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10 Best Wide Shoes for Kids: Say Goodbye to Squeezed Feet

Explore our selection of the best kid shoes for wide feet designed to provide comfort and support for your little one's feet. Say goodbye to squeezed toes and hello to happy, healthy feet!

Jasrah Javed - Writer for First Walkers
By Jasrah Javed
Davor Štefanović - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated February 23, 2024.

Teacher helping a boy tie his wide-shoe shoelaces in a classroom.

A child's feet are continually growing, and wearing shoes that are too small can cause discomfort and even injury to their developing bones and muscles. Trying to fit a wider foot into a small child's shoe is not a good idea, as it can be extremely uncomfortable, even painful, for the child. It can also affect their posture and gait, leading to back and knee pain and other problems.

Wide shoes for toddlers can help with a variety of foot conditions, such as flat feet or fallen arches, by offering the necessary support and stability for their feet. Here are the 10 best wide shoes for your kids.

10 Best Wide Shoes for Kids



Why It's Crucial to Prevent Squeezed Feet?

Ensuring proper footwear for kids is not just about style; it's about their health and comfort.

Squeezed feet can lead to discomfort and hinder a child's mobility. Wide shoes allow for freedom of movement, promoting physical activity and overall well-being.

Also, ill-fitting shoes can cause deformities such as bunions and ingrown toenails. Wide shoes help prevent these issues, supporting proper foot development during growth.

By investing in quality footwear from reputable wide kid shoes brands, parents can provide their little ones with the support and comfort they need to thrive.

Best wide sneakers for boys

1


First Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Sneakers
First Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly Sneakers
First Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly Sneakers
First Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly Sneakers
First Walkers Denver The Dinosaur Orthotics Friendly Sneakers

Denver The Dinosaur Sneakers

Wide toddler boy support shoes

Material

Leather


Type

Orthotic-friendly sneakers


Price

$158

Features

  • Shoelaces + Zipper
  • Anti-scratch/scuffs toe cap protector
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • High built-in arch support

Brief overview

The Denver The Dinosaur Sneakers are wide toddler boy shoes that provide support and stability to the toddler's feet. They offer enough space and flexibility for the feet during their growing stages. The built-in high arch of the shoe distributes weight across the foot, making them particularly beneficial for children with flat feet.

Why we chose The Denver The Dinosaur sneakers

These boys' wide sneakers come with removable insoles and outsoles that provide shock absorption to prevent injury or discomfort. Additionally, they are stylish and fun, with an added advantage of an antibacterial sole.

Best wide sandals for girls

2


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

Pretty-looking orthopaedic high-top sandals

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sandals


Price

$152

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

The Arianna Florets Sandals are pretty-looking leather high-top sandals for kids. Toddlers are still developing their sense of balance and coordination, making them prone to stumbling and falling. Extended ankle support can promote appropriate foot and ankle alignment, which can help to prevent falls and injuries. The velcro straps make it easy for kids to wear and adjust shoes on their own, providing security and convenience.

Air valves in the sandals help to prevent blisters and reduce moisture, keeping the feet dry, comfortable, and odour-free. The Thomas heel provides extra support and stability for children with flat feet or other foot and limb issues, making walking and running more comfortable and efficient.

Best high-top wide sneakers for kids

3


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

Nubuck 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

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!

The Nuru Mercury Sneakers blend style and function with their two-sided zipper and shoelaces. This model supports orthotics, allowing you to remove the insole whenever you choose. With high-quality leather and shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles, these shoes offer comprehensive ankle support.

Best wide boots for girls

4


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

Girly classic orthopaedic boots

Material

Leather


Type

Boots


Price

$172

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

The Midnight Chrysalis Boots for girls are classic orthopaedic boots designed to provide support and stability to growing feet. These boots have an extended tongue that can be particularly helpful for children who wear ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs). The air valves in the boots help to prevent odours by reducing moisture and allowing air to circulate, keeping the feet dry, comfortable, and healthy.

The boots come with a shock absorber that can help reduce the force of each step, decreasing stress and strain on the feet and legs. This is especially important for energetic children who are constantly on the go. The high built-in arch provides better support to the foot and force distribution, while the Thomas heel enhances the stability and alignment of the leg.

