The Best Shoes For Kids With Flat Feet – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!

Kids Shoes For Flat Feet

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.

I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 7 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, and we carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics.

We have seen parents indecisiveness in selecting shoes for their kids, and in most cases, they missed out on checking the factors that will ensure the comfort and development of body structure of their children. 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, which involves he correct shoe length and the correct shoe width.

However, 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 he 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.

Children with flat feet can experience severe pain in their feet, which may affect their posture and cause also pain in their legs and back. When a person has flat feet, his or her feet collapse when they stand (the feet turn inwards), and they start putting pressure in parts of their body that they are not supposed to.

A pair of substantial, supportive shoes will prevent your kids feet from collapsing (will help them walk and run straighter) and they will reduce or fully eliminate the pain your kids’ are experiencing.

In this post, I will describe the best shoes for kids with flat feet. The shoes I will describe 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.

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What To Do If Your Child Has 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 kid to strengthen their muscles and move around with ease and comfort.

A child with flat feet will need to wear a supportive shoe with arch support to minimize the impact that his or her feet receive every time they hit the ground. However, the kid may need orthotics if the pain is way too severe.

If your child has flat feet, start by checking the shoes he is wearing. A good supportive shoe is all that he might need in order to reduce or fully eliminate the pain he might be experiencing. Wearing the correct type of shoes will help align his feet and legs, and allow him to walk and run straighter.

Please REMEMBER this: If your child has flat feet, you must start by providing him or her a pair of good supportive shoes, since this might be all they need. Most parents make the mistake of immediately thinking that because their child has flat feet they must provide him with a pair of orthotics.

Below you can find a picture of how your kids’ feet will look with a pair of good supportive shoes that provide arch support or an orthotic.

Children With Flat Feet

Do you notice how the arch support and the heel support will help align the feet? This will allow your child to walk and run straighter!

The Correct Shoe Size For Kids – Get It Right!

If you get your kids shoes too long or too wide, you will compromise your child’s stability and make him or her more prone to falling down. On the other side, providing your child with shoes that are too short or too narrow will impair the growth of your kid’s feet and create all sorts of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. You must get your kids shoes just right! In most cases, kids complain of foot and leg pain due to not wearing the correct shoe size.

Kids 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 room for our 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 we must consider when trying to provide our kids the correct shoe size.

Getting the correct shoe width has the same importance as getting the correct shoe length. I explain how to get the correct shoe size in more detail in a post I wrote called:

How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!

Please keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how supportive the shoe that you provide to your child is, if it’s not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer.

Why Are Supportive Shoes Important? – Keep Your Kids Feet Healthy!

Good supportive shoes are not only recommended for kids with flat feet, but also for kids whose feet are still developing. Supportive shoes will provide arch support, adequate support for the heel and a substantial sole to withstand the pressure and tension that kids put to their feet when they play around.

The advantages of supportive shoes include:

  • They promote healthy foot development.
  • They help improve your kids’ 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 money in the future!

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

Kids Supportive Shoes

The Best Shoe Styles For Kids With Flat Feet!

One of the best shoe styles I have fitted for children with flat feet is the New Balance KV990V4 since it is specifically manufactured to provide support to the foot since it comes with a built in arch and a high and well-padded heel.

This shoe is also great if you must fit an orthotic inside the shoe, since it is the deepest shoe I have fitted.

So, if your child has flat feet and has been experiencing foot and leg pain, you should start by providing him or her with a pair of good supportive shoes. After 4 to 5 months of wearing the shoe, check if the pain has reduced and if it hasn’t, you child might need a pair of orthotics. Hopefully this shoe style is all your child will need!

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with flat feet.

You should strongly consider providing your child with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure, since shoelaces will provide more support and more stability to your child’s feet.

Orthotics For Kids With Flat Feet – Support Their Feet!

In extreme cases, when the pain in the foot is so intense that supportive shoes cannot reduce or eliminate it, providing your child with a pair of orthotics is the next step. Orthotics will help your children walk and run straighter, by aligning their feet and legs and reducing the stress they are putting to their feet.

Orthotics are recommended for the following reasons:

  1. Excessive foot pain: orthotics will help provide cushion and support to your kids’ feet to help reduce the pressure on the affected part.
  2. Flat feet: orthotics will help improve the function of your kids feet and reduce the chances of injuries due to this condition.
  3. 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.
  4. Orthotics are also recommended for kids that have a bone defect as they will usually suffer from pain on pressure on the foot, and as well as the deformation of the bone tissue in the foot.

I actually wrote an article where I describe some of the best orthotics for children and you can find it here:

Insoles For Flat Feet – Say Goodbye To Foot Pain

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.

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 on their feet. It is left for the parents to recognize discomfort in their kids and detect what is the cause of the pain.

Does your child has flat feet? Have you tried a particular shoe style that you will recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

48 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!

  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.

    • 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 styles I will describe below are available in different widths, just make sure you provide him with he correct one.

      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.

  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)

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