image

Do you notice how the arch support and the heel support are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards? This will allow your child to walk and run straighter.


Let’s take a look at a different example of a child with flat feet standing barefoot and wearing a pair of supportive shoes.

Before Image

This image shows a toddler with flat feet standing barefoot:


After Image

This image shows the same toddler with flat feet wearing a pair of the supportive shoes that I recommend:


Before Image

The image below shows a child with flat feet standing barefoot:


After Image

The image below shows the same child with flat feet wearing a pair of the supportive shoes that I recommend:


Wow! What a difference the correct pair of shoes can make!

Is It Normal for Children to Complain About Foot or Leg Pain?

Foot and leg pain is never normal, and if your child is complaining about foot and leg pain consistently, this might be a sign that your child has a foot condition such as flat feet. Flat feet are usually hereditary, that’s one of the parents has flat feet or has it running in the family gene.

Most parents make the common mistake of assuming that children with flat feet must wear orthotics. I always recommend trying a pair of supportive shoes first and check if the child’s feet look straighter and the pain reduces.

Before I show you a selection of the best shoes for kids with flat feet, I want to first show you the 4 most important features that the shoes I recommend provide and how to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size.

The shoes I recommend below are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide, that way we can guarantee that the shoes can fit the shape of your kids’ feet, no matter how narrow or wide they are.

What Makes the Shoes that I Recommend Effective for Flat Feet?

Having flat feet will impact your kids’ everyday activities and affect their posture and bone growth in the long run. A good quality shoe must provide comfort, arch support, and a firm heel counter, which will enable your children to strengthen their muscles and move around with ease and comfort.

The following are the 4 most important features that the shoes I recommend provide for flat footed children:

1️⃣ Substantial Outsole: This feature will help realign your kids’ feet by preventing them from collapsing. Let me show you the difference in support between one of the shoes that I recommend and a different style:


2️⃣ Firm Heel Counter: When a child has flat feet you don’t only support the arch. You mechanically control the parts of the foot that causes the foot to be flat, including the heel bone. The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle and heel support. Always make sure that the heel counter of your kids’ shoes feels firm and sturdy.

Now let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe with a soft heel counter, and one with a firm heel counter:


3️⃣ Straight Last: This feature helps prevent the forefoot from pushing out. You need to stay away from shoes that have an excessively curved last as they lack heel stability. Most Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour shoes come with a curved or semi-curved last. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:


4️⃣ Lightweight and Flexible: We want the shoes to be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your kids’ feet from easily getting tired. Your kids’ shoes should always bend at the ball of the foot but no further. It’s important that your kids’ shoes are flexible but not too flexible, otherwise, they won’t provide enough support.

Below you can find a picture of a pair of shoes that provides the correct amount of flexibility vs a shoe that is too flexible:


Keep in mind that shoes with shoelaces will provide better support and stability to your child’s feet compared to shoes with velcro closure. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Take a look at the information below each shoe to determine:

  • The foot shape the shoe can accommodate (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide)
  • The best size to order allowing for growing room
  • Other important information such as material

Does Your Child Have Narrow Feet?

If your child happens to have narrow feet I suggest that you take a look at the article below:

The Best Shoes for Children with Flat and Narrow Feet

Are There Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly to my e-mail if you are unsure about which specific shoe will work best for your child’s specific foot shape. My e-mail address is:


How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Size – Order the Correct Shoe Size Online!

You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know your child’s exact foot size to begin with. I created a different article to assist parents in determining their kids’ foot size and shape at home effectively and with ease:

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

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

All of these shoes are specifically manufactured to provide support to the foot as they provide a substantial outsole and a high and well-padded heel. All of these shoes are also capable of accommodating an orthotic, as they are the deepest shoes that I have fitted before.

These are some of the advantages that these shoe styles provide:

  • They promote healthy foot development.
  • They help improve posture.
  • They provide stability.
  • They help minimize the impact on your kids’ feet when they hit the ground.
  • They help prevent foot injuries.

While we are all always trying to economize, saving money by purchasing a pair of low-quality shoes is just false economy. Investing in a pair of good supportive shoes will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future.

Feedback from Families Who Already Tried the Shoes!

These are some reviews from families who already tried the shoes that I recommend and they have seen an improvement in their child’s walking gait and posture.


If your child wears any of the shoes that I recommend for 4 to 5 months and the pain has not been significantly reduced or fully eliminated, then your child might be a candidate for orthotics.

Orthotics for Kids with Flat Feet – Extra Support and Stability!

Children who are dealing with strong overpronation due to their flat feet might need an orthotic to be fitted inside the shoes for extra support.

The correct type of orthotics can help your children walk and run straighter, by aligning their feet and legs and reducing the stress that they are putting on their feet.

Do you know what an orthotic is? An orthotic is basically a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot.

For example, let’s take a look at a before and after image of a child with flat feet standing barefoot and then standing on a pair of the orthotics that I recommend.

Before Image


After Image


Orthotics are recommended for the following reasons:

1️⃣ Excessive foot pain: Orthotics help provide cushion and support to your kids’ feet to help reduce the pressure on the affected part.

2️⃣ Flat feet: Orthotics help prevent your kids’ feet from collapsing and allow your child to walk and run straighter.

3️⃣ Orthotics are recommended for kids that are very active in sports or high intense activities that induce pressure on the foot. They will help relieve some of the stress your kids are putting on their feet when they are running or playing at high intensity levels.

4️⃣ Rolled ankles: Orthotics are also recommended for strengthening and straightening your kids’ ankles.

What Are the Best Orthotics for Kids with Flat Feet?

There is one specific orthotic that provides excellent arch and heel support, and at the same time is not as invasive as other orthotics. This means that this orthotic allows the child’s foot and leg muscles to develop on their own while supporting them.

Keep in mind that I recommend that you try a pair of supportive shoes first before you try an orthotic. If you feel like your child can strongly benefit from wearing an orthotic right away, you can find a selection of the best orthotics for kids with flat feet in the article below:

Orthotic Inserts for Kids with Flat Feet – Align Your Kids’ Feet and Improve Their Posture!

Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – Watch Video!

I created a video that will help you better visualize everything I discussed in this article.

The Final Fitting

Keeping your kids’ feet healthy is essential for the health of the whole body, and they are regarded as the foundation that holds the entire body.

Don’t forget to remind your children to stretch regularly, since that will help relieve some of the pain that they might be experiencing.

The problem with foot pain is that it is much harder to diagnose in kids as they may not necessarily know how to express the pain they are feeling. It is left to the parents to recognize discomfort in their kids and detect the cause of the pain.

Nowadays, parents tend to focus more on the price, how long the kids will wear the shoes and the most popular fashion trend. However, these parents should be more concerned about getting their children the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size.

In some countries, kid’s shoes are not categorized as fashion; rather they are placed in the health categories. This categorization is because; medical practitioners acknowledged that it is important that kids have the right kind of shoes that will ensure their healthy growth, posture and proper bone structure development.

Do you have a child with flat feet? Did you find a particular shoe style that has worked well in improving your child’s posture and 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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194 Comments on The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!

