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The Best Shoes for Knock Knees – Let’s Help Your Child Walk and Run Straighter!


Have you noticed your child walking or running different lately? Has your child been falling down more often? If your child has been diagnosed with knock knees there are simple steps that you can take in order to improve the way your child walks.

Knock knees which are scientifically known as Genu Valcum are a condition where the two knees touch each other while standing straight. It’ important to understand that knock knees are opposite of bow legs, as in the case of bow legs, the knees are far away from each other.

I have been working for a children’s shoe store for the last 10 years now, and we specialize in children with foot and leg problems. Over the years I got familiar with the best shoes for kids with knock knees.

We also carry orthotics in case the shoe itself is not able to fully correct the condition. We are one of the most popular children’s shoe stores in the country, and I am lucky enough to help hundreds of children per week.

The most simple way to figure out whether your child has knock knees is to have your child stand straight and check if the knees are coming together, make sure your child is standing straight and looking forward. Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with knock knees:


Knock knees is a condition that can be painful and in some cases may require surgery to reduce or fully eliminate the pain, but if you provide your child with the correct pair of shoes (substantial and supportive), you can significantly improve the way your child walks and reduce or fully eliminate the pain.

Please keep in mind that in some cases good supportive shoes might not be enough to correct the way your child walks, and if that is the case with your child you might have to fit a pair of orthotics inside the shoes. However, I have seen the positive impact that good supportive shoes have in children with knock knees, and in most cases a good pair of supportive shoes is all the child needs.

Let me show the difference that a pair of good supportive shoes can make. Below you can find a picture of a child with knock knees standing barefoot.

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 feet are?

Let’s take a look at what type of features a shoe needs to provide in order to help treat knock knees.

Shoes for Knock Knees – The 6 Most Important Features!

The type of shoes that we want to provide for a child with knock knees must provide the following features:

✅ Substantial outsole with arch support.

✅  Firm heel counter with ankle support.

✅  Flexibility.

✅  Breathability.

✅  Traction.

✅  Extra Depth —in case we need to fit an orthotic inside the shoe.

In the case of kids that have knock knees, there is a particular shoe style that I have fitted before that has proven to be the most effective one when it comes to helping kids who are experiencing foot and leg pain. This shoe is made by New Balance (the 990 series), and it’s available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW).

What makes this shoe so special is that it provides arch support, a firm heel counter, and it’s deep enough to fit an orthotic inside. The shoe is also extremely durable, which is a very important feature to keep in mind since when children have knock knees they tend to put extra pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to. This normally leads to the shoes wearing out faster than expected.

This won’t happen with this particular shoe style as it is extremely durable, guaranteeing that your child outgrows the shoes before they are ready to be replaced.

Let me show you a selection of the best shoes for knock knees. Please keep in mind that your children won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer if you don’t provide them with the correct shoe size.

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Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children with knock knees. These shoes can fit a child with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

I have seen parents come back to the shoe store to thanks us about the difference the shoes have made in their kids’ daily lives. Please keep in mind that good supportive shoes will work in cases where knock knees are not too exaggerated, and the ankles are not that far apart.

Are you 100% sure of your child’s foot size? If you don’t know your child’s exact foot size you won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online.  Please refer to the article below:

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

Can Kids Outgrown this Condition? – Learn The Facts!

Knock knees are common in kids between the ages of 2 to 5. At this stage, knock knees is just a process of growth and there is no need to be too alarmed. You will notice in certain children between those ages how their knees come together as the ankles widen apart. At this stage, it is part of the growth process as it makes kids’ feet stable and keeps the kids balance as their bones grow and harden.

It is expected that children grow out of the knock knees condition as they keep growing (normally by the age of 6)  and they usually do grow out of it. However, in rare cases we see this condition of knock knees seem to go beyond the ages of 5, and in such cases, there is a need for concern.

If the condition proceeds after your child turning 5 years of age, you should consult with your pediatrician or physical therapist to see which steps to take to help treat the condition. It is highly likely that they will recommend a pair of good supportive shoes and maybe orthotics —depending on how serious the condition is—

So before you take your child to the doctor, you can save some time and money by making sure you are providing your child with the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size. At the shoe store that I work for, we get referrals from physical and occupational therapists all the time to fit children in the correct pair of shoes.

