How many times have you heard parents complain about their kids having the widest feet? I know it is hard to fit a child with wide or extra wide feet, but it is even harder to find shoes for kids who have narrow feet!
I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and it still takes me the longest time to find the correct pair of shoes for kids with narrow feet. Do you want to know WHY?
Shoe companies such as New Balance, Saucony, or Stride Rite make shoes in medium, wide, and extra wide widths! BUT, what about kids who have narrow feet? Why are shoe companies not addressing their needs?
New Balance used to make one shoe style that came in a narrow width for kids! While New Balance offers several pairs of wide and extra wide width shoes for kids, the company doesn’t offer a single pair of shoes for kids who have narrow feet! It is true that you can find shoes that run more narrow than others, but the overall selection is very small.
Why are companies not offering kids shoes in narrow widths? The main reason is that most parents are not aware that their children have narrow feet, and they end up buying shoes that probably fit poorly. All they do is ask their child “how does it feel?”
Asking kids to report on how shoes feel is just NOT enough to ensure they fit properly! Your child might think the shoes feel good until presented with another pair that feels better!
Finding shoes for kids with narrow feet can be quite time consuming, and you might end up empty handed if you don’t know what type of shoes you need to be looking for.
When fitting children with narrow feet, I always have them spend a lot of time walking and running around the store, so I can observe their ankles and make sure that their heel is not sliding out of the shoe!
I always emphasize the importance of providing shoes for our kids that secure their ankles, since too much ankle movement can lead to serious foot injuries!
Finding the right pair of shoes for a child who has narrow feet can be very time consuming. However, at the children’s shoe store that I work for, I have fitted hundreds of kids with narrow feet, and I know exactly what types of shoes fit narrow feet the best!
In this post, I will describe the best shoes for children who have narrow feet!
How Can I Tell If My Child Has Narrow Feet?
When your child tries on a shoe and you feel like there is too much extra room inside of the shoe, that might be a sign that your child has narrow feet.
If you can slide your finger around the heel area of the shoe, that means the shoe is too wide for your child. Getting the right pair of shoes for children who have narrow feet is crucial in order to provide them with the SUPPORT and STABILITY that they need to perform their everyday activities!
Wearing a shoe that is too wide can create a myriad of problems for your kids’ feet. When our foot moves too much inside the shoe, there is friction created between the foot and the shoe, which can lead to blisters, calluses, and corns among other issues!
Have you ever walked or run in shoes that felt too wide on you? If you have, you know how uncomfortable it feels, and I know you wouldn’t want your kids to feel this way!
Which Are The Best Shoe Brands For Kids Who Have Narrow Feet?
Since shoe companies don’t provide narrow width shoes for children, we must choose from shoe styles that fit narrower than others.
Asics has been very consistent when it comes to fitting narrow feet. You might even have tried this brand for yourself!
Asics is the best fitting brand for kids who have narrow feet! In my experience, about 90% of the time that children come in the store having narrow feet, they end up leaving wearing a pair of Asics. This brand also makes the best running shoes that provide maximum support in the arch and in the heel to reduce the impact on the feet and legs when running!
Another brand good for narrow feet is Saucony. Some of their shoes tend to fit on the narrow side, but it depends on each style. Please refer to my list of recommendations below for the best fitting styles for narrow feet.
Where Can I Buy Narrow Shoes For My Kid?
I always recommend that parents take their kids to their local shoe store to have their shoes properly fitted, especially if their children have narrow feet!
Children should try on several pairs of shoes and walk around the store to determine which one fits the shape of their feet the best. Ideally, a professional shoe fitter will assist you in this process.
For parents without access to a quality children’s shoe store, please refer to my post on online options:
If you don’t have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust, below you can find the best fitting shoe styles for kids who have narrow feet!
This first selection is for girls who have narrow feet:
All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
This second selection is for boys with narrow feet:
All of these shoe styles fit also “short”, which means that you need a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
These everyday shoes are also top of the line when it comes to support for walking and running. They provide good arch support, and they have a very firm heel counter that provides maximum ankle support when running or playing!
Your kids may notice an immediate difference when they try any of the shoes described above, since they typically fit the shape of their narrow feet much better than any other shoes!
Tying Shoes For Kids With Narrow Feet – The Secret Revealed!
One of my co-workers who has been working at the children’s shoe store for over 30 years, taught me the perfect way to tie shoes for kids who have narrow feet!
I actually use this method to tie my shoes, even though I don’t have narrow feet. This method of tying secures my heels and allows my feet to get the most support out of the shoes! I always tie my shoes this way when I am running on the treadmill or playing soccer. I describe this method of tying here:
So far we have been discussing everyday sneakers for narrow feet, and I provided you with a selection of the best narrow sneakers for kids for everyday wear. However, parents have asked me about other types of shoes such as dress shoes, sandals and fashion boots that will fit children with narrow feet!
Do Mary Jeans, Boots, And Sandals Come In Narrow Widths?
There are several pairs of girls’ Mary Jane shoes, sandals, and boots that come in narrow widths! If there is a particular shoe style such as a sandal, dress shoe, or winter boot that you can’t find narrow enough to fit your kids’ feet, you can leave me a comment below, and I will help you find it!
If you want to learn more about seasonal footwear that comes in narrow widths such as boots or sandals, you can take a look at a couple of different articles I wrote where I describe those shoes in detail:
Now that you know which styles of shoes come in narrow widths, you can make the most informed decision. REMEMBER, shoes that are too wide will feel uncomfortable on your kids’ feet. They will also cause your child’s feet to move too much inside the shoe, which may create all sort of foot problems such as blisters and calluses.
Does your child have a narrow foot? Have you found a particular style of shoe that works best for your kids’ narrow feet? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!