The very moment your child takes its first steps to walk; you become very excited and filled with joy and at that moment you find it difficult to believe how big your child has grown within such a short period of time! At that moment, you will be overwhelmed and you will quickly like to rush and buy your child a pair of brand new shoes.
But, it’s very important for you to know that the procedure of buying a pair of shoes for your child is more complicated than you have actually thought of, specially when the child has NARROW feet!
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 7 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. The shoe store that I work for specializes in children with foot and leg issues, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.
Most parents complain about their children having wide or extra wide feet, but what they don’t know it’s that finding shoes for someone who has narrow feet is a lot HARDER!
I have been helping parents find the correct pair of shoes for their children for 7 years now, and no matter the shape of the child’s feet, there is always a particular style that will fit their feet perfectly.
If your child has narrow feet and you provide them with a pair of shoes that are too wide for their feet, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. There are certain shoe styles that will fit narrower than others, and I have fitted them all before. Please keep in mind that the selection of narrow shoes for kids is not broad, but all you need is one pair of well fitting shoes to keep your kids’ feet healthy.
In this post, I will help you find the best narrow shoes for toddlers!
How To Choose The Correct Pair Of Narrow Shoes For Your Toddler?
The procedure for purchasing narrow shoes for a toddler who is walking or just learning how to walk has been a subject matter to most parents whose child has incredibly narrow feet. Providing your children with the correct shoe size and the correct shoe width will enable them to take those steps with confidence and run around feeling more secure and stable.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly. However, most independently owned children’s shoe stores have been closing and most parents are left with big retailers which don’t actually carry fitting shoes or people who know how to fit them.
If you are one of those parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store, I will provide you with a selection of the best narrow shoes for kids.
When looking for shoes for their kids’, most parents narrow down their search to shoes that will be easy for the kid to put on as well as easy to take off. Buckles, velcro as well as elastic straps are some of the most popular choices among parents.
However, when a child has very narrow feet, a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces will have a HUGE impact in the way the shoes FIT. You might be asking yourself WHY.
Shoelaces will hug your child’s feet better and push their heel back securing it against the back of the shoe. SO please keep an open mind when trying to find the best fitting shoes for your child with narrow feet.
The ideal thing will be for you to provide your child with shoes that actually come in narrow widths, but let’s face it, you won’t be able to find a selection of shoes that are available in narrow widths. Only a small selection of narrow shoes for kids exist, and I will show you exactly which ones they are. There are also certain shoe brands that run narrower than others, and I will help you find them.
Once you are trying shoes for your child in the shoe store, it’s time to make sure the shoes that you provide for your child FIT. You will have to be patient while you are in the shoe store and let your kids walk or run around the store to monitor their movement and watch their ankles to make sure their heels are not sliding out of the shoe.
Why Is It So Hard To Find Shoes For Kids With Narrow Feet?
Most shoe manufacturers have a limited to a non-existent range of narrow width shoes available. The reason why shoe companies do not put kids with narrow feet into consideration in their designing processes is because most parents are not aware that their kids have narrow feet, so there is no demand for them.
The fact that most places don’t offer shoes that come in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide makes it really hard for parents to provide their kids with shoes that properly FIT. I have fitted a few styles of kids’ shoes that come in narrow widths and I will share that secret with you.
Even though it’s hard to find narrow shoes for children, you must NEVER settle for shoes that don’t fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly. Providing your child with shoes that are too long or too wide will create several issues to his or her feet.
The Negative Impacts Of Wearing The Wrong Shoe Size!
There are two main issues with providing your child with the wrong shoe size and they are:
One of the main issues for toddlers wearing shoes that are too wide is that it compromises their stability since that extra space in the shoes will make your child stumble and fall.
When shoes are too wide, it can leads to blisters, calluses, and corns to form, especially around the tender heels of your child. The constant contact or rubbing of the back of the child delicate skin against the shoe can be really painful and make your child uncomfortable.
Please also keep in mind that wearing shoes that don’t FIT properly can also lead to foot and leg pain. I have helped several children who were experiencing foot and leg pain simply because they were not wearing the correct shoe size! PLEASE remember that something so simple such as wearing the correct shoe size will keep your kids’ feet healthy and allow them to perform their everyday activities without feeling uncomfortable!
How To Make Sure Your Child Is Wearing The Correct Shoe Size?
According to Dr. Dananberg, who was featured in “Podiatry Today” magazine advises that “Measuring of feet can be helpful and it will lead to figuring out the correct shoe size, but parents must be cautious that the fit of shoes varies from one shoe company to another”. It pays when you understand which of the two feet are larger, and then it is the larger shoe that needs to be taken into account.
I wrote an article where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Always make sure you measure both of your kids’ feet, and please pay attention at whether your child has a high instep or not. If you don’t know what the instep of the foot is, you can’t possible be getting your child the correct shoe size. I wrote a post where I describe the best way to figure out whether your child has a high instep or not and you can find it here:
The Best Shoes For Kids With Narrow Feet – The Secret Revealed!
There is one particular shoe style made by the shoe company Jumping Jacks which is an ideal shoe for infant/toddler’s who are talking their first steps or have already learned how to walk and have narrow feet.
For over 60 years now, Jumping Jacks has been committed to producing quality children’s shoes based on the saying that “all kids do not have a medium width foot” and that “like their parents, they want and need comfortable footwear”. Another great advantage of this shoe brand is that they focus on producing children’s shoes using soft leathers since leather allows the foot to breathe naturally which bring good health to the foot.
This particular shoe style provides good arch support, it’s flexible, lightweight, and suitable for everyday use. The shoe is fully leather lined with a cushioned leather footbed, and the padded collar offers extra comfort.
Below you can find a selection of the best narrow shoes for kids!
All of these shoe styles fit “short”,which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Below you can find one of the narrowest shoes that I have ever fitted!
Now that you know the secret of the best narrow shoes for kids, you are ready to make the most informative decision.
Do you have a child with narrow feet? Have you found a particular shoe style that has work well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!