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10 Best Kids' Shoes for Orthotics: Comfort, Support, & Durability

Find the perfect footwear for your child's orthotic needs, ensuring their feet are well-cushioned and properly supported.

Amy Elder - Writer for First Walkers
By Amy Elder
Korana Braun - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Korana Braun

Updated December 29, 2023.

Parent fitting orthotics-supported shoes onto their kid's feet.

When our kids hurt, we hurt. One of the most effective ways to take away their pain is to provide them with comfortable, supportive shoes that will make them feel more confident in their movements. This is particularly true when they need to wear orthotics or orthopaedic shoes for kids.

However, for orthotics to function properly, shoes must be firm and supportive. Fortunately, our kids' orthopaedic shoes can be easily fitted with custom insoles or other orthotics, making them perfect for the little ones who need added support.

Featuring a wide toe box and stable arch, these pediatric shoes for orthotics accommodate orthotic inserts flawlessly.

10 Best Children’s Shoes for Orthotics



Choosing the Best Children's Shoes for Orthotics

When choosing the best shoes to wear with custom orthotics for your kid, there are several factors to consider to ensure the perfect fit and support for your child. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  • Size and Fit: Ensure the shoes are the correct size and offer ample room for orthotic inserts without causing discomfort.
  • Support and Stability: Look for shoes with good arch support and a stable sole to accommodate orthotic devices.
  • Flexibility: Choose shoes that are flexible enough to work with the orthotics while providing support for natural foot movement.
  • Breathability: Opt for shoes made from breathable materials to keep your child's feet cool and comfortable.
  • Durability: Select shoes made from high-quality materials to ensure they can withstand the wear and tear of active kids.

By considering these factors, you can find the best kids' shoes for orthotics that provide the support and comfort your child needs.

Best orthotic-friendly sneakers for kids

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First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
BLACK SAVANNAH supportive high-cut sneakers

Nuru Mercury Sneakers

Stride with confidence & comfort

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sneakers


Price

$186

Features

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Short description

Zipping through shoe time woes! These kicks boast double zippers for effortless entry, making them the best shoes for orthotics. Comfort and convenience, all tucked into a stylish package.

Why we chose it

These high-tops are much easier to put on than other shoes because of their two-sided zippers. And these are great if your little one wants to be an astronaut. These are ideal pediatric shoes for orthotics.

Best orthotic-friendly sneakers for boys

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First Walkers Bubbly Bart Navy High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Bubbly Bart Navy High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Bubbly Bart Navy High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Bubbly Bart Navy High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Bubbly Bart Navy High-Top Sneakers

Bubbly Bart Sneakers

Bold style for boys

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sneakers


Price

$172

  • Shoelaces + Zipper
  • Extended ankle support
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Ahoy, mateys! Let your mini fashionista sail the high seas of style with these supportive sneakers. The cool color combo of navy, light blue, and bright laces adds a touch of swagger. The inner zippers make them the best shoes to wear with custom orthotics.

These sneakers are sharp with deep navy, light blue accent panels, and bright shoelaces. Along with laces, these shoes have inner zippers on the side, allowing for easier donning and doffing of orthotics.

Best orthotic-friendly boots for kids

3


First Walkers Marine Avery Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Marine Avery Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Marine Avery Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Marine Avery Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers

Marine Avery Sneakers

Sturdy support in every step

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Boots


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Orthotics? No worries, matey! These comfy shoes with double zippers are the secret weapon for effortless mornings. Comfort that fits like a glove, even with a little extra support.

This is a comfortable and supportive pair of boots with a two-sided zipper system, making them easier to put on and take off. The cushioning they provide makes them very comfortable to use with orthotics. These boots are all black and will pair well with a lot of outfits.

Best orthotic-friendly sandals for girls

4


First Walkers Arianna Florets Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Arianna Florets Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Arianna Florets Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Arianna Florets Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Arianna Florets Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals

Arianna Florets Sandals

Chic support for sunny days

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sandals


Price

$152

  • Three adjustable Velcro straps
  • Extended ankle support
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support
  • Air valves for moisture reduction
  • Thomas heel

Blooming brilliant! Arianna sandals join the "Florets" crew, offering top-notch support with a touch of floral magic. Perfect for orthotics, they'll keep little feet happy and blooming all day long. Style meets comfort in a delightful dance of support.

These sandals are stylish and supportive and very accommodating to orthotics. They are super cute with white, blue, lilac, and purple colors with a floret on the bottom and two velcro straps.

