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The Best Shoes for Kids with Pronation – Keep Your Kids Feet and Legs Healthy!


Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Have you noticed your child walking and running differently? Foot or leg pain is never normal, and there are certain steps that you can take to significantly reduce or eliminate the pain. I have put together a selection of the best shoes for kids with pronation, and I will show you these shoes shortly.

The Importance of Being Proactive and Not Taking the “Wait and See Approach”

I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their kids’ foot conditions, as waiting for the condition to resolve on its own can only lead to the condition getting worse.

Children with flat feet or rolled ankles, tend to pronate. We all have a certain degree of pronation, but the problem comes when it’s excessive. Too much pronation will affect your child’s normal gait cycle.

The main cause of pronation is believed to be hereditary. Pronation is a congenital defect that causes the muscles and ligaments of your child’s feet to become more loosely held in place, causing their feet to turn inwards when they walk and run.

Once the feet are pronated, the knees and hips also become misaligned. This means the muscles that move those joints no longer work efficiently, and it will take more energy for your child to do the same work as other children who don’t have this condition.

I have found certain shoes that will help improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture, by helping your child walk and run straighter.

Let me prove it to you!

What a Difference These Shoes Can Make!

Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet with pronation wearing two different pairs of shoes.

Before Image: Child Standing Barefoot

The first picture shows a child with pronation standing barefoot. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

After Image: Unsupportive Shoes

The image below shows the same child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes made by the shoe company Nike. Do you notice how the feet are still pronating and turning inwards? The shoes are not supportive enough to prevent the child’s feet from collapsing.

After Image: Supportive Shoes

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes made by the shoe company New Balance. Do you notice how the child’s feet look a lot straighter? The substantial outsole and heel counter of the shoes are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing.

One of the greatest benefits of providing your children with a pair of supportive shoes is to improve the way they walk and their overall posture. During the period of time children grow, their posture is set for the rest of their lives, and it all begins with the foundation for their entire body, their feet!

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

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Pronation?

The shoes that I recommend provide 3 key features that are going to prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards.

1️⃣ Substantial Outsoles: This feature is going to prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides a substantial outsole and one that doesn’t:


2️⃣ Straight Lasts: This feature helps prevent the forefoot from pushing out.


3️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: Pronation can occur from the ankles. To straighten your kids’ ankles, you must provide your child with a pair of shoes with a firm heel counter. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? It’s the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support.

Let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe with a soft heel counter (left image) versus a shoe with a firm heel counter (right image):


The shoes I will describe below are not orthopedic, they are regular everyday running shoes that simply provide more support and structure.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for kids with pronation. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Pronation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

These shoes can fit children with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet. Keep in mind that shoes with shoelaces provide better support and stability than shoes with velcro closure.

What Shoe Size Should You 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 foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

*A half a size bigger translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

*A whole size bigger translates to 3/8 of an inch or 0.8 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

I have fitted all of these shoe styles before and they have proven to significantly improve the way children walk and run. All of these shoe styles come with a firm heel counter, good arch support, and excellent structure to provide your children with good shock absorption.

Once I fit a child in a pair of supportive shoes I watch them walk and run. I always ask the parents to come with me so they can see the difference for themselves, and 75% of the time we can see an improvement right away, but in certain cases, it might take up to two weeks before seeing an improvement.

How to Order the Correct Shoe Size Online? – Let’s Find Out!

You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know your child’s foot size to begin with. Take a look at an article I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home:

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

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

How Can You Tell if Your Child is Pronating? – Learn the Symptoms!

Figuring out if your child is pronating is easier than you think. The first way to check is to look for unusual walking or running. If you notice your children walking or running differently, with their feet or legs turning inwards, that’s the first sign that your child is pronating.

The other way (and the easiest one) is to take a look at the shoes that your child is wearing from behind, and you will be able to notice if the shoes are caving in or not —for this method to work your child should have worn the shoes for a period of 2 to 3 months.

Take a look at the picture below for clarification. Do you notice how the shoe on the left is turning inwards while the shoe on the right is a lot straighter? The shoe on the left has been worn by a child with pronation, and the shoe on the right is how the shoe used to look when it was new.

new shoe-vs-worn-shoe

You are probably wondering what signs you should be looking for to find out if there are any issues with your kids’ feet. I break them down below:

  •  Your child complains of tired legs
  • Your child asks to be carried or pushed in the stroller
  • Your child is reluctant to walk
  • Your child appears clumsy or uncoordinated
  • Your child is unwilling to participate in sports
  • You notice an unusual wear pattern on your kids’ shoes

If your child is complaining of pain in any of the areas below, it might be a sign that your child is pronating.

  • Ankle pain
  • Arch Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints

Even though some people believe that kids can “grow out” of flat feet, this is actually false. If we don’t take corrective action at an earlier stage, the issue will lead to painful flat feet as adults. This is why it’s so important to take proper action and treat your kids’ feet earlier rather than later.

Early intervention will restore balance to your kids’ muscles and joints, which will help your child walk and run without pain or discomfort.


If you try a pair of the shoes I recommend for 3 to 4 months and your child’s walking gait doesn’t improve, your child might be a candidate for orthotics.

Orthotics for Kids with Pronation – Let’s Help Them Walk Straighter!

