9 Best Baby Shoes For Fat Feet [Wide Feet Baby + Toddler Shoes!]

Finding the best baby shoes for fat feet can feel overwhelming, both from the perspective finding your favorite features and for healthy foot development. Below discover the perfect pair of shoes for your toddler's tiny little feet to support growth + how to choose the right fit!

See Kai Run 

See Kai Runs are probably one of the most popular baby shoes for fat feet. They're flexible, feature a wide toe box for extra wiggles, and all of their styles are American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) approved.

While their shoes may not appear as minimal as others on this list, they do follow a barefoot philosophy, without compromising durability and protection. All of their shoes mimic the shape of the foot and it's natural movement. Aside from flexible soles and wide toe boxes, none of their shoes have arch support for the first 5 years.

Additionally, for orthotics they have some styles with a double strap which open up the widest. For AFOs, you can remove the insoles of their sneakers for extra space.

They've grouped their shoe sizing into “ages & stages” based off children's foot development. Crib shoes are for newborns to 18 months taking their first steps or crawling, first walkers are designed specifically for 9 to 18 month olds, toddler sizing is for 18 months to 3 years old, preschool sizing is for 3 to 5 year olds with elastic laces, and then they move into traditional youth sizing for 5 year olds and up.

Pros
  • Sizing for newborns to 8 years old
  • Flexible bottoms
  • Wide toe box
  • Easy on and off
  • Large range of unique designs
  • Styles to accommodate wide ankles
  • APMA approved
Cons
  • Not all styles are machine washable
  • Some styles run large

JBrds

Jbrds Stand2Walk are probably the best choice first shoes for chubby feet thanks to the breathable material of their sock like upper. The sock like upper providers just the right contour and easier access for on/off.

Co-founded and developed by a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Jay LeBow after reviewing hundreds of x-rays and evaluating children's shoes only to realize none properly addressed the needs of little one's developing feet.

Additionally, parents of kiddos with eczema on their feet will LOVE the upper material that's both soft and breathable, which can minimize irritation of flares on the feet.

These were my sons first pair of shoes and he LOVES them. They quickly won the title of best baby walking shoes in our house. Choose from six different colors: white, tan, white rainbow, blue, purple, and blue/green/red.

Pros
  • Developed by a podiatrist with development in mind
  • Velcro closure strap for easy on/off
  • Soft, breathable upper
  • Flexible suede and rubber outer for just the right amount of grip
  • Zero drop
  • Sock like upper contours to fit wide footed babies
  • Machine washable
Cons
  • Sizes are for 9 to 18 months old only
  • Not great for wet conditions
  • Expensive

Ten Little

Ten Little is another brand we absolutely love for kids with wide feet thanks to their natural fit, price point, beautiful minimalist designs, and wide style selection guaranteeing you'll find the perfect shoes for any occasion.

Parents can rejoice as they have baby booties, first walkers and other style shoes through the toddler years and into youth sizing. So if you love them, you can easily stick with them.

Choose any style for every season from ultra warm sherpa baby booties, to recycled canvas upper first walker shoes, sandals, and even rain boots.

Developed by two moms and a pediatrician with two medical advisors overseeing things; a podiatrist Dr. Farah Alani, and pediatrician, Dr. Tanya Altmann who writes and edits books for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); to ensure the right fit for your child's feet.

These won the label of best toddler shoes in our house thanks to the insoles, which are designed to teach kids left from right. Plus, my little girl loves the shoe stickers to personalize her shoes. These shoes also come in literally every single color you could want.

Additionally Ten Littles uses great materials from GOTS certified organic cotton, vegan leather, and natural rubber soles from Hevea tree milk. Their loop closure every day sneakers have also been approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

Pros
  • Wide toe box
  • All baby and toddlers designs are easy on/off
  • Wide variety of styles including: baby booties, first walkers, sneakers, sandals, mary janes, high tops, and rain boots
  • Flexible and considerate materials like GOTS certified organic cotton, vegan leather, natural rubber
  • Zero drop flat + flexible sole
  • Largest selection of colors + personalized sticker options
  • APMA approved styles
Cons
  • Only baby booties are machine washable – meaning if your toddler has an accident and pee gets in them, you can only wash insoles and add baking soda and essential oils to get smell out of shoe (speaking from experience)

Robeez

All of Robeez footwear is APMA approved and they offer a huge range of styles and sizing starting as early as newborns.