  1. Hello,
    My 6 year old daughter was recently fitted with custom orthotics for flat feet and a starting of a bunion. The doctor stated she should be wearing shoes even at home because we were always barefoot. Do you have any suggestions for indoor shoes or slippers that have good arch support or slippers that I can use orthotics in other than sneakers? Thank you!

    • Dear Sam,

      Orthotics work best in sneakers and you can’t fit orthotics in slippers. If you are looking for a shoe that your daughter can wear inside the house without the orthotic, you must provide her with a pair of good supportive shoes. Any of the shoes I describe in this post are supportive, flexible, and lightweight.

    • I personally wear crocs with socks inside the house. Sometimes I even wear a thicker slipper sock with the grips from old navy to get the just right fit. To prevent pain I can’t ever go without shoes. Especially on hard floors. I also never wear flop flops. It’s frustrating at times but I’d rather be pain free.

        • Hello and thank you for the great article. My daughter is turning 7 next week. Her feet are wide (8.5cm) and 21cm in length. I just bought her a pair of Birkenstock for the summer, but I need recommendation for sneaker and for shoes to wear indoors (at her school they all wear slippers inside). I may just end up buying a good pair of sneakers for her to wear inside the school as well. She has flat feet (more obvious on the right side). Shoes with velcro are preferred. Thank you in advance, Chelmy

          • Hello Chelmy,

            Based on the measurements provided your daughter should wear a shoe size 3 to allow for the correct amount of growing room. The final shoe size that she will need depends on whether the shoes fit short or long.

            Keep in mind that shoes with velcro closure won’t provide the same amount of support or stability compared to shoes with shoelaces. Below you can find my recommendations:

            Option 1

            Option 2

            Option 3 This shoe fits long so I suggest the shoe size 2.5

            Let me know if you have any other questions.

          • Thanks a lot for the recommendation. What lace shoes would you suggest? As for the Birkenstock, are they ok for the summer? How about Crocs? Thanks a lot for your help.

          • Hello Chelmy,

            Birkenstocks are okay for the summer, but I don’t recommend Crocs as they allow for too much foot movement and don’t provide any support or stability whatsoever.

            All of the shoe recommendations in this article come with shoelaces, so you can choose from any of those as they are all supportive.

  2. Hi i got a quastion here my daughter is 2 years old and she isnt walking yet because she has flat bases and just windering what kind of shoes can she wear if you have pictures and.names.for the shoes please let.me know asap please hope to hear from use soon

        • Hello, my child is 2 years and 2 months, she has flat feet, she is a size 4.5, 5. Could you recommend me a good sandals/shoes.

        • Hi my grandson has flat feet and he did have government funding for orthotics from NDIS in Australia but unfortunately we need a guide to helping him get new joggers,runners My daughter would prefer non laces but I want whats best for him he is 9 years old and he is probably a size 2 boys shoe very narrow feet .

          • Hello Denise,

            Are you located in Australia? I don’t have access to all of the shoes available in Australia. With that said, depending on how much space the orthotic takes, I suggest looking into Asics or Saucony as they do a pretty good job fitting the shape of narrow foot. Just remember to remove the original insoles of the shoes before placing the orthotics. If you send me an image of the orthotics I can guide you in the right direction: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

  3. Hi, appreciate if you can share a link of an online store where I can buy a good shoes for my son who is 4 years old , narrow and flat foot

  4. What shoe is best for a 22 month old boy toe walker (toddler size 5)? Also what shoe is best for a 3.5 year old girl (toddler size 8) with flat feet?

    • Hello Eileen,

      For a 22 month old boy who is toe walking I will recommend this shoe style: Shoes for a Toe Walker

      I have tried this shoe style before and it definitely helps for children who are toe walking.If after trying this shoe style your boy still toe walks you should consider trying an orthotic. The shoe style I recommend runs long so keep this in mind when finding the correct shoe size for your child.

      For your daughter I will recommend this shoe style: Shoe Style for Child with Flat Feet

      I hope this helps!

      • I was about to ask the same question for my almost 3 year old daughter! Glad I read the comments. My daughter is between a size 9 and a 9.5 UK, narrow width, very flat footed with feet and legs leaning inward a little. She is hyper mobile in her joints, do you think these trainers will be suitable for her too? I love New balance shoes, they are incredibly well made!

        • Hello Jemma,

          I can’t see which trainers you are referring to, but this shoe style is the one I recommend by New Balance (it offers the most support and stability, and it comes with a very firm heel counter for ankle support).

          New Balance Supportive Shoe for Flat Feet

          Make sure you order the medium (“M”) width.

          If that shoe style doesn’t help her improve the way she walks, please get back at me since she might need an orthotic for extra support.

          I hope this helps!

          • Hello,
            My daughter is 6 years old and wears a 13. She has flat feet. I try my best to make sure I purchase shoes which support her flat feet such as the new balance you recommend.

            Now that we are in fall what brands do you recommend for girls boots that offer great support for flat feet?
            Are the Dr. Martens brand any good?
            I also notice that European brand boots seem to be a better quality but a bit more expensive like $100+ such has Bartek and Kinga.

            Would you recommend any of the Brands I mentioned above?

            Thank you in advance!!

            Thank you in advance

          • Hi Zelda,

            Yes, Dr. Martens boots provide good support. However, even if you provide your daughter with a pair of supportive boots I suggest that you limit the wear to no more than 4 hours a day, as the most supportive boots don’t provide the same amount of support as sneakers.

            I can send you specific boot recommendations for your daughter but I need to know her foot shape first. Does your daughter have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet?

            Barket and Kinga manufacture supportive and high quality boots from what I heard, but I don’t feel comfortable recommending them as I have not fitted them before.

          • Good Morning Juan, I really appreciate you replying to my question.
            Since my daughter was in need of uniform shoes I took her to the shoe place you recommend here in NC, Mobleys Shoes.
            Her shoe size was measured at 13.5 and it is a medium.

            I will hold off on the Dr.Martans.
            Yes, please provide me any boots you would recommend.

            Again, Thank you!

          • Hi Zelda,

            Below you can find my recommendations.

            Keen: Option 1

            Keen: Option 2

            In addition, if you feel like your daughter can benefit from having extra support inside the boots we can always fit a lower profile insole inside the boots for extra arch and heel support.

            I hope this helps.

  5. Hello,

    Can you recommend a shoe for a 2-year-old boy with flat, extra wide feet that toe-walks and is slightly pigeon-toed? His foot length is 155 mm and 180 mm wide. Thank you!


  6. What recommendations for a 6 year old with flat feet? Her pediatrician said it’s so serious that her knees are now rubbing together. I took her in because of her bones making a popping sound. Can you help?

    • Hello Tina,

      I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store specially when the child requires an orthotic to be fitted inside the shoe. I can definitely tell you which shoe styles will provide her more support and stability, but you will have to tell me her shoe size (length) and her width size. Once you provide me with that information I can show you which are the most supportive and better kids’ shoes for orthotics.