Sometimes a pair of supportive shoes might not be enough to improve and correct your children’s walking gait. If you have tried a pair of supportive shoes and your children are still pronating, you might need to try a pair of orthotics for extra support.

Orthotics help redistribute your kids’ body weight, correct the abnormal placement of the foot, and make their gait balanced and efficient.

Orthotics can help improve your kids’ posture and reduce or completely eliminate the excess stress on their knees and hip joints.

Orthotics for Children with Mild Pronation

The main reason why I recommend this orthotic is that it provides excellent arch and heel support, and at the same time is not as invasive as other orthotics. This means that this orthotic allows the child’s foot and leg muscles to develop on their own while supporting them.

Keep in mind that the orthotic below will work for mild cases of pronation. If your child has moderate to strong pronation take a look at the resource below:

Best Orthotics for Kids with Moderate or Strong Pronation – Let’s Treat Your Child’s Foot Condition!

Please don’t ignore your kids’ foot and leg pain! Remember that pain in your kids’ feet and legs is never normal, and the earlier you take action the better. You will end up preventing future problems such as back, leg, or knee pain.

Also, if your children are involved in sports. which stresses their feet and legs at a whole new level, you can reduce the impact on their feet, legs, and knees by providing them with the correct pair of sport shoes and orthotics.

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125 Comments on The Best Shoes for Kids with Pronation – Keep Your Kids Feet and Legs Healthy!

  1. We know that our boy suffers from flat feet and rolling in ankles (Over pronation) but where to go to buy shoes that support his feet. the hospital gave him march supports that were hard didn’t fit well, hurt and gave him blisters so he never used them and now don’t fit anyway! We live in Bromley Kent.

    • Hello Kay,

      The shoe store that I work for is an independent kids’ shoe store, and I am not familiar with what type of shoe stores you have at Bromley Kent. I will avoid taking your child to places such as Nordstrom’s, Payless, Stride Rite (I think most of their stores are closed now). Is there an independent kids shoe store in your area or somewhere close by you can drive your child to? Our customers travel up to 45 minutes to have their kids properly fitted for shoes and orthotics.

      It seems like your child can use a different type of orthotic. Have you tried any over the counter orthotic? Some of them offer excellent arch and ankle support.I will also recommend you to look for shoes that come with shoelaces, since they will offer more support and stability to your child, and lock his ankles in place.

      I hope this clarifies, if you are looking for supportive over the counter orthotics get back at me and I will help you find them.

  2. Hi Kay I also live in Bromley Kent and have two girls with pronation aged 7 and 9. They both have been fitted with insets in their school shoes by a podiatrist at Beckenham Beacon (you can self refer online). I have just bought trainers at Run and Become near Victoria Station. Who are excellent , who looked at their gait. we had Asics and New Balance trainers. Hope this helps.

    • Hi. We are UK based and I’ve tried looking for the New Balance trainers recommended on here but I can’t find them, unfortunately. Louise (perhaps you could share the ones you were recommended in the shop?) or Juan, could you please recommend any particular ones for over pronation that I can find in the UK? My son is only 4 and has just started school so we can only use Velcro at the moment. Many thanks.

  3. Hi! Im very hesitant on buying my son (he just turned 7) another pair of shoes. We both have a connective tissue disorder and his feet and ankles are very bendy because of putting weight on them. Hes been wearing a pair of $55 Keens for about 5-6 weeks now and the back is already giving way to pressure applied with my finger. He wears a pair of custom fit orthotics. He wears the shoes I buy him with the orthotics till the bottoms become worn all the way through and water leaks through, which is a few months no matter what brand or style. The shoes you mentioned are on the low price range, which is great! But a year or so ago I bought him a $30 pair of shoes and they lasted 3 weeks, so Im super hesitant on buying something that seems too good to be true! Do you think a shoe that goes higher on the ankle will help or hinder? Do you have any suggestions? The 6 weeks hes worn these shoes hes been stuck in school, and when hes not in school hes at home not wearing shoes! I have no clue how this can happen! I have been told Keen is an excellent brand for foot issues, and he has orthotics! Hes going to need new shoes soon, and Im hoping they wont cost $5-10 a week to wear! I know wearing higher shoes could cause muscle loss, but hes not very active while wearing shoes/doesnt wear shoes much.

    • Hello Sarah,

      The first thing I would like to know is whether your child has a narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide foot. While the shoes I recommend in this article are available in different widths, I am curious to know the shape of your child’s feet.

      When you say that your son has been wearing a pair of Keens do you mean Keen summer sandals or Keen everyday shoes? Keen summer sandals are the best type of sandal you can get for a child who wears orthotics, but when it comes to shoes, there are other brands that might be better for him.

      if you are looking for a shoe that will provide good support, durability, and comfort, this might be the shoe for your son (although it’s higher priced than my other recommendations):

      Shoes for Kids Who Wear Orthotics
      Since you have been having problems with the durability of your son’s shoes you might want to give that shoe a try. Also, are you 100% sure you are providing your child with the correct shoe size?
      Realistically, you should be replacing your son’s shoes every 5 months.

      I would also recommend that you provide your child with shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure. Shoelaces will provide more stability and support for him. I hope this helps!

