The Best Shoes For Kids With Narrow Feet – Stop Hurting Your Kids Feet!

Where Can I Buy Narrow Shoes

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.

Narrow Shoes For Kids

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!

Narrow Sneakers For Kids

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:

Kids Shoes On Amazon – Is Amazon The Best Place To Buy Your Kids’ Shoes?

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:


This second selection is for boys with narrow feet:


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:

The Best Way To Tie Shoes For Narrow Feet!

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:

Narrow Sandals For Girls – The Best Summer Sandals For Girls With Narrow Feet!

Narrow Sandals For Boys – The Best Shoe Styles For Your Boy With Narrow Feet!

Narrow Soccer Cleats – The Best Soccer Cleats For Children With Narrow Feet!

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!

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LET’S START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

64 Comments on The Best Shoes For Kids With Narrow Feet – Stop Hurting Your Kids Feet!

  1. When I was a kid, my shoes would also bother me. They always gave me pain and issues, and at one point I even had an ingrown toenail that was literally hell on earth.

    If I had these shoes as a youngster, it probably could’ve avoided so many future foot issues. My daughter has a very narrow foot, and I ordered a pair of the Asics shoes you recommend and she loves them! She says it fits perfectly daddy! Thank you man

    • You are welcome! Besides fitting narrow feet, Asics is top of the line when it comes to footwear. She is also getting excellent support and structure for her everyday activities.

      I hope you are wearing the correct shoe size now!

  2. Great article!

    Taking care of your feet is VERY important. Especially for the little people, because they aren’t fully aware of the unique proclivities of their feet. I know of a person that has corns on their feet, to this day, because their mother didn’t buy them the proper footwear!

    I happened to grow up on the other end of the spectrum(HUGE feet), but I’m sure the struggle was no better for those who had narrow feet. I have a kid that doesn’t has a narrow feet but needs good supportive shoes. Do you have a selection of page that the describes the best shoes in terms of support for children?

  3. My child has the narrowest feet that you will ever see. Even when we try to not leave as much growing room for her, the shoe still feels to wide on her feet. I ordered a pair of the shoes that you recommend and hopefully it will solve the problem because it has been very time consuming trying to find shoes for her! Thank you!

    • Trust me, the shoes I recommend, are the narrowest that you will ever find. You daughter will notice a difference immediately!

  4. Juan,

    Just a quick note, your information about fitting kids shoes properly is really good. With present methods of selling kids shoes in big box stores and off an open display, I had worried that my grandkids were being fitted poorly.

    Will pass on information to the great Moms of these wonderful kids I call mine. Thank you for having information so relative to growing families. Know experience is important in these matters.

    I will feel comfortable recommending your site.

    Thanks
    Sami

    • Sami,

      I am glad you found my website informative. My goal is to have every single answer a parent might have when it comes to taking care of their kids’ feet. I have a long way to go, but I will get there. Please let me know anytime you might have a specific question about your grand kids’ feet.

  5. I wish my mother had seen this when I was younger. I had very narrow feet as a child (still do) and it was always difficult to find shoes that fit me and fit comfortably. My son seems like he will carry on that trait, so I am bookmarking this for a list of shoes that will fit him well. Thank you for this information! Most people neglect to think about us narrow-footed people! 🙂

    Also, I didn’t realize I could tie my shoes a different way, this is awesome!

    • Jasmine,

      Tying the shoes the way I describe will make a huge difference in the way your son shoes feel. You should trying your running shoes this way to experience the difference for yourself! You will be amazed!

  6. A thank you so much for writing the article. My daughter has extremely narrow foot and I can never find shoes for her. Do all the naturino sandle run narrow or just the one you posted.

  7. I just found this post. Thanks so much for the tips! My daughter has an average width forefoot and a narrow heel. Would Asics still be the brand you’d recommend or should I look elsewhere?

    • Yes, Asics are the shoes I will recommend for a child with a narrow heel and a medium width foot. I always use Asics shoes to fit children with narrow heels, since they fit the best. You will see what a difference it will make!

  8. Are there any shoes you can recommend that can be used as school shoes? I have awful trouble as my child has a E fitting according to clarks and the current ones in his size are marking his feet so need to go back.

