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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 there are certain shoe styles that will significantly reduce or fully eliminate your chid’s foot and leg pain?

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now.  This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit.  Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for children with flat feet and the best styles among those brands.

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

Kids With Flat FleetChildren with flat feet can experience severe pain in their feet, which may affect their posture and cause also pain in their legs and lower back. When children have flat feet, their feet collapse when they stand, which throws their whole body out of alignment and leads them to put pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to.

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.

For example, let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet wearing two different pair of shoes. The first picture shows a child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards? This throws the whole body out of alignment.

Shoes For Kids With Flat Feet

The second picture shows the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how the arch support and the heel support are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and tuning inwards? This will allow your child to walk and run straighter.

Shoes For Kids With Flat Feet

Lately, 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.

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 selection of the best shoes for kids with flat feet, I want to first show you what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.

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

Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – The 3 Most Important Features!

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.

These are the 3 most important features that your kids’ shoes must provide if your child is flat footed:

✅ Substantial Sole: Supportive shoe that provide good arch support and shock absorption will help minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground. Always make sure that your child’s shoes come with a substantial sole that is not flat. Here is how the sole of your kids’ shoes should look like:


The picture below shows a picture a shoe style made by the same shoe brand but that is too flat and unsupportive for a child who has flat feet:

unsupportive-kids'-shoes✅ Firm Heel Counter: The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle and heel support. Sometimes children can experience heel or ankle pain from having rolled ankles, in addition to flat feet. Always make sure that the heel counter of your kids’ shoes feels sturdy.

Now let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe with a soft heel counter (first picture), and one with a firm heel counter (second picture).



✅ Lightweight and Flexible: We want the shoes to be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time in order 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 for your kids back to school shoes to be flexible but not too flexible otherwise they won’t provide enough support.

Here you can find a picture of a pair of shoes that provides the correct amount of flexibility:


The picture below shows a shoe style that is too flexible and won’t provide good support to your child’s feet:


I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides–if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that  they have to offer.

If you get your children’s shoes too long or too wide, you will compromise your children’s stability and make them more prone to falling down. On the other side, providing your children with shoes that are too short or too narrow will impair the growth of your children’s feet and create all sorts of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

There has been several cases when kids complain of foot and leg pain due to not wearing the correct shoe size.

Before you buy a pair of shoes for your kids online, you must be 100% sure that you know their exact foot size. To assist parents in determining their kids’ shoe size at home effectively and with ease, I created a video tutorial:

How To Measure Kids’ Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Shoe Size Foot Length

Children grow fast and will outgrow their shoes in a matter of months, and that is one of the reasons parents tend to buy shoes that are a little in the bigger side. There is nothing wrong with this, since we do want some growing  room for your kids’ toes to freely move inside the shoe and don’t get cramped by the other toes or the side of the shoe. However, the amount of growing room is not the only factor you must consider when trying to provide your kids the correct shoe size.

Now that you know what features these shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for kids with flat feet.

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

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

The shoes I recommend below all come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure, since shoelaces will provide more support and stability to your child’s feet.

All of the shoe styles that I recommend will fit a child with narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet (as long as you choose the width accordingly).

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This selection of shoes 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 shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

All of these shoe styles are specifically manufactured to provide support to the foot since it comes with a built in arch and a high and well-padded heel. All of these shoe styles are also capable of accommodating an orthotic inside the shoe, since it is one of the deepest shoe that I have found.

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 to 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.

If your child wears any of these shoe styles 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!

The correct typeof orthotics will help your children walk and run straighter, by aligning their feet and legs and reducing the stress that they are putting to 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.

Orthotics are recommended for the following reasons:

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

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

✅ 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 intense levels.

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

While I can’t get into too much detail about the best orthotics for children in this article,I actually wrote an article where I describe the best orthotics for children with flat feet. Go to the link below:

The Best Orthotics For Kids – The Most Effective Way To Correct Your Child’s Overpronation

If you happen to have a toddler who is flat footed and experiencing foot or leg pain, you need to go to another article I wrote called:

Toddler’s Orthotics – The Best Orthotics For Your Child!

Please don’t ignore your kids’ feet and leg pain. 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.

Kids Supportive Shoes

The problem of foot pain is  how 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 what is the cause of the pain.

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? Have you found 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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118 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.

  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 know asap please hope to hear from use soon

  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!

  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

      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.

  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.

  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

  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.

      Option2: 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?

  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

  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?

  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:

      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.

  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?


  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?

  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:

      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.

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