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Best Shoes for Kids with High Insteps and Narrow Feet – Extra Depth and Narrower Heels!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best shoes for kids with high insteps and narrow feet.

Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes for your child with a high instep and narrow feet? Do you feel like all of the shoes that you try are either too tight on the top part of your child’s feet or too wide around the ankles?

Finding a pair of shoes that provide extra depth to accommodate the shape of your child’s high instep and that can accommodate the shape of your child’s narrow feet at the same time can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. You might find yourself trying several different shoes only to end up empty handed.

If you are unsure where the instep of your child’s foot is located, take a look at the images below for clarification purposes:


As you can see there is a lot of extra foot volume that needs to be fitted inside the shoes:


What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for High Insteps and Narrow Feet?

There are 3 key features that the shoes I recommend provide that makes them capable of fitting the shape of a child with a high instep and narrow feet at the same time:

✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows the child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevents the top part of the child’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. The image below shows the difference between a shoe that provides extra depth versus one that doesn’t:


✅ Narrower Heels: This feature helps prevent your child’s heels from moving up and down the shoe. One of the most common reasons why children get blisters around the heels is when there is constant friction between the heels and the shoes.


✅ Narrower Toe-Box: This feature allows the top part of the shoe to fit the shape of your child’s narrow feet. Too much extra space in the front of the shoes allows for too much foot movement that usually leads to blisters, calluses, and corns.

The image below shows the difference between a shoe with a narrow heel counter and a narrow toe-box versus a shoe with a round heel counter and a wider toe-box.


Most parents get confused as to how they are supposed to find a shoe style that provides these 3 features since kids’ shoes don’t come labeled as with “extra depth”, “narrower heels”, or “narrower toe-boxes”. The only way to tell which shoes provide these 3 features is by having tested the shoes in different children’s foot shapes.

I know exactly which children’s shoes provide these 3 features from having fitted them before.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.


From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for children with high insteps and the best styles among those brands.

The most common problem parents find when trying to find a pair of shoes for their kids with high insteps and narrow feet is that once they find a shoe that is deep enough to accommodate the child’s high instep, that same shoe style is too wide around the ankles, and vice versa.

There are only a couple of shoes that will work for children with high insteps and narrow heels, but the good news is that I am here to help you find them. However, before I provide you with a selection of the best shoes for kids with high insteps and narrow feet, I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. This will prevent you from wasting time having to return your kids’ shoes back and forth.

In addition to figuring out your child’s exact foot size, you also need to know how that particular shoe style that you are buying fits. I will be able to tell you whether that particular shoe style that you are buying for your children either fits true to size, short, long, narrow or wide.


How to Identify Your Child’s Exact Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!

Most specialized children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and parents don’t know where they can have their children’s feet properly measured. Some parents take their children to be fitted for shoes at big retailers such as Nordstrom’s, Payless, or Stride Rite — most Stride Rite stores have closed down — The issue is that most salespeople who work at those stores are not properly trained on how to measure children’s feet.

This is the reason why I created a resource that showcases the best specialized children’s shoe stores by state. Go to the link below:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to find a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size. Go to the link below:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot length and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

Please keep in mind that knowing your child’s exact foot size is only the first step in identifying your child’s correct shoe size.

By this I mean that shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they fit you will need to adjust the shoe size that you get for your child.

As a standard rule, we always want to provide children with a half a size — 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters —longer of the size that they measure at the foot measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Now that we have covered what features your kids’ shoes must provide and how to figure your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best shoes for kids with high insteps and narrow feet.


I want you to know that I only review children’s shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

Best Shoes for Kids with High Insteps and Narrow Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for high insteps and narrow heels. 

You will notice how most of these shoes come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure since shoelaces provide these 3 advantages:

✅ They open-up widely so you can easily insert your child’s feet inside the shoes.

✅ They secure your child’s heels and eliminate any gaps around the ankles by pushing your kids’ heels against the back of the shoe.

✅ They fit the shape of your child’s narrow feet better.

In addition to providing extra depth and providing a narrow toe-box and heel counter, these shoe styles provide good everyday support, are lightweight, flexible, durable, and breathable.

If you choose any of the shoes that come with shoelaces, then there is a particular shoe tying technique that you can use to make sure your child’s heels are pushed back against the back of the shoes, which will eliminate any remaining gap around your child’s ankles. There is another article that describes this shoe tying technique in more detail. Go to the link below:

Lacing Shoes with Narrow Heel and Wide Toe Box – Learn How to Do it in Less Than 30 Seconds!

My main goal is to help parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children since shoes that don’t fit properly can cause several foot issues and lead to foot, knee, hip, and back pain.

I have written several other articles for children with high insteps, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a pair of sandals, dress shoes, or boots for children with high insteps. It’s highly likely that I have fitted them before and I will help you find them.

Having sore and uncomfortable feet should not be part of your child’s day! Allow your child to perform his/her everyday activities by wearing a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes.

Is your child still complaining that the top part of his/her feet hurts? Are your kids’ heels still coming up and down the shoes even after trying my shoe tying technique? Please contact me directly and I will be able to provide you with a solution:


Have you tried any of the shoe styles that I recommend in this article? Is there any other shoe that has worked well for your child with a high instep and narrow feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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