The start of a new school year means new school shoes for children, but it can be challenging and time-consuming to find supportive and durable back to school for children with wide or extra wide feet.
Have you been looking for a pair of wide back to school shoes for your child? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed?
If you have been looking everywhere for a pair of supportive back to school that are wide enough to accommodate the shape of your child’s wide or extra wide feet with a high instep, I know exactly which styles fit deeper and wider than others.
Children with wide feet who wear shoes that are too narrow are more prone to developing issues that range from blisters to foot and leg pain. This is the reason why it’s so important that your children’s shoes fit just right.
Most parents make the common mistake of assuming that once they find a shoe style that is labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”), that shoe style will automatically fit the shape of the child’s wide feet.
There are actually two other key features that your kids’ back to school shoes must provide in order to guarantee that they will fit the shape of your child’s wide feet:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your child’s feet to fit deeper inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Deep shoes will also prevent the top part of your kids’ toes from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe–Box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing or overlapping against one another. Shoes that come with a round toe-box will also prevent your kids small toe from rubbing against the side of the shoes.
The issue that parents face is identifying which shoe styles provide these 2 important features, since shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with a “round toe-box”.
These two features will also guarantee that the shoes will fit your child’s high instep as well. Do you know what the instep of the foot is? The instep is the top part of the foot and when it’s high, it makes it more complicated to find shoes that fit. Take a look at the picture below to identify the foot of a child with a high instep:
I know which shoe styles provide extra depth and come with a rounder toe-box from having fitted them before. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for children with wide feet feet and the best styles among those brands.
One thing that I want you to keep in mind is that a higher priced shoe doesn’t automatically translate into a better shoe.
Most schools require their students to wear back to school shoes made out of leather or canvas, and the shoes might need to meet certain color requirements as well. In addition to meeting those requirements, your kids’ school shoes must fit perfectly in order to avoid foot problems.
It’s important that you provide your child with school shoes that are wide enough for their feet, otherwise your child might develop short-term foot issues such as blisters,calluses, and corns, and more serious injuries such as foot, leg, and back pain.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best wide back to school shoes for kids, I want to first show you what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
School Shoes for Kids with Wide Feet – 3 Key Features!
In addition to providing extra depth and coming with a round toe-box, your kids’ school shoes must provide the following 3 features:
✅ Substantial Sole for Arch and Ankle Support: This feature will reduce the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground. Shoes that provide good shock absorption will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy and prevent foot and leg pain.
Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides a substantial sole versus a shoe that is too soft and won’t provide enough support to your child’s feet. The first image shows a shoe that is too soft, since as I press on the sole of the shoe it folds and it doesn’t feel firm enough.
The image below shows an image of a shoe with a substantial sole, since as I press on that part of the shoe it feel firm and it doesn’t fold.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: Your kids’ school shoes must be supportive but lightweight and flexible at the same time. Your child’s shoes should always bend at the ball of the foot but no further, but too much flexibility means that the shoes don’t provide enough support. Here you can find a picture of a pair of shoes that provides the correct amount of flexibility:
The picture below shows a shoe style that is too flexible and won’t provide good support to your child’s feet:
✅ Durable: This feature will prevent your children from wearing down their shoes before they are ready to outgrow them.
All of the shoe styles that I describe in this article provide these important features. However, parents need to be aware that if their children are not wearing the correct shoe size, they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always encourage parents to take their children to their local fitting kids’ shoe store, but the problem is that most kids shoe stores have been closing down. Start by taking a look at a map I created where I describe the best fitting kids’ shoe stores in the US by state. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that map you still can’t find a shoe store in your area then proceed to taking a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective wayto figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know which are the most important features that your kids back to school shoes must provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best wide back to school shoes for kids.
The Best Wide Back to School Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoe styles that I have previously fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Please find below a selection of the best wide back to school shoes for kids. Refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations:
We always want to provide children with a half a size longer of the size that they measure at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room. The issue is that shoes can fit short, long, narrow, wide, or true to size, and depending on how they fit you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
For example, if your child measures a foot size 5 but the shoes fit “short”, then you will have to provide your child with a shoe size 6 in order to allow for growing room. On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long”, then you will have to provide your child with the same shoe size 5, since the shoes already fit long.
All of the shoe styles that I recommend above fit “true to size”, meaning that you need to provide your children with a half a size longer of the size that they measured at the foot measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
All of the back to school shoe styles that I recommend are supportive and durable, meaning that your child will outgrow these shoes before they wear them out.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure about how a particular shoe style fits, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before and I will help you find it.
Have you found a particular back to school shoe style that has worked well for your child’s wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.