Have you been looking for a pair of black dress shoes for your boy? Do you want the shoes to look good for a fancy ocassion but still be durable enough if he needs to wear them to school or somewhere that requires a lot of walking?
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
One factor we must pay attention to is how the shoes FIT. It is true that most children will wear their dress shoes for very short periods of time and once in a while, but if the shoes are not the correct size you will still end up creating several issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
We all know that most boys are very hard on their shoes, so we must find shoes that provide good support but are durable as well. Let’s take a look at some of the features dress shoes must provide in order for your child to be able to wear them for longer periods of time:
- Supportive: In order for your child to be able to wear these shoes for longer periods of time and not just for a particular occasion, the shoes must provide enough support to reduce the impact that our kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight: While we do want our kids’ shoes to be supportive, they must be lightweight at the same time. Dress shoes in general tend to be stiff and heavy which might make your kids’’ feet and legs tired more easily.
- Flexible: Certain dress shoes tend to be very stiff and hard to bend. A flexible shoe will allow your child to run around at that particular special occasion or if he needs to wear it for longer periods of time.
- Breathable: It’s important for shoes to be breathable in order to prevent the build-up of bacteria inside the shoe and also prevent foot odors.
- Traction: Shoes must provide good traction to prevent your child from slipping and falling down.
- Firm heel counter: The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support. The firmer it is the better, since it will cushion and support your kids’ ankles and prevent injuries.
Finding a dress shoe that provides all of these features is not an easy thing to do, but I know they EXIST because I have fitted them before and I will describe them in this post.
While we all want our children to wear their shoes for a long period of time, there is one common mistake I see parents make and is buying their kids’ shoes with extra space in the front. The main issue with this is that you are not only compromising your child’s stability, but you are also making him more prone to developing foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Parents always ask me a common question when I am done fitting their children’s shoes: Does he/she has enough growing room?
I understand that parents want a good amount of growing room for their children dress shoes since they might wear them once in a while and for only a couple of hours at a time. A certain amount of growing room is okay, but you must make sure you don’t get them too long. Also, you must make sure you get your child the correct shoe width otherwise he might end up outgrowing his shoes faster than expected. For example, if there is still space in the front of the shoe but your child shoe width is too narrow, you will have to replace the shoes even though there is space in the front.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’shoe store. However, most children’s shoe stores have been closing down and if that’s your case then START by reading a post I wrote where I describe the most effective way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
Now that you know how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at the best black dress shoes for boys!
Black Wide Dress Shoes For Kids – Never Compromise On The Fit!
Yes, they do EXIST. Certain shoe brands that you need to START getting familiar with are called Stride Rite, Jumping Jacks, Hush Puppies, and Footmates. These shoe brands make shoes that are available in wide and extra wide widths.
Don’t fall for the trap that a particular shoe style “runs wider” than the others. This usually happens when you are at a shoe store that doesn’t have that particular shoe style in that particular shoe width and the salesperson is just trying to make a sale. While it is true that certain shoe style smight “run wider” or “longer” than others, I always recommend not to compromise and make sure the shoes fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly.
The selection is not large, but wide black dress shoes for boys do exist. and if your boy has wide or extra wide feet and needs a pair of black dress shoes I will help you find them.
Black Narrow Dress Shoes For Kids – Do They Exist?
If you have a child with narrow feet and you have been looking for dress shoes for him, you should know by know that is very hard to find the correct shoe style to FIT the shape of your child’s feet. The main reason for this is that shoe companies don’t actually make dress shoes in narrow widths for boys.
However, there are certain shoe styles and shoe brands that do fit much narrow than others. Some of the brands I have fitted before and you might want to start getting familiar are called Naturino, Primigi, and Garvalin. I have found that these shoe brands are very effective when it comes to fitting a child with narrow feet.
In certain cases when the child has very narrow feet we will need to insert a tongue pad in the tongue of the shoe to push the child’s heel back and get a snugger fit all around. If you don’t know what a tongue pad is you can learn more about them it here:
Loafers Dress Shoes – Are They A Good Choice For Your Kids Feet?
Loafers are very good looking dress shoes but you must know that they are not the most practical shoe choice for children, specially if your child has narrow feet. The main reason for this is that they don’t come with anything to hug your kids’ feet such as velcro closure or shoelaces.
A slip-on shoe or a loafer must be fitted heel to toe, which means that we won’t be able to leave any growing room for our kids’feet. you can still provide your child with a pair of loafers, just be aware that you won’t be able to leave any growing room for your child to grow into the shoe. This means that your child will probably outgrow the shoes between two months or less.
Black Dress Shoes For Boys – The Secret Revealed!
Now that we have gone over the important features a dress shoe must provide and the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size in order to keep his feet and legs healthy, let’s take a let’s take a look at the best selection of black dress shoes for boys. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
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I have fitted these shoes styles before at the shoe store that I work for so I am familiar with the way they fit (short, long, narrow, wide).
The first row of shoes will fit a child with a medium, wide, or extra wide foot (choose the shoe width accordingly, M if your child has medium width feet, W if your child has wide width feet, and XW if your child has extra wide width feet).
The shoes fit “true to size” which means you only need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The second row of shoes will fit a child with a narrow to a medium width foot. These shoe styles also fit “true to size” which means you only need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale.
Socks For Dress Shoes – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy
Did you know that socks act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes which prevents the buildup of bacteria? It’s also important to have our kids wear socks with their dress shoes to prevent their feet from rubbing against the shoe.
One common mistake I see parents make is to buy socks by looking at where it says the “age” guidelines or the “sock size” guidelines, which will lead to your child wearing the wrong sock size. You MUST always look at where it says “shoe size “and buy the socks accordingly. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
You can learn everything you need to know about children’s socks in a post I wrote called:
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.