  4. Hi, I see your recommendations but do you have any for Nike or UA? I only ask bc my son will not wearing anything but Nike or UA, I have bought him others and they are still sitting in his closet new in the box. Thanks!

    • Hello Brittney,

      The reason why I don’t recommend Nike or Under Armour is because the shoes are too flismy to hold the orthotic in place. If you get a pair of orthotics and you don’t get a pair of good, supportive shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotic has to offer. I would recommend you get him a pair of good supportive shoes and then a pair of Nike shoes for his not “so intense activities”. If you can’t do that and you MUST provide your child with a pair of Nike shoes, tell me his shoe size and I will be able to show you the “most supportive Nike shoe styles”. I hope that helps!

  5. Hi,
    My son has a flat foot and requires supportive shoes . We live in NJ. Is your store in Maryland? Please send me the address. I would like to bring him for a fitting.

    • Hello Mary,

      The shoe store that I work for is called Shoe Train and its located at 1325 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854. If I am not there that day there are other people who have been working there for 25+ years and will fit your child for orthotics. Good luck!

    • Hello Amber,

      I love New Balance shoes not just because they provide great support and stability, but because they are also available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. New Balance is our number one selling brand at the shoe store that I work for.

    • Hello Kristina,

      I would like to know if your child is already walking or still learning how to walk. The reason why I mention this is because New Balance provides shoes for children who are already walking, not learning how to walk. Most New Balance shoes start at a size 5 and up, I can show you a selection of m favorite styles but first places clarify whether your child is already walking or not, because if he is not walking yet, there are other options I can provide you with.

  6. Hi,

    I came across your article today as I was researching information with regards to Pronation for my toddler. Thank you for the insight. I don’t live in the US and am interested for shoe options for my baby. He is 22 months old and has Pronation that is very prominent on his right foot. As a baby he has to undergo surgery for dysplasia. It is only recently that he has started to walk. I would want him to start off in the correct posture and rectify the bend. Pls help me.

    • Hello Reema,

      Is there a shoe store in your area you can take him to have his feet properly measured? There is a shoe style I have fitted before that provides excellent support and stability. This shoe its usually our to-go shoes style for our toddler’s with pronation. However, you must make sure it FITS him perfectly.
      Without looking at your son’s feet is hard for me to provide with the best advice, but I can definitely tell you this shoe has helped several children walk and run straighter, as well as reduce the impact their feet get every time they come in contact with the ground. You can find that shoe style here:

      Supportive Shoe Style

      This shoe style is also available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.

      Please let me know if this helps!

      • Thank you for the prompt reply dear Juan. If you could send me an email from your personal ID I can send you a snapshot of my child’s foot so that you can assess better. I will try to get my son’s foot measured. I live in the Middle-East so a lot of shoes that are available in USA are not very accessible for us here unless ordered online. Do you recommend any brand that I can probably look out for over here or online? Some suggested Pediatric Orthotic as well. If you vouch for any of these products pls do let me know and I will get onboard with it ASAP. Once again thank you for all that you do.

        • Hello Reema,

          You can email me at fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

          It will be more helpful to me if you email me a picture of your son’s foot traced in a piece of paper. Have you taken your child to your pediatrician or physical therapist and they recommended an orthotic? It will be very hard for me to recommend an orthotic for your child without seeing him walk. However, the brand that I am more familiar is Cascade.
          I believe your child can benefit from that particular shoe style that I describe in the other post. It is the best shoe for children with pronation.

  7. Any suggestions for light-up shoes that help with pronation? Our 4 year old has pronounced pronation on her left foot and I want to get her more supportive shoes but she LOVES light up and I’m afraid she won’t wear the shoes recommended above.

  8. Can you recommend anyone in or close to Texas. My daughter is 9 and we confirmed she has flat feet. She loves to run and I would love to get the right shoe for her.

    • Hello Shaneka,

      I know there are a few children’s shoe stores in Texas but I have not been there nor know the type of service they provide. Hopefully other parents from that area will read your comments and be able to recommend a children’s shoe store in Texas that they trust.

  9. I don’t see the actual list of recommendations? A fit expert at a local SC store suggested the New Balance 860 for its stability but my 7 year old didn’t like the color options. Do you have any other ideas? New Balance or otherwise?

  10. Thank you Juan for all this great information. I live in Chino, California. Do you know of any shoe store near me for my 4 year old daughter?

  11. Okay, thank you. My 4 year old daughter has custom made orthodics, because her flexible flat feet go inwards, one foot more than the other. She complains of knee pain. We will taking her to an orthopedic once we get the referral, because one of her knees doesn’t rotate as much as it should and it is related to her hip. I would like to purchase hi-top tennis for her, and ones with real shoe laces not zippers or velcro, but it has become a challenge to find any. She just turned 4 years old, and wears a 8.5 or 9. Do you know of any? Thank you in advance.

    • Ruth,

      The issue why the selection of shoelaces is so small is because shoe companies don’t make that many until the child reaches a shoe size 10 1/2 or up.You are telling me she wears an 8 .5 or 9 but what width is she?

      I don’t know if you like the style but this is hands down the best shoe style for a child than needs orthotics. It’s deep, supportive, comes with a very firm heel counter and it has shoelaces to provide more support and stability. You can find that shoe style here:

      Shoes for Girls who Wear Orthotics: Option 1

      Shoes for Girls who Wear Orthotics: Option 2

      I hope this helps!

