Have you been looking for a pair of brown dress shoes for your boy? Are you looking for a pair of fancier yet durable shoes for your him?
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.
I have spoken with several parents that told me how when they are looking for dressier shoes for children, they want them durable enough so they can wear them for a fancier occasion but also for running around at school for example.
While children wear their dress shoes for shorter periods of time and once in a while, it’s important to fit them properly or you might end up creating all sort of foot issues to your kids’ feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Boys are particular hard on shoes, so the pair of dress shoes that we want to provide for our children must provide the following features:
- 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.
Is it possible to find a pair of dress shoes that provides all of these features? They definitely do EXIST since I have fitted brown dress shoes that provide all of these features and this will guarantee that we keep our kids’ feet and legs healthy.
Please keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides to your child, if it’s not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
One of the common mistakes I see parents make is to buy longer dress shoes in order for the child to be able to wear them for a longer period of time. Little parents know that by doing this they are not only compromising their child’s stability, but also making him or her more prone to developing foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
The first thing parents ask me when I am finished fitting their children in dress shoes is: Does he/she has enough growing room?
I understand that parents want a decent 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.
If you don’t have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust, 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 brown dress shoes for boys!
Do You Need Wide Dress Shoes For Your Child?
Some of the shoe brands that you might want to start getting familiar with are called Stride Rite, Jumping Jacks, and Footmates. These are shoe brands that actually come in wide and extra wide widths.
One common mistake parents make is to buy a particular shoe brand or shoe style because it “runs wider” than the rest. This normally happens if you are at a shoe store that doesn’t have that particular shoe style in that particular shoe width. It’s always better to not compromise and make sure the shoes will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly.
While the selection is small, wide brown dress shoes for boys do exist. If your child has wide or extra wide feet and needs a pair of brown dress shoes I will help you find them.
Do You Need Narrow Dress Shoes For Your Child?
Fitting a child with narrow feet in a pair of dress shoes is as hard or even harder to find than a pair of wide or extra wide dress shoes. 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 brands that do fit much narrow than others. Some of the brands you might want to start getting familiar are called Naturino and Primigi.
I have fitted boys with the narrowest feet in dress shoes before and while it’s more time consuming, if you try the correct shoe style it will make a huge difference.
I have found that if the child has very narrow feet sometimes we will need to insert a tongue pad inside 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:
Dress Shoes For Boys – Avoid Loafers!
While some parents and children love the way loafers look, they are not the most practical shoe style for them, specially if your child has narrow feet. The main reason for this is because they don’t have anything to hug your kids’ feet such as velcro closure or shoelaces.
This type of shoe style must be fitted heel to toe, which means that we won’t be able to leave any growing room. There is nothing wrong with providing your child with a pair of loafers, as long as you are 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 in two months.
Brown Dress Shoes For Boys – The Secret Revealed!
Now that you know what features a dress shoe must provide and the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size, you are ready to see a selection of the best fitting and most supportive brown dress shoes for boys.
I have fitted these shoes styles before so I am familiar with how they fit (short, long, narrow, wide).
The first two shoe styles from the left (Stride Rite) 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.
The rest of the shoes will fit a child with a medium to a wide width foot but NOT an extra wide 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 in order to allow for growing room.
Socks For Dress Shoes – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy
I can’t stress enough the importance of well fitted socks. Socks act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes and prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
Dress shoes tend to be stiffer than everyday sneakers, that’s why it’s so important to wear a socks to cushion your kids’ feet and prevent their feet from rubbing against the shoe.
One common mistake most 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:
Getting the correct socks size has the same importance as getting the correct shoe size!
While I can’t get into too much detail about the importance of wearing socks in this post, I wrote an article where I explain the importance of socks, and how to make sure you get the correct sock size for your child! The post is 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.