Their Soft soles line is are a truly flexible shoe. These feature a soft breathable upper, and flexible suede bottom for easy grip and slip resistance. These are best suited for indoor use in our opinion.

Their First Kicks line is where we think most parents should direct their attention. They combine the flexibility of the Soft soles, but with more durability toddlers and new walkers need. The soles are a combination of suede and rubber for added grip and durability through the toddler years.

Pros
  • Wide toe box
  • Flexible, age appropriate soles
  • Easy on/off design
  • Huge selection of styles from light up, water shoes, boots, mary janes, sandals, skipper boat shoes, and even a Star Wars collaboration.
  • Large size selection from newborns up to 8 years olds
  • APMA approved
Cons
  • Not machine washable
  • Suede soles should be checked regularly and wire brushed or sanded lightly to regain grippiness
  • Generally their shoes aren't the best for wet climates

Stride Rite Soft Motion Shoes

Stride Rite shoes have been around since 1919 and knows plenty about creating developmentally appropriate baby shoes. They offer a huge selection for all of childhood, are APMA approved, and have fun features like light up shoes and prints kids will love.

Parents can rejoice as they are one of the only (if not THE only) brand to feature three widths.

Their soft motion shoes are designed specifically for new walkers. These shoes are slip resistant, flexible, lightweight and easy to slip on.

The openings are wide and adjustable to ensure a good fit for your baby or toddler. For added durability, they feature leather uppers and antimicrobial properties in the lining.

NOTE: These shoes are not as in line with the barefoot idea others on the list employ. These use memory foam footbeds so your baby will not got the same level of feedback with each step, but they truly are the best wide width shoes.

Pros
  • Comes in regular, wide, and extra wide shoes
  • Lightweight and durable design
  • Easy and adjustable on/off
  • Huge selection of styles
  • APMA approved
Cons
  • Not machine washable
  • Memory foam inner and toe box not as aligned with barefoot shoe movement

Merrell Bare Steps H2O Sneaker

Merrell is one os the best shoe brands in terms of durability and comfort. Parents of babies with fat feet can rejoice as Merrell’s BARE STEPS® H2O sneaker comes in wide sizing.

Additionally, it's water friendly upper and lining with a closed extra wide toe box makes it a great option for multiple seasons. The rubber outsole is both flexible and has extra grip for slippery conditions. The heel is also rounded for added stability.

These feature a velcro strap, and also have some flexibility at the top for babies with wide ankles and an easy on/off experience. They come in four colors, blue/orange, grey/black, periwinkle/blue/lime, and pink/purple.

Pros
  • Wide toe box plus wide sizing options
  • Easy on/off design
  • Four color options
  • Flexible outsole with extra grip
  • Waterproof / easy to clean
Cons
  • Not zero drop
  • Sizing starts closer to 12 months (no true baby shoes)

Cat & Jack Crib Shoes

Surprisingly Cat & Jack has some decent ultra affordable options of baby shoes for fat feet that feature a wide toe box, flexible sole and adjustable ankle strap on many styles to get the perfect fit.

Not all Cat & Jack shoes match that bill though, particularly as kids get older, but for protecting babies feet their crib shoes are a great option. Once baby does start to walk, we'd suggest upgrading to one of the other shoes on this list that pediatric podiatrists approve of.

Pros
  • Wide toe box with adjustable ankle strap for wide ankles
  • Easy on/off design
  • Cute styles
  • Flexible zero drop outsole
Cons
  • Sizing says only 1 years old but these do run quite large (good for fat feet babies though!)
  • Lacks durability
  • Not much stability for little walkers

Ikiki Squeaky Shoes

Ikiki squeaky shoes are another great option for toddlers with fat feet. While fat feet in babies is normal, if it continues it could mean an underlying issue; keep an eye out for toe walking which may signal a problem.