  7. Really thankful to have found your site. My grandson is 13yrs wears a size six medium width. He has flat feet with heal pain. What shoe would you recommend? He’s also a competitive gymnast.

  8. Hello my daughter has flat feet and I’ve looked at the new balance and Sauconey or whatever that name is…. but I know there are certain types of shoes for flat feet. she is now a size 11 little kids (toddler) and she has a wide flat foor

    • Hello Jennifer,

      You are correct, among those two shoe brands there are specific shoe styles that provide more support and those are the ones I describe in the article you read. The suggestions you see are the most supportive ones. They also can accommodate an orthotic. Does your daughter wear an orthotic?

  9. Hello, I’m notnsure if my other comment worked, but my daughter is size 11 now and she is wide with flat feet. I looked at NB and Sauceny or whatever the brand is, but is there a specific number/show I need to look at? I saw the NB 990v1 but I also saw you posted about NB888 too… any suggestions?

    She is little kid(toddler) size 11 and she’s a Medium or Wide foot.

    • Hello Jennifer,

      Yes, it worked and I responded. I would like to know if your daughter wears orthotics or not. I would also like to now if she is ready to learn how to tie her shoes. Once you get back at me I will provide you with a selection of shoes specific for your daughter.

  10. I know this has been asked over and over but my almost 5 yr old was just diagnosed with severe flat feet and will start physical therapy. She wears a 10.5 in little girls. Can you send me brands and exactly what “model” of shoe is for flat feet.

    • Hello Elisha,

      I can definitely recommend you a particular shoe style. Did they recommend orthotics as well or just a good supportive shoe? You also didn’t tell me if her feet are narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide.
      The first two choices have shoelaces instead of velcro (if your daughter is willing to tie her shoes this will provide her with more support and more stability).

      1st Choice

      2nd Choice

      If she is not willing to do shoelaces, here are my velcro recommendations:

      1st Choice

      2nd Choice

      The choice above will fit her if she has a medium or a wide foot only and you should choose the size 11 since they are cut short.

      I hope this helps!

  11. Hi, My son is almost 13 and has very flat feet and wide as well…He is in a size 8 right now. He has been having feet and leg pain as well as lower back. Could you please recommend shoes and if I should have him seen by our family doctor? Thanks!

    • Hello Fawn,

      Before you take your child to the doctor I would recommend that you try a pair of good, supportive shoes. If the pain persists then I would recommend trying an orthotic inside the shoe. The last step will be to take your son to the doctor.

      Have you tried a shoe with arch support and a firm heel counter? I have fitted several children that were experiencing foot, leg, and back pain and the pain went away after wearing the correct type of shoes.

      There are two shoe styles that I would recommend for your child (please choose the correct shoe width that from what you told me is a EE):

      Shoe Option: Number 1

      Shoe Option: Number 2

      Shoe Option: Number 3

      Please keep in mind that Asics shoes tend to fit “short”, which means that you need to probably provide your child with a shoe size 8.5 instead of a size 8. If the pain perists after trying those shoes please get back at me and I will recommend an orthotic. I hope this helps!

  12. Hi my son has hypermobility low tone undiagnosed neuromuscular condition.. pronating inward on both worse on right flat footed and toes seem to bend/curl round and he also seems to grip on with toes so kinder screws his toes up. Has tried every orthotic that exists but his skin doesn’t tolerate. We are with insole for arch support off the shelf and just received a custom made insole (need to wear in to see if will beable to use) also got new kiddie gait braces which we need to try wear in also but not looking hopeful as shoe size is gonna be much bigger than he is and again so rigid Can you tell me which style shoe with brace and one without just with support arch insoles please I’ve tried so many he’s currently in nike air max with a foot up ankle brace and insole that holds up his toes think that’s the most likely to continue.. (the foot up)he’s getting blisters now on little toes suddenly and looks like toe walking def on one side…. I’m in uk. Hes had kickers piedros all too rigit. Tons of different trainers. From reading I’m guessing your going to suggest new balance or asix or whatever make is. I feel like opening my own shoe shop purely for people with feet issues it’s such a problem and not enough support in this area!

    • Nike shoes are not appropriate to wear with orthotics. The shoes are shallow (meaning that the orthotic cannot sit deeply inside the shoe) and flimsy (they don’t provide arch or ankle support). The blisters on his toes are probably coming from the shoes not being deep enough. Please remember that when a child wears an orthotic the deeper the shoes are, the better. You also must remove the inner sole of the shoe when inserting the orthotic. Please keep in mind that the orthotic is already raising his feet up, which means that his toes might be rubbing against the top of the shoe. Does this make sense to you?

      It feels like you are compensating the width of the shoe with the length. If you get the correct shoe width you don’t need to get the shoes too long to accommodate for the orthotic. If you get the shoes too long you will compromise your child’s stability and make him more prone to falling down. It’s always better to go wider rather than to go longer.

      This is a very complicated case and before I provide you with a selection of shoes that might work for his feet I need you to answer the following questions:

      What shoe size is he in right now?

      Are his feet narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide?

      Once you get back at me I will provide you with a selection of shoes that will work for his feet. I agree that there should be more specialized shoe stores for children with foot and leg issues.

  13. My 7 year old daughter has flat feet and experiences extreme foot pain, usually in the middle of the night where she’s waking up in tears. She has good shoes and arch support insoles for playing outside – she’s extremely active. I’m wondering if there are any sandal-type shoes that will work for flat feet? She refuses to wear socks and runners all the time, which then leads to her pain, so if there are sandals that would work I think she’d wear them.

    Thanks so much for your article!

  14. HI,

    Thanks a lot for such an informative site.
    My son has flat feet and I’ve been trying to find well fitting supportive sandals for him. The issue is that a lot of brands will stop putting in the supporting arch at about size 30 and he needs a size 35. Could you possibly recommend a brand/style? I looked into Keen, but we need something a little less sporty and more smart.
    Thanks a lot,

  15. Hello Juan,
    Thank you for the informative article and all the helpful answers to the questions above. I do need some additional help though. I’m trying to find shoes for my brother who has flat feet and wears a child’s size 3.5. On the various websites I’ve searched, when I look at the specs or description of the shoes, it’ll say things like: “REVlite foam midsole for added support” or “Midfoot lock down for support” or EVA foam midsole for added cushion” or “softlining with Abzorb cushioned footbed” etc. But I don’t know if those things are important or make the shoe have the arch support that my brother needs. I was wondering, what are some things I should be looking for in the descriptions, or things I should look for in the photos that the website posts that would indicate a shoe that has good arch support? Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hello Nichol,

      This is a great question. Those descriptions can be confusing, but from what I am reading it seems like the shoes you looked at have a lot of cushion and support, but it doesn’t specify that they have support around the arch of the foot.You probably want to see in the description of the shoes that they come with a built-in arch support. However, I have fitted shoes with arch support and when I read the description in websites such as Zappos or Amazon, they don’t mention it.

