Are you having a hard time finding a pair of dress shoes for your toddler with narrow feet? Do you feel like every dress shoe style that you try for your toddler is too wide and gaps too much around the ankles?
Finding a pair of dress shoes for your toddler with narrow feet can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience if you don’t know what shoe style to look for, but I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids online for the last 3 years, and I am confident that I will be able to help you too.
I know which dress shoes fit narrower than others from having fitted them before, and there is actually one shoe style for boys that comes labeled as narrow (“N”), and one shoe style for girls that also comes labeled as narrow. I will show you which shoe styles these are shortly.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
Most toddlers have wide or extra wide feet, and there is only a small number of toddlers with narrow feet. Since there is only a small number of toddlers with narrow feet, shoe companies don’t actually make kids’ shoes in narrow widths. The good news is that there are certain styles that fit narrower than others, and those are the styles I will describe shortly.
Do you know what are the 2 most important features that a dress shoe must provide for kids with narrow feet? The shoes must come with a narrow heel and a pointy toe-box instead of a round one.
While there are several dress shoes available in wide and extra wide widths, the selection of dress shoes for toddlers with narrow feet is a lot smaller.
Here are some interesting facts about children with narrow feet:
- I have noticed that only a very small percentage of toddlers have narrow feet, which means that narrow feet in toddlers is not common (main reason why shoe companies don’t provide dress shoes for toddlers in narrow widths).
- Shoe width is the most important part of fitting a shoe. It doesn’t matter how much room your toddler has in the front of the shoes, if the shoes are too wide, then you will have to replace the shoes faster than you expected it.
- Wearing shoes that are too wide will put your child at risk for developing serious foot deformities such as blisters, calluses, and corns, just to name a few.
I will show you a selection of the best dress shoes for toddlers with narrow feet shortly, but first I want to show you what features the dress shoes must provide and how you can figure out your toddler’s foot size from home.
Dress Shoes for Toddlers – The 3 Most Important Features!
In addition to coming with a narrow heel and a pointy toe-box and fitting the shape of your toddler’s narrow feet perfectly, the dress shoes that you provide for your toddler must Coe with the following features:
❤️ Support: Even though your toddler will wear these shoes for a couple of hours and once in a while, it’s important for the dress to provide good support so your toddler can walk comfortably in them.
❤️ Lightweight and Flexible: While we want the dress shoes to be supportive, we also need them to be lightweight and flexible at the same time. This will prevent your toddler’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
❤️ Durable: If you want your toddlers to wear their dress on a regular basis, it’s important for the shoes to be durable so they can outgrow the shoes before they wear them out.
These are the 3 most important features that your toddler’s dress shoes must provide. However, I am always explaining to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your toddler will not get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.
Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I createdwhere I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features a good dress shoe must provide and how to figure out your toddler’s foot size from home, you are ready to see a selection of the best dress shoes for toddlers with narrow feet.
You will notice how most of the shoe styles below are made by the shoe company Naturino. This is my to-go shoe brand for fitting dress shoes for children with narrow feet. Naturino makes shoes from high quality leathers, making your kids’ shoes soft and comfortable to wear.
The Best Dress Shoes for Toddlers with Narrow Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Please keep in mind that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
Here you can find a selection of the best dress shoes for boys with narrow feet:
All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
Here you can find a selection of the best dress shoes for girls with narrow feet:
This selection of shoes also fit “short”, meaning that you also need to go a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
I choose these selection of dress shoes because they will be easier for your toddler to walk with, since they are lightweight, flexible, durable, and affordable. Keep in mind that most dress hoes are stiff and and hard to walk on.
The Best Dress Socks for Toddlers – Seamless and Breathable!
Did you know that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy?Socks act as a barrier between your toddler’s feet and the shoes, and they prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
I am always emphasizing to parents to put socks every time their children wear shoes, especially for toddlers whose skin is soft and more prone to developing foot issues such as blisters.
Socks will cushion your kids’ feet and prevent the shoes from rubbing against your toddler’s feet (this can lead to blisters and other foot issues).
While I can’t get into too much detail about the importance of wearing socks in this article, I wrote another post where I describe the best socks for kids. Go to the link below:
The socks that I describe in that article are seamless and breathable. Seamless socks are great, specially for those toddlers who feel every bump and lump in the socks.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child with narrow feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted that style before and I will help you find it. It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly.
Do you happen to have a child with narrow feet and you are having a hard time finding shoes that fit? Have you found a particular narrow dress shoe style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.