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Shoe Recommendations for Kids with AFOs and Other Orthotics

Putting shoes on kids with AFOs and other orthotics doesn’t have to be a hassle. In this post we will discuss multiple shoe options that make putting shoes on with orthotics a breeze! Remember to buy shoes ½-1 size up in order to accommodate space for the braces.

Billy footwear makes shoes for toddlers, kids, and adults. They offer many types of shoes including sneakers, high-top sneakers, and boots. All of their shoes are made with a zipper that goes around the side of the shoe and toe area. This allows each shoe to open and fold over completely, so a child’s foot can simply be placed into the shoe from the top and then zipped closed. Kids-sized Billy shoes will additionally have a “wide fit” option starting in November 2020. Also, you can order just one shoe or two shoes in different sizes if needed!

You can purchase these shoes directly from the website (click here), or from certain stores including Nordstrom, Zappos, Scheels, and Von Maur. Toddler and kids shoes typically range from $40-$60.

Nike Flyease shoes have a strap and/or zipper that wraps around the heel so you can easily take the shoe on and off. The wider design is specially built to fit a brace or ankle-foot orthotic!

These shoes are made in baby/toddler, kids, and adult sizes. They come as a high-top or normal sneaker and typically range from $60-$120. You can buy them on the website (click here) and at Nordstrom or Zappos.

Friendly shoes adaptive footwear is a good option for older kids, teenagers, and adults. They come in mens and women's sizes, with the smallest available size as a Women's 6. They have zippers that open up the shoe to make it easier to fit orthotics. You can buy these shoes on the website (click here)and they typically cost $71-$129.

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