Have you been looking for a pair of wide tap shoes for your girl? Do you feel like you aways try several different pairs and you always end up empty handed?
Finding a pair of wide tap shoes for girls can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
I have good news for you, wide tap shoes for girls do exist! It’s important to provide our children with shoes that fit the shape of their feet correctly, otherwise we can create all sort of foot issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns!
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years specializing in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. I am familiar with which the best kids’ shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands are.
For the last 3 years I have dedicated myself to helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
When children get involved in a particular sport, they are stressing out their feet and legs at a whole different level.
Dancing is a sport that is physically and also mentally exhausting. Your child has the pressure to perform well and also the pressure of remembering the dance sequence and getting all the steps right.
The last thing you want for your child to worry about is about her shoes feeling uncomfortable. In order for your child to be able to perform at her best, you must provide her with the correct type of shoes. This involves not only getting the correct shoe length but getting the correct shoe width as well. It doesn’t matter if you leave a good amount of growing in your child’s shoes, if the shoes are too narrow your child will outgrow the width area first and that means replacing the shoes faster than expected.
This is the reason why 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 have contacted me concerned that they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust and always have to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but in order to order your kids’ shoes online, you must know you child’s exact foot size.
There is an article I wrote along with a video where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know how to make sure you provide your child with the correct shoe size, let’s see what features a tap shoe must provide and which are the best wide tap shoes for girls.
Tap Shoes For Girls – What Features Must They Provide?
For tap dancing, the only feature that has the same importance as skill is the quality of the shoes. You will want to provide your child with shoes that can tolerate all of the stress that dancing requires without falling apart.
The tap shoes that you choose for your girl must support her arches, ankles, and tendons by absorbing shock every time her feet become in contact with the ground.
There is only one tap shoe style for girls with wide or extra wide feet. The shoe comes with a firm heel counter and light toe-box for support, snug fit, and comfort!
The type of tap shoes that you decide to provide to your girl will play a key role in keeping her feet healthy and allowing her to perform at her best. The particular tap shoe that I will describe in this post comes in wide widths and will provide the following features to your kids’ feet:
- The inner sole of the shoe is made of foam, which will provide optimal support for your kids’ foot, no matter how hard she s dancing.
- Non-slip pro balance pad added to the resin outsole to smooth out weight transference.
- Back of the shoe has no seam lines in lining and extra piece of black leather to secure heel and minimize rubbing.
- The shoes are very well built and easy to clean.
If we find a tap shoe that provides all of those features, you will allow your girl to focus on dancing and not having to worry about her feet hurting.
Another awesome feature I forgot to mention is how this tap shoe comes withe a rubber grip at the ball of the foot. Cheaper tap shoes do not have them and your girl will be more likely to slip. Most dance studios recommend this feature too.
Several parents have mentioned how they love the lace that this tap shoe comes with, since if you want to change the ribbon color for dance recitals to match your girl costumes it’s an option you have. The best part is that they have an elastic under the bow so the shoe will stay on regardless of if it stays tied or not. Parents love this feature!
The Best Wide Tap Shoes for Girls – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Now that you know what features a good tap shoe must provide for your girl and how to make sure she is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at the best wide tap shoe for girls.
You will notice how this tap shoe made by Capezio comes with a more rounded toe-box that provides more wiggle room for your kids’ toes. f your daughter is big on comfort the shape of this tap shoe will provide a more spacious feeling.
This is the only tap shoe for children that is available in different widths such as narrow, medium, WIDE, and EXTRA WIDE:
Another thing I want you to keep in mind is that this shoe style fits really short, so you must get your child a whole size longer of the size that she measures at the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room. I have fitted this shoe style before so trust me when I tell you to order a size up, you will end up saving a lot of time and money.
My last two important tips are:
- Don’t wear them outside: This tap shoe is not meant to be worn outside, ad the shoe will end p getting destroyed. This shoe style will be very slippery if your child is walking on tile.
- Black is the classic color and the one I recommend buying. Your daughter will be more than likely be required to wear black shoes for their dance recital.
Some parents stated that this shoe styles runs a bit in the narrow side, but it all depends on how wide your kids’ feet are. I say you give this shoe style a try and tell me how it works out!
No-Show Socks for Tap Shoes – Socks or No Socks with Tap Shoes?
Did you know that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy? They act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes as well as the formation of blisters. While this particular shoe style is very well-padded and provides great cushion to your kids’ feet, the correct type of socks will add an extra layer of cushion and prevent the formation of blisters from the constant rubbing of the feet against the shoes.
I always recommend children to wear socks with their tap shoes. If you don’t want blisters or your kids’ shoes to smell, have them always wear socks with their shoes, However, ask them what feels best for them since it’s all about comfort when they are at dance class.
Below you can find a selection of the best socks that your girl can wear with her tap shoes:
These type of socks are made of the same material as tights and they come with the perfect thickness for dancing.
Now that you know which are the best tap shoes for girls with wide or extra wide feet, and which socks will keep their feet healthy, you are ready to make the most informative decision! I always explain to parents that 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 their kids’ feet perfectly and I will help you find them.
Have you tried this particular tap shoe style for your girl? Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. If you happen to have one, please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.