      Here are a couple of examples of shoes that I have fitted before and I know they will provide arch support to your brother’s feet. Do you know if your brother’s feet are medium, wide, or extra? The shoe style below is available in different widths:

      Shoes with Arch Support: Option 1

      This is one of the most supportive shoes for children. It is also very deep in case you need to fit an orthotic for extra support.

      Shoes with Arch Support: Option 2

      This style will fit a child with a narrow, medium, or wide width foot only.

      If you try any of those shoes and he is still having foot or leg pain due to the shoe not providing enough arch support, then you might have to try an orthotic.

      Please let me know if this clarifies.

    • Hi
      My son is a flat footed and shoe size is 7 medium , I can see that he can’t do long walks as he get tired easily. Could you please recommend a good sneaker, school shoes and sandals

  16. Good Day..
    I have made a test for flat feet of my 3 years and 7 months old daughter, the result said that one foot has 95% flatness and the other 100% with inclination. The problem is the shoes is very much high nick and only one color. Can I send you the test copy to your email and you suggest me the model. I appreciate if you can send me some multiple choices… and then we can arrange shipment.

    • Hello Mohammad,

      What is the name of this test? Did you take your children to a shoe store to have their feet evaluated? Or were they evaluated by their physical or occupational therapist?

      You can definitely send me the shoes that you have in mind first and I can tell you if they will work or not. You can send them to my email or post them in this message area. However, I don’t ship the shoes. I can send you a list of the shoes I recommend but you will have to buy them through an online retailer.

      Take care.

  17. Hello, can you recommend good sneakers to fit custom orthotics? My daughter is wearing them because of flat feet. I’ve read somewhere when you use a custom orthotics you should use a neutral sneaker. I’m not sure if this is true. Please advise. She has medium width feet. Thank you so much!

    • Hello Samantha,

      What shoe size does your daughter wear? Do you know her foot width? Would you like a pair of shoes with velcro closure or with shoelaces?

      Just so you know shoelaces will provide more support and stability. Once you get back at me with those answers I will be able to recommend a pair of shoes for your daughter.

    • Hello Samantha,

      Please find below the best shoe style to fit custom orthotics.

      Supportive Shoe Style for Orthotics

      This shoe style is deep, supportive, comes with a firm heel counter, but it’s still lightweight and flexible. If you are looking for the best shoe style this is it, I have fitted it before and it makes a huge difference specially because of the depth of the shoe.

      If you need to see other options please let me know and I will be able to find some other ones (they won’t be as supportive as this one)

  18. Hi, I am looking for some god shoes for my granddaughter who has flat and narrow feet. She is 5 and wears a 9.5 or 10. Thanks.

    • Hello Terry,

      Here are my recommendations for your granddaughter:

      Supportive and Narrow Shoes for Girls: Option 1

      Supportive and Narrow Shoes for Girls: Option 2

      The most supportive option is the shoe style made by Asics, but all three shoe styles provide good support and will fit a child with narrow feet.

      I hope this helps!

  19. Hi
    My son is 4 year old and 9c is his Size with narrow size. He has flat feet and his toes hurt. We plan to use orthotics once we get them.
    Can u suggest shoes for him in the mean time

    • Hello KS,

      Does your son know how to tie his shoes or are you willing to help him? The reason I ask is that shoes with shoelaces always provide more support and more stability than shoes with velcro closure.

      I always recommend getting the orthotics first before you get the shoes. However, if you want to start looking at some options these are the shoes I will recommend for your son (they are supportive, deep, and durable).

      Option 1: New Balance Shoes with Shoelaces

      Option 2: Supportive Shoe with Velcro

      Please choose the “M” medium width option for any of the shoes that you decide to try on for your son.

      Remember the remove the inner sole of the shoe before placing the orthotic inside your boy’s shoes. I hope this helps!

  20. Can you please recommend a shoe for a 7 year old boy with flat feet, wide, complains of foot pain. He does know how to tie his shoe laces

    • Veronica,

      Next time you need a shoe recommendation please provide me with your son’s shoe size (shoe length and shoe width).

      There is a particular shoe style that is the most supportive one for children who are experiencing foot and leg pain, and you can find that shoe style here:

      Supportive Shoe Style for Boys with Flat Feet

      This is one of the most supportive shoe styles that I have fitted before, since it provides arch and ankle support, and it comes with a substantial sole to minimize the impact that you boy’s feet take every time they become in contact with the ground.

      The fact that your child knows how to tie his shoes is huge advantage in terms of support and stability.

      This shoe style will work as long as your child doesn’t have narrow feet, if he has narrow feet, get back at me and I will recommend a different shoe style.

      I hope this helps!

  21. Would you recommend Birkenstock
    sneakers and their dress shoes? My kids are 8 and 6 and I need something more than just a sneaker. Many thanks

    • Hello Mire,

      I haven’t fitted the shoe brand Birkenstock, but I have heard that they make substantial sandals and dress shoes with good support.

      I am not familiar at all with their sneakers, but by looking at some of their pictures they don’t look very versatile and supportive for everyday wear. I hope this helps!

  22. Hi Juan,
    My daughter is 4 years 10 months old. The doctor says she has really flat feet. I traced her foot while she stood straight on a piece of paper, and her foot length is 7.5 inches and the width is 2.75 inches. Could you please suggest (1) a pair of shoes she can wear to school everyday (2) a pair of supportive sandals she can wear when she gets home from school because we are used to wearing footwear (usually just flip flops) indoors – we are never barefoot – it is painful (3) insoles to slip into her dressier shoes when she has a party to go to (because once in a while its nice for her to wear something other than sneakers).

    Also, could you please suggest (1) supportive footwear that I can wear while at home and (2) insoles I can slip into my shoes when I go to work? I’m a 40 year old woman and I also have flat feet. I wear a US size 9-9.5 depending on the brand and fit. I’ve been struggling with foot pain for a long time now. I use Dr.Scholl’s Triplanar Motion Control Orthaheel Insoles once in a while when they fit particular pairs of shoes, but I need to use insoles everyday. The insoles I use help a little, but I would prefer a higher arched insole – could you please suggest one? Also, please suggest supportive footwear that I can wear indoors at home instead of flip flops/slippers.

    Thank you very much.


    • Hello Sindhu,

      Is your daughter experiencing foot or leg pain?

      I use the Brannock Device in order to get the correct foot length and the correct foot width. In order for me to be able to help you better I am going to need your daughter’s shoe length and shoe width. Is there a children’s shoe store in your area where you can take her to have her foot properly measured? Where are you located?

      This is the most effective measuring foot device, and if you will be measuring your daughter’s feet from your home it might be worth investing in it.

      The Best Foot Measuring Device

      There are certain shoe styles that will offer good arch support for her feet, and I will be able to send you those recommendations once you send me her US shoe size.

      If you are having foot pain you should wear everyday (running shoes) most of the time. Here are my recommendations:

      Option 1: Athletic Shoes

      That is one of the most supportive Asics I have fitted for women who needed extra support from their shoes. They provide good arch and ankle support, and they are supportive enough to be worn all day. This shoe style will fit you if you have a narrow medium, or wide width foot. This shoe style won’t fit if you have extra wide feet.

