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10 Best Shoes for Pigeon-Toed Toddlers: Support and Comfort

Benjamin Aduwo - Writer for First Walkers
By Benjamin Aduwo
Davor Štefanović - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated May 11, 2023.

A variety of colorful children's shoes suitable for pigeon-toed toddlers

Watching your little one take their first steps is an incredible milestone. However, you may notice that their feet turn inward when walking or running - a condition known as in-toeing or being pigeon-toed. While it can be a cause for concern, it's important to know that this condition is often genetic and, in many cases, corrects itself over time.

In-toeing can result from a variety of causes, including a twisting of the inner thigh or shin bone or a curved foot. Though it generally doesn't cause discomfort, in some rare cases, symptoms may include limping, pain, and swelling.

Fortunately, there are ways to correct pigeon toes. These include using a pigeon toe brace or corrective shoes for pigeon toes. The right pair of shoes can help your toddler walk and run straighter, improving their posture and giving them the confidence they need on their little adventures.

10 Best Shoes for Intoeing Toddlers

1. Best Shoes for an Intoeing Toddler


  • Type: High-top Sneakers
  • Material: Leather
  • Features: Shoelaces + Zipper || Extended ankle support || Anti-bacterial insoles || Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles || High built-in arch support

Why We Picked It

Casey Carmine Sneakers are a classic pair that comes in a simple design, perfect for in-toeing toddlers. Their high built-in arch support provides optimum foot support while walking or running, and the extended ankle support also aids in correcting the foot's alignment. Plus, these sneakers are easy to put on, even for pigeon-toed toddlers.

Casey Carmine Sneakers

5.0/5(3 reviews)




2. Best Girls’ Shoes for Intoeing


  • Type: Sneakers
  • Material: Leather
  • Features: Shoelaces + Zipper || Anti-bacterial insoles || Anti-scratch/scuffs toe cap protector || Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles || High built-in arch support

Why We Picked It

The Glorious Flamingo sneakers are specially designed for girls with in-toeing. offering unbeatable support throughout the day without sacrificing style. The built-in arch and heel support provide great comfort, and if your toddler needs a brace or Ankle Foot Orthosis, these sneakers can accommodate them. They even feature an anti-scratch/scuff toe cap protector to keep your toddler safe as they play.

Glorious Flamingo Sneakers

5.0/5(1 reviews)




3. Best Boys’ Sandals for Intoeing

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Perfect Summer Sidekick
Nigel The Harbor Boss Sandals

5.0

$172


  • Type: High-top sandals
  • Material: Leather
  • Features: Adjustable Velcro closure || Two buckle straps || Extended ankle support || Anti-bacterial insoles || Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles || High built-in arch support || Air valves for moisture reduction || Thomas heel

Why We Picked It

Nigel the Harbor Boss Sandals are high-top orthopaedic sandals with extended ankle support for proper foot alignment. They have two buckle straps to ensure a proper fit. The shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsole absorbs impact, while its air valves reduce moisture and prevent infection.

Nigel The Harbor Boss Sandals

5.0/5(1 reviews)




4. Best Toddler Boots for Intoeing


  • Type: Autumn/Winter boots
  • Material: Leather + high-density sheepskin
  • Features: Two adjustable Velcro straps || Extended ankle support || High built-in arch support || Autumn/Winter sole || Removable insoles || Thomas heel

Why We Picked It

For outdoor adventures, the Taylor Warms Boots are a great pick. They feature a sturdy outsole with good traction to prevent slips and falls. The outsole also supports the foot by evenly distributing body weight, which can alleviate foot and leg pain in toddlers with in-toeing.

Taylor Warms Fur High-Top Boots

5.0/5(7 reviews)




5. Best Girls’ Sandals for Intoeing

  • Type: Autumn/Winter boots
  • Material: Leather + High-density sheepskin
  • Features: Two adjustable Velcro straps || Extended ankle support || High built-in arch support || Autumn/Winter sole || Removable insoles || Thomas heel

Why We Picked It

The Arianna Florets Sandals are renowned for their foot support. They're great for accommodating orthotics or custom insoles, making them a viable option for pigeon-toed girls who need ongoing assistance. They continuously support the foot as it straightens over time.

