what are the best extra wide shoes to fit braces?

Maggie - posted on 05/15/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I have tried striderite extra wide shoes for my 3 year old and they do not fit her braces, does anyone know od double extra wide...i have tried hatchbacks....help any suggestions?

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Jen - posted on 10/13/2012

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My daughter has braces and we like the hatchbacks best. I have a friend of mine whose daughter wears a brace on only one leg (more challenging because she must accommodate a brace and a normal foot) and is very sensitive to the weight of her shoes...they swear by Pedipeds.

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son has skinny feet which makes it a bit easier for us. My son wears Converse All-Stars. Have you tried ripping out the inside bottom part? It really makes room for the AFOs. Good luck! My other advice would be don't go try on shoes with your child alone. I got to the point I was crying in an aisle of Famous Footwear in the mall. If it wasn't for my friend giving me support I would have given up (at least for the day).

Jenny - posted on 02/19/2010

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Clare's doctor orders her a pair of shoes every time we get new orthodics or braces. they are wide enough and deep enough and they look like other kids tennis shoes. They are called Keeping Pace. The web site is keepingpace.com. Clare's are the laced athletic shoe. She has now had two pairs of them they hold up really good. She wears them every were. Her first pair was worn with orthodics and her pair she has now is worn with braces.

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We are using Hatchbacks and they work for us but some doctor or another recommended a shoe by the name of Answer2. I have no experience with it but you could look into it...

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Ashley - posted on 03/21/2014

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I just searched high and low at different malls trying on shoes that would fit my 22 month old son. I became very discouraged but didn't give up. I ended up buying him Nike Air Jordan's -high top basketball shoes 2 sizes bigger than usual. I bought the high tops because they keep my sons afo's in his shoe. I took the shoes to a cobbler and had them make an extra long/thick Velcro strap that goes across the top of his ankle. Although extremely pricey, well worth it. It ended up being $100.00 once it was said and done. I bought a pair of New Balance retro casual shoes but his afo's kept slipping out. We are now on day 3 and although he's not use to his braces yet, it is getting a bit easier.

Mary - posted on 03/21/2014

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My daughter has used the Answer2 from the the first brace. I have found that New balance work also.

Kaeshona - posted on 11/23/2013

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We love crocs, they are quite wide. Also,the material they are made of has quite a bit of stretch to it and so they fit well over the braces. Crocs also have the added bonus of offering some air flow, which is really nice in the warmer weather.

Kris - posted on 01/18/2011

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i get new balance wides (you have to go big and there is extra room at the top). try peidros also.

Devin - posted on 12/11/2010

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Do you take the in soles out...that helps, Skate shoes have always worked the best but trial and error seems to be a routine!

Lesley - posted on 10/04/2010

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Tony Hawk's brand at Kohl's Department stores has been the sturdiest most cost affective by far. We started out with Van's, then Sketchers but my Fav's are the Tony Hawk's! They go all the way to men's sizes!

Rachelle - posted on 09/28/2010

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any skater shoes like vans work well and some brace places can order shoes to fit over them

Carma - posted on 09/16/2010

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There is a web site that was created by a woman that has a child with cp. The shoes are meant to work with afos/ braces. keepingpace.com Hope you enjoy the site.

Andrea - posted on 08/29/2010

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I'm so glad there were SO many suggestions! I also had this same question as Maggie! She has a 3yr old lil girl & mine's 2 & 1/2 ;) DEF.gonna try some skateboarding shoes. MIGHT try PayLess 1st as one mother suggested that just ripping the bottoms out fit over her child's DAFO's perfectly.. I'm sure PayLess would be cheaper than sk8board shoes - thats why I say that.. But again, I LOVED all the replies! I was SO just about the ask the same exact question!! ;D

Linn - posted on 08/23/2010

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Does anyone have any suggections for dressier shoes for a two year old with orthotics?. Everything we have tried we cannot fit her braces into.

Ebony - posted on 07/28/2010

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Hi, my daughter is 6 (7 in Sept) and we have been just geting her sneakers like 2 or 3 sizes bigger. WHen you go shopping for the sneakers take the AFO's with you, that may be of alot of help..goodluck!!

Mary Liz - posted on 06/28/2010

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Hi my son has AFOs and twister cables. I love VANS as they fit the AFOs very well and it looks nice.

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2010

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I really like the hatchbacks because they hold out well. You can also go to a medical supply store to get another type of shoe.

Jo - posted on 05/16/2010

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i agree the new balance rage is great and its the only brand i use but now that my son is big enough i want to try the scatter shoes they look wide but usually only start from size 10 or 11

Kimberly - posted on 05/10/2010

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i find that shoes from payless w/the soles ripped out fit my daughters afo's.....

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We've never had a problem finding shoes for my son, just made sure to get ones that use Velcro instead of laces. That may change in the future, but so far, as long as I buy shoes that are 2-3 sizes larger, we don't have any issues.

Autumn - posted on 04/15/2010

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I found any skateboarding shoes work awesome, they're already made wide, and in the summer I got my son dr. scholls sandles and they were awesome since they had every strap adjustable! DC is a really good shoe and they make then so they cushion the foot nicley too

Paula - posted on 04/07/2010

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my favorite so far is Addidas basketball shoes we have an outlet mall so I save quite a bit but also airwalk I believe is a good one too

Lacey - posted on 03/15/2010

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My lil girl wears Converse AllStars too! The laces go so far down is very easy to get the AFOs inside. You have to buy them a few sizes bigger, but they aren't a big, bulky shoe so it doesn't look bad at all. She gets comments on them all the time.

Michelle - posted on 02/28/2010

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answer 2 shoes can be ordered from your orthodist but i find them to wear very fast but they work we prefer circa runners as the air walk shoes are not made as wide any more and for the winter Zellers has some wide sportex hikers

Claire - posted on 02/28/2010

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with our son sam his ankles turn inwards so he wears piedro boots which help to keep his ankles straight but i've also bought him some kids walking boots that come up round the top of the ankles and his physio likes them and they are a bit more comfortable than the piedro boots with velcro fastenings so we swap and change them regularly during the week he's at school. We also have some for our youngest son. We bought them from a store called lidls.thanks for replying claire

Claire - posted on 02/21/2010

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our eldest son samuel wears piedro boots to keep his ankles straight they are quite firm around the ankle area and don't let his feet turn inwards. He sees the orthopods at his school if he has a problem hope this helps

Taylor - posted on 06/25/2009

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I have two girls with braces. I started with stride rite shoes. As they got older I switched to skate shoes. DCs or Sketchers work the best for us! Hope it helps!

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2009

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Stride Rite!!!! They rock. And if they tear you can get a replacement for free. They are expensive but totally worth every penny.

Lisa - posted on 05/18/2009

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We have used Skate boarding shoes.. I know it sounds crazy.. but they are wide and do work with AFO"S we have Airwalks here in Canada.. But that's an idea.. hope that helps../

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