I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store fitting shoes and orthotics for the last ten years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. Throughout the years, I got familiar with the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles for children with narrow, medium, wide, and EXTRA WIDE FEET.
For the last three years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids ONLINE.
Since I have been fitting children’s shoes for this long, I consider myself an expert in this area and I have been helping families find the correct pair of shoes for their children from when they start learning how to walk, all the way up to their teenage years. I have also fitted several men and women’s shoes, since while parents are waiting at the store they ask to be fitted for shoes as well.
Parents please remember one thing: The type of shoes that you provide for your child play a key role in keeping their feet and legs healthy, especially for toddlers who might not be fully stable yet.
Did you know that most toddlers have wide or extra wide feet?
Luckily, there is a particular shoe style made by the shoe company New Balance that I have found to be the best fitting shoe style for toddlers with extra wide feet.
This shoe style is available in different widths, so it will fit a child with regular width feet, as well as a child with wide or extra wide feet (as long as you choose the shoe width accordingly). These shoes come with a durable, supportive sole and with a firm heel counter that provides ankle support, but they are lightweight and flexible at the same time.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for we fit children not only for shoes, but orthotics as well. Because orthotics take a lot of space inside the shoes, I am familiar and have tried most children’s shoe styles that are available in wide and extra wide widths.
Just so you know, I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell the quality of the shoes, the amount of support that they provide, and how they FIT.
There is one common mistake I always see parents make and that is thinking that once they get their child’s feet measured, that size automatically translates into their shoe size. I have found that this is one of the main reasons why kids end up wearing the wrong shoe size.
The reason why this shoe size translation doesn’t work like this is that children’s shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how the shoes FIT, you will need to adjust what size you provide for your child.
For example, if your child measures a shoe size 8 in the shoe measuring device (Brannock device), but the shoes “fit short”, then instead of going a half a size longer to allow for growing room and providing your child with a shoe size 8 ½, you will have to go a whole size longer and choose the shoe size 9 (since the shoes run short).
This is the reason why I am always telling parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store that they trust. However, if you don’t have a children’s shoe store where you can take your child to be properly fitted for shoes, please take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s shoe size from home:
Below I will provide you with a selection of the best sneakers for toddlers with extra wide feet.
Let me show you which features these shoe styles will provide for your toddler’s feet.
Parents are always happy with providing their children with this shoe style since it cushions, supports, and FITS your toddler’s feet better than any other toddler shoe style, and here are the reasons why:
- Depth: This shoe style is not only available in extra wide widths, it’s also the DEEPEST shoe style that I have fitted before. There are certain toddler’s shoes that are deeper than others. Shoes that come with extra depth will allow your child’s feet to sit deeply inside the shoes, making your child’s feet feel more comfortable and preventing your child’s heels from coming out of the shoes. IMPORTANT TIP: Shoes with extra depth are also ideal for fitting an orthotic inside them.
- Support: It’s important for your toddler that is already walking to have supportive shoes, but they need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time. We need the shoes to be supportive to minimize the impact that your toddler’s feet take every time they come in contact with the ground, but they can’t be too heavy otherwise your child’s feet and legs will get tired easily.
- Quality materials: Shoes made of durable materials will prevent your toddler from destroying the shoes before they are ready to outgrow them. Shoes made of quality materials will also allow your child’s feet to breathe and prevent smelly feet and the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.
- Extra Wide Widths: There are not that many toddler shoes that come in extra wide widths, and this shoe style is not only available in extra wide widths, it also comes with the roundest toe-box (this prevents your toddler’s toes from overlapping or rubbing against each other).
The Best Sneakers for Toddlers with Extra Wide Feet
Now that you know what features this shoe style provides and how to make sure that you are providing your child with the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at the best sneakersfor toddlers with extra wide feet:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size’, which means that you need to go a HALF A SIZE LONGER of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Why is this shoe style so popular among toddlers with extra wide feet?
This is what parents who provided this shoe style for their children have to say:
“WORK PERFECTLY WITH ORTHOTICS”
This is the best shoe style on the market to fit over AFO’s/ ankle-braces or any other type of orthotics. This shoe style is durable, open very wide to accommodate the braces and fasten securely. I tried at least 3 other supposedly “extra wide” shoes (from Stride Rite and Saucony) that came nowhere near fitting. The New Balance are worth the extra money!!
“BEST EXTRA WIDE SNEAKERS”
My child has extremely wide feet with a very high instep so we always go back to the kv990. After trying different models from NB, this model is the only one that is truly wide enough for my child’s extra wide feet. We had the kv990 last few school years and thought we’d try a different style this year, but no model was ever as comfortably wide. Now we are on our 4th pair! This year’s version seems to have a more secure Velcro strap too.
“WILL FIT FAT FEET”
I am so happy to finally have found a shoe style that will fit our fat footed little one. It is like he had a powder puff on top of his foot and this NB style is the only shoe we have found that is deep enough to accommodate his fat feet and high instep. If your child has wide feet, New Balance shoes might be the only shoes that fit correctly, and in particular the style KV990V4. This shoe is great in XW for chubby toddler’s feet. However, there is an awesome feature which is the velcrostrap was a deal breaker for us because it prevented my child from moving his feet up and down properly. I am going to keep buying this same shoe style as long as it’s available in my child’s shoe size.
The Best Socks for Toddlers? – Seamless and Breathable
Did you know that socks play an important role in keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy?
I am always telling parents to stop letting their kids wear their shoes without socks, since this can lead to the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.
The issue is that some children refuse wearing socks since they feel every bump and lump as soon as they put them on.
If you have a child that refuses to wear socks because he/she feels every lump and bump, you should check out an article I wrote where I describe the best seamless socks for kids:
Have you provided your child with this shoe style before? If you had, please let us know how it worked out for your child so other parents can benefit from your experiences!