Are you having a hard time finding ballet shoes for your ballerina with narrow feet? Do you feel like every ballet shoe style that you try gaps too much around your child’s feet and especially around her ankles?
Finding a pair of ballet shoes for a child with narrow feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for. I have spoken with several parents who told me how they went to several stores trying to find a pair of shoes that fit but they always end up empty handed.
A ballet shoe is also referred as a ballet slipper, which is a lightweight shoe that is manufactured specifically for ballet dancing or modern dance. The ballet shoes look like a reinforced pair of shoes and can be made from different materials but the most popular ones are leather, satin, or canvas.
The type of ballet shoes that you provide for your children play a key role in keeping their feet and legs healthy, and they will allow your children to perform at their best. Do you know what the golden rule of dance shoes is? Comfort!
In order for your children to be able to perform at their best you need to provide them with ballet shoes that fit the shape of their feet perfectly. This is a hard thing to do, especially if your child has narrow feet.
Your kids dance shoes should fit like a glove, meaning that you are not supposed to leave the same amount of growing as you would leave in a pair of their everyday sneakers.
There is only one ballet shoe style that will fit the shape of your child’s narrow feet, but the good news is that I will help you find it.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a children’s specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Because of the fact that most children’s foot and leg pain is caused directly by the shoes that they wear on their feet. We carry shoe styles that are supportive but that also are available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. This has helped me get familiar with shoe styles that are available in different widths.
For the last 3 years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter 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. This means that if you provide your child with a pair of leather ballet shoes with a padded foot-bed and good flexibility but they are too wide for your child’s feet, you will defeat the whole purpose of the shoes and your child might end up developing foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Shoes that are too wide will allow for too much foot movement, and that constant movement and friction between your kids’ feet and the shoes might lead to the foot issues mentioned above.
Parents need to understand that ballet shoes aren’t supposed to be tight or too large with room to grow. This is something that certain parents have a hard time dealing with, since they are afraid that their kids will outgrow the ballet shoes too quickly. When it comes to ballet shoes, a good fit is important for not only your kids’ foot comfort but also for learning proper technique.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best ballet shoes for children with narrow feet, I want to show you first what features these shoe styles will provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Ballet Shoes for Kids – The 3 Most Important Features!
Most ballet instructors require children to wear ballet shoes made out of leather in order to provide resistance to strengthen the foot, ankle, and calf muscles.
These are the 3 most important features that your kid’s ballet shoes must provide:
✅ 100% Soft and Quality Leather: The most popular ballet shoes are made from leather, since they will usually hold up better and fit the shape of your child’s feet better. The shoes I will describe below are constructed of high quality, lightweight, soft, and durable leather.
The leather material will help minimize wrinkling and gaping. The leather makes it more durable than a canvas shoe and is still lightweight and supportive.
✅ Full Suede Outsole: This type of outsole will resist moisture for long-lasting wear. This sole will also provide good support for your child’s feet. The advantage of having a full suede sole is that it won’t pinch or squeeze your kids’ toes.
✅ Elastic Strap: This feature will hold your kids’ feet in place by hugging your kids’ feet. The elastic strap plays a key role for children with narrow feet, since it will prevent your child’s feet from moving too much and eliminate any remaining gap.
In addition to coming with an elastic strap, this shoe style also comes with a drawstring that will also help hugging your kids’ feet.
Parents and instructors love how these ballet shoes come with a treated suede outsole that resists moisture for long-lasting wear.
Please remember that the most important thing to consider when providing your child with a pair of ballet shoes is to make sure that they fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly. A ballet shoe that is too short will cramp your kids’ toes and make them overlap one another, which can lead to foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. On the other hand, a ballet shoe that is too long will make your child feel uncomfortable since the extra material of the shoe will bunch up below your kids’ feet. Ballet shoes that are fitted too long can also make your child more prone to stepping on it and falling down.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, but if you don’t have one in your area start by taking a look at a map I created where I describe the best fitting kids’ shoe stores by state.
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Please go to the link below:
Now that you know what features your child’s ballet shoes must provide and how to figure out your child’s ballet shoe style from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best ballet shoes for kids with narrow feet.
The Best Ballet Shoes for Kids with Narrow Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Here you can find the best ballet shoes for kids with narrow feet. This show style is also available in black and white colors, but the most popular color for ballet is nude or pink.
Several families have told me how this style is the best one for children with narrow feet.
Please keep in mind that while the shoe looks pink It has more like a nude color. Traditional pink may be the go-to color many girls, but many ballet dancers prefer black, white, or nude.
Another important thing to consider is that these shoe styles fit really short, which means that you will have to provide your child with a whole size to a whole size and a half longer of your child’s foot size in order to prevent your child’s toes from being cramped inside the shoes. Save yourself time and money by following my guidelines and ordering a longer size for your child.
This Capezio ballet shoe style is very comfortable. In addition to being made out of leather and lightweight, it conforms well to the shape of your kids’ feet — especially if they have narrow ones.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to accommodate the shape of your child’s narrow feet, I know how frustrating and time-consuming it can be, and I will help you find it.
Have you found another ballet shoe style that has worked well for your child’s narrow feet? Is there a particular shoe brand you can recommend for ballet shoes for kids with narrow feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.