The best thing about ikiki squeaky shoes is that they look to resolve this by having a squeaker in the heel, encouraging babies and toddlers to take proper heel to toe steps.

Once your baby has mastered the proper gait, you can turn the squeaker switch off easily.

Parents of curious toddlers can also appreciate the squeaker for keeping tabs on their newly mobile child.

As with others on this list, it features an easy on/off velcro strap, wide toe box, and wide opening for fat ankles. Additionally, they offer strap extenders to further accommodate extra wide feet. Babies and toddlers will love the squeaker and fun designs from hippos, dinosaurs, penguins, owls, unicorns, tigers and more.

Pros
  • Wide toe box with adjustable ankle strap for wide ankles
  • Easy on/off design
  • 24 animal themes to choose from
  • Squeaker to encourage heel walking (can turn on/off)
  • Large size selection
  • APMA approved
Cons
  • Not machine washable
  • Squeaker switch can potentially break as it's on the outside/exposed to the elements

Smallbirds by Allbirds

Smallbirds by Allbirds are officially back for tiny feet and parents of toddlers with fat feet can rejoice! Allbirds provide the most comfortable fit for adults and kids (read our full review here!). The best part? Moms and dads can match their mini me's shoes!

Allbirds are known for their high quality materials and carbon neutral practices. Smallbirds come in their classic wool runners and a new look: loungers.

While they don't offer as wide of a toe box as other options on this list; largely because their little kid sizing starts at 5T, the upper merino wool material is designed to expand and stretch. If you're nervous about width we suggest going with the loungers, but truly think both are great options.

These fit the foot much like a sock, which aren't required for wear, with the appearance of a gorgeous sneaker or lounger. You can wear this without socks and they're machine washable. Lastly, they're lightweight, with flexible soles, and come in a wide variety of colors.

Pros
  • Machine washable
  • Lightweight and flexible design
  • Easy on/off
  • Made from high-quality materials like ZQ Merino Wool making it great for all seasons
Cons
  • Not a wide toe box
  • Sizing does not start until 5T (around 18 months)

How To Choose The Best Baby Shoes For Fat Feet

Wide Toe Box

A wide toe box allows space for proper foot growth and development in babies and toddlers. Baby feet are continuously growing and we need to ensure we aren't limiting that growth potential; especially when it comes to the feet!

Toes are critical in supporting our body weight while providing proper posture and balance while walking. The human foot is designed so that the toes can spread and extend during the gait cycle.

Anything we can do to ensure our babies toes and feet are growing properly potentially sets them up for better posture and overall wellness in their life as toe fascia is connected to the midline that travels all the way up to our tongue! Restricting growth in the toes, can lead to compensations throughout the entire body and chronic issues.

Flexible sole

According to APMA, baby's feet should be as unrestricted as possible and parents should opt for flexible footwear.

Similar to the wide toe box concept, we do not want to hinder babies foot growth as it impacts their entire body. Flexible soles provide more natural feedback to the body while walking. This allows muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves, and the foot bones to receive critical information from the ground while growing and fusing into healthy feet.

Material

Baby shoes should be lightweight and made of natural materials according to APMA.

Ideally you'll look for a flexible rubber sole, with a breathable soft or mesh upper. Depending on where you plan to wear the shoes, you may want to look for waterproof material or adding traction to limit slips.

Independent on/off

Opting for a shoe that a 1 year old or 2 year old can start practicing getting on and off by themselves is a nice bonus.

While it's not a recommendation from the AAP or APMA, a key component of the montessori philosophy, which montessori families know the importance of, is fostering independence in babies and toddlers. Not only does this develop a sense of confidence in the child, it also can prevent toddler tantrums & meltdowns.

Durable

Early walkers, babies and toddlers tend to have their fair share of falls. While you do want to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation, “shoe selection for children should be based on the barefoot model,” they also note, “the primary role of shoes is to protect the foot from injury and infection.”

Look for something with a sturdy toe and check your shoes often for wear or tear. Additionally, take special note if one heel is wearing faster than the other, as you may need to see a pediatric podiatrist.

FAQs About Baby Shoes For Wide Feet

Is it normal for babies to have fat feet?

Yes, it's normal for babies to have fat feet.

