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aving flat feet is common in younger kids and some children never outgrow it. Choosing the right footwear is essential, even if your kiddo’s flat feet don’t bother them or cause pain. The best kids’ shoes for flat feet prevent the foot from rolling inward while walking (called overpronation), which can strain muscles in the legs and feet.
Why The Right Shoes Are So Important
Dr. Levine explains that all babies are born with flat feet and, “the arch develops over time and will change, and can even be covered with baby fat.” But if you kiddo is one of the roughly 5% who don’t grow out of their flat feet, supportive, well-fitting shoes are key.
Choosing supportive shoes can make a long-term difference in how your child’s foot develops by helping the arch and foot form properly. Dr. Levine says, “By restricting motion, you are eliminating the deforming forces that affect the forefoot.” She recommends seeing a podiatrist if your child suffers pain or any of the other complications associated with flat feet like “back pain, knee pain, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, juvenile arthritis, and juvenile bunions.”
According to Dr. Levine, choosing well-structured shoes that fit properly is critical so that children with flat feet “don’t over-pronate and [cause] problems with their knees, hips, and back.”
Some Lightweight Sneakers Made For Pain-Free Running
Designed to be super light and comfortable, the OrthoLite sock-like construction means no rubbing or blisters from stiff shoe parts. Their lightweight EVA midsole is well cushioned to support flat arches and the rubber soles are flexible for all-day wear. This pair of adidas sneakers also have a removable insole with a printed area to let you check if the pair fits your child with ease. This comfy pair comes in 45 colors.
Helpful Review: “My son has flat feet and always complains of foot pain. He said these feel like he’s walking on pillows. No pain. He loves them.”
Available sizes: Big Kid 4 — 7; Toddler and Little Kid sizes also offered
These ‘Wear-Them-Anywhere’ Slip-Ons With Traction & Arch Support
This sturdy, versatile pair of Jungle Moc’s is perfect for flat-footed kids to wear for everything from hiking trails to the playground. Bonus: They’re quick and easy to slip on (with a pull tab in the back) to get out the door faster. Offering cushy arch support, this shoe from Merrell also has a rugged non-marking sole that is slip-resistant, even in wet conditions. The nubuck leather uppers can be easily dressed up or down and they have a special anti-odor lining to prevent smelly feet. The elasticized goring on the side makes for a comfy, not-too-snug fit. They are also available in black leather.
Helpful Review: “These are really sturdy shoes! My 1st grader has been wearing them for about 5 months every day to school and while they are definitely showing wear, they are still intact! They are good shoes and fit his wide, flat foot comfortably. […]”
Available sizes: Big Kid 1 — 13.5(wide and standard)
B.Duck Boys Kids’ Sneakers Mesh Sports Shoes Breathable Lightweight Running Shoes
Applicable scene: outdoor, sports, daily, campus
Upper: low top
Type: Outdoor casual shoes
Applicable season: spring, autumn
Applicable age: 3-6 years old, 6-12 years old
Function: shock absorption, light
Surface material: fabric + polyurethane synthetic leather
Lining condition: none
Year of listing: 2022
Applicable gender: boys, girls
made in China
Washing instructions: 1. After the upper is dirty, wipe it gently with a soft cotton cloth dipped in water or detergent, and avoid direct sunlight after washing, so as to avoid changes, fading and aging. 2. If the upper is damp, place the shoes in a cool place to dry, remember not to bake at high temperature, and avoid contact with sharp objects and chemicals.
Product code: B1385059 white