What is the Difference Between Medium and Wide Shoes? – Finding the Perfect Shoes for Your Child!

Did you know that kids’ shoes are available in narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide widths? Wearing the correct shoe width is essential for your kids to perform at their best, no matter the activity. You will also be keeping your kids’ feet healthy and avoiding all sorts of foot problems. One common question parents ask me is: What is the difference between medium and wide shoes? I will answer this question based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.

If your kids have wide feet and you are fitting them in a pair of medium width shoes, you are probably cramping their toes against the side or the front of the shoes, which can lead to foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

 It is important to understand that getting the correct shoe width is just as important as getting the correct shoe length. Also, please stop saying that your child can’t wear a certain type of shoe because his or her feet are too wide or too narrow! Shoe companies make shoes in different widths for a reason!

The majority of the American population is walking around wearing the wrong shoe width. If parents don’t know the difference between medium and wide widths shoes, then how can they possibly be providing their children with the correct shoe size?

The most common mistake parents make is ordering a larger shoe size every time their kids’ shoes feel too tight around the width area. If you try a shoe for your child in the medium width, and the shoe feels too tight around the widest part of the foot, then instead of buying longer shoes, try the same shoe in a wider width.

What Is the Difference Between Medium and Wide Shoes?

The difference between a medium width shoe and a wide width shoe is 1/8 of an inch. This can make all the difference in preventing your kids’ toes from overlapping one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes.

Medium VS Wide Width Shoes – Is There a Big Difference?

It is important to understand the difference between medium and wide widths shoes. Some parents believe that the difference between a medium width shoe and a wide width shoe is insignificant. Those parents are wrong!

It actually does make a huge difference if you fit your kids’ wide feet in a pair of shoes that come in wide widths. Your child will feel so much more comfortable running around and you will keep their feet healthy by preventing foot issues.

Take a look at the picture below where I show two insoles of the same shoe length. The left insole comes from a medium width shoe (M) and the right one comes from a wide width shoe (W).

The difference seems quite clear, and that extra room in the width will make such a big difference in the way your kids’ shoes will feel!

You probably heard before that certain shoe styles run wider or narrower than others, but if your child has wide feet, some shoes actually come in wider widths (W).

What Shoe Companies Manufacture Kids’ Shoes in Wide Widths?

New Balance, Saucony, and Stride Rite are the best shoe brands for children with wide feet as they offer the best selection when it comes to wide widths shoes.

While it’s definitely true that there are only certain shoe styles that will work if your child has wide or extra wide feet, not providing your child with certain types of shoes like dress shoes, cleats, or sandals because their feet are too wide or too narrow is a big mistake.

There is always at least one particular dress shoe, sandal, or cleat style that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.

Which is the Best Place to Get Your Kids’ Shoes? – Try Them On!

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

Start by taking a look at a resource I created where I describe the best children’s shoe stores by state.

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to find a good fitting kids’ shoe store in your area, then you can take a look at a different resource that I created where I help families retrieve their child’s exact foot length and shape from home.

While there are several wide widths shoes available for kids, some of them provide better support and structure than others, and will also be more durable and last longer.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before, and some of them are deeper and have rounder toe-boxes than others, which makes a huge difference when you fit them on your child’s feet. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Wide Widths Shoes for Kids

Below you can find a selection of the best wide width shoes for children. Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out the features the shoe provides and the size you should order to allow for the correct amount of growing room.

Now that you know the difference between medium and wide widths shoes, you can provide your child with the correct pair of shoes.

Cheers, and keep your kids’ feet healthy!

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

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 child. My e-mail address is:

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Are the Shoes that Your Child Is Wearing Too Narrow? – Let’s Find Out!

Okay, let’s say you bought your child a medium width shoe and he has been complaining about his/her shoes feeling too tight.

Your immediate response is:

➡️ You just need to break them in!

➡️ Shoes always feel tight at first!

My advice to you is to take your kids’ complaints seriously and start by checking the widest part of the shoe. Let’s take a look at the picture below which shows a shoe that is too narrow for a child’s foot. Do you notice how there is a small bump in the widest part of the foot?

That means that your kids’ toes are being cramped inside the shoe, and the small toe is being pressed against the side of the shoe. The small toe will rub against the shoe, which can lead to the formation of blisters, calluses, or corns.

Let’s say the shoe in the picture is a kids’ shoe size 10 in a medium width. What do you think most parents would do in this situation?

They would get a longer shoe and try a shoe size 10 1/2 or 11! However, the child already has sufficient growing room in size 10. The longer size might take the pressure away from the small toe, but now the shoes are way too long for your kids’ feet. The right thing to do is to try the same size shoe in a wider width.

Does your child normally get medium width shoes or wide width shoes? Have you found a particular shoe style that worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!