Do you always have a hard time finding a pair of ballet flats for your child with wide or extra wide feet? Does your child ends up wearing them only once or twice and then refuses to wear them because they feel too tight?
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.
Since we are a shoe fitting store, we carry shoes that come in different shapes and sizes. It’s important for us to carry shoes that come in wide and extra wide widths, since that is the only way we can help children who have wide or extra wide feet. This is the reason why I am familiar with which ballet flats will fit the shape of a child with wide feet.
For the last 3 years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids online.
I have been contacted by several parents who asked me which are the best flats for a child who has wide or extra wide feet. When it comes to fitting a flat for a child that has wide feet it’s always a challenge, since we might be able to find a shoe that is wide enough at the front of the shoe, but the flat might slip off your kid’s feet every time they walk.
That is one of the main reasons why children end up wearing Mary Jane shoes instead of flats. Mary Jane shoes always come with a Velcro strap in the middle of the shoe, which will hold your kids’ feet in place and prevent them from slipping off. Are you familiar with how a Mary Jane shoe style looks like? Take a look at the image below for clarification
In order to find a ballet flat that will accommodate the shape of your child’s wide feet we need to find a style that is obviously wide enough but that also comes with an elastic band or strap to hold your child’s feet in place.
This is an example of how that shoe style would look like:
Let me explain you a little further why the ballet flats I will describe below will fit the shape of your child’s wide or extra wide feet while preventing her feet from coming out of the shoes at the same time.
The shoes I will describe below will come with two types of “lasts”. This means that the shoes are wide at the front, but narrow at the back. This is perfect for children with wide feet, since it will accommodate the width and at the same time prevent the shoe from slipping out of your kids’ feet.
I am not an expert in fashion trends, but I can guarantee you that NATURINO doesn’t neglect fashion. Each shoe style is in line with the latest fashion and colors that reflect Italian style. You will find that Naturino makes some of the most elegant shoes for children!
I will provide you with a selection of the best wide width shoes for girls shortly, but first let me show you what features these shoe styles will provide and how you can figure out your child’s foot size from home.
What Makes These Flats So Special? – Quality and FIT!
All of the ballet flats styles that I will describe below are made from high quality leather, well-constructed, fit well, and guarantee that your children will outgrow the shoes before they get worn off.
The shoes also come with sturdy flexible bottoms and soft uppers, and one of their greatest features is how the shoes adapt to the shape of your kids’ feet as they grow, helping them to develop correctly while preventing foot and leg issues.
Girls also love how stylish the shoes look, while parents love how well the shoes fit and hold up.
If you are a woman who has tried ballet flats before, you must know by now how flats must be fitted heel to toe, which means that it’s extremely hard to leave any growing room in the shoe, and buying a pair of shoes for a child that is still growing and not being able to leave any growing room might not a good idea.
This is the reason why it’s so important to find ballet shoes that come with an elastic strap along the side of the shoe, since it will help hold your kids’ feet in place and allow for growing room at the same time.
Several parents don’t buy their kids flats because of the simple fact that they don’t want their kids outgrowing their shoes so fast, but now I have found you the best solution.
Please keep in mind that your child won’t get any of the features that the ballet shoes provide if you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size.
Which bring me to this next question: Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size?
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 ballet flats will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best wide width shoes for girls.
The Best Wide Width Shoes for Girls ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
The best flats for children are the ones that come with an elastic collar, leather lining and a cushioned foot bed that provides comfort and support to your kids’ feet. It’s also important for the shoes to come with a rubber outsole in order to provide traction and stability to your kids’ feet.
Keep in mind that flats are great to wear to special occasions, going to the shopping mall, or going to dinner. They are not the best choice for taking your child to the playground, high impact activities, or wearing them to school.
Here you can find a selection of the best wide width shoes for girls:
This selection of shoes also fits “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
I always advice parents to not let their children wear their flats for longer than 5 hours a day, since flats don’t provide children with the everyday support that they need. Wearing ballet flats for prolonged amounts of time can lead to foot and leg pain.
If you don’t want to provide your child with a pair of flats, Mary Janes are the best alternative. I actually wrote a post where I describe the best Mary Jane shoes for children. Go to the link below:
Mary Janes are a great alternative if you have children who are very active and are hard on their shoes. Mary Jane shoes all come with a rubber sole and a firm heel counter, which allows your kids to run and play feeling more secure and stable.
I am aways emphasizing to parents this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always a particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
Have you found a particular ballet flat style that has worked well for your child’s wide feet? Please share your finding below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.