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The Best Shoes for Kids with Overpronation – Keep Their Feet and Legs Healthy


Has your child been diagnosed with overpronation? Have you noticed your child’s feet and legs turning inwards? Is your child complaining about foot or leg pain? Overpronation in children is more common than you think, but you must take action now if you want to avoid bigger problems in the future. The best shoes for kids with overpronation help improve foot posture and walking gait, and I will show you a list of these shoes shortly.

When children overpronate they are putting pressure on parts of their body where they are not supposed to, and this is what usually leads to foot and leg pain, as well as future lower back problems.

The most common reason why children overpronate is from having flat feet, but there is also a large number of children who overpronate from having misaligned heels. Whichever reason it is that your child might be overpronating, the correct type of shoes can help improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture.

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

I have worked for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. We specialize in helping children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for kids with overpronation.


If your child is overpronating, a pair of supportive shoes can help improve your child’s foot posture, walking gait, and prevent foot and leg pain. By supportive shoes, I mean shoes that provide good arch and ankle support.

How Does a Child with Overpronation Looks Like?

Let’s take a look at the image below, does it look familiar? Do you notice how the child’s feet and ankles are collapsing and turning inwards?


The correct type of shoes is going to improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture, but don’t take my word for it, let me prove it to you!

Kids’ Shoes for Overpronation – What a Difference Supportive Shoes Can Make!

Let me prove to you how a pair of shoes with arch support and a firm heel counter can help straighten your child’s feet and legs. Let’s visualize what a tremendous difference a pair of supportive shoes can make for children with overpronation by comparing two different types of shoes.

Before Image: Child Standing Barefoot

The first image shows the feet of a child with flat feet standing barefoot:

After Image: Child Wearing Unsupportive Shoes

The second image shows the feet of the same child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are still collapsing and turning inwards?

After Image: Child Wearing Supportive Shoes

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how much straighter the child’s feet are?

Something so simple as providing your child with the correct type of shoes can have a tremendous difference in helping your child walk and run straighter, and improving your child’s overall posture.

As I mentioned before, supportive shoes with arch support can help prevent your child’s feet from collapsing but overpronation can come from the ankles as well. If your child’s ankles are rolling inwards or outwards this will affect your child’s walking gait. This means that we need to find a shoe that provides good arch support and that also comes with a firm heel counter – this is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support.

What Makes the Shoes that I Recommend Effective for Kids with Overpronation?

1️⃣ Straight Lasts: Shoes with straight lasts help improve the child’s foot posture. If your child has strong pronation you need to stay away from shoes that have excessively curved lasts. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:


2️⃣ Supportive Outsoles: Shoes with supportive outsoles provide shock absorption which helps attenuate the impact that your child’s feet take when they come in contact with the ground. This feature is ideal if your child is dealing with foot or leg pain. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:


3️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: When children have flat feet you don’t only support the arch, you mechanically support all of the pieces that cause the foot to be flat, such as the heels.

Before you purchase a pair of shoes for your child, always press on the heel counter and make sure it feels firm and not soft. You should actually do this with your child’s current shoes to make sure they are providing the correct amount of support.


I am always emphasizing to parents how more expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes.

Below you can find the best shoes for kids with overpronation. These shoes are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW), to make sure that they will fit any type of feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Overpronation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shoes with shoelaces provide better support and stability than shoes with velcro closure, as the shoelaces can “hug” your kids’ feet more effectively.

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes, I indicate whether you need to order a half size or a whole size bigger than your child’s current foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a different pair of shoes to help treat your child’s overpronation:


How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If you want to be 100% sure about what shoe size to order online, I suggest that you follow the instructions in the article below:

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

Keep in mind that in certain cases a pair of shoes might not be enough to correct the problem and in that case, the child might need extra support from an orthotic.

If after trying the shoes your child’s walking gait doesn’t improve and your physical or occupational therapist feels like your child needs extra support, then you should consider providing your child with an orthotic.

Orthotics for Kids with Overpronation – Extra Support for Your Kids’ Feet!

