Did you know that when children play sports they stress their feet and legs more, putting them at a higher risk for injuries? If you have ever played a sport, you probably know how much more our feet impact the ground than when we are walking or running. In tennis, we are constantly making sudden stops and there is a lot of lateral movement involved. For our kids’ to perform at their best and prevent injuries, we must find a certain shoes with a firm heel counter (provides later support) and excellent grip so your child can make sudden stops without slipping.!
Please note that you can provide your child with the most supportive and best made pair of tennis shoes, but if they are not fitted properly, your child won’t enjoy any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer! It all starts with getting the correct shoe width! So, if your child has wide or extra wide feet and likes to play tennis, there are certain shoes that come wide enough for their feet!
It doesn’t matter if your child has just started playing tennis or has been playing the sport for years, you must provide them with the correct pair of shoes! There is a reason why sport specific shoes exist! The benefit of providing your child with sport specific footwear is that you will allow them to perform at their best, while preventing foot pain and foot/leg injuries!
I have been working for a specialized children shoe store, where we help children with foot problems and provide regular fitting. I handle approximately 150 t0 200 hundred fittings/ try ons per week. I have helped countless children who come to the store wearing good, supportive shoes, but have blisters and calluses on their feet, from wearing the wrong shoe size!
Did you know that 8 out of 10 American women wear shoes that don’t fit, and you might be one of them! (American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society) If you don’t know how to select shoes for yourself, what are the chances that you are choosing the correct shoe size for your child?
I have been contacted by several parents asking me for help. Their kids’ have wide or extra wide feet, but they can’t find sport related shoes to fit them. Usually, the poorly fitted shoes has lead to all sorts of foot problems for the child including blisters, calluses, and corns! The fact that parents can’t seem to find wide width sport shoes for their kids doesn’t mean that they don’t exist! They DO exist! I have fitted wide and extra wide soccer and baseball cleats, as well as basketball shoes!
Have you been looking for wide tennis shoes for your child? In this post I describe the best wide and extra wide widths tennis shoes for children who like to play tennis!
Do Wide Tennis Shoes Exist? – Get Your Child The Correct Shoe Size!
Yes, they do exist! And, if you haven’t been providing your child with the correct shoe size, it’s because you either didn’t do your research properly or you didn’t care enough to do it! Providing your child with the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size is really important to keep their feet healthy!
Can you picture yourself running on the treadmill or playing your favorite sport in the wrong pair of shoes? I know I would feel uncomfortable and unstable, so why would you think that your children would not need sport specific shoes when they begin playing a particular sport?
No matter how wide your children feet are, shoe companies make shoes wide enough for their feet! The particular sport your child plays doesn’t amtter, there will be shoes that comes wide enough for their feet! And no, I don’t mean shoes “run wider than others, I mean shoes that actually come in wide or extra wide widths!
For example, did you know that there is only one style of soccer cleats that comes in wide and extra wide widths? Yes, there is only one style available, but that is all your child needs to be comfortable! You can find the best soccer cleats for kids who need wide or extra wide widths here:
Before I reveal the secret to finding the best tennis shoes for kids who need wide widths, I need you to understand the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size!
How Can I Make Sure My Child Is Wearing The Correct Shoe Size?
It’s actually really SIMPLE! While I would love for you to order shoes for your child through my website, I advise you to take them to a local children’s shoe store that you trust! A shoe fitter will be able to properly measure your kids’ feet and find the perfect pair of shoes for them. However, you must STOP taking your children to stores such as Stride Rite, Nordstrom, or Payless… I can assure you that your child will walk out of there wearing the wrong shoe size!
I have helped a number of families that brought their kids wearing shoes that were fitted from those stores, and they consistently come wearing the WRONG shoe size! Sometimes parents bring their children after being referred by their physical therapists because their child had been complaining about foot and leg pain, and it turns out that the pain was because the child was wearing the wrong shoe size! All the child needed was the correct pair of shoes in the correct shoe size!
Several parents have contacted me asking how they can make sure their kids’ shoes fit, since they don’t have a local kids’ shoe store that they trust. I explain how to check and see whether your child is wearing the correct shoe size in this post:
Can My Child Wear Tennis Shoes As Their Everyday Shoes?
Yes! Sport specific shoes such as tennis shoes can be worn as everyday shoes. Tennis shoes are made to withstand the rigor of the tennis courts, which make them extremely durable shoes.
However, make sure your child is taking care of the shoes by taking them off and putting them on properly. This is important, because every time your child takes their shoes off without untying them, they are stretching out the heels of the shoes, making the shoes less supportive!
So, if you want to take advantage of the sturdiness of sport specific shoes and get two shoes in one, explain the importance of taking care of his shoes to your child!
I wrote a post where I explain how to prevent your child from yanking his or her shoes off. You can find that post here:
Below I describe the best tennis shoes for children with wide or extra wide feet, that can also be worn as everyday shoes!
The Best Wide Tennis Shoe For Kids – The Secret Revealed!
The shoe style I will describe below come in medium, wide, and extra widths! So if you have a child with wide feet, this style will fit their feet perfectly! This shoe style will provide a soft, yet flexible fit!
This shoe provides excellent midfoot support, and will allow your kids to push their footwork to the limits on the tennis courts or on the playground! The excellent cushioning that it provides minimizes and reduces the impact and shock your children’s feet feel with each impact on the ground! The rubber outsole of the shoe also provides excellent grip and traction not just for when they are playing tennis, but also for when they are running around at school or participating in physical education class.
Here are some of the features that tennis shoes must provide:
- Extra lateral support.
- Heavier and stiffer materials.
- Extra cushioning.
- Shock absorption
- Reinforced soles
- Reinforced toecaps.
Below you can find the only 2 styles of kids’ tennis shoes for a child who has wide or extra wide feet!
The first shoe style fits “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. You can also replace the green shoelaces and replace them for a white or a black pair.
This shoe style fits “short”,which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
These shoe styles will not only keep your kids feet healthy and allow them to perform well on the tennis court, but it is also versatile and can be worn as an everyday shoe!
Toggle Shoe Laces –The Best Alternative To Tying Shoe Laces!
If your child doesn’t know how to tie his shoes yet, there is an alternative that will help stabilize his or her feet and legs. Lock laces make it simple for your child take their shoes off and put them back on!
It is always better to teach your children how to properly tie their shoes, because shoe laces provide more support and stability! However, if your child is not ready to learn how to tie their shoes just yet and their shoes keep coming untied, then you must provide him with an alternative. I wrote a post where I describe with why lock laces are the best alternative to shoe laces, why they are important, and where you can get them for the cheapest price:
Now that you know that tennis shoes come in wide and extra wide widths, you are ready to provide your children with shoes that FIT PROPERLY!
STOP hurting and pinching your kids fee! The correct shoe width will make a huge difference in the way shoes feel and how comfortable your child is when they are in the game!
Does your child have wide or extra wide feet? Have you been looking for tennis shoes for a while now? Have you found a particular pair of tennis shoes wide enough for your child’s feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!