      Option 2: New Balance Shoes

      This shoe style is one of the most popular ones I have fitted since it is very deep (you can insert an orthotic and your feet will sit deeply inside the shoes), it provides good arch and ankle support as well. This shoe style will fit you if you have a medium, wide, or one extra wide foot.

      I have found that Dr. Scholl’s provide great comfort, but they are not extremely effective in reducing pain.

      Have you ever tried Superfeet insoles? These are great supportive insoles with arch support that are known for greatly reducing or fully eliminating foot pain. You can find them here:

      Superfeet Insoles for Women

      What type of shoes do you normally wear indoors? Can you wear your sneakers, or you prefer to wear something else that is also supportive and that is not a flip flop or slippers?

      I hope this helps! Please get back at me with your daughter’s shoe size so I can help her as well.

      Thank you,


  23. Hi Juan,

    Thank you for your prompt response – much appreciated!

    I will order the shoes and the insoles you suggested for me.

    I wear flip flops when I’m indoors/home. I like to let my feet breathe, but the foot pain is starting to drive me crazy. I’m hoping you can suggest something supportive I can wear indoors every once in a while that are not a pair of sneakers.

    I live in La Jolla, CA. I need to figure out if there’s a children’s shoe store around here. We have regular shoe stores, but I’m not sure about a children’s shoe store here. Will a regular shoe store that also sells kids shoes have the device you mentioned? If not, then I will just buy it and let you know her size.

    My daughter complains of knee pain if she’s on for a couple of hours. I just asked her, and she insists its not foot pain, its knee pain. I did take her to a doctor because her gait is funny like mine, and he said that she needs supportive/corrective footwear because she’s got no arch. Her feet sort of turn inwards when she is standing, just like mine.

    Thank you.


    • Hello Sindhu,

      Please follow up with me to see how they work. I wanted to start with Superfeet because if the pain persists, there might be another more support orthotic for you to try. However, I think that starting with good supportive shoes and the Superfeet insole should be our first step.

      I recently created an article were I showcase a map of the United States that has the best children’s shoe stores by state. I believe there is an option or two in California.

      You can find that map here:

      The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

      Slippers or flip flops don’t provide any support, and if you are experiencing a lot of pain I recommend that you wear a good supportive sandal inside the house (they will provide more support to your feet and allow them to breathe).

      Option 1: Supportive Sandal

      Option 2: Supportive Sandal

      A regular shoe store will definitely have the device I mentioned, and if they don’t, you probably shouldn’t shop there.

      I used to evaluate hundreds of children with flat feet at the shoe store. Basically when we are flat footed and we stand up, our feet collapse since there is no arch, this makes us walk and run differently, putting pressure in parts of our bodies where we are not supposed to (such as our knees, this might be the case with your daughter). A shoe or an orthotic that provides good arch support will prevent our feet from collapsing and help us walk and run straighter.

      I am based in Potomac, Maryland.

      I hope this clarifies!

      • Hi Juan,

        My daughter’s US shoe size is 13 – a hair over the 13 mark is what the guy at Footlocker said. The person at the store suggested I buy her a 13.5 or a size 1. She also said she has “regular” width feet – she didn’t seem to know much about width. Would you suggest I get her size 13.5 or 1? Also, what width of shoe should I get? I had her try on a pair of 13s and they were rather snug.

        When you suggest option 1, option 2, do you have a preference? Is option 1 better than option 2? Or do you not care which option I pick? Will both do the job equally well?

        Thank you!


        • Hello Sindhu,

          “Option1 is always better than “Option 2″, but both option 2 is also very supportive. For example, with New Balance, the higher the shoe style number the more support the shoes provide (thats why I recommend option1)

          For the sneakers I recommended I would suggest that you provide your daughter with a shoe size 1 wide. I am looking at the instep of your daughter’s feet (from the pictures you sent me) and is quite high (hence why I recommend the wide width).

          For the sandals I would recommend a size 13 M, since they both run long and wide already.

          For the Superfeet insoles I am not totally sure. I would start with the ‘J’ and if it’s too small try the ‘A” (this insole can be trimmed if its too long).

          I hope this helps!

  24. My son is 3 yo and wears a 10.5. He has flat feet, but we have not started using orthotics. He’s starting preschool soon and I’m hoping to get him a really supportive shoe. Possibly something that offers some ankle support too. I went to Nordstrom and they recommended Geox, but I’m unfamiliar with the brand. Can you recommend a good everyday shoe for my boy?

    • Hello Julie,

      Geox is a great shoe brand that makes good quality, supportive shoes. However, the amount of support varies depending on which shoe style you choose. Does your child know how to tie his shoes? Do you know your child’s shoe width?

      Once you get back at me with that information I will be able to provide you with shoes that provide good arch support.

  25. Thank u for taking the time to write this and help people understand. My son is 10 and had been complaining of leg and foot pain for a couple years. We have taken him to the dr and tried many shoes. They diagnosed him as flat footed and told me to put him in a Spenco insole. But he is still limping and nothing has helped. I am thinking maybe I need to get some better shoes for him to go with the insole or even instead of it. He is in a mens 10 or 10.5. Thanks for any help

    • Hello Danielle,

      The shoes and the orthotics work together in reducing or fully eliminating foot and leg pain. If you have good supportive orthotics but shoes that are not supportive, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer.

      You need a shoe with good support and structure, a firm heel counter, but they still need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time.

      I need you to send your child’s shoe width and which shoes he is currently wearing. Once I have that information I will be able to send you my recommendations.

  26. Hi,
    Our dr told us today that our 7 yr old daughter is flat footed. I’ve been trying to find shoes for her (not just sneakers). Where can I look? Is Geox a good brand for flat feet? How about Primigi? Naturino? These are brands she typically wears. Thank you.

    • Hello Irina,

      All of the shoe brands that you mentioned are good and supportive.

      Is your daughter overpronating and having foot or leg pain? The reason why I ask is that if she is then she might need an orthotic inside her shoes to help alleviate the pain.

      If she needs an orthotic in her shoes then you will have to transition to other shoe styles (you will need deeper and wider shoes).

      I hope this helps!

  27. my kid is having a real issue walking but of these shoes I can’t find her size. She is 9 yrs old and a size 1 (or 2). Her feet look super painful. Can’t tie her shoes

    • Hello Jill,

      As soon as she is ready to learn how to tie her shoes please make the switch since she will get more support and more stability from shoes that come with shoelaces. In the meantine, these are my recommendations:

      Supportive Shoe for Girl’s with Foot Pain: Option 1

      Supportive Shoe for Girl’s with Foot Pain: Option 2

      Option 1 will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

      Option 2 will fit a child with narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

      I hope this helps! If you send me her shoe width I can maybe find other recommendations.

  28. Glad I found your site! My 7 year old (size 13) daughter has flat feet and I cannot find a dress shoe/ flat that works for her. We’ve tried sooo many but, with the way she walks (somewhat on her toes), her heels just pop right out of them. If I go any smaller, her toes won’t have any room. Which brand dress shoe is best? Thank you so much for your help.

