Does your child have a “complicated foot” to FIT? Have you gotten his or her feet measured and were told that he or she has a wide foot and a narrow heel?
If that is your case for your child, then it can be really complicated to find shoes that FIT.
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 fitting children with foot and leg problems, but provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in a variety of widths and sizes, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
I am familiar with most children’s shoe brands and shoe styles and I know which shoes FIT better than others.
In order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy, you must provide your child with shoes that provide good support, are lightweight, and flexible, while at the same time, are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
A common question parents ask me both at the shoe store, as well as on my webpage is: Do shoes with a wide toe box and narrow heel EXIST?
Yes, they actually DO! It’s very complicated to find shoes that fit for children who are wide at the toe but narrow in the heel; since often times shoes that are wide at the toe are wide in the heel and vice versa. However, there are a few shoe styles that will accommodate your child with that type of foot, and I will discuss them in this post.
What Type Of Features Must A Good Shoe Provide For Your Child?
If you don’t provide your child with the correct SHOE SIZE and the correct SHOE STYLE, you will end up creating numerous foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. Wearing the incorrect pair of shoes will also lead to foot, knee, and leg pain.
There are certain important features that a shoe must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy and you might want to START getting familiar with them. However, it all STARTS by providing your child with the correct shoe size!
It doesn’t matter how supportive or how well-made the shoes are, if they are not the correct size, 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 kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that FIT them properly. However, I have been contacted by several parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store in their area and they must get their kids’ shoes online.
If you are one of these parents please start by reading a post I wrote here I describe how you can make sure you are providing your child with the correct shoe size:
Now let’s take a look at what features must a shoe provide in order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy:
Support: Supportive shoes are important since they minimize the impact on kids’ feet every time they come in contact with the ground. A supportive shoe comes with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter.
Lightweight: The shoes need to be supportive, but at the same time lightweight. This is because we don’t want the child’s feet and legs to become tired easily.
Traction: A shoe that provides good traction will prevent your child from slipping and falling, especially when they are walking around slippery surfaces.
Breathable: A shoe that is breathable will prevent the buildup of bacteria that causes foot odor.
Now that you know what features a shoe must provide in order to keep your children’s feet and legs healthy, as well as how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size, you are ready to see which shoes come with a wide toe box and narrow heel.
Shoes With Wide Toe Box And Narrow Heel – The Secret Revealed!
If you have been told that your child has a wide foot with a narrow heel and you have been struggling in finding shoes that FIT, I will show you a selection of the best shoes that come with a wide toe box and a narrow heel below.
These shoes are also supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable, which will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy. But remember, you MUST provide your child with the correct shoe size if you want him or her to get the full benefits that the shoes have to offer!
Below you can find a selection of children’s shoes that come with a wide toe box and a narrow heel:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
These are everyday shoes that come with enough support to be worn for your child’s daily activities! Please keep in mind that if your child’s heels are really narrow, a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces will make a huge difference since it will really hug and lock your kids’ heels in the shoes.
Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy – Provide Them With Good Socks!
I have spoken with several parents who have asked me if it’s okay to allow their children to wear their shoes without socks, since children can get pretty fussy about wearing socks. It’s important to understand that socks play a huge role in keeping our kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between kids’ feet and the shoes, as well as prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
While I can’t explain the role that socks play in keeping our children feet heathy, in detail here, I did write a post that will explain you everything you need to know about children’s socks and you can find it here:
Now, I know some children will NOT allow their parents to put socks on since they can’t tolerate the way they feel. However, it is important that they wear them, especially if your child has wide or extra-wide feet, since it prevents your kids’ toes from overlapping each other.
I have helped numerous children who feel every lump and seam of socks, and if that is the case for your child, you need seamless socks. They are the solution if your child can’t stand the feeling of socks!
If you want to learn more about seamless socks, you should take a look at another post I wrote where I describe the best seamless socks for kids.
Now that you know about the importance of properly fitted shoes and socks, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Have you found a particular shoe style for your child that has worked well for his or her wide foot with narrow heels? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!