      • Thank you Juan! I see what you are saying. As far as her width I’m now doubting myself because I never asked, so I’m not 100% sure, but I would always get her a medium. Her foot is not wide. Sorry if I was not clear, but she just got her custom orthodics that cover a little more than 1/2 of the soles of her feet. On a side note, I’ve called many independent shoe stores, but haven’t found one that sells shoes under a size 1. Unfortunately, when I click on the link that you provided it says, “This site can’t be reached.” Thank you for your time.

        • Hello Ruth,

          Sorry about the issue with the link, it’s fixed now. I would recommend you get her the “M” since you told me she has a medium width. If you decide to get her a shoe with shoelaces you must make sure you tied them correctly or she won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes and the orthotics have to offer.

          There is a way to tie the shoes when children wear orthotics to make sure the shoes don’t move up and down. You can learn about that shoe tying method here:

          How To Tie Shoes With Orthotics – Stop Heel Slippage

          Make sure you remove the inner sole of the shoe when fitting the orthotic.

          I hope this helps!

  12. Thank you for your assistance! Your expertise and quick responses are very much appreciated. You are the King Fitter of Shoes! I can’t wait to read all of your articles since every single one I’ve read so far has been helpful.

    • Hello Tara,

      Tsukihoshi is a great shoe brand. They make very lightweight and flexible (also machine washable) shoes, but I DON’T recommend them for children with foot issues. They don’t have the structure or support that a child that has flat foot needs.I hope this clarifies.

  13. Hello,

    My son who is almost 3 has pronation and we wear NB on him and they work well. I was hoping to find him some sort of sandal or summer shoe for when he wants to play with his water table and for somewhat regular wear. Are there any sandals or summer shoes you could recommend that have good arch support? Thank you!

  14. Hi Juan,
    My daughter is 20 months old and has been in PT for 6 months because she has slightly low muscle tone and was late to crawl. She also has hyperpronation and is not walking yet. We take her to PT every week and she wears the Cascade dafos leapfrog with stride rite shoes. Which shoes should we get for her to help her walk on her own? She wears size 4 in stride rite with her brace or size 3 without it. We are in Los Angeles CA are there any stores you recommend out here? Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Mary,
      I hope your daughter is walking better with her orthotics. I know that Cascade orthotics work great for children. There is a particular shoe style that she can really benefit from and that I will recommend she wears with her orthotics. This style provides good support (lateral and arch support) and stability (it comes with shoelaces). At the children’s shoe store that I work for, this is our to-go shoe for children who have low muscle tone and pronation. I will also recommend she wears this shoe style as her shoe without the orthotics. You can find that shoe style here:

      The Best Shoe Style for Low Muscle Tone and Pronation

      I hope this helps!

  15. Hello,

    I came across the article you wrote about over pronation and shoes for children. I am unable to find baby ride shoes in stores and was wondering if you have any other suggestions? Is the ride pro just as good?

    My son is 4 and just saw a pedorthist who said he has a severe case of over pronation and wanted him in a motion control shoe. I cannot find those for children. He has been ordered orthotics as well.

    Any recommendations would be awesome as the shoe stores don’t know what I’m talking about!

    Thank you
    I did email you as well, didn’t know if you would get it though!

    • Hello Stacey,

      Are you willing to provide your son with shoes that come with shoelaces? The reason I ask is because they will provide more support and more stability, considering that you already have an orthotic for him. If you do, please get back at me with his shoe size and I will send you mi shoe recommendations.

      Remember that if you do find a baby ride shoe you must choose the “XW” (extra wide width) since the orthotic will be already taking space inside the shoes.

      How about the New Balance shoes I recommend in that article?

      The “Baby Ride Pro” will for as well.

      Do you know your child’s shoe size? Because if you do you can order them online ( as long as the offer free returns since you will probably have to order more than one pair to check).

      I hope this clarifies.

  16. I would purchase shoes with laces but cannot find any! I’m in Canada and the selection is minimal and most websites don’t stick the width he needs.

  17. We just were fitted by an independent kid’s shoe store, Tip Top Shoes in NYC and they said our 10 month old is pronating already. We ended up buying Naturino shoes that have more support around the ankle. Is it too soon to address his feet dipping inward??

    • Hello Alexis,

      Keep in mind that your child feet will still develop until age 5 (meaning that if your son’s feet seem flat he might still be able to develop an arch).

      Naturino shoes are great but there is a shoe style that might be more efficient since it is still flexible and lightweight but provides more lateral support. This shoe will also help him with his stability.

      You can find that shoe style here:

      The Best Shoe Style for Toddlers Who Pronate: Option 1

      The Best Shoe Style for Toddlers Who Pronate: Option 2

      I hope this helps!

  18. Hello! I just purchased New Balance shoes, the 860v8, for my 7YO son, Will those help with overpronation? He pronates and his right foot turns in due to something called metatarsal addicutus, which has caused significant weakness on his right side. His PT would like to see him in a New Balance for better support than his current Nikes. I’d also seen the New Balance 880v8 and wondered whether those may work better? He is a size 1 or 1.5 Wide in New Balance and he ties his shoes. I want something that will hold up to the playground in the fall and provide the right support. Thank you!

