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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 while walking or running?

In addition, does your child keep complaining that his/her heels are coming out of the shoe? Do you feel like no matter what shoe style you buy for your child, there seems to be a gap around the heels?

Heel slippage is the worst!

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

Also, 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 kids’ shoe store evaluating children with foot issues and helping them find the right pair of shoes and orthotics for over 10 years. I had the opportunity to help several children dealing with their shoes slipping off their heels and helped them find the perfect pair of shoes to minimize or fully eliminate the heel movement.

The main reasons why shoes slip off are the following:

  • The shoes might be too large.
  • Your child might have very narrow heels.
  • The heels of the shoes might be too wide.
  • You or your child might not be pulling the shoelaces or velcro closure tight enough.

If you want to STOP and prevent your child’s heels from slipping of the shoes, follow the steps below. Keep in mind that before you change the shoes your child is currently wearing, you should try the following aboved mentioned steps.

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

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1stStep: 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 encourage parents to take their children to a local shoe store that they TRUST and feel comfortable with. However, most parents don’t have a store in their area that knows how to properly measure kids’ feet. If you feel that is your case, please take a look at an article I wrote that describes the simplest, yet effective way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:

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

2ndStep: Make sure your child is tying his/her shoelaces or pulling the velcro straps comfortably tight. If the shoelaces or velcro strap 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.

Additionally, there is another article I wrote where I described the most effective way to make sure your child’s shoelaces are tied properly. This shoe tying method pushes your kids’ feet back against the back of the shoe and secures and locks the heels, preventing them from slipping out of the shoes.

You can find this article here:

How To Tie Shoes With Orthotics – Stop Heel Slippage

3rdStep:Try using a tongue pad. A tongue pad is an adhesive-backed pad that fit 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 you are having a hard time finding shoes that fit!

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 none of these steps work, your child might need a different pair of shoes.

Your child’s heels should not be too narrow for the shoes he/she is wearing. Although, if your child has narrow heels, there are certain shoe styles that are specific for narrow heels and I will describe them below.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Narrow Heels – STOP Heel Slippage!

If your child has 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 shoe measuring scale 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 unique 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 have an idea of 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 children’s shoe store near your area that is TRUSTWORTHY? Kindly let us know which children’s shoe stores are good and available in your area so that other parents within the same area acknowledge this useful information.


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