      • My own son’s feet are XX Narrow (Clarks UK C width fitting), he’s 12 at the moment and his width seems to proportionately reduce as his foot length (shoe size) increases!

        Another day trawling around in the rain not finding anything even remotely narrow enough for his feet 🙁

        • Hello Nevine,

          I want to help you but I need a little more information. Are you looking for a pair of everyday sneakers for your son or for something that he can wear during the rainy days?
          If you are looking for everyday sneakers please consider providing him with shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure. This will hug their feet much better and he will feel much more stable and secure when waling or running around. There is a shoe brand named Asics that tend to fit children with narrow feet the best.

          If you are looking for something he can wear in the rainy days Naturino is the shoe brand you want to go for. Here is an example I have fitted before: Naturino Waterproof Boots For Boys

          I hope this clarifies!

  9. My 2.5 year old daughter has very narrow feet. I am always very obsessed with finding most comfortable (and cute) for her. I do the same for myself. When she was first walker soft robeez and moccasins worked great. Then I discovered old soles brand and their easy joggers. Loved them, got total probably 6-8 pairs from size 3 to size 6. Also Saucony sneaker was my go to (discovered by accident). Now with this summer coming up I am struggling to find good sandals. Have 2 pairs of stride rite (mary jane Haylie and fisherman Tulip sandal) and they seem to fit her well, but I just want another option.

    • Hello Loreta,

      It seems like you know your kids’ feet quite well. The tulip sandal has been around for a long time and it’s a great choice because it has a rubber sole and it’s white so you can easily match her outfits. If you are looking for a narrow dressy sandal for your daughter, you should definitely try the Naturino brand. I actually wrote a post about the best narrow sandals for kids, and you can find it here: The Best Sandals For Narrow Feet – Find The Secret Here!

      • Thank you, I will have to check your new post. I have silver and gold in tulip (I like metalics:)). I was searching for naturino all weekend, but not much luck with sizing (either starts at 7.5, 8 or sold out). She also has small feet, size 6. I liked tulips for closed toes as she is at daycare every day and very active while there or on a weekends, but she is at the age now where she wants pretty flowers and open toe (even between the toe as she sees other girls at school wear it).

  10. Hi! I really hope you can help. My daughter has a narrow heal and regular width foot and small feet. She measures as a Stride Rite Little Kids 4.5 M. I have not had luck finding sandals that fit her and she needs a pair for an upcoming wedding where she is a flower girl. She wears “Little Kids Stride Rite Soft Motion Ripley” sneakers with socks without issue. I’ve tried Stride Rite Sandals “SRtech Lilly” size 4.5m, “SRtech Tulip” 4.5w, and “Summertime” 5m and 5w. The 4.5m and w are too tight on the front of her feet and instantly leave marks without her even getting a chance to walk. And the size 5s swim on her like and extra inch of space lengthwise and her heel is off completely to the outer edge. Any suggestions. Thank you so much.

    • Hello Meghan,

      The styles that you have tried are all dressy, so I am assuming you are looking for a dressy sandal for your daughter. I am also assuming that you want a sandal that is closed-toe, to protect your daughter’s toes. Below you can find the sandal I recommend for your daughter! I have fitted this style before and it tends to fit very well for kids with narrow heels!

      Naturino Sandal For Girls With Narrow Heels

  11. Hi,I’m at my wits end,my daughter is 10 years old and is a uk 4.5 measuring between a D & E fitting,she doesn’t like trainers & really can’t find anything for her,she is living in flip flops and for the rest of the year it’s full price adult uggs,it’s getting harder as she is getting older,it’s always been difficult the last start rite she had cut her heels badly,but she’s at the age where she wants to be fashionable,I just don’t know what I can do for her,her sister is the same now 13 and a uk adult 6.5!

  12. I’ve always had trouble finding my daughter shoes narrow enough to fit. She will try on every pair of shoes and no matter the size, they flop off her feet. She was measured as being a 2.5 but even 1’s and 2’s were flopping off. Smart fit used to have a style that worked but they stopped making it. We finally found a pair at Walmart with crisscross elastic bands that held the shoes on her feet. She also has flat feet so they t hard finding shoes that fit and will fit her orthotics. (She likes ballet flats)

  13. This is a wonderful article with many good tips and recommendations. I am so glad I stumbled upon this article. My daughter has narrow feet and I have found puma sneakers run narrow than most but I like your sneaker recommendations better as I have had a shoe sales person tell me the same. Can you suggest a narrow winter boot or fur boot brand(s)?

