Have you ever wondered why some feet fit in shoes without a problem while others don’t? The answer is simple: just as unique each person is, so are their feet!
Children’s feet are constantly changing. When they are babies, their feet are not mostly formed of bone, but of cartilage, which is soft and flexible to change. Even as a baby, we can tell if their feet are narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide. However, most parents are not aware of the width their kids feet are, and they can’t possibly be getting the correct shoe size for their child if they don’t know the width of their feet!
STOP thinking that all types of shoes are appropriate for your kids feet. Many parents are not aware that they have been creating foot problems in their kids feet! By fitting your child in the wrong pair of shoes, you are creating several foot issues such as foot pain, leg pain, blisters, calluses, corns, among many others. The good news is, it’s never too late to clear up the misconceptions around children’s shoe fitting, which have misled countless parents!
Most parents love those cute and intricately designed shoes for kids. However, it is important to understand that shoes are meant to protect our kids feet and provide them with cushioning and support, NOT just to be cute for others to see. Shoes should make our kids feet comfortable when they are playing and running around!
If you are providing your kids with shoes that are too narrow or too wide for their feet, you are defeating the purpose of all the features that shoes has to offer. It doesn’t matter how supportive and well-made the shoes are, you MUST provide your child with the correct shoe size or you will end up creating several foot problems for your baby.
Are you having a hard time every time you try to put your kids shoes on? Do you find yourself shoving the shoes in? This is a sign that the shoe is either too small or too narrow for your child’s feet.
When you are looking for your kids shoes, try not to focus so much on the growing room you are leaving for your child to grow into the shoe. Make sure you are leaving enough room in the widest part of your kids’ feet!
Are you having a hard time finding the correct shoe size for your child with wide feet? Did you know that shoes come in different widths including as wide and extra wide? I always recommend that parents take their kids to a local children’s shoe store that they trust to have their children shoes properly fitted, but if you don’t have one in your area, I describe the best shoes for children with wide feet in this post!
Which Are The Best Shoe Brands For Kids With Width Feet?
There are three shoe companies that offer the best everyday wide shoes for children with wide feet:
- New Balance
- Stride Rite
Shoe companies like New Balance and Saucony make shoes for both kids and adults, so you may have heard of these brands. I have been fitting children’s shoes for 7 years now, and New Balance is our number 1 selling shoe brand for kids with wide and extra wide feet, but we also sell a lot of Saucony shoes.
Did you know that New Balance and Saucony make shoes intended for all types of feet with widths ranging from narrow to extra wide?
If finding the correct pair of shoes for your child with wide feet is a tedious job and a struggle for you, then you will surely find a solution in one of these three shoe brands. I will describe a selection of shoes that will fit your kids’ wide feet perfectly!
The Best Shoe Styles For Children With Wide Feet! – Learn The Secret!
I guarantee that if your child has wide feet and you have been struggling to find shoes that are wide enough, the shoes I describe below will fit the shape of your kids feet perfectly!
Now, if your child has extra wide feet, that’s a different story. I describe the best children’s shoes for children with extra wide feet in this post here:
As parents, we want our kids to feel comfortable whenever they put their shoes on with a smile on their faces, signaling that they are wearing appropriate shoes for their feet. Allow your kids to reach their full potential while running around or playing sports by providing them with the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size!
Below you can find a selection of the best fitting shoes for children who have wide feet! These shoe styles come in different color designs and are available in velcro or shoe laces.
The shoes in the first-row fit “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.
The shoes in the second-row fit “true to size”,which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Do you feel like you need to shove your kids feet into their shoes when you are putting them on? You can scratch that problem right off the list because these shoes open widely and are very deep, guaranteeing that your kids’ feet will slide right in.
These shoes are also lightweight and supportive, which makes them the perfect multi-purpose everyday shoes for your children! They come with a sturdy rubber sole and they are built for activities that involve running, playing or simply walking. You can forget all about blisters, bunions, and calluses ofted caused by shoes that are too narrow!
Fancier Shoes For Kids With Wide Feet – Shoes For Your Fashionista!
For the parents that come to the kids shoe store that I work for, comfort has always been the primary goal when it comes to getting their kids shoes. Of course they care about style too, and I always try my best never to compromise the fit, while finding shoes that look stylish.
Shoes are the finishing touch of any outfit and it is important to complete the look with a perfect pair of them!
It is harder to find dress shoes for kids with wide feet than it is to find everyday sneakers for them! The main reason is that there are fewer choices available for children with wide feet. The most popular shoe brands that make dress shoes for kids with wide feet are:
- See Kai Run
- Stride Rite
- Jumping Jacks
I don’t know if you are familiar with any of these shoe brands, but we carry them at our shoe store and they fit children with wide feet perfectly.
When parents are looking for dress shoes for their girls, they tend to choose the mary jean styles. Do you know what a mary jean looks like? Take a look at the picture below for clarification!
If this type of shoe is not wide enough for your child’s feet, you will notice how tightly it feels around your kids’ instep. You should always have enough room to slide your finger around that part of the mary jean, otherwise it means it’s not wide enough for your kids’ feet!
Take a look at the picture below for further clarification:
Below, you can find the best dress shoes for children with wide feet!
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.
Now that you know the best everyday kids’ sneakers and dress shoes that come in wide widths, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
REMEMBER how important it is to provide your child with the correct shoe size! The negative impact of not providing your kids with the correct shoe size will end up costing you a lot of money in the future! Aside from developing corns, blisters and calluses, your kids may end up suffering from leg, foot, and back pain in the future. I hope I have made you more aware of the consequences of not providing your child with the correct shoe size!
It is not hard to find wide kids’ shoes if you know what to look for! Providing your child with the correct shoe width is just as important as providing your child with the correct shoe length!
WIDE shoes for kids DO EXIST, and they make a huge difference when it comes to providing your kids with comfort. STOP saying that your child can’t wear a certain type of shoe because his or her feet are too wide, shoe companies make wide running shoes, wide soccer cleats,wide dress shoes, wide sandals…you name it! If you go through my website, you will notice how I provide a description of every shoe style that comes in wide widths!
Do you always have a hard time finding wide shoes for your child? Is there a particular shoe brand or shoe style that you would recommend for children with wide feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all benefit from them!