Do you have a child with a foot that is wide at the front but narrow at the heels? I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store where I have been fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years now, and those are some of 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 provide regular shoe fittings 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. Children who have feet that are wide at the front but narrow at the heels usually experience a lot of heel movement, and that constant movement and rubbing between the feet and the shoes leads to the formation of blisters.
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.
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 another article I wrote called:
Now we can 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.
Begin by lacing the shoes normally with a crisscross.
Keep the lace ends on the same side and enter each end under the next eyelet down.
Lace the usual crisscross pattern but leave the two top eyelets (shoe holes) open.
Go 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.
This shoe lacing technique will prevent your kids’ heels from coming up the shoes, 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.
The Best Shoelaces for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
There is a particular type of shoelace that tends to stay tied better than the regular ones. You won’t have to worry about having to re-tie your kids’ shoelaces all the time or worry about the shoelaces becoming untied.
This type of shoelace is durable and comes with “bumps” that help the shoelaces stay tied better.
Here you can find the best shoelaces for kids. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations:
Do you want to learn what is the most effective way to tie your kids’ shoes depending on whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet? There is another article I wrote where I describe each shoe tying method in more detail. Go to the link below:
Have you ever tried this shoe lacing technique before? Are you familiar with another good lacing technique for kids with a wide foot at the front but a narrow heel? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.