Orthotics are shoe inserts that are specifically designed to offer cushioning, support, stability, and relieve pressure in specific areas of the foot. If you start addressing this problem at a young age your child might not need orthotics for the rest of his/ her life.

The Best Orthotics for Kids – The Most Effective Way to Correct Your Child’s Overpronation

The orthotics that I recommend in that article are specifically designed to provide firm arch support and cushioning. It will also provide biomechanics alignment by preventing overpronation and aligning your child’s ankles (making them straighter). Now that you know which are the best shoes and orthotics for children with overpronation, you are ready to make a better and more informed decision.

Best Shoes for Kids with Overpronation – Watch Video!

The video below will provide you with further examples of before and after images of children with overpronation. I hope this video helps you visualize what a difference the correct type of shoes can make in treating and preventing your child’s overpronation.

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child. My e-mail address is:


I hope you had found this article useful and that the experiences of other parents can help in your case. Feel free to leave your feedback in the comment section below.


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32 Comments on The Best Shoes for Kids with Overpronation – Keep Their Feet and Legs Healthy

  1. Dear Juan,

    Thank you for this very informative article! My son has this issue, and you explain the important features of appropriate shoes for overpronation so clearly! It is a relief to know that New Balance has so many great options for my son. Thank you again and keep up the work with this great site!

    • Hello Marco,

      I am glad that you found the article informative! Wearing the correct type of shoes will help your son walk and run straighter, as well as greatly reduce or fully eliminate his foot and leg pain.

    • Hello Ally,

      Asics makes some of the most supportive shoes for children, but remember that the shoes must fit correctly or your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. Asics shoes tend to fit a child with narrow to medium width foot, so if your child has wide or extra wide feet you need to stay away from this shoe brand.

      Is your child experiencing foot or leg pain?

      You should try the shoes and see how your child reacts to them, and if he keeps overprinting we should try an orthotic inside the shoes. Just let me know how it goes!

  2. Dear Juan,
    I have a 3.5 year old with overpronation. I have a photo to show you, is there a place I can upload? She is a size 10.5!
    She doesn’t go up stairs in alternating legs, jumping/hopping skills are a bit delayed, and complains about walking too far and ends up riding in the stroller. I never realized it was all related until I found your website!

    What shoe do you recommend for her? I’d like
    If it’s
    Something she can put on and take off on her own since at school they take off their shoes.

    I saw you recommended these: https://amzn.to/3ZrNoE4

    I just want to make sure I get the best pair for her. Also what size should I order? Thanks so much!!

    • Hello Emme,

      You can email me the picture to my email: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

      That shoe style that you showed me will work great, but there is another style that I recommend for her since it’s deeper (in case you need to fit an orthotic inside it).
      You can find that shoe style here:

      Shoe Style for Overpronation

      I will recommend that you get her the size 10.5 or 11. Does she has wide feet? The shoe style is available in wide and extra wide in case she does.

      Please don’t forget to send me the picture, that way I can tell you whether you should consider getting an orthotic as well. A video of your daughter walking will also be really helpful.

      I hope this helps!

  3. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and undivided attention. You are a fantastic resource. As parents we worry so much about our children’s well-being – you are giving us such piece of mind and so much valuable information. Thank you so very much. I’ll keep you posted on our journey.

  4. Hello Juan,
    I have a 15 yo and a 10 yo both with overpronation. I have been asking to their pediatrician since my oldest was way younger about their feet position and he always said they are fine, but I notice their feet are inwards in the arch. My youngest has the same problem but more noticeable than his big brother, and he started to complain about leg pain. I am looking for a good specialist in the Seattle area (If you know someone, please let me know)
    In the meantime, I want to buy them supportive shoes but can’t find any. Can you please suggest me some shoes based on their sizes?
    Oldest is men’s size 10 and youngest is youth size 6Y
    Thank you so much!

