Do you have a boy with narrow feet and always find it hard to find shoes to fit the shape of his feet? I always explain to parents how fitting a child with narrow feet is much 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 wide and extra wide widths, while the selection of shoes for kids that actually come in narrow widths is very little to non-existent.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
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 posts I have written about children with narrow feet.
Let’s take a look at what other parents have been commenting which is the main reason why I decided to write a post specifically about boys with narrow feet.
Certain boys might be shy about having narrow feet and we must emphasize to them how we all have different feet and how there are not two feet alike. The importance thing is to wear shoes that fit so we can perform our everyday activities and have fun.
I always recommend parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, so they can make sure their children are wearing the correct shoe size. However, I have been contacted by several parents that are concerned about not having a children’s shoe store in their area and must get their kids’ shoes online.
Have you ever tried walking or running in a pair of shoes that were too wide for your feet? What will happen is that your feet will move too much inside the shoe and rub against the side or back of the shoe.
If your boy has narrow feet and you provide him with a pair of shoes that are too narrow you will be creating all sort of foot issues to his feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns, as well as foot and leg pain.
If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store that you trust, I will provide you in this article with a selection of the best narrow fitting shoes for boys.
How Can You Tell If Your Boy Has Narrow Feet?
If every time you try a shoe for your child you notice that it gaps around his ankles, creases in the front, or visually looks too wide, then these are all signs telling you that your child has narrow feet.
For example, if when your child has his shoe on you can fit or slide your finger around the heel area of the shoe that means that the shoe is too wide.
Wearing a shoe that is too wide will create a myriad of problems, so we must first identify whether our kids have narrow feet and then find that particular shoe style that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly.
Shoe Brands For Kids With Narrow Feet – Write Them Down!
Why are shoe companies not making kids’ shoes in narrow widths? I believe that it must be because of the lack of demand. But this lack of demand is not due because there are only a few children with narrow feet, it is due to parents not knowing that their children have narrow feet.
Some brands you might want to start getting familiar are called Saucony and Asics. You might have even tried these shoe brands yourself, but please keep in mind that certain shoe styles will fit much narrower than others, so don’t just assume that all Asics shoe styles or all Saucony shoe styles will fit your child with narrow feet.
New Balance used to make one particular shoe style that came in narrow widths but stopped making it, and the brand is more suited for children who have medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
I will say that 90% of the time a child comes to the shoe store looking for a pair of everyday shoes and has narrow feet, I end up fitting him in a pair of Asics or Saucony. Keep those two brands in mind when shopping for your children’s shoes, but I will show you in this article which shoe styles are the best among those brands for kids with narrow feet.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store, so their kids can be properly fitted for shoes. However, I have been contacted by several parents who say how their local children’s shoe store has closed down and they must get their kids’ shoes online. If you are one of those parents, please START by reading a post I wrote where I describe the most effective way to make sure you provide your child with the correct shoe size:
Narrow Fit Shoes For Boys – The Secret Revealed!
Finding a pair of narrow shoes for boys can be quite time-consuming, and you might end up empty-handed if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
Please keep in mind that I always recommend shoelaces over velcro closure when it comes to fitting a child with narrow feet. The main reason for this is that shoelaces will hug your kids’ feet better, put more pressure in the top part of your kids’ feet and push their heels back which will secure them and eliminate any gaps around the heel area.
I understand that most parents prefer velcro closure over shoelaces because their children might not know how to tie their shoes and might not be quite ready to learn. I will also provide you with a selection of narrow shoes for boys with velcro, but if you feel like your child might be ready to learn how to tie his shoes you should take a look at a post I wrote where I describe the most simple and effective way to teach a child how to tie his or her shoes. Please refer to this post:
Now that you know about the importance of well fitted shoes and the key role that they play in maintaining our kids’ feet and legs healthy please take a look at a selection of the BEST fitting shoes for boys with narrow feet:
The selection of shoes in the first row come with velcro closure and they all fit “short and narrow” which means I recommend going a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The selection of shoes in the second row come with shoelaces and they also fit “short and narrow” which means I recommend going a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
These shoes that I describe not only will fit a boy with narrow feet, but they are also supportive, lightweight, and flexible so your child can wear them as his everyday shoes. They all come with a very firm heel counter and provide good arch support.
Now that you know which are the best narrow fit shoes for boys, you are ready to make the most informative decision.
Summer Sandals And Winter Boots For Narrow Feet – Do They Exist?
If you need a seasonal pair of shoes for your child with narrow feet, I will provide you with a selection of those type of shoes also in this post.
Boys who have narrow feet and need a summer sandal or a winter boot also have a hard time finding a shoe style that works. And when it comes to seasonal footwear it becomes even harder, since the options are even more limited than sneakers.
I want you to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your children’s feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will ft the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly and I will help you find it. NEVER settle for shoes that don’t fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly.
Below you can find a selection of the best fitting sandals and boots for boys with narrow feet. I have also fitted these shoe styles before and I know that they are the best styles for boys who have narrow feet.
The first row of shoes (sandals) fit “true to size” which means I recommend going a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The second row of shoes (boots) fit “small” which means I recommend going a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
If there is a particular shoe style that you need for your boy with narrow feet, whether it is a dress shoe or a sport shoe, please let me know and I will help you find it.
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.