Have you been looking for a pair of wide width shoes for your toddler? Do you feel like every single shoe style that you try on your toddler’s feet fits too tight and ends up leaving red marks on their feet?
Finding a pair of wide shoes for your toddler can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe brands and shoe styles to try.
If you provide your toddler with a pair of shoes that are too narrow, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to the feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns. In addition, did you know that toddlers move their toes as a way of exercising their feet? If the shoes are too narrow you will be constricting this way of exercise.
Providing your toddler with the correct shoe size is extremely important if you want to keep their feet and legs healthy.
The most common mistake I see parents make is thinking that once they provide their toddlers with wide feet with a pair of shoes that are labeled as wide (“W’), then that size will automatically fit the shape of their toddler’s wide feet. This is how most toddlers end up wearing the wrong shoe size.
Besides being labeled as wide, your toddlers shoes must provide two key features (that most parents are not even aware of):
- Depth: This feature will allow your toddler’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of their feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Deep shoes will also prevent the top part of their toes from rubbing against the top front part of the shoes.
- Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your toddler’s toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
You might be wondering…
How are you suppose to find shoes that provide these two features if shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”?
I will help you find them. I have been helping parents find their kids’ shoes online for the last 3 years. I am expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have been working for s specialize children’s shoe store that specializes in children with foot and leg problems for the last 10 years, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
When parents come to the shoe store stating that their kids are complaining about foot pain, my first step is to check the shoes that they are currently wearing. I will say that 90% of the time children were experiencing foot or leg pain from wearing shoes that were too narrow for their feet.
There are certain wide width shoes for toddlers that are deep and come with a round toe-box, and I will describe them shortly, but first I want to show you what features these shoe styles will provide for your toddler and how you can figure out your toddlers exact foot size from home.
Wide Width Shoes for Toddlers – The 5 Most Important Features!
If your toddlers are already walking and putting pressure on their feet and legs then the shoes must minimize the impact that their feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground.
Besides being deep and coming with a round toe-box, there are 5 other important features that your toddler’s shoes must provide in order to keep their feet and legs healthy:
- Support: The shoes that you provide for your toddler must be lightweight and flexible, but at the same time supportive in order to minimize the impact their feet take every time they become in contact with the ground ❤️
- Firm Heel Counter: This feature is important since it’s the part of the shoes that provide your toddlers with ankle support. This is especially important for toddlers since most of the time they are performing lateral movements ❤️
- Lightweight and Flexible: The shoes must be lightweight and flexible in order for your toddler’s feet and legs to not get tired easily ❤️
- Traction: This feature will minimize the likelihood of your toddler from slipping and falling down ❤️
- Breathable: This feature will prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes and prevent foot odor ❤️
The shoes I will describe below will provide all of these 5 important features.
I want you to keep one thing in mind: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your toddlers won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating all sort of issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
This brings me to this next question: Are you 100% sure that you know your toddler’s exact foot size?
I always recommend parents to take their toddlers to be fitted for shoes to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most 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 type of features a shoe has to provide in order to keep your toddler’s feet healthy and how to figure out your toddler’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best wide width shoes for toddlers.
The Best Wide Width Shoes for Toddlers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that 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 a selection of the best wide width shoes for toddlers. In addition to being available in wide and extra wide widths, these are the deepest shoes with the roundest toe-boxes that I have fitted before. Please choose the shoe width accordingly.
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your toddler measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
If you have any further questions about how any of these shoe styles fit, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or in the comments section below.
Before you leave, I want to explain you the importance of providing your toddler with the correct type of socks.
The Best Toddler’s Socks – Seamless and Breathable!
Did you know that socks act as a barrier between your toddler’s feet and the shoes? While some toddlers will refuse to wear socks with their sneakers, it’s important to help them understand the importance of wearing their socks every time they wear their shoes.
The correct type of socks will protect your toddler’s feet from the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes. This is actually really important because if your toddler has an open wound on his/her feet and there is bacteria inside the shoes, this can easily lead to a foot infection.
I have seen how several toddlers refuse to wear any type of socks, but if you provide you toddler with a pair of seamless socks you will be surprised about what a difference they will make. I have fitted a selection of socks for toddlers that are 100% seamless but also breathable and comfortable.
While I can’t get into much detail about these type of socks in this post, there is another article I wrote where I describe the best seamless socks for kids. Go to the link below:
Now that you know which are the best wide width shoes for toddlers and the best socks to keep their feet healthy, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Do you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experience.