Do you feel like every single shoe style that you try for your child is too wide and gaps too much around his or her ankles? Do your children complain about their heels moving up and down as they walk and run?
The way in which you decide how to tie your kids’ shoes has a direct impact in keeping their feet and legs healthy.
Shoes that are tied properly will often provide more support to your kids’ feet, prevent injuries such as ankle sprains, and the formation of blisters, calluses, and corns. Properly lacing your kids’ shoes will also provide them with more stability when they walk and run.
I have been working at a kids’ shoe store for over 10 years now, and we are one of the best children’s shoe stores in the country that specializes in fitting children with special foot needs. We fit children in supportive shoes and we provide orthotic fitting as well.
When parents bring their children with narrow feet to the shoe store, my first question to them is: Are they ready to tie their shoes?
I have noticed on how shoes that come with shoelaces for children with narrow feet make a tremendous difference in the way shoes FIT and FEEL.
In this article I will describe the simplest, yet most effective way to lacing running shoes for narrow feet.
This lacing technique will push your kids’ heels back, secure them against the heel counter (back of the shoe) of the shoe, and eliminate any extra space around their ankles.
Did you know that in order to get the full benefits that the shoes have to offer (such as support and stability) you must tie them properly?
Since I have been fitting shoes for a long time, I have learned every single lacing technique that exists, and they range from teaching a child the simplest way to tie the shoes and how to tie shoes for children with wide or extra wide feet.
If you have a child with narrow feet that is wearing a pair of shoes with shoelaces, let’s take a look at the most effective way to prevent heel slipping and make the shoes FEEL and FIT better!
Please always remind your children to loosen the shoelaces before they put their shoes on, especially if they have narrow heels! The main reason for this is that when children shove their feet inside the shoes without unlacing the shoes, they stretch out and soften the heel counter of the shoe, making the shoes less supportive and wider around the heel area.
Start by lacing the shoes like you would normally do but when you get to the top leave the two eyelets (shoe holes) open as shown in the picture below.
Lace the shoelaces through the top hole first as shown in the picture below.
Go through the two holes that you left open as shown in the picture below.
You are all set up! This simple method will make a tremendous difference in how your kids’ shoes FIT and FEEL, and you can even try this method in your own shoes to see how it feels and the difference it makes.
Now that you know how to tie shoes for kids with narrow feet, you can keep their feet and legs healthy by preventing foot injuries.
Have you ever tried this shoe lacing technique before? Are you familiar with a good lacing technique for kids with narrow feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from your experiences!