    • Hello Amanda,

      First of all, if your child has foot issues stay away from shoe brands such as Nike, Under Armour, or Adidas. Their shoes are too flimsy and won’t provide the support that your son’s feet need.

      Both of the New Balance shoe styles that you mention are probably more supportive that the Nike sneakers that he was wearing before, but there is another shoe style made by New Balance that is better than the ones you mentioned in terms of support, structure, and durability.

      The shoe style I would recommend for your son is called:

      New Balance Running Shoe Style

      This shoe style provides arch and ankle support (comes with a very firm heel counter), is durable (your child will outgrow the shoes before they get destroyed), and they are deep (your child’s feet will sit comfortably inside the shoes and you will be able to fit an orthotic in case you need to).

      Keep in mind that with New Balance shoes the higher the number of the shoe style (869V8 vs 880V8 vs 990V4), the more support the shoe provides.

      I hope this helps!

  19. Thank you so much for your help! I will exchange for the 990s. As we progress through the years, and perhaps he wants more variety, are there any other brands/versions such as Asics that you would recommend? Thank you again. Best, Amanda

    • Hello Amanda,

      Let’s monitor how he does in his new pair of sneakers. It is true that as children get older they want t have more shoe options to choose from.

      Asics makes some of the most supportive shoes for children, but they tend to fit a child with a narrow to a medium width foot only. Also they don’t fit children that have high insteps. Do you know your child’s shoe width and whether he has a high instep or not?

      I can definitely send you a bigger selection of shoes the next time, but since his PT wanted to stick with New Balance I think we are doing the right thing here.

  20. Hi Juan,

    Truly grateful for what you are doing here in guiding parents!!
    My son is 11 years old(shoe size is 6) and has pronation. Sadly we didnt realize the problem and kept correcting his walking posture as he walks with his feet turned outwards. Now that we have realized it, the first thing we need to correct is his shoes. Can you recommend shoes for him. Should we take him to a foot doctor? I also drew an outline of his feet but not sure how to send it to you. Request your feedback.

    • Hello Gia,

      I am glad that you found the website informative!

      You are right, it all starts with a pair of good, supportive shoes. I can definitely recommend certain shoe styles that will help improve the way he walks and run (since they will provide good arch and ankle support), but first I must know your chid’s foot width.

      Do you know if his feet are narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide? You can send me the outline of his feet to my email: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

      Once you get back at me with his shoe width, I will get back at you with the shoe recommendations as soon as possible.

  21. Thank you so much for sharing your vast knowledge on this subject with us. My daughter is moderately overpronating with a slightly narrow foot. The Asics GT-1000 6 fit her great, but her foot has grown and it’s time to find new shoes, most likely a 3 or 3.5. And like many others, my daughter likes new colors. The other shoe I have my eye on is the New Balance 990V4. An alternative idea I had was to add an insert to a more colorful and easy to find shoe. What are your thoughts on that? Is that a decent substitution for one of the shoes listed above, or will it be a waste of money? Thank you so much.



    • Hello Elizabeth,

      I have fitted most Asics shoe styles for children and they not only provide excellent arch and ankle support, but they also tend to fit the narrowest. The New Balance 990V4 is a great shoe style in terms of support and structure, but they don’t fit as narrow as the Asics (I will still recommend that you try it on).

      I only recommend adding an insert when the foot is so narrow that there is no other alternative. Since your daughter has foot issues, that extra insert might take away the arch support that the shoes have to offer. If you want to try the 990v4 I will recommend that you add a tongue pad instead of an insert.

      A tongue pad goes behind the tongue of the shoe and it pushes the heel back (secures the ankles so there is no extra space) and makes the whole shoe fit narrower. You can learn more about tongue pads here:

      Leather Shoe Tongue Pads – Stop Heel Slippage

      There are other Asics shoe styles that your daughter might want to try and you can find them here:

      Supportive Asics Shoes for Girls: Option 1

      Supportive Asics Shoes for Girls: Option 2

      I hope this helps!

      • Wow! I never knew a younger pad existed. I will look into your suggestions. I greatly appreciate your help. And apologies, I sent a second comment when I didn’t see the first one post. I thought I had done something wrong. Sorry!

  22. Thank you so much Juan for sharing your knowledge with us. My daughter over pronates. She has a slightly narrow foot and did well with the Asics GT 1000 6, but now her foot has grown and we are shopping for a new pair. Like other kids, she wants something different and cute. I was also looking at the New Balance 990V4. There are not very many options on the market that I can find. I was also considering buying a regular sneaker and adding an insert with a solid arch support. Is this a good idea? Or a waste of money? Thank so much!

    • Hello Elizabeth,

      I believe I already responded to your comment, please see my response above.

      If your question is whether you should add an extra insert with arch support, I recommend that you try the shoes without the insert first, and if your daughter still overpronates then definitely try an insert (orthotic) for extra support.
      I hope this clarifies.

  23. I was hoping you could help me out. I have an 11 year old, and he just completed physical therapy to help with his pronation. I want to get him a good pair of shoes. I think shoe companies make lots of changes. The style names I cannot find. Like the saucony ride 9 and the two New Balance styles. I cannot find those style names. But, we need to find a pair of 6 youth shoes that help with pronation. He loves the color red. I’ve learned a lot on this site, thank you.

