Are you having a hard time finding a pair of sandals for your child with narrow feet? I have spoken with several parents who told me how finding a pair of sandals for a child with narrow feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience.
Working moms! What sounds worse? Shopping for your shoes or shopping for shoes for your kids with narrow feet?
Shoe companies are not making sandals in narrow widths anymore, but luckily there are a few sandal styles left that will fit a child with narrow feet, and I am certain of this because I have fitted these styles before. If you provide your children with a pair of sandals that are too wide you will end up creating all sort of issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns. What will happen is that your kids’ feet will move too much inside the sandals, and the constant friction between your kids’ feet and the sandals will lead to the issues mentioned above.
I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 10 years now, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that specializes in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I handle approximately 200 shoe fittings/try ons per week. I know everything related to children’s shoes and the way they fit, and if you are always having a hard time finding narrow shoes for your child, then you have come to the right place.
In addition to fitting the shape your child’s narrow feet perfectly, your child’s sandals must provide good support in order for your child to be able to run around and play comfortably during the summer.
I am not a fashion expert, and I always recommend shoes that are functional rather than fashionable, but the sandals I will describe below have gotten many positive reviews in terms of how good they look.
With the summer season fast approaching, you must start looking for summer sandals that will fit the shape of your kids narrow feet perfectly. While there is no shoe company that makes summer sandals in narrow widths, I know which sandal styles fit narrower than others, and I will help you find them. Whether you are looking for a water play or dressy sandal, I got you covered!
Before I show you a selection of the best sandals for narrow feet, I want to first show you what features these sandals will provide and how you can figure out your child’e exact foot size from home.
The 3 Best Kids’ Shoe Brands for Narrow Feet – Let’s Find Out!
I have fitted children with narrow feet in every day summer sandals that are waterproof, provide great traction, and have enough support to be worn for most of the day.
There are certain shoe brands that you will want to start getting familiar with, and their names are Naturino, Garvalin, and Keen (it actually only has one style that works for narrow feet).
Naturino and Garvalin are both European shoe brands that provide shoes made of high quality materials and excellent comfort and support. I am sure have heard of Keen sandals since they are the most popular summer sandals for children. There is one style made by Keens that will fit a child with narrow feet. This type of sandal provides great support and traction, and your child can wear it for most of the day.
Narrow Sandals for Kids – The 4 Most Important Features!
✅ Support: This feature will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they impact the ground.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: This feature will prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired.
✅ Traction: This feature will prevent your child from slipping and falling down, especially when walking around wet surfaces.
✅ Durable: These sandals are all made form high quality materials, meaning that your child will outgrow these sandals before they are ready to be replaced.
I am always emphasizing to parents how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides. If the shoes are not fitted properly, the child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you might end up creating several foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know how to measure your kids’ foot size from home and what features will these sandals provide, you are ready to take a look at the best sandals for narrow feet.
The Best Sandals For 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 much support the shoes provide, how well-made they are, and how they fit.
Below you can find the best water play sandal styles for children with narrow feet. These styles provide excellent support and can be worn for most of the day.
Keep in mind that sandals (and most seasonal footwear) are not available in half sizes, so if your child is “in between sizes” please order the larger size to allow for growing room.
Below you can find a selection of the best Naturino, and Garvalin sandals that will fit your child with narrow feet. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
All of this sandal styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your children with a “half a size longer” of the size that they measured at the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
Please remember that sandals are not available in half sizes, so if your child is “in between sizes” please order the larger size to allow for growing room.
What I mean by this is that if your children’s foot size is a 7 1/2, you will provide them with a sandal that is a size 8. If your children measure a foot size 8, you will provide them with a sandal that is a size 9 (since they are not available in half sizes).
These are all sport sandals that your child can wear to run around for most of the day. If you were looking for a more dressier style, I will also show you a selection of those shortly.
If you are looking for a dressy sandal for your child, Naturino is the shoe brand that you might want to start getting familiar with.
Naturino has 40 years of experience in the footwear industry that puts them at the forefront Italian style for children. They design their brand to feel like you are walking on sand, giving the freedom to move without pinching and squeezing with superior protection.
You know, if you have purchased from a particular shoe company before and the shoe style lasted, you will certainly be able to depend on them for your next purchase. That is exactly what Naturino has to offer!
Naturino sandals are trendy, and embody a classic style for girls and boys that reflects the latest styles in fashion that children and parents simply love, and their sandals are available in a huge array of colors.
Your daughter will love stepping into these sweet Naturino sandals. With lavish decorations consisting of butterflies and floral designs as well as appliques dazzled with silver-tone sparkles for gleaming appeal.
If you want to see a selection of the best dressy sandals for boys and girls take a look at the two articles below:
Why Are Narrow Shoes For Kids’ So Hard To Find? – Let’s Find Out!
New Balance used to manufacture one particular running shoe style for children that was available in a narrow widths, but they stopped making it. The shoe company Asics is a great choice for children with narrow feet, since this is a shoe company that has been consistent in making shoes that fit in the narrower side. If you want to learn more about the best every day sneakers for kids that will fit their narrow feet, there is an article I wrote that describes the best running shoes for kids with narrow feet. Please go to the link below:
Most shoe companies stopped manufacturing kids’ shoes that come in narrow widths. There are certain shoe styles that will definitely fit your child with narrow feet better than others, and certain tips you can follow to make the shoes fit better.
For example, if you are looking for a pair of every day sneakers for your child, provide them with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure. Shoelaces will hug your kids’ feet better and eliminate any remaining gaps around your child’s heels.
If you have tried one of the narrowest shoe styles and it still feels too wide for your child’s feet, then I recommend inserting a tongue pad inside the shoe to make the shoe feel and fit better. A tongue pad is an adhesive-backed pad that sticks in the tongue of the shoe to push the heel back and secure your kids’ ankles. The tongue pad also snugs up against the entire shoe, making your child’s feet feel more comfortable and secure inside the shoe.
While tongue pads won’t work in kids’ sandals, they will work in your kids’ every day sneakers and dress shoes. While I can’t get into too much detail about tongue pads in this article, you can learn everything you need to know about them here:
Sandals For Mom And Dad? – Get Them For The Best Price!
Did you know that if you wear a women’s shoe size 8 ½ or smaller you can wear the kids version of the shoes and end up saving a lot of money? The kids version of the shoes will offer you the same support, quality, and comfort for about half the price that you would normally pay for your shoes.
This shoe size conversion will only work for women, and it’s a secret that most parents don’t even know about it. You can learn about how this shoe size conversion works in mode detail here:
Never underestimate the importance of the role that well-fitting shoes play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy and preventing injuries!
STOP fitting your children in shoes that are too wide for their feet. Now that you know which are the best fitting sandals and shoes for children with narrow feet, you can make the most informative decision.
Please make sure your children are wearing the correct shoe size, you will end up saving a lot of time and money in the future by preventing foot problems and foot injuries.
Do you always have a hard time finding narrow sandals for your child? Have you found a particular sandal style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them!