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10 Best Kids Shoes for Stability: Support for Hypermobile Feet

Looking for the perfect shoes for your hypermobile toddler? Explore top-notch kids' shoes designed for hypermobility. Dive into the essential features that make these shoes the best fit for your little one's support, comfort, and development.

Amy Elder - Writer for First Walkers
By Amy Elder
Davor Štefanović - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated February 19, 2024.

Four preschool children sitting on a tall bench, wearing ankle-supporting footwear.

Navigating the world of kids' shoes can be tricky, especially when your child has hypermobile feet. Extra flexibility in their ligaments, tendons, and joints can lead to instability, often affecting their feet and ankles the most.

You want the best for your little one—shoes that provide support, stability, and style. We've rounded up the top 10 kids' shoes perfect for those with hypermobility, including options for children with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Let's discover the footwear superheroes that help your child confidently step into each new day.



10 Best Kids' Shoes for Hypermobility



Choosing the Right Shoes for Hypermobile Toddlers

If your toddler has hypermobility (overly flexible joints), finding the right shoes is key to providing extra stability and support. Here are some key things to look for when shopping for toddler shoes:

  • Arch support: Look for shoes with substantial arch support to help stabilize and align the foot. A sturdy arch helps prevent the foot from overpronating or collapsing inward.
  • Ankle support: Since hypermobile toddlers are prone to ankle sprains and instability, choose shoes that wrap securely around the ankle with padding at the collar. This will limit excess ankle motion.
  • Cushioning: Prioritize shock-absorbing cushioning in the midsole foam and insole to prevent pain in the knees, feet, and other joints that bear weight.
  • Correct fit: Shoes that fit too loose won't provide enough stability, while tight shoes can cause discomfort. It's a good idea to have their feet properly measured.
  • Durability: Hypermobile toddlers can be hard on their shoes, so select well-constructed shoes with sturdy materials that won't wear out quickly.
Best patterned toddler shoes for hypermobilty

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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

Orthotics friendly high-top sneakers

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

Brief overview

We designed this model to create greater comfort when your little one uses orthotics. It is so much easier to put shoes on with two-sided zippers. Unzip them both, and voila - the little foot is in!

Why we chose Nuru Mercury sneakers

These boots provide fantastic support, especially for hypermobile ankles, offering more ankle support than many hi-tops. They feature a two-sided zipper system for easy on and off, even with orthotics.

Best girls’ sandals for hypermobility

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First Walkers Alva Gigi Sandals
First Walkers Alva Gigi Sandals
First Walkers Alva Gigi Sandals
First Walkers Alva Gigi Sandals
First Walkers Alva Gigi Sandals

Alva Gigi Sandals

Pretty in pink orthopaedic high-top sandals

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sandals


Price

$172

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

Alva Gigi sandals are expertly crafted to be the ideal first shoes for little ones with hypermobility. Designed for your child's big adventure, these sandals boast shock-absorbing soles that cushion every step, ensuring those initial walks—and stumbles—are a more comfortable experience.

These pretty pastel pink sandals have open toes for the warmer months when your little one needs ankle support without bulky shoes. High-quality velcro closures ensure a comfortable fit for any foot.

Best toddlers’ velcro shoes for hypermobility

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First Walkers Silas Mateo Sneakers
First Walkers Silas Mateo Sneakers
First Walkers Silas Mateo Sneakers
First Walkers Silas Mateo Sneakers
First Walkers Silas Mateo Sneakers

Silas Mateo Sneakers

Ideal to pair with any outfit

Material

Nubuck leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$172

  • Two adjustable Velcro straps
  • Extended ankle support
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Classic Silas Mateo the high-top sneakers would be your child's favourite for its comfortable fit. Two adjustable velcro strap fastening doesn't just make this style a very easy to put them on and off, it also provides flexibility to foot width.

Classic two-toned colour combination Silas Mateo will look great with any outfit, from tees and button-down shirts to jeans and suits.

These durable sneakers are perfect for children with hypermobility, offering excellent support for various activities. Velcro straps make fitting a breeze, accommodating both slim and wide feet. The classic two-tone design not only provides versatility but also ensures your kid is dressed stylishly.

Best boys’ boots for hypermobility

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First Walkers Velvet Logan Velcro Orthopedic Boots
First Walkers Velvet Logan Velcro Orthopedic Boots
First Walkers Velvet Logan Velcro Orthopedic Boots
First Walkers Velvet Logan Velcro Orthopedic Boots

Velvet Logan Velcro Orthopedic Boots

Ankle boys boots with velcro straps

Material

Nubuck leather


Type

Boots


Price

$172

  • Two 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

Classic. A single word to describe these navy & blue orthopedic boots. We designed first ever model of ankle boys boots that features Veclro straps instead of traditional laces & zipper combination because we wanted to keep it simple.

Simple to put on & take off, simple to wear and very traditional in providing support, Velvet Logan is a must-have item from a young gentleman wardrobe!