  29. Hi there. We recently took my son to the doctors for pain in his feet and we were told he has flat feet. He is 7, wear a size 3.5 and has wide feet. What kind of shoes would you recommend for him?

    • Hello Kristina,

      We need a shoe that comes with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter.These are the two shoe styles that I recommend:

      Supportive Shoe for Boy with Foot Pain: Option 1

      Supportive Shoe for Boy with Foot Pain: Option 2

      If after wearing this shoe style for 3 months the pain persists, your child might be a candidate for orthotics.

      I hope this helps!

  30. Hello Juan,
    My daughter wakes up at night complaining about feet pain. I was told by her doctor that she has regular width but flat feet. I love the Geox brand but noticed in another reply you mention Geox is great but not all their shoes are supportive. Are there a few Geox specific styles you can recommend that are supportive (and Velcro) other than the Pavel and Arno styles. She is 4 years old and currently measuring 10.5. Also do you recommend going a full size up for Geox to allow room to grow or only 0.5 size?

    • Hello Susan,

      Was your doctor able to diagnose why she is experiencing foot pain at night? The reason I ask is because if she has a foot condition such as flat feet and overpronation, there are other shoe styles that will provide better support than Geox.

      There are several parents who also love the Geox brand, since the shoes are made from high quality materials, provide good support, and they are practically indestructible.

      Here are my Geox recommendations:

      Supportive Geox Style for Girl with Foot Pain: Option 1

      Supportive Geox Style for Girls with Foot Pain: Option 2

      I recommend that you get her a half a size longer of the size that she measured at the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room, which will be a size 11.

      I hope this helps.

      • The chiropodist said she has flat feet and slight pronation which may correct itself as she gets older. She suggested a good supportive shoe and recommended Asics, Saucony or New Balance.

        I purchased a pair of Asics GT-1000 however she complains that they are too narrow for her and after a week refuses to wear them. I would prefer not to purchase Asics again due to the width.

        I haven’t been able to locate the New Balance style 990 that you highly recommend at an online retailer in Canada in her size. Would you recommended the 574 or 682? They appear similar?

        She also favours her Geox closed toe sports sandals (Roxanne or Multy) however, I noticed that you only recommend Keens or Teva…

        • Asics tend to only fit children with narrow or medium width feet, that’s probably the reason why your daughter keeps complaining about them.

          Among the three shoe brand that your chiropodist recommended, there are certain styles that will provide more support than others, so please don’t assume that all shoe styles from those there brands are appropriate for your daughter to wear.

          I don’t recommend the 574 style and I am not familiar with the 682.

          There is another style I recommend by New Balance which is the: 888V2

          However, the Geox styles that you mentioned are supportive as wells the ones I recommended in our previous conversation.

          When it comes to sandals,the Multy style by Geox has a more substantial sole than the Roxanne.Keen and Teva army to-go sandals for children with foot conditions that need extra support from their sandals.

          Please keep a close eye on your daughter’s feet, if she keeps complaining about foot pain after she turns 5 years old I would recommend you consider a second opinion.

          I hope this helps.

  31. I have an 8 year old daughter who complains of heel pain. Ped recommends a good supportive shoe. Any recs on a good supportive sandal for the summer, size 2. Stride Rite recommended the Keen brand. Any thoughts on this brand or any others? Thanks so much in advance.

  32. Hello, thanks so much for the information. So, is KEEN the only brand that you would recommend? Is there a brand that has a dressier sandal? Thanks again

  33. I have a 6 year old daughter that walks tip toes all day. She is constantly falling all the time,in pain crying in the middle of night we had tried a orthdo brac from knee to toe failed she was in more pain I have tried so many sneakers the doctor says she has a high arch one foot goes in more then the other she is narrow and wears a 9 1/2. Currently wears orthic insoles with deep shoes leather but they are not flexible. Her PT recommend high top sneakers so her ankles get support. Can you pls help me find her the right sneakers and insoles. Idk if she has a flat feet because they say she has a high arch can you have both?

    • Hello Karina,

      If your daughter has a high arch, she can’t be flat footed. If what they meant is that your daughter has a high instep, then she can be flat footed. Feel free to email me pictures of her feet at: fittingchidlrensshoes@gmail.com

      When children walk on their toes, we need to provide them with shoes and orthotics that are hard to be at the front (that is why her orthotic is not flexible).

      A high top sneaker doesn’t’t mean it will provide more ankle support. We need to look for a shoe with a firm heel counter in order to provide her with better ankle support.

      Here are my recommendations:

      Shoe for child that walks on her toes: Option 1

      Shoe for a child that walks on her toes: Option 2

      Please make sure that you are pulling the shoelaces tight enough. In fact, try this shoe lacing technique:

      How to Tie Shoes with Orthotics – Stop Heel Slippage

      If you definitely want to try a high top shoe please let me know and I will send you my recommendation.

      I recommend that you try any of those recommendations for 2 months and see if her walking improves. If you also want to provide her with a different orthotic then there is a type pf orthotic made by the company Cascade. You will have to do some research on this one but type Cascade in Google and look for the style that is called Pattibob. It is also really effective for kids that toe walk.

      I hope this helps!

  34. Hi,

    My son is 4.5 years old. He is flat feet. He usually walks and runs on tiptoes. He falls easily and doesn’t like much walking. He easily gets tired. He never complains about any pain in the foot. We have not started using orthotics. His size is 12 and medium width feet. He goes to daycare all week and starting school next year.

    Can you please recommend any good shoes for day to day routine and some shoes for school as well. I’m not sure whether school allow different shoes or not. In that case, would you suggest orthotics for school?

    He does not know how to tie shoes yet but I can help.

    • Hello Ayesha,

      We can start by trying a pair of supportive shoes, and if that doesn’t help, we will proceed to trying an orthotic.

      Shoes that come with shoelaces provide better support and stability, as long as the shoelaces are tied properly. If you are willing to keep an eye on your child’s shoelaces at all times then we can try a pair of shoes with shoelaces.

      Here are my everyday shoe recommendations:

      Supportive Shoe for Boy with Flat Feet: Option 1

      Supportive Shoe for Boy with Flat Feet: Option 2

      I need to know if your school requires a particular school shoe style made from a particular color. Most school require all black shoes. Please confirm and I will send you my recommendations.

  35. Very helpful information!! My son is 8 and is always saying his feet hurt. I already have him in New Balance for several years. He is currently wearing the 680 v5 shoe (with velcro) but still complains. What should I try next? Also, he wears baseball cleats New Balance Kids’ All-Star Baseball Cleats JASTARK1. I don’t see anything about arch support in the description and he consistently complains his feet hurt after a baseball game. Any baseball cleat suggestions? Do I need an orthotic? He is currently a size 2 in normal width. His feet grow VERY slowly and are small for his age/height. Not sure if that matters.

    • Hello Stephanie,

      You meed to switch him to a more supportive shoe style: New Balance 990v5

      Shoes that come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure will provide arch support and stability to your child’s feet.

