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Lacing Shoes with Narrow Heel and Wide Toe Box – Learn How to Do it in Less Than 30 Seconds!

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Does your child have a foot that is wide at the front but narrow at the heels? I have been fitting children’s shoes for 10 years now and those are the most complicated foot shapes to fit.

In the children’s shoe store that I work for, we specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fitting as well.

I learned that the method you use to tie your kids’ shoes has a direct impact in keeping their feet and legs healthy.

Did you know that in order to provide your child with the full benefits that the shoes have to offer (such as support and stability) you must tie them properly?

Lacing your kids’ shoes properly will provide them with more support and stability and hence prevent them from developing foot issues such as the formation of blisters, calluses, and corns. Additionally, properly lacing your kids’ shoes will  prevent them from injuries such as ankle sprains.

In this article I will describe the simplest, yet most effective way to lace shoes for children with a wide foot at the front and a narrow heel.

But before, let’s make sure your child is wearing the correct type of shoes.

I have fitted several children with feet that were wide at the front and narrow in the heel, and the reason why it’s complicated to find shoes that fit well is that oftenly, shoes that are wide at the toe are wide in the heel and vice versa. Nevertheless, there are certain shoe styles that will accommodate your child with that type of foot, and I describe them in a post I wrote called:

Let’s take a look at the simplest, yet most effective way to lace shoes for kids with a wide foot at the front and narrow heels.

First Step:

Begin by lacing the shoes normally with a crisscross.

Tying Shoes For Wide Feet

Second Step: 

Keep the lace ends on the same side and enter each end under the next eyelet down.

Lacing Shoes For Wide Feet

Third Step:

Lace the usual crisscross pattern but leave the two top eyelets (shoe holes) open.

Lacing Shoes For Narrow Feet

Fourth Step:

Go through the top hole first as shown in the picture below.

Lacing Narrow Feet

Fifth Step:

Go through the two holes that you left open as shown in the picture below.

Lacing Shoe Technique

This shoe lacing technique will have a remarkable difference in how your kids’ shoes FIT and FEEL, and you should try this method in your own shoes to see how it feels.

I always remind  parents to make sure their children always loosen the shoelaces before putting their shoes on, especially if they have narrow heels! When children shove their feet inside the shoes without undoing the shoelaces, they stretch out and soften the heel counter of the shoe, making the shoes less supportive and wider around the heel area.

Have you ever tried this shoe lacing technique before? Are you familiar with  a good lacing technique for kids with a wide foot at the front but a narrow heel? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from your experiences!


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