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Toddler with Flat Feet – The Best Shoes for Toddlers with Flat Feet


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best shoes for a toddler with flat feet.

Has your toddler been diagnosed with flat feet? Has your physical or occupational therapist recommended a pair of shoes with arch support and that you fit a pair of orthotics inside your toddler’s shoes?

The main issue with flat feet is that it leads to walking and running differently, putting pressure on parts of our bodies where we are not supposed to, which can lead to foot, leg, and back pain.

If your toddler has been diagnosed with flat feet, don’t panic! This is more common than you think, and I have helped hundreds of toddlers with flat feet walk and run straighter.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for 10 years now that focuses on children with foot issues such as flat feet, knocked knees, and overpronation, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. Throughout the years I have gotten familiar with the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles for children.


Your kids’ feet are an essential part of their body, but this part of the body is usually underestimated by most parents.

When children are growing up, they start to experience changes in their feet faster than other parts of their bodies. As kids start learning how to walk, most parents will notice variations in their kids’ feet. It’s important that at this stage you keep your kids’ feet healthy by providing them with the correct pair of shoes to protect and support their feet.

If your child is flat-footed you will notice that your child’s feet collapse when they are standing, turning their feet and legs inwards. Does this picture look familiar to you?


Providing your children with a pair of shoes with arch support will allow them to walk and run straighter, and prevent them from developing foot issues.

When parents come to the shoe store with children that have flat feet, I always explain to them that the first step is to find shoes that provide the correct amount of arch and ankle support. Something so simple as providing your child with the correct type of shoe will have a tremendous difference in the way your child walks and runs. Let me prove it to you…

What a Difference These Shoes Can Make!

Let’s take a look at a picture of a toddler with flat feet standing barefoot. Do you notice how the toddler’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

Before Image


Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same toddler wearing a pair of the supportive shoes that I recommend. Do you notice how much straighter the feet are?

After Image


Please keep in mind that there will be cases where a pair of supportive shoes will not be enough to correct your kids’ posture, and that’s when you will need to fit an orthotic inside the shoes (for extra support).

If your child has been diagnosed with flat feet, I will describe in this post the best shoes for a toddler with flat feet.

Caring for your Toddler’s Feet – Keep an Eye on Their Feet!

Parents should take care of their kids’ feet as they are a susceptible and soft part of their bodies.

Our feet are regarded as the foundation for our entire body, and parents should start monitoring their kids’ feet right from when they start taking their first steps.

If you pay close attention to your baby’s feet, you would have noticed that they are often flat as their arches have not developed yet. As your child starts growing up, you will notice how the arch develops under the feet of your child (keep in mind that children can develop an arch until the age of 5). This is because the feet go through an ossification process where the feet develop arch support and bone tissues for proper development of the feet.

Now, if your child has not developed an arch by the age of 5, it’s most likely that he or she is flat-footed. Please keep in that from the age of 2 and 5 I recommend providing your child with a pair of substantial shoes instead of orthotics. I recommend providing children with orthotics if they are 5 years old or older.

Providing your children with the correct type of shoes is the first step in keeping their feet healthy.


What Are the Best Type of Shoes for a Flat-Footed Toddler?

It’s important to choose the correct type of shoes for your child, which involve a substantial supportive sole, a firm heel counter, and lightweight materials.

As your kids grow, you must keep their feet healthy by providing them with supportive shoes that will support and assist in the healthy development of their feet.

If your toddler has flat feet, you need to look for shoe styles that provide the following features:

✅ Substantial and Supportive Outsole: This feature will help reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground.


✅ Straight Last: This feature helps prevent the forefoot from pushing out.


✅ Firm Heel Counter: This will protect and support your toddler’s ankles as well as strengthen and straighten them. If the shoe that you provide for your child has a heel counter that is too soft and flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer.

As I mentioned before, the heel counter of the shoes can be firm or soft. Always make sure that you press on the heel counter of your kids’ shoes before you buy them. Let me show you the difference between a shoe with a soft heel counter versus a shoe with a firm heel counter:


✅ Lightweight and Flexible: While the shoes must be supportive, they also need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your toddler’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.


✅ Good Traction: This will prevent your toddler from slipping and falling, especially when running fast.

✅ Breathable: The shoes must be breathable to prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoe and prevent your toddler from getting stinky feet.

The Advantages of Supportive Shoes – Keep your Toddler’s Feet Healthy!

We all know how kids tend to be very active and they like to run and play rough; that is the reason why the shoes that you provide for your children must have the correct type of support and durability.

The best type of shoes for your kids are those that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly, provide arch support and a firm heel counter for ankle support and are also flexible enough to allow free movement of the feet. These are the must-have features your kids’ shoes must provide to keep their feet healthy.