Best wide leather sneakers for kids

5


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

Style meets function

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support
  • Air valves for moisture reduction
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)

The Silane Vivid Sneakers are stylish and easy to put on with two-sided zippers. These sneakers come with extended ankle support that promotes stability of the ankle and foot and proper alignment of the leg.

The dense heel counter helps keep the foot securely in place inside the shoe, improving overall comfort and reducing the risk of blisters or other foot problems. These sneakers are suitable for orthoses and provide a high built-in arch for kids with flat feet to distribute forces.

Best black wide sneakers for kids

6


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

Tiny stylish boots

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Boots


Price

$186

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

The Marine Avery sneakers are stylish leather sneakers with two-sided zippers that make them easy to put on. They provide extended ankle support to promote ankle and foot stability and optimal leg alignment.

The dense heel counter helps keep the foot inside the shoe, increasing overall comfort and reducing the risk of blisters and other foot disorders. These sneakers work well with orthoses and have a high built-in arch to help children with flat feet disperse loads. They also come with removable and antibacterial insoles.

Best blue wide sneakers for boys

7


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

Adorable naval-themed sandals

Material

Leather


Type

High-Top Sneakers


Price

$172

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

Bubbly Bart Sneakers allow your child to wear bright colours and enjoy a comfortable and stylish design that offers proper support. Inner side zips make it easy to put on and take off while supporting orthotics if necessary. Extended ankle support promotes foot and ankle stability and correct alignment.

These sneakers are made up of shock-absorbent thermoplastic, which is easy on kids' feet while walking, running, or jumping and prevents extra load or strain. The high built-in arch support helps maintain the arch of the foot, especially for kids with flat feet, and prevents pain and discomfort after playing.

Best patterned wide sneakers for kids

8


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

The Gabi Vulpini Sneakers are not only adorable and fun for children but also encourage foot and ankle stability as well as ideal leg alignment. They provide enhanced ankle support, and the dense heel counter keeps the foot inside the shoe, increasing overall comfort and decreasing the likelihood of blisters and other foot problems.

These sneakers work well with orthoses and have a high built-in arch to help children with flat feet disperse loads. These baby sneakers include detachable antibacterial insoles.

Best wide boots for kids

9


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-top orthopaedic boots

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$186

    • 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. If required, you can easily remove the insole to use the shoes with orthotics. Classic orthopedic outsole with Thomas heel will decrease pressure on the joints and the backbone of the little walker.

The Dacota Trinket Boots stand out for their extra high ankle support bolstered by three adjustable Velcro straps. The insoles are removable for orthotic use, and the high-quality leather, Thomas heel, and air valves contribute to a comfortable and well-ventilated fit.

Best wide sandals for girls

10


First Walkers Fruity Ada Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Fruity Ada Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Fruity Ada Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Fruity Ada Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals
First Walkers Fruity Ada Orthopaedic High-Top Ankle Sandals

Fruity Ada Sandals

Bright and unique shoes

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sandals


Price

$172

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

Fruity Ada Sandals are bright and fun shoes for toddlers. These high-top sandals reflect a positive mood on a bright sunny day. These shoes can be used in combination with orthotic inserts or on their own as orthopaedic shoes with midfoot, ankle, and heel support. Three adjustable Velcro straps make it easy for kids to wear and adjust the pressure on the foot.

The shock-absorbent property prevents load and strain on the feet of children after walking, jumping, or running. High built-in arch support provides load distribution over the arch of the foot. These shoes have air valves that prevent excessive moisture inside the shoes for kids with sweaty feet. The Thomas heel helps reduce the load on joints.



Choosing the Best Wide Shoes for Your Little Ones

Choosing the right shoes for children is essential for their healthy development. They should provide comfort, support, stability, and appropriate alignment for different foot conditions.

Features like extended ankle support, dense heel counters, high built-in arches, and shock absorbers offer various benefits to children, such as reducing the risk of injuries, preventing pain and discomfort, and promoting overall foot health.

By investing in the right shoes for their children, parents can ensure that their little ones have the proper support they need to grow and develop while staying active and healthy. We hope that this article has helped parents make an informed decision when purchasing wide shoes for their children.



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