Fitting Children's Shoes

I review children’s shoes based on my vast experience from fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years. I currently work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems.

All of the sneakers styles described below are supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable. Asics is one of my go-to shoe brands for children with narrow feet, so you will see plenty of recommendations from Asics. Take a look at the description that describes how each particular shoe style fits (short, long) in order to increase the chances that you order the correct shoe size.

Find Out Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Width

If you are unsure of what your child’s foot shape and length take a look at an article I created where I describe how to figure out your child’s exact shoe size.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Is your child dealing with a particular foot condition such as low muscle tone, flat feet, or rolled ankles? Contact me directly and I will recommend a specific shoe style:

If you need any other type of shoes such as dress shoes, summer sandals, winter boots, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes you need. This tool is extremely effective since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. I also tell you exactly how each shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic.

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  1. I have a son with a sensory processing disorder, who likes his shoes very tight. He has narrow feet also… I’m at a loss on what shoes to get him. He almost wants his toes to curl at the tip which obviously we can’t do. He just wants the tight feeling all the way up to his toes. Any suggestions?

    1. Hello Danielle,

      Sure, I have some shoe styles in mind. I strongly recommend getting shoes with laces to provide your son with better control over how tight he wants the shoes to feel. We can also try a couple of shoe lacing techniques that can “hug” your son’s feet more effectively.

      I need to know the country that you are contacting me from to check what shoes you might be able to order. It will also be helpful to know what shoe size your son wears.

    1. Hello Vivian,

      There are no tennis shoes (everyday sneakers) that are available in narrow widths (N). The styles described in this page are naturally narrow, since they come with narrow heel counters and pointier toe-boxes.