    • Hello Luvena,

      I am not familiar with any specialist in the Seattle area. I can definitely recommend certain shoe styles that I have fitted before for your kids with pronation.The key is to find shoes with a substantial sole (that provides arch support), and a firm heel counter. The shoes must also be deep in case you need to fit an orthotic inside them, but I recommend that you start trying a good pair of supportive shoes.

      These are my recommendations for your 10 year old son (I am assuming he knows how to tie his shoes). If he doesn’t then it will be a good time to learn since shoelaces provide more support than Velcro sneakers:

      Supportive Shoe for Pronation: Option 1

      Supportive Shoe for Pronation: Option 2

      These are my recommendations for your 15 year old son:

      Supportive Shoe for Pronation: Option 1

      Supportive Shoe for Pronation: Option 2

      I am assuming your children have a medium width foot. In case they don’t, these shoe styles are available in wide widths also.

      I hope this helps!

      • Hello Karin,

        Slippers don’t provide any support whatsoever, but you can provide your child with a pair of easy on an off sandals to wear around the house. If you tell me what shoe size you need and the country that you are contacting me from I can provide you with specific shoe recommendations.

  5. Thank you for all your information. My 9 year old son has flat feet, and over pronates. I was wondering, what do you recommend for Soccer Shoes? He loves to play, but does complain of his feet hurting. I am wondering what turf style shoes to buy.
    Thank you again for all your help, Angela

    • Hello Angela,

      Most soccer shoes are flat, which means that they don’t provide any support. I recommend inserting a pair of Superfeet insoles in your child’s soccer cleats to reduce the impact that his feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground. The blue Superfeet insoles are specifically designed for sport shoes.

      Insoles for Soccer Shoes

      If you are looking for a pair of soccer shoes, I need to know your child’s shoe size and whether he plays indoor or outdoor soccer. Please also let me know if he has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

  6. Hello Juan, thanks so much for the helpful info. I’ve noticed slight probation in my 4 yr old; more on the right than the left. Would you be able to provide a certain brand of inserts? I’m so confused, as I’ve seen some range from $10-$200.

    • Hi Kay,

      Has your child wore inserts/orthotics before? Do you know if your child has slight, mild, or strong pronation? Depending on the degree of your child’s pronation there are certain orthotics/inserts that will be more effective than others. If you are unsure you can send me pictures of your son’s feet to: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

      The orthotic brand I recommend is Cascade Dafo. However among this brand, there are several different styles.

  7. Hi Juan,
    My 7 year old son has strong over pronation and has flat feet. His foot is medium width and he currently is in a 13.5 little kids shoe. Other than the NB brand, are there any others that you recommend? ASICS? Adidas? Nike?
    When he needs to wear a bit nicer shoe such as Sperry boat shoes, is he ok with those if he has on his orthotics or is there something else I should buy him? Thank you so much for your advice!

    • Hello Tammy,

      Other than New Balance I recommend certain shoe styles from Asics and Saucony. I don’t recommend any styles from Adidas or Nike because their shoes are unsupportive. Please keep in mind that among each brand there are certain shoe styles that work better than others, so when I say I recommend New Balance shoes it doesn’t mean that all New Balance shoes are good for overpronation. In fact, most New Balance shoes are not effective in treating overpronation, only the styles I recommend in this article.

      The shoe styles below will fit the shape of your son’s feet as long as he has a narrow or medium width foot:

      Option 1: Choose size 1 because this shoe style fits short

      Option 2: Choose size 1 because this shoe style fits short

      As far as his dress shoes concerns, it all depends on how much time he is planning to wear them. If he is planning on wearing his Sperry shoes for more than 4 hour a day, then I recommend fitting an insert inside the shoes for extra support. The issue is that most inserts/orthotics won’t fit in Sperry or most dress shoes for that matter. There is only one style made by Superfeet that I have been able to fit in dress shoes:

      Insole for Dress Shoes. Choose size “A” and trim it if necessary.

      I hope this helps!

