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The Best Mary Jane Shoes for Kids with Narrow Feet – Let’s Find Shoes that Fit

Narrow Mary Jane Shoes For Kids

Are you having a hard time finding a Mary Jane shoe style for your child with narrow feet? Do you feel like every single Mary Jane shoe style that you try on your kids feet gaps too much around their feet?

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last ten years, and we focus in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. In order to fit all sort of feet, we must carry shoes in different widths such as NARROW, medium, wide, and extra wide.

A lot of parents complain about how hard it is to find shoes for their children with wide or extra wide feet, but I can guarantee you that it is much harder to find shoes for children with narrow feet. The main reason for this is that shoe companies are not making children’s shoes in narrow widths anymore.

This doesn’t mean that there is a lack of demand for children’s shoes in narrow widths, it simply means that most parents are not aware that their children have narrow feet.

The good news is that I have fitted several shoe styles for children with narrow feet before, and I know exactly which shoes styles FIT narrower than others.

For the last three years I have been helping parents find their children’s shoes online and I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it!

Not sure what a Mary Jane shoe style looks like? It’s signature look is the leather, rounded toe box, and the strap that stretches across the instep of the foot (top part of the foot). Take a look at the picture below for clarification:

Mary Jane Shoes For Girls

I decided to create this article because I have been contacted by several parents that are having trouble finding Mary Jane shoe style for their kids with narrow feet.

Parents often ask me if their children can wear their Mary Jane shoes as their everyday shoes and the answer is NO. I explain them that are certain Mary Jane shoe styles that come with a substantial sole that offer good arch support, and a firm heel counter that offers good ankle support. If you are not sure what the heel counter of the shoe is, take a look at the picture below for clarification:

Firm Heel Counter

It’s important for parents to understand that Mary Jane shoes should NOT replace your child’s every day sneakers, since they will need them for physical education class or every time they are involved in high impact activities.


In this article I will describe which are the best Mary Jane shoes for kids with narrow feet, but let’s first take a look at what features these Mary Jane shoe styles must provide in order to keep your child’s feet healthy.

Supportive Mary Jane Shoe Styles For Kids – The Features 

Support: The Mary Janes shoe styles that I will describe below will come with a substantial, supportive sole that will minimize the impact that your child’s feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.

Heel counter: This part of the Mary Jane should be very firm, in order to protect your child’s heels and provide ankle support.

Good traction: This feature of the Mary Jane will prevent your child from slipping and falling down.

If we find a Mary Jane shoe style that provides all of these features and at the same time accommodates a child with narrow feet, then your child will be all set up!

There is something that all parents MUST remember: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style has to provide for your children, if you don’t provide your kids with the correct shoe size, they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating all sort of issues to their feet and legs.

The issue is that most parents don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area that they TRUST, so they must end up buying their children’s shoes online and most of the time they are unsure about what size to get.

I have good news for you! I recently created an article where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size and you can find that article here:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Prevent Heel From Slipping Out Of Shoe

The Best Narrow Mary Jane Shoes For Kids – The Secret Revealed!

Now that you know what features a good Mary Jane shoe must provide for your child and how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at the best narrow Mary Jane shoe styles for children:

Besides fitting a child with narrow feet, all of these shoe styles provide the features mentioned above (a substantial sole, a firm heel counter, and a rubber sole).

This selection of Mary Jane shoe styles are for toddlers:

This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the Brannock device (foot measuring device) in order to allow for growing room.

This selection of Mary Jane shoe styles are for older kids:

The second selection of shoes also fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a  size longer of the size that they measure in the Brannock device in order to allow for growing room.

Don’t forget to pull the Velcro straps of your kids’ Mary Jane shoes tightly, since this will push your kids’ feet back and secure them against the back of the shoe (filling any extra gap around the heels).

One of the best attributes that parents love the most about Mary Jane shoes is that their kids can wear them with so many outfits.

Now that you know which are the best narrow Mary Jane shoes for kids you are ready to make the most informative decision.

If your child needs a pair of everyday shoes that  come in narrow widths, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best every day narrow shoes for children:

Narrow Shoes For Kids – The Best Narrow Everyday Shoes For Kids iIn 2018 Reviewed

What Type Of Socks Should Kids Wear With Mary Jane Shoes?

I always recommend parents to don’t let their kids wear their Mary jane shoe styles without socks, since then the strap across the instep might rub against the top of their feet and they can also experience blisters on the back of their heels. Socks also act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.

I understand that some children can’t stand the way socks feel on their feet, but there are certain seamless socks that have proven to be very comfortable, even for those children who feel every bump and lump in the socks.

One common question parents have is what type of socks their children should wear with their Mary Jane shoes? I am not a fashion expert, but I have seen that most children wear knee high socks or no show socks with their Mary Jane shoes.

If you need a pair of socks for your child to wear with her Mary Jane shoes, you can find the most comfortable (seamless) and durable styles here:

Before you leave I would like to know if there is a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST. The reason why I mention this is that I get contacted by parents on a daily basis asking me if I know about a good 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:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child.


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