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How To Prevent The Heel From Slipping Out Of The Shoe – Follow These Easy Steps!

Prevent Heel From Slipping Out Of Shoe

Have you ever noticed your kids’ feet slipping out of their shoes when they are walking or running? Are your children complaining that their heels keeping coming out of their shoes? Do you feel like no matter what shoe style you buy for your child there seems to be a gap around the heel area?

The most common issue that children face when their heel’s slip out of the shoes is blisters, due to the constant friction between the feet and the shoes.

Heel slippage is the worst!

These are the 3 most common reasons of why your child’s heels might keep slipping out of the shoes.

  • The first one is that the shoes that you got for your child might be too wide around the heel area.
  • The second one is that your child might have narrow heels
  • Your child might not be pulling the shoelaces or Velcro closure tight enough.

When your kids’ heels slip out of the shoes, their feet are more exposed and prone to developing foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. Your children will also be at risk of developing serious injuries since shoes that slip off will compromise their stability, exposing your children to falling down and getting hurt.

In addition, shoes that slip off your child’s feet can lead to foot and leg pain, since your child is not getting the proper amount of ankle support from the shoes.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

If you want to prevent your child’s heels from slipping out of the shoes, there are certain steps you need to follow.

Let me show you the 3 most important proven steps that you need to take in order prevent heel slippage.

How To Prevent Heel Slippage – The 3 Proven and Most Effective Methods

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1st Step: Make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size ❤️

This means that the shoes can’t be too long, too short, too narrow, or too wide, they MUST fit just RIGHT!

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. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.

I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:

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

If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Shoe Size Foot Length


2nd Step: Pull the shoelaces or the Velcro straps comfortably tight ❤️

If the shoelaces or Velcro straps of the shoes are too loose, it will allow your child’s feet from moving too much inside the shoes and it will not prevent your child’s heels from coming out of the shoe.

Don’t be afraid of puling the Velcro straps or the shoelaces tightly, you won’t hurt your child’s feet. Some parents believe that if they make the closure too tight they might cut their child’s circulation.

If your children are not pulling the shoelaces or Velcro closure tightly their stability will be compromised and they also won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer in terms of support.

Kids Velcro Sneakers

3rd Step: Try a tongue pad inside the shoes❤️

Try using a tongue pad inside the shoes. A tongue pad is an adhesive-backed pad that fits in the tongue of the shoes and they work pretty much in all enclosed shoes. Tongue pads work great specially for kids that have narrow heels and always have a hard time finding shoes that fit.

Once you fit a tongue pad inside your kids’ shoes, it will push your kids’ heels back, securing them against the back of the shoes. This will fill any remaining gaps around the heels.

Shoe Tongue Pad

If you want to try a tongue pad inside your kids’ shoes you can learn more about them here:

Leather Shoe Tongue Pads – Stop Heel Slippage

If you try these steps and your child’s heels are still coming out of the shoes, then you will have to replace your kids’ shoes and find one that comes with a narrower heel.

Let me show you which are the best shoe styles for kids with narrow heels and how they will prevent heel slippage.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Narrow Heels – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

Please keep in mind that shoes that come with shoelaces will always be more effective in reducing heel slippage.

If your children have a medium width foot with narrow heels, these are the best type of shoes that will fit the shape of their feet:

All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow space for growing room.

If your child has wide feet with narrow heels, below you can find the best type of shoes that will fit the shape of their feet:

This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Now that you know the most effective ways on how to prevent the heel from slipping out of the shoe, you are ready to make a better and more informed decision.

Do you know of a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area? Kindly let us know which fitting children’s shoe stores are good and available in your area so that other parents within the same area acknowledge this useful information.


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

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