Are you having a hard time finding a pair of hiking boots to fit the shape of your child’s narrow feet? Do you feel like you spend a lot of time trying a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed?
Finding a pair of hiking shoes for a child with narrow feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. However, if you provide your child with a pair of hiking boots that are too wide, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Parents of children with narrow feet tend to laugh at other families who complain about how hard it is to find shoes for their children with wide or extra wide feet. I do agree that is much harder to find shoes for children with narrow feet than it is for those with wide or extra wide feet.
If you have a child with narrow feet, I understand your problems. Shoe shopping becomes stressful and time-consuming. One of the most common problems of having narrow feet is having to deal with heel slippage.
In order to prevent your child from hiking with soaking wet feet and blisters, you need to find a pair of hiking boots that are narrow fitting and that are also waterproof.
If you provide your child with a pair of hiking boots that are too wide, you will notice how your child’s heel will slip and ride up, especially when hiking uphill.
Whether you want your child to wear hiking boots for going hiking or for a short walk during rainy days, it’s important for the hiking boots to fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly.
Most children’s shoes are available in medium and wide widths. This is the reason of why most parents of children with narrow feet settle by hoping that a medium width shoe will fit the shape of their child’s narrow feet, which ends up in their children wearing improperly fitted shoes. To avoid long-term foot and back problems, you need to provide your child with the correct pair of shoes.
There are no hiking boots available in narrow widths, but the good news is that there are certain styles that fit narrower than others. I know which styles these are from having fitted them before.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best hiking boots shoe brands for children with narrow feet and the best styles among those brands.
The most effective types of hiking boots for children with narrow feet provide the 3 following key features:
✅ Pointier Toe-Box: There are certain hiking boot styles that provide a pointier toe-box instead of a rounder one. This will prevent your kids’ toes from moving too much inside the boots. When there is a lot of extra space in the front of the shoes, it allows for too much foot and toe movement, and that constant friction between the toes and the side of the boots usually leads to foot issues.
✅ Narrow Heel Counter: This feature will prevent your kids’ heels from moving up and down as they walk. This is one of the most common reasons of why children experience blisters around the ankles.
✅ Shoelaces: Most parents prefer to provide their children with a pair of Velcro closure shoes over shoelaces, especially if the child doesn’t know how to tie the shoes yet. However, shoelaces can make a tremendous difference in the way the shoes fit. If tied properly, the shoelaces will push your kids’ heels back, securing them against the back of the shoes.
In addition to fitting the shape of your child’s narrow feet, the boots also need to be waterproof,supportive, and provide good traction.
I will show you a selection of the best hiking boots for children with narrow feet shortly, but first I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size.
If you don’t know your child’s exact foot size, you won’t be able to provide your child with the correct pair of shoes. If you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area, I recommend that you take your child there to have his/her feet properly measured. I created a map of the United States where I describe the best specialized children’s shoe stores by state. Go to the link below:
Still can’t seem to find a good store in your area? Take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Now that you know how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home and what features your kids’ hiking boots must provide, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best hiking boots for children with narrow feet.
Best Hiking Boots for Kids with Narrow Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only recommend shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how supportive, durable, and well-made the shoes are.
Here you can find a selection of the best hiking boots for kids with narrow feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
All of these hiking boots fit “true to size”,which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size longerof the size that he/she measured at the standard foot measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Please make sure that your kids’ toes are not touching the front of the boots. Your kids’ feet might swell when hiking especially during the summer, and if your kids toes rub against the front part of the boots, your child might end with black toenails.
There is a particular shoe tying technique that I use for children with narrow feet. I also use this method when children wear orthotics inside their shoes, since it helps keeping the orthotics in place and prevents the heel from slipping off the shoes.
Let me show you how this shoe tying technique works:
✅ Start by lacing up your kids’ hiking boots as you would normally do but leave the first top two holes (eyelets) of the shoes unlaced.
✅ Loop the lace through the top hole first as shown in the image below.
✅ Loop the lace through the hole that we left open and make sure you tie them properly
This method will push your kids’ feet back, securing the heels against the back of the boots, which will fill up any remaining gap and prevent your child’s heel from slipping off the boots.
Let’s take a look at how secure the heels are once we apply this shoe tying method.
If after trying any of the hiking boot shoe styles that I recommend they are still too wide for your child’s feet, there are 2 things we can physically do to alter the fit of a shoe. I have tried these 2 methods before for children who had extremely narrow feet, and they have proven to be the most effective ones in making the shoes fit and feel better.
1stMethod: Place a tongue pad inside the boots. Tongue pads are adhesive-backed pads that go in the tongue of the shoes and they work in all enclosed shoes. Tongue pads are extremely effective in helping the shoes fit better when a child has narrow feet.
I have spoken with several women with narrow feet that have requested shoe companies to manufacture shoes with extra padding on the tongue to fill out excess room in the boot. Tongue pads are really effective because it’s like having a shoe with a tongue with extra padding.
Simply place the tongue pads in your kids hiking boots as shown in the image below:
2ndMethod: Place a full length insole inside the boots. This will fill up some of the extra space inside the shoe. This approach can be more expensive, and I have always found placing a tongue pad to be more effective.
Best Hiking Socks for Kids with Narrow Feet
I am always explaining to parents how socks act as a barrier between their kids’ feet and the shoes. Socks play a key role in keeping children’s feet healthy by preventing blisters, calluses, and corns.
There are certain socks that will also help make the shoes of a child with narrow feet feel and fit better. Hiking socks tend to be breathable and cushiony, since they help reduce the friction between the shoes and the feet. When we go for a hike, we tend to walk in uneven pavement and rocks, which makes our feet hit the ground differently. There are certain hiking socks that come with extra cushioning around targeted areas of the feet
If you have gone hiking before, you should probably know by now that a good pair of hiking socks is a must-have on the trail.
Your kids hiking socks must be highly breathable, which will prevent your children’s feet from sweating too much during the summer hikes. The socks I describe below provide underfoot padding for extra cushioning and comfort. The socks also provide extra padding around the heels and toes.
Here you can find a selection of the best hiking socks for kids:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child’s narrow feet. I have fitted children with narrow feet in sports shoes, dress shoes, sandals, boots, etc.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow your child’s feet might be, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet, and I will help you find it.
Wearing the correct type of hiking boots will allow your child to have a wonderful time hiking!
If you are mom reading this article, you might have narrow feet as well, since narrow feet and narrow heels are seen more frequently in women than men. This is simply due to the natural anatomy of a woman’s foot which is different from that of men.