  14. Hello, I’m looking for a narrow y’all boot for my 4 year old. I’m looking for something for everyday as we’re moving to South Dakota from Mississippi in two weeks! I’d prefer something like a riding boot style. Is there a brand that is more narrow and stylish? Help!

  15. I have narrow feet myself and was always a nightmare for my mom to find a shoes for me and now I find myself in the same situation with my daughter everything is too loose she complain. I understand because I know how much uncomfortable it is not have shoes that fits right but this is driving me crazy. She has nothing to wear and the sneakers has to be used with too socks. I need help with the best Brends for my toddler girl. She need boots, sandals and “fancy” shoes (church). Please help us….
    Thanks

    • Hello Tanni,

      There is one style made by the shoe brand named Native that will fit a child with narrow feet, but you will have to compromise in the growing room since you want a slip on shoe.You will not be able to leave as much growing in slip on shoes, since there is nothing holding your kids’ feet. I describe those shoes in a post called:
      Native Shoes – The Must Have Shoe For The Summer
      Pleas maake sure you choose the style that is called the “Jefferson” since it’s the style that fits the narrowest.

      I hope this helps!

  16. Hi there, If the Asics pre contend does not fit (too wide) do you have another running shoe recommendation? My son’s foot is sooooooo narrow that outside of Clarks leather school shoes (C width in Australia) it is an absolute struggle to find shoes to fit. He is a very active kid and while the pre contend 3 fit ok the 4 has way too much movement in the forefoot and his foot just moves around. He needs plain black runners for school and while last year the Adidas Alta fit this year it is just way to wide. Short of sending him in black vans or converse (which do not meet school code nor are ideal for running) I’m running out of options. I’m more than happy to look at international brands and shipping! Thank you in advance for any advice.

    • Hello Naomi,

      I was wondering if your son already knows how to tie his shoes. I always recommend parents with children with narrow feet to go the extra mile and help or teach their kids’ how to tie their shoes. It makes a tremendous difference in the way the shoes FIT and FEEL. If your child is already wearing tie shoes, take a look at a post I wrote where I describe the best method to tie shoes for children who have narrow feet or need orthotics in their shoes:

      How To Tie Shoes With Orthotics – Stop Heel Slippage

      Also, if your son is already wearing tie shoes, try putting a tongue pad inside the shoe to push his heels back (secure them), and making the whole shoe feel snugger. You can learn about how and where to put tongue pads in shoes here:

      Leather Shoe Tongue Pads – Stop Heel Slippage

      Don’t send your child to school in Converse or Vans (they don’t provide enough support and they don’t fit narrow).

      There is one shoe style that comes in all black that will fit a child with a medium to a narrow foot very well (apply the shoe tying technique), and you can find that shoe here:

      Black Shoes For Kids – The best All BLACK Back To School Shoes For Kids!

      Make sure you select the medium width.

      Please let me know if this clarifies!

  17. So pleased I found this post as both my son’s (aged 11 and 13) have exceptionally narrow feet (d width in u.k.) Other than that they are normal feet with good arches etc. But there is literally no choice for them at all. Twice shoe fitters described my eldest son’s feet as ‘girlish’ poor thing!
    He is also extremely extremely ticklish so he really cannot bear them being measured or handled too much (plus its a source of huge embarrassment to him when he tries to control himself due to the tickling whilst measuring business)
    I have asked for Asics before and they are definitely better then startrite or clarks but I was wondering if you know any other brands to try and also if you have come across specifically boys who are unbearably ticklish in their feet.
    Thank you so so much 🙂

    • Hello Natalie,

      I have waited on several children who were ticklish when it was time to measure their feet or try the shoes on. Does your boy feels every bump and lump when putting the shoes and socks on? First things first, have you ever thought of providing him with a pair of seamless socks? They are great for children who feel every bump and lump. You can learn about those type of socks here:
      Seamless Socks For Kids – Stop The Struggle Of Putting Socks On!