The advantages of providing your child with a pair of shoes that provide all of the features mentioned above are:

✅ They promote healthy foot development.

✅ They help improve your kids’ posture.

✅ They provide stability.

✅ They help minimize the impact on your kids’ feet when they hit the ground.

✅ They help prevent foot injuries.

Now that you know the key role that good supportive shoes provide for a toddler with flat feet, below you can find a selection of the most supportive and better made shoes for toddlers with flat feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Toddlers with Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Keep in mind that if your toddler is pronating severely, you should go for the shoe styles that come with shoelaces, since they provide more support and more stability for the feet.

All of these shoe styles will be able to accommodate an orthotic for extra support.

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

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The Importance of Getting the Correct Shoe Size – Get It Right!

When it comes to providing their children with the correct shoe size, parents tend to make the mistake of leaving extra room in the front of the shoe thinking that their kids will be able to wear the shoes for a longer period of time. A certain amount of growing room is okay, the issue comes with parents decide to leave extra growing room and end up compromising their children’s stability.

Getting the correct shoe size for your child goes far beyond just getting the correct shoe length, since getting the correct shoe width size has the same importance as getting the correct length size.

Why is it so important to get the correct shoe width? If the shoe that you provide for your child is too narrow, it will impair the growth of the feet especially the small toe (pinky toe). This might lead to deformation in the growth of the feet, especially in cases of flat foot condition.

A shoe that is too narrow will also lead to all sorts of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. Thus getting the correct shoe size for your kids is essential for the health and proper development of the feet.

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit. However, several parents don’t have a local shoe store in their area that they trust, and they must buy their shoes online.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

There is nothing wrong with this, but you must make sure you are providing your child with the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size. That is the reason why I wrote a post where I describe the most simple and effective way to figure out your kids’ shoe 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 toddler’s exact foot size and whether the toddler has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your toddler has a high instep or not.

The Best Orthotics for Toddlers – Help Them Walk and Run Straighter!

Sometimes a pair of supportive shoes might not be enough to improve and correct the way your toddler walks. If you have tried a pair of supportive shoes for your toddler and he or she is still having foot pain or walking differently, you might want to try a pair of orthotics.

A pair of orthotics will help redistribute your toddler’s body weight, correct the abnormal placement of the foot, and make their gait balanced and efficient. Below you can find the most effective orthotics for toddlers with flat feet:

While I can’t discuss the importance of providing your toddler with orthotics in as much detail in this article, I have written another article that describes the best orthotics for toddlers with foot and leg pain:

Toddler’s Orthotics – The Best Orthotics for your Child!

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Now that you know which are the best shoes and orthotics for a toddler with flat feet, you are ready to make the most informed decision! Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your toddler. My e-mail address is: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Do you have a toddler that is flat-footed? Have you found a particular shoe style that has helped him or her walk and run straighter? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!


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10 Comments on Toddler with Flat Feet – The Best Shoes for Toddlers with Flat Feet

  1. My Kid is 2 year old and have flat foot with valgus.
    Can you please recommend from where I can purchase the right manufactured shoe

    • Hello Anand,

      Do you have a local children’s shoe store in your area? If you have a shoe store in your area I will recommend that you take your child to be properly fitted there. I created a map that showcases the best children’s shoe stores by state:

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

      If you don’t have one in your area, please get back at me with your child’s shoe size (length and width), and I will recommend shoes that will help him/her walk and run straighter.

      • Hello Karen,

        The key is to find a deeper shoe that comes with a round toe-box. All the eight shoe recommendations that you see in this article fall in that category.

        Do you know your child’s shoe size? If you tell me his exact shoe size (length and width), I can provide you with specific recommendations if none of the shoes shown in the article come in his size.

          • Hello Karen,

            I am assuming you don’t know your child’s shoe width. If your child has wide or extra wide feet, just choose “W”or “XW”

            Supportive Shoe Style For Flat Feet: Option 1

            Supportive Shoe Style For Flat Feet: Option 2

            If after trying one of those styles your child walk patter does not improve or he is still experiencing foot or leg pain, you should consider trying an orthotic inside the shoes.

            I hope this helps!

  2. Hi my daughter is 6 years old and has flat feet and often complains of knee,ankle and leg pain. Would you suggest geox winter boots for her?(we live in a mainly cold climate)

  3. Hi my daughter is 2 years old and has flat feet, i’m Looking to find solution to solve this issue Professionally and Completely for her
    Would you suggest shoes for her?

    • Hello Motasem,

      There is a couple of extra information I need from you before I provide you with a specific shoe recommendations. I need to know your daughter’s shoe size (I need to know her shoe size in length and width). I also would like to know if she is overpronating.

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