    • Hello Valori,

      There is a particular shoe style that I have fitted before which provides excellent support and structure (to minimize the impact that your child’s feet take when they come in contact with the ground), comes with a very firm heel counter (to provide ankle support), and it provides stability as well.

      I will recommend that you try this shoe style, and if he still has pain or the pronation is still noticeable you should consider providing your child with a pair of orthotics.

      You can find that shoe style here:

      Supportive Shoe Style for Pronation

      Make sure you order him the correct shoe width, and you can always change the shoelaces to red if he wants more red in his shoes.

      I hope this helps!

  24. My son is 12 and in a size 7 to 7 1/2 boy, his feet overpronate tremendously! Are there any specific athletic shoes you would recommend? I took him to a podiatrist, he didn’t seem to be much help, I think he sees more adults than children. I did buy some orthotics from him, they were not custom made however, but I figured something was better than nothing. I have bought him Nike, under armor, Saucony, and Nike and under armor were the worst ones in my opinion. He is not huge into name brands so that really doesn’t matter, I’m just looking for a good supportive shoe. Also, he wears cowboy boots quite often, for dress and work on our land. Do you suggest adding the orthotics to the boots as well, or are there any particular brand boots you recommend?

    • Hello Tara,

      You forgot to provide me with your boy’s foot width (narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide).

      If your boy is overpronating, please stay away from shoe brands such as Nike or Under Armour since their shoes are too flimsy and don’t provide any arch or ankle support.

      When children have foot issues and require an orthotic to be fitted inside the shoes, I always stick to a New Balance or Saucony shoe style.

      Have you been able to see the shoes I recommend in this article? These shoes come with a substantial sole that provides arch support, a firm heel counter that provides ankle support, and they are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. Another great feature about these shoes is that they are very deep, so you will be able to fit an orthotic inside them.

      As far as boots are concerned, I suggest supportive hiking boots, and you can find the best styles in an article I wrote called:

      The Best Hiking Boots For Kids – Finding A Wide And Waterproof Hiking Boot!

      I hope this helps!

  25. Hello, my daughter wears a school uniform and requires ALL black sneakers including soles. I really like the NB 990s however the school won’t approve them at this time. The only all black NB that I can find is the 680v3 which I assume aren’t as great? What version on Saucony do you recommended? I can check if they have the proper color. She has a fairly average to wider foot. Thank you very much for the great information, I’ll be visiting often!

    • Hello Darcie,

      The 680V3 style is not as supportive as the 990V4. I don’t know any Saucony style that is all black and provides good support.

      There is a shoe style by made Stride Rite that is all black and it provides good support. It comes with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter. You con find that shoe style here:

      Supportive All Black Shoes for Girls

      You can always fit an orthotic inside this shoe style in case you need extra support.

      I hope this helps!

  26. I recently noticed that my daughter’s shoes were wearing too much on the inside (just like her father’s who wears orthotics). I asked her pediatrician at her 10 year checkup and he said that she has a little active pronation, but that her arches looked ok and she was not pronating all the time. I would like to get her some shoes to help with this before it becomes worse, but I’m in Albuquerque, NM and you do not have any fitting stores listed for my area. She tends to have wide-ish feet and a taller top of the foot (often couldn’t find tall enough shoes when she was a todler). Also she is always in too much of a hurry to tie her shoes every time, so she ties them loosely and just slips the shoes on and off. I’m thinking velcro may be better because of this. Any recommendations?

    • Hello Joy,

      That taller top part of her foot that you are referring to is called the instep. When children have high insteps, you need to look for deeper shoes in order to prevent your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top of the shoes.

      I will provide you with some Velcro recommendations, but do keeping in mind that shoelaces provide more support and stability.
      Both of these shoe styles are deep to accommodate your daughter’s instep and they work well if you need to fit an orthotic inside the shoes.

      Supportive Shoe Style for Mild Pronation: Option 1

      Supportive Shoe Style for Mild Pronation: Option 2

      Next time please provide me with your daughter’s shoe size (length and width). Please choose the correct shoe width for your daughter since both of these shoe styles are available in medium, wide, and extra wide.

      I hope this helps!

      • Hello.
        Size is one of the things I’m having trouble with. My very inexpert measurements with the device at the shoe store seems to indicate either a women’s 7m or a big kids 4w. The New Balance printable size chart indicates a 3 1/2 big kids with the width resting on the line between med and wide. I’m also looking for some good dress shoes for her since I think some of the pronation started when I broke down and let her wear heels. Would inch/centimeter measurements work?

  27. Great article and very glad I found it. We have been wondering why my daughter always complains of leg and hip pain. The doctor just said growing pains. Never looked at her feet or her standing. I noticed two weeks ago the pronation in her feet and am now looking to get her better shoes. Getting her into a sneaker is going to be tough. She mostly wears ballet flats. Are there any good non-sneaker suggestions? Maybe a Mary Jane style? I looked into PLAE shoes and See Kai Run, are these good brands?

    • Hello Ashley,

      Yes, those brands manufacture good Mary Jane shoe styles, but you should strongly consider fitting an orthotic inside the Mary Jane shoe styles for extra support. If you tell me your daughter’s shoe size and the width of her feet (narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide), I can send you specific shoe recommendations.