Arianna Florets Sandals

5.0/5(7 reviews)




6. Best Winter Shoes for an Intoeing Toddler

First Walkers Hazel Canary SneakersFirst Walkers Hazel Canary SneakersFirst Walkers Hazel Canary SneakersFirst Walkers Hazel Canary SneakersFirst Walkers Hazel Canary Sneakers
Winter Warmth
Hazel Canary Sneakers

5.0

$178


  • Type: Autumn/Winter sheepskin high-top sneakers
  • Material: Leather + Natural wool lining
  • Features: Shoelaces + Zipper || Extended ankle support || High built-in arch support || Removable insole

Why We Picked It

With the Hazel Canary Sneakers, your pigeon-toed toddler can have fun in winter despite the cold. These sneakers feature a natural wool lining to keep your toddler's feet warm all day. Their leather construction protects the feet from external elements like water, snow, and mud. These shoes not only provide adequate foot support but also have a stylish and memorable exterior.

Hazel Canary Sneakers

5.0/5(1 reviews)




7. Best Boys’ Shoes for Intoeing

First Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics SneakersFirst Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly SneakersFirst Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly SneakersFirst Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly SneakersFirst Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly Sneakers
Fun in Every Roar
Denver The Dinosaur Sneakers

5.0

$158


  • Type: Sneakers
  • Material: Leather
  • Features: Shoelaces + Zipper || Anti-bacterial insoles || Anti-scratch/scuffs toe cap protector || Removable insole ||Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles || High built-in arch support

Why We Picked It

The Denver the Dinosaur sneakers are orthotics-friendly and have shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles and high built-in arch support, making them suitable for toddlers with in-toeing. The arch support offers the necessary stability for the foot, helping to improve posture and overall foot function in pigeon-toed boys.

Denver The Dinosaur Sneakers

5.0/5(5 reviews)




8. Best Velcro Boots for an Intoeing Toddler

  • Type: Boots
  • Material: Leather + Nubuck Leather
  • Features: Two adjustable Velcro straps || Extended ankle support || Removable insole || Anti-scratch/scuffs toe cap protector || Anti-bacterial insoles || Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles || High built-in arch support || Air valves for moisture reduction || Thomas heel

Why We Picked It

The Johnny Rocket Boots feature velcro straps that make them easy for your toddler to put on without assistance. The extended ankle support helps prevent unnecessary ankle rotations, particularly important for pigeon toes, while air valves reduce moisture and prevent infection.

Johnny Rocket High-Top Boots

5.0/5(2 reviews)




9. Best Toddler Sandals for Intoeing

First Walkers Ultramarine J SandalsFirst Walkers Ultramarine J SandalsFirst Walkers Ultramarine J SandalsFirst Walkers Ultramarine J SandalsFirst Walkers Ultramarine J Sandals
Joyful Strides
Ultramarine J Sandals

5.0

$166


  • Type: High-Top Sandals
  • Material: Leather + Nubuck Leather
  • Features: Four 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

Why We Picked It

The Ultramarine J Sandals are packed with features to help realign your toddler's pigeon toes. They have four adjustable velcro straps, high built-in arch support, and extended ankle support, all of which work together to encourage proper alignment. Their Thomas Heel helps keep the foot in a natural position, potentially improving posture, reducing fatigue, and enhancing balance.

Ultramarine J Sandals

5.0/5(1 reviews)




10. Best Zip-Up Shoes for an Intoeing Toddler

  • Type: High-Top Sneakers
  • Material: Leather
  • 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

Why We Picked It

The Ezra Batman Sneakers, with their two-sided zippers, make putting on and taking off shoes a breeze for in-toeing toddlers. The sneakers also feature a removable insole, allowing for custom orthotics. The deep heel counter keeps the heel in place and reduces stress on the foot, improving balance and stability, particularly during activities that involve a lot of lateral movements like running, jumping, and dancing.

Ezra Batman Sneakers

5.0/5(1 reviews)




Stepping into the Future with the Right Support

Intoeing is a common condition with several potential causes. Wearing the right shoes can provide essential support as your toddler's feet straighten over time.

However, if your toddler's in-toeing is causing them pain or difficulty walking or running, it's crucial to consult a healthcare professional. They can diagnose the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment options, including braces, suitable shoes, physical therapy, or even surgery in rare cases.

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