  8. Hi Juan ,

    Thank you for the detailed article. I finally feel like someone clearly understands our problem and has a good solution. My 9 year old daughter is brain tumor survivor. She had a brain surgery when she was 4. The surgery left her with weakness on her right side and hence a foot drop. She has been wearing a DAFO for the past 4 years for foot drop. This has led to weakness in her ankles which I think is now causing over pronation. We recently brought Bioness ( FES machine) which is helpful with her foot drop, so we don’t need the brace anymore. I am now trying to find shoes & insoles which will support for ankle as well as her over pronation. Any recommendations is very helpful. Please let me know if I can send you a pic or videos of my daughter walking

    This is extremely helpful, thank you for doing what your doing.


  9. Is there a way you can look at my son feet..? I believe he has overpronation. Is it best to make an appointment with a foot doctor..

  10. Hello Juan
    My 10 yr old son has hypermobility in his ankles, elbows, hips, wrists and although his foot appears to have a good arch, it collapses when weight bearing due to the softness of the ligaments. He’s therefore very flat footed when he walks, is unable to toe-off, has difficulty keeping up with his peers running and has an extremely awkward gait. He has been seen since the age of 4 by paediatrics and Physio therapists, with them eventually prescribing an orthotic insole when he was 8. Homeschooling has taken a toll on him as he’s been barefoot around the house for months, and this hasn’t helped matters. Although the orthotic in his shoes visibly helps to keep his ankles straighter, and addresses the pronation, it still doesn’t really improve his gait, or ability to run well. Would you see this as just an effect of his hypermobility that will never improve? Or do you believe there are more answers that we could be pursuing ?

    • Hello Joanna,

      My area of expertise is with children’s shoes and orthotics.I believe there are a lot of factors that play a role and each one of these factors needs to be taken into account, because they do make a difference.

      If you believe the orthotic is addressing your son’s foot posture but not helping improve your son’s walking gait, it might be time to try a different orthotic. However, is your son wearing the correct type of shoes? The orthotics and the shoes work together in helping align your son’s feet and improving his walking gait.

      So, Would like to see images of your son’s orthotic and the current shoes he is wearing. It will also helpful for me to take a look at his feet standing barefoot. I suggest that you follow the instructions on this article: How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

      That article is a good starting point. You will find my email address in there and we will be in touch.

  11. Hello, Thank you for your research and willingness to share the information you have accumulated. My almost 7 year old daughter has very narrow feet and she overpronates. I am having a difficult time finding the right sneaker. Can you help me? She has historically worn Asics but not sure if they are good for overpronation.
    I appreciate your time and thoughts,

    • Hello Anne,

      Asics are great in terms of support and they work really well for children with narrow feet. Did you provide your daughter with shoes with velcro closure or shoelaces? Keep in mind that shoes with shoelaces are a lot better compared to shoes with velcro closure as they provide better support and stability.

      I am happy to help, but I need the answer to the following questions first:

      Is your daughter complaining about foot or leg pain?
      From which country are you contacting me from? This will help me determine what specific shoes are available in your area.

  12. Hi Juan,

    Are you still offering advice on shoes for pronation issues? My 9 year old daughter overpronates due to ligamentous laxity. I do have pictures of her ankles that I can email and I even have a Volumental.com scan of her feet and ankles (I’ll include the link for that below below). The store where I got her feet scanned did not have shoes in her size (her scan shows she’s a 13.5 but size 1 seems to fit her best in most brands/styles we’ve tried. We have been to multiple stores to try to find the shoes you have recommended in previous articles and I’ve come home empty handed and frustrated. When I look online, I have a hard time figuring out what would work for her. Would you be willing to help? I’d appreciate it so much! You’re awesome for advising parents on something where there seems to be so little guidance.

    Here is the link to the My Volumental scan she had done yesterday (3/19/22)

    • Hello Megan,

      I am looking at the scan and it shows that your daughter has high arches. Is your daughter experiencing any foot or leg pain? People with high arches tend to place extra pressure on the outer part of their feet, which can lead to heel pain.

      The scan also shows that your daughter has medium width feet, correct?

      I am happy to send you specific shoe recommendations but first I need to know from which country you are contacting me. If you want to send me any additional images or information I suggest that you email me at: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

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