Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes for your toddler with extra wide feet? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed?
Most toddlers have wide or extra wide feet, and some of them even have high insteps, which makes it even harder to find shoes that fit. If you notice red marks on your kids’ feet every time you take the shoes off, then this might be a sign that your are providing your toddler with shoes that are too narrow.
I am familiar with the best shoe styles for toddlers with extra wide feet from having fitted them before, and I will be able to tell you which ones are better than others.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
The most common mistake that most parents make is to assume that in order to fit the shape of their toddlers with extra wide feet, all they need to is to find a pair of shoes that comes labeled as extra wide (“XW”). There are other 2 key features that your kids’ shoes must provide:
❤️ DEPTH: This feature will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your child’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes that are deep are also easy to get on and off.
❤️ ROUND TOE-BOX: This feature will prevent your child’s toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
Most parents are confused as how they are supposed to find shoes that provide these two features if shoes don’t come labeled as deep or with a round toe-box.
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.
If you provide your toddler with a pair of shoes that are too narrow, then you might end up creating several foot issues to your toddler’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I will provide you with a selection of the best sneakers for toddlers with extra wide feet shortly, but first let me show you what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s foot size from home.
Shoes for Extra Wide Feet – The 3 Most Important Features!
In addition to being deep and coming with a round toe-box, the shoe styles that I will describe below will provide the 3 important features:
❤️ Substantial Sole: It’s important for your toddler that is already walking to have supportive shoes, which 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 and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
❤️ Leather: Shoes made from high quality and durable materials will allow your toddler’s feet to breathe and the shoes will also mold to the shape of your toddler’s feet. Shoes made out of leather will also prevent your toddler from destroying the shoes before they are ready to outgrow them.
❤️ Extra Wide Widths: There are only certain shoe styles available in extra wide widths, which will prevent your toddler’s toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another as well as make it easy for you to put your toddler’s shoes on.
I am always emphasizing to parents how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
There is one common mistake I always see parents make and that is assuming 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 children 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 run, you will need to adjust the size that 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).
I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at theirlocal fitting shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.
Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
No that you know what features your toddler’s shoe styles must provide and how you can figure out your toddler’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best sneakers for toddlers with extra wide feet.
The Best Sneakers for Toddlers with Extra Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Here you can find a selection of the best sneakers for 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 toddler measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Let’s find out what other parents are saying about these shoe styles:
“Work Perfectly with Orthotics”?
I tried the KV888 style and it fitted overly toddler’s AFO’s/ ankle-braces. I love how this shoe style is durable, opens up 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 my toddler’s orthotics. This style made by New Balance is worth the money.
“Best Extra Wide Sneakers for my Toddler”?
My toddler has extremely wide feet with a very high instep so we always go back to the 888v2. After trying different models from NB, this model is the only one that is truly wide enough for my toddler’s extra wide feet. This year’s version seems to have a more secure Velcro strap too.
“Fits my Toddler’s Extra Wide Feet”?
I am so happy to finally have found a shoe style that will fit our toddler’s extra wide feet. It is like he had a powder puff on top of his foot and the 680v5 styes is the only shoe we have found that is deep enough to accommodate his fat feet and high instep. If your toddler has extra wide feet, New Balance shoes might be the only shoes that fit correctly, and in particular the style 680V5. This shoe is great in XW for chubby toddler’s feet. I am going to keep buying this same shoe style as long as it’s available in my toddler’s shoe size.
The Best Socks for Extra Wide Feet – Seamless and Breathable!
Did you know that socks play an important role in keeping your toddler’s feet and legs healthy?
I am always emphasizing to parents to stop letting their toddlers wear their shoes without socks, since this can lead to the buildup and formation of bacteria inside the shoes.
The issue is that some toddlers refuse wearing socks with their shoes since they feel every bump and lump as soon as they put them on. Have you ever heard of seamless socks? These types of socks are great because they will allow your toddlers to freely move their toes and prevent them from overlapping against one another.
If you have a toddler 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 tried a particular shoe style that has worked well for your toddler with extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.