Soft and stylish wide baby shoes? Reader Q&A

RobeezMy 7 month old is an insanely adorable bundle of energy. I recently discovered, much to my dismay, that she also inherited my crazy wide feet. Thinking ahead, I’ve been trying to find some decent shoes for her. I’ve searched high and low, but can’t find wide-width, soft-soled shoes anywhere. Any ideas where to look? -Laree

Some of the soft-soled “slipper”-type shoes, like Robeez, are cut wider than other shoes and are also very easy on the feet. How cute is this reversible Early Bird/Night Owl style? Let’s just hope she doesn’t take those words to heart!
Bical Grippers baby sock / shoe combo
Bical Grippers’ sock-like upper stretch around the foot instead of restricting it. There are loads of styles to choose from at the link provided in the review.
aunty cookie shoes
“Custom” doesn’t have to mean “expensive” as evident with these Aunty Cookie organic cotton custom shoes by WeePereas. You send in your measurements, and she will make the shoe to fit your daughter’s foot. I love this fabric!
Ivory & Moss Shoes

And I adore these custom-made Petit Lamb Felt Trainers by Ivory and Moss.These shoes look just perfect in gray though they can be made in your favorite color combo too.

Pletuko Lady Bug baby shoe
If you’re starting to think about first walkers, I  like the wider cut and red-and-black Lady Bug Walking Shoe from smaller-shoe company Pletuko.
The zipper closure will make it easy to get a chubby little foot in and out (those laces are just decorative). While not made in “wide widths”, we think if you talk to them about your daughter’s foot measurements, they’ll be able to help you find a style that is right.

SRT Ana toddler shoes by Stride Rite

One of my favorites for the kids, Stride Rite has always been consistent with offering wide widths and even extra-wide styles. The SRT Ana shoes have a supportive high back, come in extra wide, and also have a flexible bottom sole, all of which which will come in handy as your daughter starts to stand. And eventually, walk. How fun! -Christina


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • I was always a fan of PediPed ( my little guy’s wide feet. We always got tons of compliments on them. I’ve also been successful finding some cute shoes through New Balance. I’m sort of over the limited style of Stride Rite.

  • Reply October 14, 2010


    My son has his father’s Fred Flintstone feet so I feel your pain.

    We had luck with some of the PediPed styles but for winter Mr. Wide-Foot had the baby Ugg Boots. He had the Erin style in Chestnut and they looked adorable with everything – jeans, cords, even sweatpants. Also, he couldn’t pull or kick them off his feet like he could with other shoes we tried. And the best part was that he didn’t need socks!

    As he has gotten older, we have had luck with Morgan & Milo sneakers, the classic Keds in wide widths, Keen shoes & sandals, toddler size Ugg Boots and, of course, the ubiquitous Crocs.

  • Reply October 14, 2010


    So funny! We just had our first shoe fitting this weekend- 4 1/2 extra wide! This is a great resource. We were already in robeez and just bought a pair of saucony’s for our little walker.

  • Reply October 14, 2010


    Awesome info! With a momma to a very wide footed boy this is a super great resource!

  • Reply October 14, 2010


    My son has wide feet and also a high arch (yea!). We have found Pedipeds are too tight, but See Kai Run are great for him and easy to get on, not to mention super stylish and fun.

    We also just got a pair of the unlikely Converse Allstars. They lace down so far that they are forgiving and can be loosened up to fit better than other sneakers. He loves them! The One Fish Two Fish Dr. Suess pair gets compliments everywhere we go!

  • Reply October 14, 2010


    My son has high insteps so we end up buying wide shoes for him. He’s almost 3, and we need to buy real shoes (not the soft soles for a 7 month old) and I’ve found the best ones are Clarks. They come in both wide and extra wide widths, and provide great support too. They can be pricey, but hold up really well and I think are worth it.

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