      Mary Jane shoe styles are always more supportive and a better choice to ballet flats.

      • She is between 11.5 and 12 medium.
        I think I think I can convince her to try a mary jane. She will wear sneakers occasionally, so I will look into those as well.
        What about sandals? Is there something she could wear in the summer that provides support?

        • Hello Ashley,

          As far as sneakers go, here are my recommendations. These are deep and supportive sneakers with arch support and a firm heel counter.

          Supportive Shoe for Pronation: Option 1

          Supportive Shoe for Pronation: Option 2

          Shoes that come with shoelaces provide more support and stability than Velcro closure.

          Mary Jane shoe styles:

          Supportive Mary Jane for Pronation: Option 1

          Supportive Mary Jane for Pronation: Option 2

          Supportive Sandal for Pronation: Option 1

          Supportive Sandal for Pronation: Option 2

          Dressy Supportive Sandal for Pronation: Option 1

          Dressy Supportive Sandal for Pronation: Option 2

          I hope this helps!

  28. Hello Juan, i can across your site while searching for best sneakers for kids with weak ankles, my daughter has out ward rotating ankles. she has ankle, leg and foot pain often. She has a pair of Adidias and Nike basketball sneakers.
    I am looking to get her a new pair of sneakers that have good ankle and arch support (flat feet) . She loves to run track esp sprints.
    I see your in Maryland I was just there 2 week ends ago and wish i had seen this before as i would have brought her to get fitted. we are in NY (45 mins from NYC) close to NJ.
    which shoe would you recommend?
    She takes a 4.5 big kids she has narrow feet.

    • Hello Natalie,

      These are the most effective shoe styles for kids with weak ankles and narrow feet. I recommend choosing the shoe size 5 since these shoe styles tend to fit short and narrow:

      Shoe Style with Firm Heel Counter: Option 1

      Shoe Style with Firm Heel Counter: Option 2

      Shoe Style with Firm Heel Counter: Option 3

      I hope this helps!

  29. Hello Juan!

    I am currently on the hunt for some shoes for my 2.5 year old daughter. She is wearing size 7M Stride Rite Stone Sneakers.
    A little about her: we have seen a developmental pediatrician and she says my daughter has hypermobility in her joints, has weak knees and ankles which is causing her to pronate… one foot has gotten better, but the other remains with a prominent pronation. The doctor recommended that she wear ankle supportive high top shoes…

    I did order a pair of the Stride Rite Grayson booties for her, but I ordered size 7, and upon inspecting the insert she is in the “red”, so I’ll be returning these. So, I am looking for 7.5M ankle supportive shoes, but should I also be looking for something that has arch support as well despite her age??

    I look forward to receiving your feedback and recommendations! Thank you for time.

    • Hello Melissa,

      It’s hard for me to tell whether your daughter needs shoes with arch support without looking at her feet. If she is flat footed she probably will need shoes that provide good arch support. Did your doctor recommend an orthotic as well?

      The selection of high top sneakers gets very small after a toddler’s size 7.With that said, high top shoes don’t automatically provide better ankle support. You need to find shoes that provide a firm heel counter and a substantial sole. Please find below my recommendations:

      Shoe with Ankle Support: Option 1

      Shoe with Ankle Support: Option 2

      Feel free to send me images of your daughter’s feet if you are unsure of whether she is flat footed or not.

      I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

  30. Hello, My son is 8 years old and has weak ankles. Doctor prescribe him an insole and shoes, however i need to get him running shoes for PE activities. I saw you posted some suggestions, but they do not have them on sizes 4 and up for big kids.
    Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

  31. Thank you so much, Mr. Valenzuela, for the advice on finding the right shoe for my 11 yr old daughter. She has been complaining about leg pain for years. She doesn’t like to run, she would start to run and then stop really quickly. It wasn’t until I started reading up on pronation that I found your page. Although it seems that my daughter might not overpronate, you have helped me figure out that she has high arches and a high instep by looking at photos of her feet. I bought her a pair of New Balance 888v2 that you recommended. Wow. Already she was so relieved because her whole foot fit in the shoe. Now I understand about the instep and how certain shoes, like her old Asics, weren’t deep enough. Asics are great for me, I don’t have an high instep. But for our daughter, the New Balance works better. Also, she seems to have a wide foot. I didn’t know! We haven’t been able to get her professionally fit because we have a state-wide stay-at-home order. But soon, I will. But in the meantime you have helped me find comfortable shoes for her. She is looking forward to trying to run and play tag with her friends again someday soon! Thank you!

    • Hi Tracy –

      I am glad that the sneakers worked out for your daughter. Sometimes something so simple such as wearing the correct type of shoes can have a huge impact in improving the child’s walking gait and overall posture. Please keep in touch and let me know if you have any other questions.

  32. Hey Juan, wonder if you can help. I have a nearly 4 yr old boy with a genetic condition which meant he walked late (27 months to be precise) now nearly 4 he still loses balance and will trip every now and then. Now he does have over pronation and extremely bendy ankles. He had piedro boots up until he was about 2.5 yrs old We were then given supportive insoles which I could place in any shoes/trainers. We chose Nike Air Force ones as found those to be quite sturdy on the back and our orthotic dr said they were fine but after reading your views on Nike I’m thinking this could be one of the reasons as to why he is still tripping, falling and walks very heavy footed. Any advice would be very much appreciated. We are based in the UK. Thanks

    • Hi Kathryn –

      I want to start by clarifying that in order for your son’s insoles/orthotics to be effective they need to be fitted in the correct pair of shoes. On a different note, did you remove the original shoe insoles before placing the orthotics inside your son’s shoes?

