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The Best Shoes for Kids with Extra Narrow Feet – The Top 2 Sneaker Choices!

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Do you agree with me that finding a pair of shoes for a child with narrow feet usually translates into lots of wasted time and money?

Some families take their children with narrow feet to be fitted for shoes at their local shoe store where they spend up to an hour of their time trying different shoes, but they always end up empty handed. Some other families buy their kids’ shoes online and also waste time and money by having to return the shoes back and forth.

I understand how frustrating and time-consuming it can be to find a pair of shoes for a child with narrow feet. I know this because I have been fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years, working for a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

When it comes to sneakers, I have found that certain shoe brands such as Asics and Saucony tend to manufacture narrower shoes. However, this doesn’t mean that all Asics and Saucony shoe styles are going to fit the shape of your child’s extra narrow feet, only a few of their shoe styles.

These are the two biggest challenges of finding a pair of shoes for a child with narrow feet:

✅ Finding a pair of shoes with a narrow heel counter: It’s important to find a pair of shoes that is going to prevent your child’s heels from constantly slipping off the shoes. Too much heel slippage can lead to foot issues such as blisters and also compromise your child’s stability by making your child more prone to falling down.

✅ Finding a pair of shoes with a narrow toe-box: When there is a lot of extra space inside the shoes it usually leads to a lot of foot movement, and that constant friction and rubbing between the feet and the shoes can lead to the formation of blisters.

This means that the two most important features that shoes must provide in order to fit the shape of a child with narrow feet are:

✅ Narrow Heel Counter

✅ Narrow Toe-Box

Let’s visualize how a narrow heel counter looks like. The shoes below are the same length and the same width. Do you notice how the Asics shoe style (red) has a narrower heel counter compared to the New Balance shoe style (blue)?

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Now let’s visualize how a narrow toe-box looks like. The shoes below are also the same length and the same width. Do you notice how the Saucony shoe style (blue) has a narrower toe-box compared to the New Balance shoe style (grey)?

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It takes a lot of testing and shoe fittings to figure out which kids’ shoes provide those two important features, since kids’ shoes don’t come labeled as “narrow toe-box” or “narrow heel counter”. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles provide these two features from having fitted them before.

I always explain to parents that finding a pair of shoes for a child with narrow feet is always more time-consuming than finding a pair of shoes for a child with wide or extra wide feet. The main reason for this is that shoe companies manufacture shoes in wide (W) and extra wide (XW) widths, but they don’t manufacture shoes in narrow widths (N).

I usually had to try several shoe styles before finding the perfect one for a child with narrow feet. However, as time went by and I gained more experience I became more familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands are capable of accommodating the shape of a narrow foot better.

I always enjoyed working with kids and I truly care about your children’s feet, as I know that the correct type of shoes can be life changing. Making sure that your child ends up wearing the correct type of shoes is my main goal. Before I provide you with a selection of the best shoes for kids with extra narrow feet, I want to make sure that you are aware of your child’s exact foot size.

If you are 100% sure of your child’s exact foot size, then you can scroll down and take a look at a selection of the best shoes for kids with narrow feet. However, if you don’t know your child’s exact foot size, then I recommend that you take a look at the article below, so you don’t end up wasting time and money by having to return the shoes back and forth:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Without further due, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for kids with extra narrow feet.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Extra Narrow Feet 

I have chosen the 2 shoe styles listed below because they are specifically designed for kids with extra 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 the shoe fits, and what type of features the shoe provides.

One thing I need you to keep in mind is that shoes that come with shoelaces are always more effective in fitting the shape of a narrow foot. I understand how some parents prefer to provide their kids with an alternative shoe closure such as velcro, as their kids might not be ready to learn how to tie their shoes just yet, so I will provide you with both options.

First Choice:  Asics Kids’ Contend ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Most Asics shoe styles are capable of accommodating the shape of a narrow foot, but the style below has proven to be the most effective one.

This shoe style was featured at the beginning of the article when I showed how a shoe with a narrow heel counter is supposed to look like. This shoe is perfect for active kids who are always running around as it’s supportive and lightweight and flexible at the same time.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this shoe style a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

These are the 5 most important features that this shoe style is going to provide for your child’s feet:

✅ Narrow Toe-Box: This shoe styles comes with a narrow toe-box that is going to prevent your child’s feet from moving too much inside of the shoes.

✅ Narrow Heel Counter: This feature is going to prevent your child’s heels from slipping out of the shoes.

✅ Supportive: This feature is going to reduce the impact that your kids’ feet take when they come in contact with the ground.

✅ Lightweight and Flexible: It’s important for kids’ shoes to be lightweight and flexible in order to help them feel more stable and prevent their feet and legs from easily getting tired.

✅ Breathable: This feature is going to allow your child’s feet to breathe and prevent the feet from sweating excessively.

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Second Choice: Asics Soulyte ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The second most popular choice for kids with extra narrow feet is also manufactured by Asics. This style is very similar to the one mentioned above (Contend), but it’s less supportive.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this shoe style a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

These are the 5 most important features that this shoe style is going to provide for your child’s feet:

✅ Narrow Toe-Box: This shoe styles comes with a narrow toe-box that is going to prevent your child’s feet from moving too much inside of the shoes.

✅ Narrow Heel Counter: This feature is going to prevent your child’s heels from slipping out of the shoes.

✅ Supportive: This feature is going to reduce the impact that your kids’ feet take when they come in contact with the ground. Please note that this shoe style is less supportive than the Contend style.

✅ Lightweight and Flexible: It’s important for kids’ shoes to be lightweight and flexible in order to help them feel more stable and prevent their feet and legs from easily getting tired.

✅ Breathable: This feature is going to allow your child’s feet to breathe and prevent the feet from sweating excessively.

Most Important Review

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Those are the top 2 sneakers for kids with extra narrow feet. Please note that if you try any of these sneakers and they still seem too wide on your kids’ feet, do not jump the gun and return them just yet.

There is another article that I wrote in which I explain parents the most effective way to make the shoes fit the shape of their kids’ narrow feet better:

How to Make Shoes Fit Kids with Narrow Feet – The 2 Most Effective Steps!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to fit the shape of your child’s narrow feet. I know which dress shoes, sport shoes, and seasonal shoes fit narrower than others, and I will help you find them: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Have you found a particular shoe brand or a particular shoe style that has worked well for your child’s narrow feet? Please share your findings below so other families can benefit from your experiences.

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