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The Best Summer Shoes for Kids with Wide Feet – Keen, Stride Rite, Merrell, or See Kai Run?


Are you having a hard time finding a pair of summer shoes for your kids with wide feet?  Have you noticed imprints on the top of your child’s feet when you take the sandals off?

If your child has wide feet, I recommend getting your kids’ sandals early in the season, as there are only a couple of sandals that are capable of fitting a child with wide feet. If you wait too long, those specific styles might be gone.

I am sure that you have heard of the shoe brands Keen, Stride Rite, Merrell, and See Kai Run before. These shoe brands make some of the most popular summer sandals for kids, but they have only a few of their styles that are capable of fitting children with wide feet. The good news is that I know exactly which styles fit wider than others and I will help you find them.

I have been helping children with complicated foot shapes and foot and leg problems find the correct pair of shoes for the last 10 yearsworking for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in helping children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. This experience has helped me get familiar with the best shoe brands for kids and the best styles among those brands.


The sandals that I recommend in this article provide the correct amount of support that is essential for the healthy growth and development of children’s feet. Many summer shoes and flip flops don’t provide the support, motion control and cushioning that children need when they are playing which can lead to foot, ankle and knee injuries. I have also noticed how children often wear flip flops that are too big or too small, increasing the risk of injury.

Best Summer Shoe Brands – Keen, Stride Rite, Merrell, or See Kai Run?

These are the 4  most popular summer shoe brands for kids. It’s hard to choose one among these four, as even though Merrell and Stride Rite manufacture sandals that are actually available in wide (W) and extra wide widths (XW), Keen and See Kai Run manufacture certain styles that are capable of fitting children with wide feet.

I believe that each one of these 4 shoe brands has a particular style that works perfectly for children with wide feet, so I am going to provide you with the best sandals’ styles from each one of these 4 shoe brands. However, let me first show you the 3 key features that the sandals that I recommend provide. 


Sandals for Kids with Wide Feet – 3 Important Features 

✅ Extra Depth: This feature is one of the most important ones to fit the shape of a child’s wide feet. Sandals that provide extra depth allow the feet to fit deeply inside the sandals and prevent the top part of the child’s feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the sandals. The issue is that sandals don’t come labeled as “extra deep”, so the only way to tell whether a sandal is deep or not is by having fitted the sandal before.

✅ Rounder ToeBox: This feature helps prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes. Sandals with rounder toe-boxes prevent blisters, calluses, and corns. Sandals also don’t come labeled as with a “rounder toe-box”, so the only way to tell whether a sandal is deep or not is by having fitted the sandal previously.

✅ Wide Widths Available: Sandals that are available in wide (W) or extra wide (XW) widths are always more effective in accommodating the shape of a child with wide feet.

In addition to providing those 3 important features, the kids’ sandals that I recommend below are:

  • Lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Supportive
  • Dry-Fast
  • Good Traction

To be able to order your kids’ sandals online, you need to know your child’s exact foot size. You should start by checking if you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that map you still can’t find a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I wrote where I describe how to measure your kids’ 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 whether their child has wide or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best summer shoes for kids with wide feet.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before as that is the only way for me how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

The Best Summer Shoes for Kids with Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 The sandals below are the best styles among Keen, Stride Rite, Merrell, and See Kai Run. Look below the image of each sandal to check if it’s available in wide (W) or extra wide (XW) widths. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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

Most sandals are available in whole sizes only. This means that if your child measures a foot size 10 1/2, then you need to provide your child with a shoe size 11 in order to allow for growing room. If your child measures a foot size 10, then you also need to get the shoe size 11 — as sandals are not available in half sizes — always round up.

All of the sandals that I recommend are lightweight, flexible, durable, won’t overheat the feet, can get wet, they dry fast, and your kids will be able to put them on and them off by themselves.

Sandals for Wide Feet – Parents Reviews

Other families already tried these sandals before, so let’s see what they have to say about them.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a pair of shoes to accommodate the shape of your child’s wide feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted that shoe before and I will help you find it: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

In the meantime you can take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the best shoes for kids with wide feet:

Wide Width Shoes For Kids – The Best Everyday Shoes For Your Child With Wide Feet!

Finding a pair of wide summer shoes for your child can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know which sandals fit wider than others. All of the sandals that I recommend are the best choices for kids with wide feet, so let’s keep your child’s wide feet healthy during the summer season!


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2 Comments on The Best Summer Shoes for Kids with Wide Feet – Keen, Stride Rite, Merrell, or See Kai Run?

  1. We are still trying to get my nephews to get some outside time safely and comfortably. Especially while the weather is warming up. This article was super helpful. My nephews will love their new shoes for yard play

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