      Are you tying your son’s shoes correctly? By this I mean are you pulling them tightly? The tighter you make the shoelaces the better stability your son gets.

      We also need to make sure that the shoes are not too long or too short, as this might be a cause of why your son is tripping/falling often.

      There are certain shoes that are capable of fitting orthotics better, and they are my go-to sneakers as they provide a substantial sole for arch support and a firm heel counter for ankle support. I can send you specific shoe recommendations but I would like to take a look at the orthotic and shoes that your son is currently wearing. Please email me at fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

  33. Please I need help choosing the right shoes for my daughter. I sent an email couple of days ago. Thanks in advance.

    • I actually found your email and I already responded but never heard back from you:

      Thu, Jun 11, 11:11 PM (13 days ago)

      Hello Rodriguez family —

      Yes, the pictures are going to help me determine what her foot issues are and I also will be able to tell her foot shape. We need to know if your daughter has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

      Does she fall a lot when she is barefoot or when she is wearing shoes?

      Juan Valenzuela
      Founder of Fitting Children’s Shoes

  34. I’m sorry. I just found your reply. I will going to take good pictures and send them to you later today. Yes she fall a lot sometimes even worse with shoes. Thank you so much for your time. I appreciate it.

  35. Hi Juan,

    I am just learning about how severe pronation causes pain because I have it and noticed in my 7 year old, who plays sports, how his feet roll in pretty badly. I will order some of the things recommended for him. As an adult, should I be consistently wearing orthotics and/ or stabilizing shoes too? Do you have a recommendation for someone that treats adults so I can read more about how to address my issues? Thank you so much. This article was so helpful.

  36. Hi Juan,
    I just sent you an email but another quick question, is See Kai Run a good brand for over pronation? The doctor recommended any type of high top shoes. I also got my daughter inserts from Amazon but can you also recommend some good insert brands?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Annie,

      I just responded to your email. I usually don’t fit a child with overpronation in a pair of See Kai Run shoes. You need to look for shoes with substantial outsoles and firm heel counters. A high top shoe does’t necessarily provides better support than a regular sneaker. Let’s keep our conversation via email. Let me know what See Kai Run shoe style you like and also tell me which orthotics you ordered. I requested some images of your daughter’s feet, that will also give me a better perspective of which orthotic might be most beneficial for her.

  37. Do you by chance have any suggestions for toddlers with hypermobile pronating ankles and narrow feet? I see the New Balance which are great, but we have a hard time even finding shoes that aren’t too wide to stay on our 2.5 year old’s foot. Her physical therapist says she needs a more supportive shoe. She wears a toddler size 8.

  38. thanks for the article. Very helpful. Can you tell me if the New Balance 680v5 is a good shoe for overpronation? it is recommended on another site for kids flat feet.

  39. Hi – just wanted to say a massive thank you to Juan for his advice. For getting feet measured (those uk/London based) I would highly recommend the new balance flagship store on Oxford street – they have a 3D scanner which my two year old son stood on and it took all measurements including width/ size etc.
    It is very hard to find shoes in the UK – I used the pronation guide on this website which recommended new balance trainers. So, I got the correct sizing at the store and then ordered from America to the UK. Completely worth it in my opinion – my son has moderate pronation and these shoes have significantly helped his posture, ability to move comfortably, and one foot is naturally straightening. 990v5 is the model – I went for the American ones as they have laces instead of velcro.

  40. issue with supportive shoes is if your flexible and have ultra wide feet, you lose muscle strength and you start spraining ankles all the time… i live in country with cold winters so shoes are mandatory garment for warmth. as kid i learned to snap my ankles back in place after been done so many times by healthcare professionals, usually during summer i rarely sprained my ankles but i was almost exclusively barefooted… so i had to do training to strengthen feet&ankle during winter months to get out of the circle of pain. and when i served in military i had zero ankle sprains… shoe fit issues and all sorts of other feet&leg troubles because of that, but no more dislocating ankles.

    • Hello John,

      Thank you for sharing your feedback. While I disagree that supportive shoes can make people lose muscle strength, I do agree about the importance of a proper fit. I believe that shoes that don’t fit properly can lead to foot conditions as well ass foot issues such as sprained ankles. Luckily, there are shoe brands that manufacture shoes that accommodate children with wide or extra wide feet.

  41. Hello Juan,
    I have a 3 year old with mild overpronation. I’m not able to find the ‘right’ NB shoes for him yet, but a I was recommended “Biomecanics”. Do you have any observation if that brand will be suitable? They do have a piece of plastic on the side of the heal, for support, I think. Thank you in advance!

    • Hello Yanitsa,

      Yes, I am familiar with the shoe brand Biomecanics and it manufactures good supportive shoes for children. Make sure that the shoes fit the shape of your son’s feet correctly so he can get the full support and stability that the shoes have to offer.

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