Do you have a child with narrow feet and you are having the hardest time finding shoes that FIT the shape of his or her feet? I hear parents complain all the time about how hard it is to fit a child with wide or extra wide feet, but they don’t know that 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 10 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?
Some of the most popular shoe brands such as New Balance, Saucony, or Stride Rite make shoes in medium, wide, and extra wide widths! But these shoe companies fail to address the needs of children with narrow feet.
Please make sure that the shoes that your child is wearing are not too wide for his or her feet. If the shoes are too wide, then you will make your child more prone to developing blisters, calluses, and corns, as well as foot and leg pain.
Why will this happen?
Because your child’s feet will move too much inside the shoes and that constant friction and rubbing will lead to the foot issues mentioned above.
How Can you Tell If your 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’s the first sign that your child has narrow feet.
Let’s start by checking how can you tell if your kids’ shoes are too wide for your kids’ feet. I can tell if a child has narrow feet by just looking at them (since I have been fitting shoes for so long), but there are simple methods you can take from home to check if your child’s shoes are too wide.
With your child’s shoes on, check if there is too much extra space (extra material) in the front part of your child’s shoes. Do you notice in the picture below how there is a lot of extra space in the front of the shoes? This means that the shoes are too wide for your kids’ feet.
You can also check if the shoes that your child is wearing are too wide by checking if there is too much extra space around the ankles. Do you notice in the picture below how there is too much extra space around the ankles? I can fit two of my fingers around that area.
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!
Why are shoe 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 are too short (to compensate for the width) or they just allow their kids to walk around in shoes that don’t fit properly.
One of the most common mistakes I see parents make when purchasing shoes for their kids is to ask them: “How do the shoes feel?”
Asking kids to report on how shoes feel is just NOT enough to make sure 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.
The good news is that I have fitted the best shoes for kids with narrow feet, and I will show them to you in this article.
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.
Like I mentioned before, finding the right pair of shoes for a child who has narrow feet can be very time consuming.
I have been helping parents find their kids’ shoes online for the last three years. Let me show you a selection of the best shoes for children who have narrow feet! Let’s first start by getting familiar with which are the best shoe brands for kids with narrow feet.
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 and Saucony are my to-go shoe brands for children with narrow feet. You might even have tried these shoe brands for yourself!
Asics and Saucony are the best fitting shoe brands 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 either Asics or Saucony shoes.
These shoe brands also make some of 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!
If you have a toddler with narrow feet, then I strongly recommend that you provide him or her with a pair of Saucony shoes. Please keep in mind that Saucony offers children’s shoes in medium, wide and extra wide widths, and you must choose the medium width for your toddler with narrow feet.
If you have an older child (8 years old or older) with narrow feet then I recommend the Asics shoe styles.
Where Can you Buy Narrow Shoes for your Kid?
I always recommend 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.
The issue is that most children’s shoe store have been closing down, and we are left with big retailers that don’t know how to properly fit children’s shoes. That is the reason why I created a map where you can check if you have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area. You can find that map here:
If after looking at that map you still can’t find a children’s shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Please keep in mind that I always recommend parents to provide their children with shoes with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure, since shoelaces will hug your kids’ feet better and fill any remaining gap around the ankles.
This first selection shows the best shoes for kids with narrow feet made by Saucony:
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 standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
This second selection shows the best shoes for kids with narrow feet made by Asics. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations:
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 will fit the shape of their narrow feet much better than any other shoe styles!
Are you having a hard time finding a pair of narrow shoes for yourself? I wrote an article where I describe the best shoes for women with narrow feet and you can find it here:
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. I use this method because I love how it 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.
Let me show you how simple this shoe tying method is:
1- Start with leaving the two eyelets (shoe holes) of the shoe open:
2- Go through the top hole first:
3- Go through the holes you left open:
4- You are all done!
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 certain Mary Jane, sandals, and boot styles that come in narrow widths or that fit much narrower than others. If there is a particular shoe style such as a sandal, dress shoe, or winter boot that you can’t seem to find for your kids’ feet with narrow 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 shoe styles in more 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, calluses, and corns.
Do you have a child with narrow feet? Have you found a particular shoe style or shoe brand that has worked well for your kids’ narrow feet? If you can’t seem to find a particular shoe style for your child with narrow feet leave me a comment below with your child’s shoe size and I will help you find it.