      There are no baseball cleats that come with a built-in-arch support. If he is experiencing foot and leg pain during the games, there is a particular insole made by Superfeet that works in most cleats. This insole provides arch and ankle support, and it will reduce the impact that your son’s feet take every time they come in contact with the ground:

      Superfeet Insoles for Cleats

      It doesn’t matter how fast/slow his feet are growing, every child grows at a different rate. Pleas make sure that your son ties his shoes properly or he won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.

      I hope this helps!

  36. Hi Juan! My son has flat feet, wide feet and pronation. He is wearing size 10. Can you please recommend some shoes with no lace?


    • Hi Bess,

      Please keep in mind that shoelaces provide more support and stability than Velcro closure. Below you can find my recommendations:

      Shoe for Pronation and Wide Feet: Option 1

      That shoe style is also available in grey and black.

      I hope this helps!

  37. Hello My son is 4 and has extra wide flat feet he runs between 12 & 13 depending on the shoe and complains about a lot of them hurting wondering if you have any suggestions. Thank you

  38. I am looking for a children size 2.5 for myself. I am not flat footed but I do need an insert for arch support..any suggestions?

    • Hello BJ,

      We need a shoe style that comes with a substantial sole, provides a firm heel counter and extra depth so the insert can fit perfectly inside the shoes. Please find below my recommendations:

      Shoe with Support and Extra Depth: Option 1

      Shoes with Support and Extra Depth: Option 2

      Both of these shoe styles are available in wide and extra wide widths. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  39. Hi Juan, I am happy to find your blog, my story began this way, my son start standing when he was 10 months he used to push him self up to stand, he was crawling using his feet without the knee (knee up). We decided not to put him on shoes and we were letting him barefoot most of the time. The boy loves to run since he knew how to walk but also fall a lot which I though normal and somehow I feel he is clumsy as with no reason he fall unexpectedly. Just running alll day (till now and he is 4 years old) We had new balance first shoes when he turn 18 months. My husband keep on telling me we need to check him for his feet because he feared he will walk like him on the inside. ( my husband is not flat feet but he walk like one) I told him our son stand like you and I though it’s a geins. But then almost reaching the age 4 he stared to complain about a pain in his right feet only and I thought it’s just because the way he kicks the ball (sliding his toes on the ground). The pain comes and goes every 2 weeks. It wasn’t constant, I decided to take him to the orthopedic and he told me my worst nightmare that he is flat feed and he has X shape legs. And gave us an insole and he should wear it all the time but also he mentioned about an operation?? in the future. I don’t know how and when but I am freaking out. I am searching for house shoes, just ordered those insole for the socks. And I don’t know what to do I wish you could advise me. Dose that mean he can’t do sports? I am heart broken and also overwhelmed with all the information in the internet.
    Please advise,
    Thank you and regards

    • Khole,

      First of all, being flat footed is more common than you think. I have seen hundreds of flat footed children and they are able to perform everyday activities and engage in sports such as other children with normal arches are.

      The issue with being flat footed is that it can lead to foot and leg pain, and lower back problems in the future if left untreated. However, your occupational therapist already provided you with a pair of orthotics, which if they are worn with the correct pair of shoes they will significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s pain and allow him to walk and run straighter.

      Please keep in mind that your child needs to wear the correct pair of shoes in order for the orthotics to be effective. You can send me a picture and a video of your child walking with and without shoes to my email: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

      When you mention that your son has X shaped legs do you mean that he has bowlegs? This is also referred as knock knees. Please clarify.

      The goal here is to try to avoid surgery.

  40. Hi Juan –

    My son has developed bunions in one of his feet as well as Plantar Fasciitis from having flat feet. Our pediatrician told us that he will outgrow the issue by the age of 5, but he is 7 years old now and keeps walking with his feet inwards, which is also having an impact on his posture. My husband and I wished we have addressed his foot condition earlier. Can you please recommend a pair of sneakers as well as orthotics?

    • Hi Nairobi,

      It’s important to start caring for your child’s feet from an early stage in order to avoid future foot, leg, and lower back issues. Before I can send you specific shoe recommendations I need to know your child’s foot size and whether he has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

  41. Hi Juan.
    I hope you can advise me on footwear for my children.
    My 6 year old daughter has juvenile Idiopathic arthritis in her right foot and has flat feet. She has orthotic insoles for her shoes. Are there any sandals you can recommend. She is desperate to be like everyone else! She is size 12 wide.
    My son is 4 with extremely flat feet. He also has orthotics and walks on tip toes. He is size 10 narrow. Any advice on footwear or general advice would be great.

    • Hi Natalie –

      I hope you are well and staying safe.

      For your daughter with idiopathic arthritis and flat feet there is a specific sandal that provides a substantial sole and will prevent her feet from collapsing. Please find my recommendations below:

      Sandal for Flat and Wide Feet

      It has to be that particular style, the other Keen styles are not as supportive. Keen is having a promotion right now so the sandals should be 25% off.

      For your son, assuming that he is wearing the correct type of orthotics, we need a sneaker that is going to help “ground him”. The shoe needs to be harder to bend at the front in order to prevent him from getting on his toes and shoelaces instead of velcro closure, as this factor also plays a role in preventing him from toe-walking. Please find my recommendations below:

      Sneaker for Toe-Walking: Option 1

      Sneaker for Toe-Walking: Option 2

      How to Tie Shoes for Kids with Narrow Feet – Make their Shoes Fit and Feel Better!

      That article is also going to show you a shoe tying technique for kids with narrow feet.

      I hope this helps.

  42. I grew up wearing very supportive shoes and was fitted with orthotics due to flat feet. My husband has had foot problems as well with bunions. I began looking into ways to help correct both of our problems and my research led me to barefoot friendly shoes, meaning no arch support, wide toe box, zero drop from heel to toe. Both of us are now pain free, I have an arch and his bunions are almost entirely resolved. I am wondering if you can direct me to any research about more support vs less when it comes to feet issues.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I am glad you and your husband are now pain free.

      Whether kids should wear sneakers that imitate their feet being barefoot or wear sneakers that provide support is a discussion that has been up for debate for many years. There are valuable arguments and different sorts of views and actual evidence to support both claims.

      The type of shoes I recommend are based on my 10 years of shoe fitting experience. I have been testing and trying different shoe styles and some are more effective than others. When it comes to treating the shape of a child with flat feet I always recommend more of a shoe instead of less. Supportive shoes can make a tremendous difference for a child who is dealing with flat feet and foot or leg pain.The correct type of shoes can help realign the child’s feet and improve the child’s overall posture, as long as they are fitted correctly.

      How effective the shoes will be depends on each child’s foot anatomy.

      You mentioned how you grew up wearing supportive shoes and orthotics. There are many factors that may have contributed to the shoes and orthotics being ineffective in your specific case. Not all supportive shoes and orthotics are effective in treating a child’s foot condition, only specific styles. It’s also imperative that the shoes are fitted correctly — correct length and width —

      I hope this clarifies.

