Chunky Feet and No Shoes

Stacy - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months old and cannot where any shoes. He has always had chubby feet, which is adorable to me, but it can cause problems in the shoe wearing department. He used to be able to wear the shoes that were completely elastic around the top of the foot, but has since grown out of them. He is starting to walk more and more everyday, so I am hoping his chubby feet will get a little smaller. When we go out to places, I hate just having him in socks, but I have no choice. Does anyone know of any shoes that are good for my little guys chunky feet?

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Jamie - posted on 02/12/2012

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try getting them wet and stretching them. I stretch my kiddos with my feet..he is older and I have small wide feet myself. but I bet you can find a shoes stretcher or stuff them with something until dry. taking the bottoms out helps if they wear inserts.

Kim - posted on 10/15/2009

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My son has probable the chubbiest fatest widest feet we have ever seen and we finaly found that crocs work great!!!!! And the Velcro wide vans for toddlers work great!! So we have had Conrad wearing both these kind of shoes for a year now. Go get some of those!!!! Good luck! Those cute chunky feet are adorable but challenging! Haha

Dana - posted on 10/12/2009

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my son also has wide feet and we looked everywhere for shoes however another option are shoes called squek shoes. they are cute and actually where i live stride rite told us about them and they are sold on the internet and at boutique shops. the squeks come out if you do not like them. they have some at squeakmeshoes.com if you would like some pics.

Stacy - posted on 10/11/2009

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UPDATE!! I went to payless and they measured his foot at 4 1/2, which I couldnt believe. We got a pair there and then went to Stride Rite and got him one there as well. Thank god they were on sale at Stride Rite...$40 to $15, you can't beat that! Thanks for all the advice ladies!

Jen - posted on 10/10/2009

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This post is very helpful but I have never heard of stride right where I live (ontario Canada). My son is 14 months and I have him in size 6 shows b/c his feet are so wide. Soem 6's dont even fit. My husband and I both have smaller feet so not sure where he got it from. I think I will ahve to bit the bullet soon and go to a shoe store and have his feet accuratlly measured and shell out the moeny for a good pair. I've been relying on hand me downs b/c his feet have been gowing so fast!

Jennifer - posted on 10/09/2009

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when you find some pass along the info my son also 13 mos has never been able to wear shoes even the elastic ones due to his chunky feet unless i bought them 3 sizes bigger now that he is trying to walk i get the socks with rubber grips on the soles i know they do make socks that look kinda like shoes at least for girls i would immagine they might have some for boys but i havn't seen them in several years i think as long as his feet are warm and covered when you go out he'll be just fine if i remember right bare feet is best when they are learning to walk anyway for now i am just keeping the tred socks on him when we are out i wish they made a big size of those adorable newborn slipper shoes ! ii can't find stride rights around her that easily at least not in his size they always seem to have every size but the one i need just my luck he too wears a size 6 i did have some luck with i think it was smart steps when he was smaller but still had to buy 2 or 3 sizes too big i guess i will just keep buying bigger shoes for now til he slims down hopefully soon lol

Kelly - posted on 10/09/2009

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My 13.5 month old daughter has extra wide feet too. After spending way too much on shoes that didn't work, we ended up at Stride Rite and had great luck there. Only down side is that her feet have been growing so quickly. She's wearing shoes for an average of 6 weeks, which the person in the store said that they estimate a kids feet to grow a 1/2 size every 3 months (so I guess we've been in a growth spurt). I've decided only buying one pair per size helps a little bit. And the do the buy one/get one half off sale a few times a year too. And honestly, with as hard as she plays and the activities they have at day care, her shoes really do look pretty beat up at 6 weeks (at least the solid white ones). Also, we have to do the shoes with laces, because my daughter finds velcro way too facinating and will immediately take them off, but she seems to leave the double-knot laces alone. Good to know about the Stride Rite outlets - I'll have to look for one near Houston! I'll also check out Payless at least for a backup/dressy pair of shoes that she might not wear very freqently.

Signe - posted on 10/08/2009

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my son has chubby, wide feet as well. i tried extra wide new balance shoes and he hated them, kept tugging on them and pulling them off. then i had him fitted at the stride rite store and he wore them w/no fuss and starting walking all over the store. i wasn't thrilled on spending the $50+ on a pair of shoes, which is why i intially avoided the stride rite store, until i realized there was a stride rite store at the outlets =$30-35. it's amazing what a good pair of shoes will do. hope this is some help.

Deedee - posted on 10/07/2009

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Quoting Laura:

Go to Stride Rite. My 13 month son is wearing a size 6 extra extra wide shoe. They will measure his little chunky foot and have the right shoe for him.


It's so nice to hear from another mother who has a 13 month child wearing a size 6 shoe!!! I have a 13 month old daughter and recently had her foot measured and could not believe she was in a size 6! Her daddy wears a 13; I'm assuming that's where she gets it! Just nice to know she's not the only one! LOL!

Sally - posted on 10/07/2009

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I have the opposite problem! My son has long narrow feet and shoes just fall off him because they are all too loose around his foot, even if they are tight length-wise!

Samantha - posted on 10/06/2009

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Wow, good information, thanks! I have wide feet too...oh wait, we were talking about the kids huh? My 13 month old son does too - I wonder where he gets it from :)... I have a few that fit him, the sandals with the velcrow at the toes work well since we can adjust them. His dad wears a size 15 so maybe i'm not totally to blame :)

Laura - posted on 10/06/2009

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Yes! They make sure that your child has room to grow! At least they do in Sioux Falls, SD!! ;0)

Stacy - posted on 10/06/2009

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For all of you that have gone to Stride Rite, does it seem as thought the sizes you got, will last for awhile. I would hate to spend the money and him not where them for only a few weeks or months. I have no idea how fast toddlers feet grow.

Laura - posted on 10/06/2009

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Go to Stride Rite. My 13 month son is wearing a size 6 extra extra wide shoe. They will measure his little chunky foot and have the right shoe for him.

Stacy - posted on 10/06/2009

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Hi, my little guy is 14 months and he has chubby feet also. We got his shoes at Stride Rite because I couldn't find shoes in other stores that would fit on his foot. They measured him and he has to wear extra wide size 4. I know Stride Rite are expensive. Hope this helps a little.

Rachael - posted on 10/05/2009

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My little one has only slightly chubby feet but her right foot is much chubbier than the left! we didn't notice until it came time for the shoes. We just bought her a six bigger than she needed for the length of her foot and stuffed tissue in the toes.

Sarah - posted on 10/05/2009

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Hi, im sorry i dont know if you are from the UK or not? my son also has chunky feet (very cute) and is a nightmare for buying shoes! The only place i can be sure of a good fit is clarks. they do diferent width fittings as well as half sizes and will measure your little ones feet for you. they are a bit expensive though but i think its worth paying the extra while my little boys feet are still developing. He was an early walker (11months) so have had to give in already and buy him his expensive shoes hehe!

Stacy - posted on 10/05/2009

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Thanks...I never thought about payless. He also curls his toes, which can be another challenge. But I am hoping that this will all change when he walks more frequently.

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