What Are the Causes of Knock Knees in Kids?

As I said, knock knees in kids are normal as the kids grow from the age of 2 to 5 years. However, there are some conditions that may extend the case of knock knees beyond the usual age it is expected to occur.

In some cases, knock knees can be caused by disease such as rickets, which affects the bone formation. Obesity is another cause for knock knees.

If the kid’s legs fail to straighten as they grow, knock knees might cause pain especially as the kid involve themselves in sports or high intense activities.

Orthotics for Knock Knees – When the Shoes are Not the Solution!

In extreme cases of knock knees where the ankles are much further apart, your child might have to wear braces or orthotics to correct the issue, straighten the ankles and reduce or fully eliminate the pain. Orthotics are a great way of improving your child’s posture but you should always start by trying a pair of supportive shoes first.

This is a picture of a flat footed child standing barefoot. Do you notice how the feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child but standing in a pair of orthotics. Do you notice how much straighter the feet are?


If after providing your kids with a pair of supportive shoes their walking pattern doesn’t improve, then I recommend that you try a pair of orthotics. I actually wrote an article that describes the best orthotics for kids with knock knees:

Orthotics for Kids with Knock Knees – Let’s Improve your Kids’ Posture!

The shoe styles that I recommend will accommodate the braces and orthotics, so you will be able to fit an orthotic inside the shoe in order to provide support for your kids and keep their feet healthy.

Knock knees should be monitored as early as it starts to develop and when it seems to be getting worse, visit your physical therapist for advice on the steps to take. Knock knees can be very painful and can limit the activities of the kids.

Surgery is usually the last resort to correct this issue if we are not able to correct the way that your child walks.

Do you happen to be dealing with knock knees as well? I created an article where I describe the best women’s shoes and orthotics for knock knees and you can find that article here:

Shoes for Women with Knock Knees – Improve the Way you Walk!

Do you have a child who is suffering from knock knees? Have you found a particular shoe style or orthotic that has worked well in helping your child walk and run straighter? Please share your findings below so other families can benefit from your experiences.


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6 Comments on The Best Shoes for Knock Knees – Let’s Help Your Child Walk and Run Straighter!

  1. We live in Cary North Carolina and our zip code is: 27519
    Would you find a doctor to prescribe for my daughter a right insole and arch to correct her knock knee.

    • Hello Nahid,

      I am not familiar with a doctor in your area. Is there any children’s shoe store that you can take her to? I can show you which are the best shoes in terms of support for a child that has knock knee but It will be hard for me to prescribe an orthotic without looking at her feet and watching her walk.

  2. Hi, I am looking for a doctor near Sterling Heights or Utica, Michigan 48313 for my 3 year old son. please help i think he is showing signs of pain from his knock knees.

    • Hello Ciera,

      You should make an appointment with his pediatrician and they will be able to guide you from there to a physical therapist or an occupational therapist. I am not familiar with any doctors in the state of Michigan, so I will start there.
      I can help you find the correct type of shoes and orthotics after you visit your doctor.

  3. My son is almost 11 and he has knocked knees the foot turn inward and the knees knocked and his right hip side turn inward too…i tried good shoes but he still walks the same just a little improvement…since two years…i took him to orthosurgeon and they didnt recomend surgery because they said surgery is only cosmatic….i need your help i can even call you. I dont know what to do .. we have a history of bad knees in the family and they suffer from pain. MOST GET KNee replacement. My son avoid long waling and activities because of his knee and ankle pain. I live in california / corona…if you know any good doctor hers will be help too. Thank you

    • Hello Maha,

      If you already have tried a good pair of supportive orthotics, the next step is to try a pair of orthotics. What specific shoe style have you tried and is your son wearing them with shoelaces or Velcro closure?

      I can recommend an orthotic to help straighten his feet and legs, but I need to know his shoe size first.

      Please feel free to email me at: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com with any further questions.

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