Just like the rest of their body, healthy babies have fat deposits all over that begins to redistribute as they grow and strengthen muscles.

The foot is the the same; in fact babies feet appear flat because of the fat deposit in the arch area, which begins to go away as they learn to stand and strength the muscles in their foot while the bones in their feet and legs harden and fuse together.

What shoes to wear if you have fat feet?

For babies and toddlers with fat feet, according to APMA and the AAP, it's best to opt for shoes as close to the barefoot model as possible. This means a wide toe box, flexible sole, and ideally zero drop (no heel, totally flat bottom!). Choosing shoes like this provides ample opportunity for the fat to redistribute as children grow.

Do babies have wide feet?

It's generally considered normal for babies and even toddlers to have wide feet. Newborns are born with fat pads all around their feet, as they their muscles and bones strengthen and they reach more and more motor milestones, this shifts.

With that said, babies and toddlers do not have nearly as many years of squishing their feet into narrow shoes as most adults, so the appearance of their feet may seem wide, when in reality an adults foot may be more narrow then it's actually meant to be.

Of course, wide feet can be cause for concern too. Parents should be aware of a congenital condition called macrodactyly where a baby is born with abnormally large toes (or fingers), due to an overgrowth of the underlying bones and soft tissue.

As always, if you feel concerned, speak to your health care provider for a referral to physical therapists or a podiatrist.

How do I ensure healthy foot development for my baby?

Ideally keep your baby or toddler barefoot as much as possible.

As the AAP has stated, “shoe selection for children should be based on the barefoot model…the primary role of shoes is to protect the foot from injury and infection.”

If you have the option to go barefoot, do it.

Additionally, follow these healthy foot recommendations from APMA:
  • Shoes should be lightweight, flexible and made of natural materials that don't aggravate the feet
  • Never wear hand me down footwear
  • Look for signs of irritation as this could mean a shoe is too tight or too loose
  • Check your heels regularly; if one heel is wearing quicker than the other, it could indicate a problem
  • Visit the shoe store later in the day to try on shoes once feet have swollen up a bit
  • Dress the foot for shoe shopping as the shoe is intended to wear (meaning if you plan to wear boots with a thick sock, where that thick sock while shopping)
  • Always buy for the larger foot

Are Native Shoes a wide fit?

Native shoes Miller line does come with a wide toe box, but currently in 2022 they've discontinued this line.

Their traditional Jefferson shoe is one of our favorite kids' shoes though. They are easy on and off, breathable, and a durable sneaker that double as a better choice toddler water shoe than flip flops. We definitely get the most wear out of them living in Florida, but they aren't the best for super chunky feet as they don't accommodate extra wide width.

If their Miller line ever relaunches, we do suggest checking them out though and even giving the Jefferson shoe a try as it's pretty roomy.

How do I find the right size shoes for wide feet babies and toddlers?

It can feel like a hard time finding the right shoes that fit chubby baby feet, but most brands have made it fairly easy to get the correct shoe size for your child today without going to a shoe store.

If you're struggling to find the right size child's shoe, we suggest scrolling to the footer (bottom) of the retailers website to see if they offer a sizing guide.

For baby and toddler shoes, most brands have created a fun printable where you simply have your child stand on it, and you mark their size.

Additionally, once your child has a pair of the shoes, you can take the insoles of most shoes out and have your child stand to quickly check if they need to size up.

What are the best shoes for babies with fat feet?

The best walking shoes for first time walkers are JBrds in our opinion thanks to patent pending design of the cuboid bone support cage – an important feature in healthy foot development developed by a podiatrist.

For more experienced walkers – and our all around top picks – are Ten Littles or See Kai Runs. Both have some of our favorite features from wide toe boxes, flexible soles, APMA approval and a huge selection of durable designs for tiny little feet.

For children with custom-made orthotics See Kai Runs has some styles with a double strap to open up extra wide and accommodate.

For the widest shoe option, consider Stride Rite Soft Motion Shoes, which come in three widths with the one downside being the memory foam insole which won't provide the same barefoot experience typically recommended by the AAP.

With that said, all of the picks mentioned in this post are good shoes you can't go wrong with!

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