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Narrow Fit Shoes for Boys – The Best Everyday Shoes for Boys with Narrow Feet


Do you have a boy with narrow feet and are always struggling to find shoes to fit the shape of his feet? Do you feel like you try on several different shoes but always end up empty-handed? I always explain to parents how fitting a child with narrow feet is a lot harder than fitting a child with wide or extra wide feet. The main reason for this is that there is a large selection of shoes that come in wide and extra wide widths, but the selection of shoes for kids that actually come in narrow widths is very little to non-existent. The good news is that I have put together a list of the best narrow fit shoes for boys based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience!

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years working at a specialized children’s shoe store that specializes in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoe brands for kids with narrow feet.


I have noticed how parents of boys with narrow feet or even those boys themselves have particular anxieties. There are some special sensitivities around the issue that seem more common with boys and parents have expressed this in other articles that I have written about children with narrow feet.

Certain boys might be shy about having narrow feet but we must emphasize to them how we all have different foot shapes and how feet are not alike. The important thing is to wear shoes that fit so we can perform well in our daily activities and have fun.

Let’s take a look at what other parents have been commenting which is the main reason why I decided to write an article specifically about boys with narrow feet:


If you provide your kids with narrow feet with a pair of shoes that are too wide, their feet will end up moving too much inside the shoes and that constant friction will end up creating all sorts of issues for their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Boys with Narrow Feet?

The shoes I recommend provide 2 key features that highly increase the likelihood of fitting a narrow foot:

1️⃣ Narrow Toe-Boxes and Narrow Platforms: The shoes I recommend provide a pointier toe-box instead of a rounder one, as well as narrower platforms to accommodate the overall shape of your child’s narrow feet.


2️⃣ Narrow Heel Counters: The shoes I recommend all provide a narrow heel counter instead of a rounder one. Take a look at the image below for clarification purposes. Do you notice how the heel counter of the shoe on the right image is a lot narrower compared to the heel counter of the shoe on the left image?


I will show you a selection of the best narrow fit shoes for boys shortly, but first, let’s take a look at which shoe brands are better for children with narrow feet.

The Best Shoe Brands for Kids with Narrow Feet 

Some shoe brands that you might want to start getting familiar are Saucony and Asics. You might have even tried these shoe brands for yourself, but please keep in mind that among these two shoe brands certain shoes fit narrower than others, so don’t just assume that all Asics and Saucony shoe styles will fit the shape of your child’s narrow feet.

When it comes to dress shoes and sandals there is one shoe brand that is very consistent in manufacturing shoes for kids with narrow feet: Naturino. Most Naturino shoes are made out of 100% leather.

For you to buy the correct shoe size online, you need to be 100% sure of your child’s exact foot size.

Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!


I always recommend parents take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing 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 to know what size to order.

I created a resource that showcases the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in the United States – Where To Go for Proper Fittings

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article 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 Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Now that you know the best shoe brands for boys with narrow feet and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best narrow fit shoes for boys.

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. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Narrow Fit Shoes for Boys ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I always recommend shoelaces over velcro closure when it comes to fitting the shape of a child with narrow feet. The main reason for this is that shoelaces tend to hug the feet better, eliminating any remaining gap around the heels by securing them against the back of the shoes.

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes, I indicate whether you need to order a half size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

All of these shoe styles are supportive, lightweight, and flexible, so your child can wear them as his everyday shoes. They all come with a very substantial sole to minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground, and a firm heel counter that provides good ankle support.

Once the shoes arrive, have your child test the shoes around the house. Let me show you how to check if the shoes are too wide for your child’s feet.

How to Check If Your Kids’ Shoes Are Too Wide – Let’s Find Out!

If you notice that the shoes gap too much on the front part or around the ankles, then these are clear signs that the shoes might be too wide for your child’s feet.

Let’s take a look at a couple of pictures that will help us visualize this better.

With your child’s shoes on, check if there is too much extra shoe material in the front part of your child’s shoes. Do you notice in the picture below how there is a lot of extra shoe material in the front of the shoes? This is the first sign that the shoes are too wide.


You can also check if the shoes are too wide by checking if there is too much extra space around the ankles. Do you notice in the picture below how there is too much extra space around the ankles? I can fit two of my fingers around the heel area.