Best orthotic-friendly high-top sneakers for kids

5


First Walkers Ashley Mizar Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Ashley Mizar Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Ashley Mizar Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Ashley Mizar Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
Ashley Mizar sneakers with arch support

Ashley Mizar Sneakers

High-Top Style, Orthotic Ease

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sneakers


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Double zippers to the rescue! These shoes make even the trickiest orthotics a breeze. Comfort and convenience go hand in hand, letting little feet explore without boundaries. One of the best children’s shoes for orthotics, your little ones can zip, step, and conquer the world, one comfy adventure at a time.

This is another high-top with a two-sided zipper. Unzip both sides and easily slip that little foot right in. You can replace custom orthotics with the removable insoles of these sneakers. They are sleek and stylish with a simple black-and-white design.

Best everyday shoes for girls

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First Walkers Beth Colorino Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Beth Colorino Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Beth Colorino Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Beth Colorino Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Beth Colorino Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers

Beth Colorino Sneakers

Stylish Zip-Up, Orthotic Comfort

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sneakers


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Zip it up, wiggle in, and zoom! These shoes with double zippers turn shoe time into playtime, even with orthotics. Comfort and ease are the perfect duo for happy adventures. No more fuss, just pure fun, ready to fuel tiny explorers.

These high-top sneakers with two zippers provide ease of use with orthotics to slide those little feet in and out. As one of the best orthopedic shoes for kids, they have a stylish uniqueness with the silver, white, and pink design.

Best orthotic-friendly zip-up sneakers for kids

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First Walkers Silane Vivid Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Silane Vivid Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Silane Vivid Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Silane Vivid Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
BLACK SAVANNAH supportive high-cut sneakers

Silane Vivid Sneakers

Easy Zip-Up, Orthotic Bliss

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sneakers


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Double zippers, double fun! Getting ready becomes a joy with these shoes, orthotics or not. Slide in, zip up, and let the good times roll! Comfort that keeps up with every hop, skip, and jump, all wrapped in playful ease.

Two-sided zippers always make for ease of use with orthotics and allow for greater comfort. These sneakers are a striking silver color with a pop of red from the shoelaces and are some of the best shoes to wear with custom orthotics.

Best orthotic-friendly boots for girls

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First Walkers Midnight Chrysalis Classic Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Midnight Chrysalis Classic Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Midnight Chrysalis Classic Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Midnight Chrysalis Classic Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Midnight Chrysalis Classic Orthopaedic Boots

Midnight Chrysalis Boots

Orthotic chic in girly boots

Material

Leather


Type

Boots


Price

$172

  • Shoelaces + Zipper
  • Extended ankle support
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • Extended tongue (best fit for AFO)
  • High built-in arch support
  • Air valves for moisture reduction
  • Thomas heel

Prepare to be dazzled! Midnight Chrysalis boots are a fairytale dream come true. Ankle support, wide opening, and glam details make them perfect for orthotics and turning heads. Be a modern-day princess who conquers the world in comfort and style.

The extended tongue and long zipper on these boots allow for a wider opening and make them easier to use with orthotics or AFOs. These are a lovely blue color with details such as a 3D butterfly on the side and contrasting stitches.

Best orthotic-friendly everyday shoes for kids

9


First Walkers Charley Orpin Orthotic High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Charley Orpin Orthotic High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Charley Orpin Orthotic High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Charley Orpin Orthotic High-Top Sneakers
BLACK SAVANNAH supportive high-cut sneakers

Charley Orpin Sneakers

Orthotic-Friendly Everyday Kicks

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sneakers


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Don't let orthotics slow you down! These comfy shoes with double zippers make mornings a breeze. Comfort and convenience zipped up and ready for action. Breezing through the day is a lot more comfortable in these amazing orthopedic shoes for kids.

Here is another pair of high-top sneakers with a two-sided zipper, making them a lot easier to use with orthotics and put on in general. The color is a neutral camel shade with a white star on the side, so these might be good for your little cowgirl.

Best orthotic-friendly patterned sneakers for kids

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First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers

Gabi Vulpini Sneakers

Orthotic Sneakers with Pizzazz

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Boots


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Zip into a world of fun with these shoes! Double zippers make orthotics a cinch, so little feet can explore all day long. Easy on, easy off, easy playtime for tiny adventurers with big dreams. Comfort that fuels every leap, every hop, every giggle with the best children’s shoes for orthotics.

These high-top boots are a good choice for your children who prefer a pattern on their shoes instead of just plain ones. The pattern on these consists of little foxes on a black shoe. They have a two-sided zipper and removable insole for ease of use with orthotics.



Try Our Paediatric Orthopaedic Shoes

We pride ourselves on our supportive, comfortable shoes made with the specific goal in mind of making them easy to use if your child needs to wear an orthotic. All while being adorable and super stylish. Explore our collection of the best shoes for orthotics and ensure your kid gets the proper comfort and support.



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