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Best Shoes for Kids with Narrow Feet Who Wear Orthotics – Supportive and Extra Deep!


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 narrow feet who wear orthotics.

Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes for your child with narrow feet who wears orthotics? Do you feel like all of the shoes capable of accommodating your child’s orthotics are too wide for your child’s feet? I have put together a selection of the best shoes for kids with narrow feet who wear orthotics, and I will show you these shoes shortly.

Finding a pair of shoes for a child who has narrow feet and wears orthotics can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience.

I have been contacted by several families and physical therapists who want to know which shoes are capable of fitting a child’s narrow feet and capable of accommodating an orthotic at the same time.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I know exactly which are the best shoes for kids with narrow feet who wear orthotics from having fitted them before. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for 10 years at a children’s shoe store that specializes in fitting children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.


There are certain shoe brands such as Asics and Saucony that fit narrower than others, but among these 2 shoe brands, there are specific kids’ shoe styles that have proven to be more effective when fitting the shape of a narrow foot.

Most children who wear orthotics require a wider shoe, as orthotics take up extra space inside the shoes. However, if you provide your child with narrow feet with a pair of shoes that are too wide, your child’s feet are going to end up moving too much inside the shoes. That constant movement and friction might lead to your child developing blisters, calluses, and corns.

We also want to prevent your child’s heels from slipping out of the shoes. Remember that the orthotics are going to raise your kids’ feet, so we need a shoe that allows the orthotic to sit deeply inside.

The key is to find a pair of shoes that are supportive to hold the orthotic in place and that provide extra depth as well, to allow the orthotic to fit deeply inside the shoes.

The shoes must also come with shoelaces instead of an alternative shoe closure, as shoelaces are way more effective in hugging children’s feet and eliminating any remaining gap around the child’s ankles.

There is a very small selection of shoes that meet the requirements mentioned above, but the good news is that I will help you find them.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Orthotics? — Extra Depth!

☑️ Extra Depth

Let me show you an example of a shoe that provides extra depth versus one that doesn’t. For better visualization purposes, there is an orthotic fitted inside the shoes. Do you notice how the orthotic is fitting much deeper in the shoe on the right compared to the shoe on the left? Both of the shoes are the same length and width, the only difference is that one shoe is much deeper than the other one.


That is exactly the type of shoes that we need to find for your child’s narrow feet.

☑️ Narrow Toe-Box and Narrow. Heel Counter:

Below you can find the difference between one of the narrow shoes I recommend and a different style.


I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their children’s foot conditions, as this might only lead to your child’s condition getting worse.

Let’s make sure that your child gets the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer by providing your child with the correct type of shoes.

First Things First: Is Your Child Ready for Shoes with Shoelaces?

 Some parents are skeptical of providing their children with shoes that come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure. This might be because the child is too young or hasn’t mastered the skills of tying his/her shoes.

I have noticed how girls start learning how to tie their shoes faster than boys. Shoelaces are going to provide your child with better support and stability.

Why do I emphasize the importance of providing your child with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces? It makes a world of difference in fitting the shape of your child’s narrow feet and it also helps make the orthotic fit better inside the shoes.

I am not asking you to provide your child with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces to make your life harder. I want your child to get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer and feel more stable when walking or running around.

My co-worker who has been fitting children’s shoes for over 30 years came up with a particular shoe-tying technique that is effective for children with narrow feet who wear orthotics. I call this shoe-tying technique the “reverse the shoelaces technique”. Let me show you how simple it is and what a tremendous difference it makes.

✅ Start with leaving the two eyelets (shoe holes) of the shoe open.

✅ Go through the top hole first.

✅ Go through the holes that you left open.

I strongly suggest that you try this shoe-tying technique on your kids’ shoes and in your shoes as well so you can see what a difference it makes.

Shoes for Kids with Narrow Feet Who Wear Orthotics – 4 Important Features

 These are the 4 most important features that your kids’ shoes must provide to fit the shape of your child’s narrow feet and accommodate an orthotic:

✅ Substantial Outsole: The shoes need to be supportive to minimize the impact that your child’s feet take when they become in contact with the ground. Shoes with a substantial sole also help keep the orthotic in place. Below you can see the difference between a shoe with a substantial sole versus a shoe with a sole that is too thin and doesn’t provide the correct amount of support:


✅ Firm Heel Counter: The heel counter is the back part of the shoes that provides ankle and heel support. The firmer the heel counter is, the better. Always make sure that before buying your kids’ shoes you press on the heel counter to make sure that it feels firm.  Please take a look at the image below to visualize where the heel counter of the shoe is located:


✅ Extra Depth: We already went over this feature at the beginning of the article.

✅ Shoelaces vs Velcro Closure: We already went over this feature.

The shoes that I describe below provide all of these 4 features and they are going to keep your child’s narrow feet healthy and supported at all times.

Keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, as that is the only way for me to tell how supportive the shoes are, how well-made they are, and how they fit.

Best Shoes for Kids with Narrow Feet Who Wear Orthotics ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find the best shoes for kids with narrow feet who wear orthotics. Don’t forget to remove the original insoles of the shoes before placing the orthotic. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

If after trying any of these shoe styles they still look too wide for your child’s feet don’t jump the gun and return them just yet. I suggest that you try fitting a tongue pad inside your kids’ shoes to make them fit snugger around your child’s feet. You can learn about the best tongue pads for shoes in the article below:

Leather Shoe Tongue Pads – Stop Heel Slippage

Are you unsure of what shoe size to order? You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size if you don’t know what your child’s shoe width is to begin with.

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online.

I created a resource that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

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

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

To assist parents from all over the world I created a different article that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

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

I understand that finding a pair of shoes for a child with narrow feet who also needs to wear orthotics is frustrating for many families. It’s important for parents to take the time to find the correct pair of shoes for their children with narrow feet as shoes that are too wide can lead to a myriad of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child’s narrow feet. Whether you are looking for a pair of summer, winter, sport, or dress shoes, I will be able to help you find it:


Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well in accommodating your child’s narrow feet and orthotics? Please share your findings below so other families can benefit from your experiences.


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4 Comments on Best Shoes for Kids with Narrow Feet Who Wear Orthotics – Supportive and Extra Deep!

  1. Excellent instructions on lace-tying which I’m pleased to report have made a heap of difference for my dd and ds both of whom have skinny feet. There always seems to be a lot of support on Facebook for parents of wide-footed kids but I never see much for skinny-footed kids. And ds won’t allow me to post on Facebook about our challenges with this as I’m friends with all the parents of his friends.

  2. Hello Juan,

    Judging by the comments it’s more common than I thought and there’s also a possible explanation as to why ds won’t allow me to post about this on Facebook. Don’t many skinny boys also have skinny feet?

    • Yes, many skinny boys have narrow feet and some of them couldn’t care less about their foot shape but certain boys might be shy about having narrow feet.

      We must emphasize to them how we all have different foot shapes and how feet are not alike. The important thing is to wear shoes that fit so we can perform well in our daily activities and have fun.

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