The shoe you buy is not dependent on the insert alone. anyone who recommends crocs as footwear that is suitable for someone who wears orthotics is not going to be doing you any favours.
In Store between 65% and 70% of our customers come from referrals from medical specialists with orthotics. We are one of very few specialists who have the confidence enough to say we can make sure your child is comfortable and receiving every benefit from their orthotics after having their footwear fitted by one of our specialists. Here is some advice that you may find useful. some may contradict what others are telling you about practicality and what is easy to get on and off. but what is the point of an orthoitc if the shoe is easy to get off....
FOR ORTHOTICS TO WORK
1. the foot needs to be held onto the orthotic with some kind of fastening
2. there needs to be adequate space for the foot and the orthotic to fit into the footwear. this is not guess work (1 or 2 sizes bigger is not accurate enough when talking about children's footwear) you should have the children's feet measured as always, then be advised by the expert shoe fitter as to what kind of shoe is appropriate.
3. foot position is vital. this is not something you will be able to determine on your own as it requires specialist training. again you require the assistance of a trained shoe fitter. they will understand about foot proportions, and foot position and how to create room or take away room where necessary.
4. the shoe must be strong. if it is not strong you make your child's problem twice as bad because as the orthotic tries to do one thing the shoe allows the foot to do another and you make the problem worse.
The best advice anyone can give you is go and find someone who knows what they are doing. if this means going into all the kids shoe shops in your area then that is what you must do. the money you pay for consultations with physios and pediatricians not to mention the orthotics themselves will all be a waste if you do not allow them to do their job by putting them in inappropriate footwear.
Foot and Footwear Analyst and Shoe Fitter