These groundbreaking boys' ankle boots introduce a revolutionary design with velcro straps, perfect for addressing the needs of hypermobile feet. Offering a secure foundation, these boots provide unparalleled support without the hassle of laces or zippers. The stunning shades of blue not only make a fashion statement but also ensure your little one stands out with any outfit.

Best toddlers' sandals for hypermobility

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First Walkers Mason Flumen Sandals
First Walkers Mason Flumen Sandals
First Walkers Mason Flumen Sandals
First Walkers Mason Flumen Sandals
First Walkers Mason Flumen Sandals

Mason Flumen Sandals

Style meets function

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sandals


Price

$166

  • 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

Max Coolers offers supportive high-cut sneakers designed for both style and comfort. These high-top sneakers feature three adjustable Velcro straps for easy closure and a secure fit, making them ideal for boys on the go. With a high built-in arch support, these sneakers blend functionality and fashion.

Selecting the ideal sandals for active kids is vital for their comfort and development. Mason Flumen Sandals goes above and beyond, addressing the specific needs of hypermobility in toddlers. Prioritizing both support and style, these sandals empower your little one to explore with confidence. They're made from high-quality leather, ensuring durability.

Best girls’ boots for hypermobility

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First Walkers Petit Coralie Boots
First Walkers Petit Coralie Boots
First Walkers Petit Coralie Boots
First Walkers Petit Coralie Boots
First Walkers Petit Coralie Boots

Petit Coralie Boots

Tiny boots for little girls

Material

Leather


Type

Boots


Price

$172

  • Two 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

These orthopedic boots with extra support at ankle & arch may look like little miracle but they perform as a great one! It does not matter if your OT or physio recommended these boots, or it was your own decision to help little feet to start walking, Petit Coralie will be great fit for any occasion and any weather.

Radiant in pink and designed with utmost care, these boots are not only pretty but also power-packed with support, catering to the needs of hypermobility in children. Equipped with adjustable velcro straps, they guarantee a snug yet comfortable fit, offering a sturdy base for your little girl's steps.

Best boys’ sandals for hypermobility

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First Walkers Maritime Leo Sandals
First Walkers Maritime Leo Sandals
First Walkers Maritime Leo Sandals
First Walkers Maritime Leo Sandals
Jerry Tigery Sandals

Maritime Leo Sandals

Adorable naval-themed sandals

Material

Leather + Nubuck leather


Type

Sandals


Price

$158

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

Specifically designed for small growing feet, Maritime Leo features wide close toes and double Velcro straps that allow perfectly snug fit. Accented with star fishes on the front, the creative construction of different shades of blues and white delivers a cool and relaxed look. Ideal for long walks or for any ordinary day at the park.

If your little boy is a sailing enthusiast or simply loves the idea, these shoes are a perfect match. The naval-themed design is not only appealing but also crafted with growing feet in mind, addressing the unique needs of hypermobility. Double velcro straps guarantee a perfect fit, making them ideal for long walks or a fun day at the playground.

Best toddlers' boots for hypermobility

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First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots

Dacota Trinket Boots

Extra high ankle support

Material

Leather


Type

Extra high-top boots


Price

$172

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

One of our tallest models with extra high ankle support secured with three Velcro straps. The heel cup is very firm to help stabilising the feet in the correct positions. You can easily remove the insole to use the shoes with orthotics if required. Classic orthopaedic outsole with Thomas heel will decrease pressure on the joints and the backbone of the little walker.

These boots stand out with their extra high ankle support, specifically designed for hypermobile feet. The adjustable velcro straps ensure a customized fit, while the extra firm heel cup plays a crucial role in stabilizing the feet in correct positions, effectively reducing pressure on your little one's joints.

Best girls’ zip-up shoes for hypermobility

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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

Orthotics friendly pink high-tops

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

This model is designed to create greater comfort when your little one uses orthotics. It is so much easier to put shoes on with two-sided zippers. Unzip them both, and voila - the little foot is in!

These high-top sneakers, equipped with a convenient two-sided zipper system for easy on and off, prioritize extra comfort, making them an excellent choice for little girls with hypermobility, especially when used with orthotics.

Best boys' high-top shoes for hypermobility

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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

Foxy orthotics friendly high-top sneakers

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

First Walkers designed this model to create greater comfort when your little one uses orthotics. It is so much easier to put shoes on with two-sided zippers. Unzip them both, and voila - the little foot is in!

Gabi Vulpini Sneakers, featuring an eye-catching high-top design, a practical two-sided zipper, shoelaces, and removable insoles, perfectly merge style and convenience. An excellent choice for both aesthetics and support—making them excellent for catering to hypermobility needs.




Support for Your Child's Feet and Ankles

Kids should be free to run and play without being held back by wobbly ankles and feet. The right footwear makes a huge difference, boosting comfort and stability while helping prevent injuries for hypermobile little ones.

Investing in top-notch supportive shoes, like First Walker's orthopedic range, is a smart move—they've got your toddler's comfort in mind. Remember, good shoes aren't just an accessory; they're essential for keeping your active toddler happy and on their feet!



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