Are you having trouble finding a particular dress shoe for your child with wide feet or extra wide feet? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but always end up empty handed?
Finding a pair of dress shoes for your child with wide or extra wide feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what styles to look for.
If you provide your child with dress shoes that are too narrow you will end up creating several issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
The most common mistake I see parents make is to provide their children with shoes that are too long in order to compensate for the width.
There is only a small selection of kids’ dress shoes for wide or extra wide feet, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
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.
While dress shoes for kids are the type of shoes that are worn for a very short period of time and every once in a while, they still need to be comfortable. Have you noticed that if your feet hurt you tend to shift your body weight differently and walk in a different way to counteract the pain? This is exactly what your children will do, which will lead them to put pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to. This will lead to other joints and muscles like the knees, hips, back, shoulders and neck to suffer in the long run.
Besides fitting the shape of your child’s wide or extra wide feet, the dress shoes must provide good support and they need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time.
I will provide you with a selection of the best wide dress shoes for kids shortly, but first I want to show you what features these dress shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
The Best Dress Shoe Brands for Kids with Wide Feet ❤️
There are certain children’s shoe brands that are consistent in making dress shoes for children with wide or extra wide feet.
❤️ Hush Puppies
❤️ Stride Rite
The two most popular ones are Hush Puppies and Stride Rite, since I have fitted several shoe styles from them before and I know they will the shape of a child with a wide or an extra wide foot, as well as a high instep.
Wide Dress Shoes for Kids – The 3 Most Important Features!
These are the 3 most important features that the dress shoes I describe below will provide for your child:
❤️ Support: This feature will allow your child to walk around comfortably.
❤️ Lightweight/Flexible: The dress shoes must be supportive, but they need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired.
❤️ Durable: It’s important for the dress shoes to be durable so your child can outgrow it before he/she wears them down.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it does’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. Whats even worse you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to their feet.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features these dress shoes will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you can see below a selection of the best wide dress shoes for kids.
The Best Wide Dress Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 the best wide dress shoes for kids, please keep in mind that most of these dress shoes are available in wide (“W”) widths, so please choose the shoe width accordingly.
This first selection is for girls:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
This selection is for boys:
All of these shoe styles also fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Most of these dress shoes are made 100% leather, which has several benefits compared to other types of material since it will mold to your child’s unique foot shape and it’s also the type of material that tends to hold up the best. This will guarantee that your children will outgrow the shoes before they wear them out.
Do you happen to need a pair of wide dress shoes for yourself? I recently created an article that describes the best women’s wide width dress shoes and you can find that article here:
Dress Socks for Children – Seamless and Breathable!
Socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes. Dress socks are important because dress shoes tend to be stiffer and less padded than sneakers, and children might have a hard time adjusting to them. In addition, a good pair of dress socks will cushion and protect your kids’ feet.
One common mistake I see parents make is buying their kids’ socks based on their age, and not their foot size. This usually leads to children wearing socks that are too short or too long for their feet.
Let me show you the most effective way to make sure that you provide your toddler with the correct sock size.
Most socks come in a package with labels that read “Fits Sock Size”, ” Fits Ages From” , ” Fits Shoe Size”. When trying to find the correct sock size for your child, please ignore the label the reads “sock size” or “age guidelines”.
In order to find your children’s correct sock size, you must always look under the label “shoe size” in the sock’s tags. This is the most effective way to find out your children’s correct sock size. Take a look at the two pictures below for clarification:
Seamless socks are the kind that I recommend for wide feet. They will allow the toes to move freely and they will prevent toes from overlapping onto each other.
Here you can find a selection of the best dress socks for children with wide feet:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular type of shoes for your chid with wide feet. I am always explaining to parents how it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide their kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
Have you found a particular shoe brand or shoe style that has worked well for your child with wide or extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.