Now that you know which are the best narrow fit shoes for boys, you are ready to make the most informed decision.

Sandals, Winter Boots and Dress Shoes for Boys with Narrow Feet

I want you to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow your child’s feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly and I will help you find it.

If you need a seasonal pair of shoes or dress shoes for your child with narrow feet, I will show you a couple of articles that describe them all.

Boys who have narrow feet and need a summer sandal or a winter boot also have a hard time finding shoes that fit. You can find the best summer sandals, winter boots, and dress shoes for children with narrow feet in the two following articles. Go to the links below:

Narrow Sandals for Boys – The Best Styles for Your Boy with Narrow Feet!

Narrow Boots for Kids – The Best Boots for Kids with Narrow Feet!

Kids Narrow Dress Shoes – The Best Dress Shoes for Children with Narrow Feet!

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If you are having a hard time finding a particular shoe style for your boy with narrow feet, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you find it:


Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for your boy’s narrow feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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31 Comments on Narrow Fit Shoes for Boys – The Best Everyday Shoes for Boys with Narrow Feet

  1. well this sure is about the most helpful thing I read on the web this decade!!!! the stress we been through with our boys narrow feet!!! tyvm

  2. omg this is me 😮 I have ALWAYS had v v narrow feet I am now 14 and there STILL narrow its so anoying and also slightly embarasing like all my mates have wide feet compared to me. I put inner soles in my trainers but I always think ppl can tell I have narrow feet so I wear black sports socks round friends houses do its harder to tell when we have shoes off. its the reason I dread bumping into ppl we know on holiday

  3. Oh bless! My heart goes out to Max and any young people like him who feel the same way. Thankful he felt able to tell his story here. Hopeful he comes to terms with the build of his feet which obviously were just the feet he was born with. I am sure none of his real friends would judge him for it. If only he could tell those friends how he feels about them. I am sure most of them have different hang ups as well. There are plenty of very handsome boys with similar builds and similar feet. Just look at Leonardo Dicaprio in the Beach. He had noticeably narrow feet and he did alright and was very popular with the girls! I just showed my daughter this post and Max’s comment and her immediate response was ‘that is cute for a lad to have narrow feet’. That is what she honestly said without any prompting and she is 16. Some people highlight what they perceive as imperfections and they become an asset. Look at Barbara Streisand and her nose, Cilla Black and her teeth, Leornardo Dicaprio and his teenage skinniness. To some they might seem like disadvantages. But yo others they are strengths. I wonder what would happen if Max felt strong enough to show off his feet and make them a feature. I wonder how many people would think they look cute. I hope everything works out and I am sure it will. Is there any way of posting photos of others with narrow feet so Max and any others like him can see they are normal?

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your examples and that’s actually a great idea about having pictures of other children with narrow feet, but to be honest there are not that many pictures available on the Internet of children with narrow feet. If parents want to share their kids pictures I will be more than happy to post them in this article. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hello,

      I have seen several boys with narrow feet at the shoe store that I work for. You shouldn’t stress over your feet being narrow as it’s not uncommon. I have also seen several children with extra wide feet that complain about their feet being so wide. Your foot shape can change as you grow older, just make sure that you wear shoes that fit your feet so you can perform at your best.

  4. Can’t imagine a boy having narrow feet. Sorry! But the only width fitting problems I can think of for boys would be difficulty in finding wide enough shoes. Narrow feet?

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your feedback! I have seen several boys with narrow feet at the shoe store that I work for. While narrow feet might not be as common in boys, there are still several boys out there with narrow feet.

  5. Boys with feet as narrow as some girls? I mean how narrow and what width fittings have you seen? Please excuse my ignorance.

    • Hello,

      Feet come in all different shapes and sizes and children can have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I have seen several boys with very narrow feet, which is not a big deal, they just need to be fitted in shoes that provide narrower heel counter and narrower toe-boxes.

  6. Fair enough. I have some skinny nephews so I will look out for that next time I see them. Learn something every day!

    • Jazzy please try to be understanding. I know it’s hard to put ourselves in the shoes (excuse the pun) of a kid who is self conscious about things like their ticklishness and narrow feet but hey that’s the society we live in. I see why it’s surprising but try talking to boys about it and see what they say.

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