Are you having the hardest time finding a pair of narrow shoes for your toddler? Do you feel like every single pair of shoes that you try for your toddler gaps too much in the front and around the ankles?
Finding a pair of narrow shoes can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands run narrower than others.
It’s very important for parents to understand how the procedure of buying a pair of shoes for their toddlers is more complicated than they have actually thought of, specially when the toddler has narrow feet.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, where we focus on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit, and I am familiar with the best shoe brands for kids as well as the best shoe styles among those brands.
Most parents complain about how hard it is to find shoes for their toddlers with wide or extra wide feet, but what they don’t know it’s that finding shoes for a toddler who has narrow feet is a lot harder.
I have been helping parents find the correct pair of shoes for their children online for the last 3 years.I am always telling parents that it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your child’s feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find it!
If your toddlers have narrow feet and you provide them with a pair of shoes that are too wide for their feet, their feet will end up moving too much inside the shoes, and that constant friction between the feet and the shoes will lead to the formation of 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 very small, but all you need is one pair of well fitting shoes to keep your kids’ feet healthy.
Let me show you a selection of the best narrow shoes for toddlers, but let’s make sure that you know how to provide your toddler with the correct shoe size first and learn about what features these shoe styles will provide.
How to Make Sure that 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 on 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:
How to Choose the Correct Pair of Narrow Shoes for Your Toddler?
The procedure for purchasing narrow shoes for a toddler who is already walking or just learning how to walk has been a subject matter to most parents whose child has incredibly narrow feet.
Providing your toddlers with the correct shoe size which involves getting the correct shoe length 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 be properly fitted for shoes 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 down and most parents are left with big retailers such as Nordstrom’s or Payless which don’t actually know how to fit shoes (Stride Rite already closed most stores).
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 closure as well as elastic straps are some of the most popular choices among parents. However, when a child very narrow feet, a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces will make a huge impact in the way the shoes fit. Here’s why:
Shoelaces will hug your toddler’s feet better and push their heels back securing it against the back of the shoe, which will eliminate any remaining gap around the ankles.
Finding Narrow Shoes for Toddlers – Do They Exist?
Most shoe manufacturers have a limited to a non-existent range of narrow width shoes available for children. The reason why shoe companies don’t 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 the correct shoe size.
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 wide will create several foot issues.
The Best Narrow Shoes for Toddlers – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
There is one particular shoe style made by the shoe company Stride Rite which is an ideal shoe for toddlers who are taking 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 support, it’s flexible, lightweight, and suitable for every day wear. The shoe is fully leather lined with a cushioned leather footbed, and the padded collar offers extra comfort.
Here is the particular style I am referring to (its also available in brown and black):
Below you can find a selection of the best narrow shoes for toddlers:
All of these shoe styles fit “short”,which means that you need to provide your toddler with a whole size longer of the size that he/she measured in the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
The Negative Impacts of Wearing Shoes that are Too Wide
There are two main issues with providing your child with the wrong shoe size:
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 toddler. The constant contact or rubbing of the back of the child delicate skin against the shoe can be really painful and make your toddler 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 every day activities without feeling uncomfortable.
Now that you know the secret of which are the best narrow shoes for toddlers, you are ready to make the most informative decision.
Do you have a toddler with narrow feet? Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.