This post is specifically to help other moms out there like me who may be searching for an affordable kids shoe that will work with orthotics, smo's, afo's, braces etc. Or really any mom that is looking for some cute affordable shoes for their kids.
Right now at Walmart they are selling little canvas lace up tennis shoes by Faded Glory. They are only $9 and come in several colors. My favorite is the camo which I got for both my boys, I also bought Navy and I had to resist buying the brown or red. You can even order them online here.
They are light weight compared to most of the clunky expensive specialty shoes and open up real wide so they are easy to get off and on. I was even able to get close to his actual size without the shoe being so big that he trips over the toe. They also seem to be of good quality as my kids have been playing in them pretty hard and they are holding up well. Also, if you need to add a lift to a shoe like Andrew requires, the sole is nice a smooth and would easily accommodate a lift.
Best of all, Andrew loves them and is happy that he and his twin are wearing the same shoes. Often he'll get sad when he is wearing his smo's and he'll ask for "cool shoes" when he sees me put Adam's shoes on him.