Orthotic Friendly Shoes
By Brittany Ricciardi, DPT
Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist

Finding fashionable shoes that fit over a Supra Malleolar Orthosis (SMO) and Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) easily is a daunting task.  When looking for shoes, it is recommended to find a wider shoe.  But frequently, these shoes are bulky in order to accommodate for the wide orthotic.  Removable insoles are also preferable, they are easier to fit the orthotic in the shoe. Below are different options that sell shoes that easily fit over your child’s orthotics:

Zappos is an online retailer that sells various types and brands of shoes.

The website has a filter for orthotic friendly shoes.  Zappos does have a full refund policy for shoes that do not fit/work; full details are posted on their website.

To find shoes:

  • Go to zappos.com
  • Click on: Shoes
  • Click on: category of shoes you are looking for (girls, boys, etc)
  • Select the orthotic friendly option listed under the Insole filter categories


  • Go to zappos.com
  • Click on: shoes
  • Click on: orthotic friendly listed under the Specialty Shoes section
  • Filter based on relevant shoes for you (women, men, girls, boys)

 Amazon also has some shoes that can be found by searching “Orthotic Friendly Shoes”.

Some notable brands with orthotic friendly shoes can be found at various retail stores or online including Zappos, Amazon, Nordstrom Rack, etc.:

Converse Kids Chuck Taylor All Star Easy Slip

Converse All Star Simple step (high and low top)Nike FlyEase

EasyUp Shoes

Go Plae

Some additional companies with orthotic friendly shoe options to check out:





Happy Shoe Shopping!

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