      Are you looking for a pair of everyday shoes for him to wear? Are Asics still too wide for his feet? Does he know how to tie his shoes?
      Please get back at me with that information and I will be able to give you better advise. Thank you.

      • Thankyou, great you replied! He has never complained about seams and bumps in his shoes before but I will ask him. He is generally all over ticklish not just his feet (even there its not just his soles either but the tops of his feet too which I know is extreme) his tummy is probably the worst!

        Asics are definitely better and we have previously tried lacing the shoes better according to your advice which I have to say was also a great help. Also insoles.

        Most shoes only go down to an E fitting though and he is a D. Twice before shoe fitters have exclaimed that girls would be happy to have feet like his which was hardly helpful to his embarrassment. We can live with the Asics as they are actually a good shoe but I guess maybe I am being fussy in wanting to one day find everyday shoes that actually fit him.

        He seems shy about his feet being seen in flip flops or bare and I think that could be because they do look girlishly narrow but obviously flip flops are ideal on narrow feet as they are widthless if that is even a word!

        Thankyou for any thoughts on any of these points!

        • Nat,

          I don’t know why the shoe fitters made a comment like that, considering that all feet are different. I would recommend he uses a pair of keens sandals in the summer. Have you heard about these type of sandals? They will cover most of his feet (considering he is shy about them), and they provide excellent support so they can be worn for most of the day. You can learn more about them here:
          Keen Sandals For Children – The Best Summer Sandal

          Please emphasize to your child that there is nothing wrong with his feet being narrow. I have seen hundreds of boys with narrow feet, and hundreds of girls with extra wide feet. It really does’t mean anything. I hope you find that article helpful!

          • Gosh this answer is so helpful thankyou. Have you honestly seen hundreds of boys with narrow feet? I presume very narrow feet with extremely ticklish soles is a combination that isn’t quite as common, but would e fascinated to know.
            I am looking up with interest the Keens suggestion thankyou. Nat x

  18. sorry to read all my fellow moms struggling so hard. we had ever such similar experiences in case of point a boy rather than a girl with highly sensitive and highly narrow width feet. we tie them for a narrow fit and use inserts to pad out the shoe. in summer months sliders are out of the question as his slim feet just slide right out or right thro. so its basically regular flipflops as another lady said. personally I find it cute. enjoy your sensitive narrow slim sons is how I think. just know their limits in the tickles.

  19. Just looking at some of the comments my son is also shy about his bare feet and his aren’t even that narrow. So I think those parents who are stressing about their sons being shy for having very narrow feet don’t realise that any boy with even slightly narrow feet can be shy about them. Another point is that all children are ticklish whatever they are prepared to admit to.

  20. He is 11. I do tell him to tighten his shoe laces although I do think he finds it cooler to be like his friends so he doesn’t like the look of them tightly fastened. The other boys tend to have a lot of the laces area visible especially on trainers.

    • I understand. The tighter he makes the shoelaces the more stable and secure he will feel specially when running around. He will also get more support from the shoes. I understand he is at an age when they start caring more about fashion than anything else! I still wanted to let you know that he can really benefit from making the shoelaces tight. Good luck!

  21. Thank you Juan. Much appreciated. I got him to read this stream. I think he is now paranoid about being tickled because of the other comments. 😂😂😂

  22. I have been hunting for sneakers for my 4 year old with narrow feet! So glad to find this post. Her toes hit the size 9 line so I’ve been looking for size 9.5. I have only found asics in size 10. I know saucony has smaller sizes. Do you know which styles run more narrow?? Thank you so much in advance!!

    • Kate,

      Certain Asics shoe styles don’t come in half sizes but keep in mind that Asics shoes tend to run really small, so a size 10 might work for her feet. Saucony shoe styles all come in half sizes, so you can definitely go for the 9 1/2 there. Both brands make shoes that run on the narrow side but remember that each shoe style is different. If you find a particular shoe style that you like but you are unsure about how it fits please let me know and I will be able to help you.

  23. Could it be an idea to write a post specifically about boys who have especially narrow feet? I only ask because it seems like parents of boys with narrow feet or even those boys themselves have particular anxieties. I don’t mean it in any way sexist it’s more about the special sensitivities around the issue that seem more common with boys. Hope I don’t sound at all bad as I in fact find your posts very helpful and well written and a boy specific post could help even more.

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