Do you have a boy with narrow feet and are always struggling to find shoes to fit the shape of his narrow feet? Do you feel like you try on several different shoe styles but always end up empty handed?
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 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 there are certain shoe styles that fit narrower than others, and I know exactly which shoe styles these are from having fitted them before, and I will help you find them!
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 children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings 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 am familiar with the best shoe brands for children with narrow and the best styles among those brands.
For the last 3 years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
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.
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:
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.
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 sort of issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I will show you a selection of the best narrow fit shoes for boys that I have fitted before shortly, but first let’s take a look at how you can figure out if your child has narrow feet and which shoe brands are better for children with narrow feet.
How Can You Tell If Your Boy Has Narrow Feet? – Let’s Find Out!
You can check if your child has narrow feet or if the shoes that your child is wearing are too narrow by following 2 simple steps.
If most shoes that you try on your child’s feet gap too much on the front or around his ankles, then these are clear signs that your child might have narrow 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 your child has narrow feet.
You can also check if your child has narrow feet or if the shoes that your child is wearing 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.
Wearing a shoe that is too wide will create a myriad of problems, so you must first identify whether your kids have narrow feet and then find that particular shoe style that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly.
The Best Shoe Brands for Kids with Narrow Feet ❤️
Some shoe brands that you might want to start getting familiar for every day sneakers 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 there are certain shoe styles that 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 are also two shoe brands which are very consistent in manufacturing shoes for kids with narrow feet and they are called Naturino and Sperry. Most of their shoe styles are made out of 100% leather, and Sperry has one particular shoe style that is available in narrow widths.
I am always emphasizing to parents how it doesn’t matter how well-made the shoes are or how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Which brings me to this next question: Do you know your child’s exact foot size?
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I am always emphasizing to parents how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down 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 in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video 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:
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.
The Best Narrow Fit Shoes for Boys ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that 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.
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, eliminate any remaining gap around the heels by securing them against the back of the shoes. Below you can find a selection of the best fitting shoes for boys with narrow feet.
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This selection of shoes fit “short and narrow”, which means I recommend going a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
All of these shoe styles are supportive, lightweight, and flexible, so your child can wear them as his every day 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.
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 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.
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 describes them all.
There is actually one particular dress shoe style that is available in narrow widths for boys. Go to the link below:
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.
You can find the best summer sandals and winter boots for children with narrow feet in the two following articles. Go to the links below:
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.
Do you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents in a daily basis 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 other parents can benefit from your experiences.