    • Hi Ana,

      Are you looking for a pair of dress shoes for your flat footed grandson? There are certain styles that provide better support than others but I suggest limiting the wear to no more than 4 hours a day. I can send you specific dress shoe recommendations but I need to know whether your grandson has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. You can write me to: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

  43. Hello, I was wondering which New Balance shoe you would recommend for children in the UK as those listed above aren’t on the UK site? My son is 3, a shoe size 10 and he has flat feet and overpronation. I have looked at the New Balance site and seen the 574 style or 997H and am unsure which to go for?

  44. Juan,
    Thank you again for the boot recommendations.

    Another question if you don’t mind,
    below is the shoe Mobley’s Shoe store recommended since I was in search for uniform shoes for my daughter that would provide support for flat feet…Would you recommend this shoe?


    Thank You in advance

    • Hi Zelda,

      Yes, I have fitted that specific shoe that you are referring to and it provides good support. In certain cases of children with flat feet we had to fit an orthotic inside that shoe for additional support, which is totally doable as that specific Mary Jane style is deep so if you remove the original insole you can fit an orthotic inside. If you decide to fit an orthotic inside that shoe I will guide you through the next steps. You can contact me at my email address fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

  45. Hello Juan!
    My daughter is 14 years. She has a flat feet. What sneakers and shoes would you recommend, her size shoes in ASICS is 7.5 as she is a teenager, that’s makes difficult to
    find a shoes that likes her.

  46. Hi Juan,
    What tennis shoe do you recommend for a child with hypermobility in the feel and narrow heels, but wider isn’t he toe? Boys. Thank you.

  47. I just wanted to congratulate you for such informative posts! Have 3 kids and I have learned so much from you! Cannot thank you enough and have bought them much better shoes thanks to you!!

  48. Hello,
    Our 19 month old son was diagnosed with flat feet a few months ago, we have seen a pediatrician, a orthopedic and a physiotherapist. They didn’t mention anything about our son should wearing ‘special’ shoes. We were told to do nothing and wait but his condition is getting worse. He has been wearing only soft shoes and reading your article this will not help, we have been told his current shoes are fine. Can you please recommend some trainers for our son or similar? He has a wide feet and a high instep.

    Thank you

      • Hi Juan , my son is 12 years old he have flat feet . He wear size 5 shoe . We are in Canada and alots of snow . Can you recommend a pair of snow boot , a running shoe and a pair of slipper for indoor please ?


        • Hello Adam,

          In order for your son to get the full stability and support that the shoes have to offer, the shoes need to be fitted correctly. So, before I can recommend specific shoes for your son, I first need to know whether his feet are narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide.

  49. Thank you for your information, it has been a great help. My son wears a 5.5 big kid and has a normal width. He has inserts for the fallen arches and weak ankles. He has been in hiking boots and was just recently able to move to high tops. Can you recommend any good high tops with ankle support and heel support? Thank you in advance for your assistance

    • Hello Leslie,

      Keep in mind that high top shoes don’t necessarily provide better ankle or heel support than regular sneakers. If you want to provide your son with a pair of high top shoes I recommend the ones below:

      Option 1

      Option 2

      Make sure that your son’s shoes are properly tied at all times so he can get the full support and stability that the shoes have to offer.

  50. Thank you so much for your suggestions. The podiatrist is the one that had him in hiking boots and just recently told him he could go to high tops. The high tops he suggested were all Nike Jordan shoes with a thick sole. He said he needed a strong support shoe because he was able to change the shape of the shoe so easily. We are trying to avoid surgery in the future, if possible, by recorrecting the feet now. I saw that your suggestions on the page were not high tops and that is why I reached out for your advice. Thank you again for your time and knowledge. We greatly appreciate it.

  51. Hi,
    My son is 7 years old he have flat feet . He wear size 36 size shoe . We are in Qatar . Can you recommend a pair shoes for him. running shoe and slipper for indoor also.

  52. Hi Juan,
    you have a great website, thank you for sharing your wisdom ! my son is 4 and 1/2 , he has flat feet and high In step. he is very clumsy and falls a LOT ( I literally buy few new pants every 2 months ). I really want to help my son and keep him safe. I bought him new expensive Geox that seemed great for high instep and very sturdy, a couple of months ago. he still is falling a lot and has pocked 2 big wholes in the front of the shoes I honestly don’t understand how…long story short, I’m looking for a new, every day, sturdy, pair of shoes that can help his balance and at the same time be tough enough to last for a busy active little boy like him. the best I could found based on reviews so far was Keen little chandler CNX and Merrell Trail chaser , and then I found your website and you mention the new balance . However the new balance you recommend for flat feet have laces and no velcro and this is impossible for my toddler his is way too young for laces. could you help me please ? thank you

  53. Hi Juan. This is one of the best informative websites about children’s flat feet I found. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    My daughter is turning 8 in November and has flat feet with valgue heels, specially visible on the right feet. I haven’t checked the size and width of her feet (how do I check these info?). I’ve taken her to a consultant podiatrist when she was about 3 or 4 but they haven’t taken any preventive action or recommended any specific shoes/orthotics, so I’ve tried to give her orthotics as much as possible over the years, although it has not been corrected. I would like an opinion about this kind of insole please https://amzn.to/3meGm76 and about this solution to wear at home/garden since she’s always with bare feet/ or also inside school shoes???

    Also, in terms of sport, is ballet a good sport to correct flat feet? I read that sports that involve bare feet (ballet/ martial arts..) are good to strengthen the feet’s muscles so should encourage developing stability (also roller skating/rollerblading as it strengthens the toes). I’d like to hear your opinion please?

    • Hello Laura,

      I am glad you find the website informative.

      Whether the Alikaka insoles that you showed me in the first link will work for your daughter’s feet directly depends on the degree of your daughters’ flat feet and pronation. That type of insole will work well if your daughter has a mild degree of pronation. If your daughter has moderate or strong pronation then I suggest that you look into a different type of insole/orthotic.

      In my experience, children who are 5 years old or older and have not developed an arch will remain flat footed for the rest of their lives. The goal is to allow the child to live his/her life without foot or leg pain, and one of the ways to accomplish this is by wearing supportive shoe and/or orthotics.

      I don’t have any experience with the products in the last two links that you sent me, so I can’t tell you whether they might help or not.

      To retrieve your daughter’s foot shape you can use this free resource that I created: How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

  54. Hello, thank you for your support and informative website. I had no idea! My son is 9, and has just started complaining about foot pain, but I realized he always complains (and we cut our walks short because of him) when we go for walks or hikes. He started walking funny about 6-9 months ago, swinging his arms back and forth and walking “cave man” style, like his whole body swings from one side to the other. I wondered about it, but it’s gotten worse, and he has knocked knees and flat feet. We have been using the shoes Plae with velcro closure for sometime, and just stopped using them as we started to have some quality issue with the last few we purchased.

    My question is, do we need to seek help to address his swaying walk and knocked knees, or is starting with supportive shoes be a first step?

    My son’s foot measures L: 8.75″, by W: 3.75″
    What tennis shoes would you recommend for him, and he also lives in Chacos sandals during the summer, are those OK to use for him?

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