Have you been looking for a pair of shoes for your toddler with narrow feet? Do you feel like every single shoe style that you try gaps too much around his ankles?
Finding a pair of shoes for a toddler with narrow feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. Shoe companies stopped making narrow width shoes for children, but the good news is that there are certain shoe styles that I have fitted before for toddlers with narrow feet and I will help you find them.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have helped hundreds of toddlers find the perfect pair of shoes, no matter how narrow or wide their feet were.
For the last 3 years, I have been helping families find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids’ online.
Most toddlers have wide or extra wide feet, that is the reason why most shoe companies are not making toddler’s shoes in narrow widths.
If you provide your toddler with narrow feet with a pair of shoes that are too wide, you will end up creating all sort of issues to his feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns. What will happen is that your toddler’s feet will end up moving too much inside the shoes, and that constant movement and friction between your toddler’s feet and the shoes will lead to the foot issues mentioned above.
The standard foot measuring tool (Brannock Device), will tell you whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, but if you don’t have this foot measuring device at home, there are other ways you can figure out whether your child has narrow feet or not.
There is a simple method that I use which involves having your toddler wear the shoes and check for two signs:
Check if you can slide one or two fingers around the heel area of the shoe. This is the first sign that the shoes might be too wide for your child’s feet.
Check if there is too much extra space around the toe-box of the shoe. This is the second sign that your child’s shoes might be too wide for his feet.
If both of these signs apply to your child’s shoes, then it’s very likely that your child has narrow feet.
I always recommend parents to take their toddlers to be fitted for shoes at their local kids’ shoe store, but if you are reading this article it’s highly likely that you don’t have a store in your area that you trust. START by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
While most toddler boys have wide or extra wide feet, there is a small percentage of them that have narrow feet, and while most shoe companies decide to ignore them since they think it’s not worth it to manufacture shoes for such a small percentage of kids, I will show you a selection of shoes that will fit the shape of your toddler’s narrow feet perfectly.
Before I show you a selection of the best shoes for toddlers with narrow feet, I want you to get familiar with what features these shoes will provide and what shoe brands you must always rely on.
Shoes for Toddlers with Narrow Feet – The 4 Most Important Features
Besides fitting the shape of your toddler’s narrow feet perfectly, the shoes must provide the following features:
- Substantial sole: Toddlers are always in the move, and it’s important for the shoes to come with a substantial sole to reduce and minimize the impact that their feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight and Flexible: While the shoes need to be supportive, they must be lightweight and flexible at the same time. This will allow your toddler to be able to easily bend the sole of the shoes and prevent his feet and legs from easily getting tired.
- Breathable: Most toddlers feet tend to sweat a lot. This can lead to the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes, so it’s important to find breathable shoes to allow your toddler’s feet to breathe. Shoes made out of leather are most recommended for breathability and durability as well.
- Traction: This feature will prevent your toddler from slipping and falling down, especially when walking on wet, slippery surfaces.
If we find a shoe style that provides all of these features and fits the shape of your toddler’s narrow feet, you will be keeping his feet and legs healthy.
Please keep in mind that toddler’s feet tend to grow pretty fast, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself replacing the shoes anywhere between 3 to 5 months. If your toddler is outgrowing his shoes in less than 3 months, then it means that the shoes weren’t fitted properly to begin with.
You must always allow a certain amount of growing room (3/8 of an inch), for your toddler to be able to grow into the shoe. Always be careful to not leave too much growing room (you might be tempted to do so), since this can lead to compromising your toddler’s stability and making him more prone to falling down and hurting himself.
Now that you know what important features the shoes must provide and how to make sure that you provide your toddler with the correct shoe size, you will find below a selection of the best shoes for toddler boys with narrow feet.
The Best Shoes for Toddler Boys with Narrow Feet –⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoes that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made the shoes are and most importantly, how they fit.
I told you before how we always want to leave around 3/8 of an inch between your toddler’s longest toe and the end of the shoe. This normally comes up to a half a size of growing room (if you are using the standard foot measuring tool called the Brannock device).
The issue is that if the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to provide your toddler with a whole size longer (instead of a half a size), and if the shoes fit “long” then you need to provide your toddler with the same size that he measured at the shoe measuring scale (since the shoes already fit long).
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for toddler boys with narrow feet:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a “half a size” longer of the size that he measured at the Brannock device in order to allow for growing room.
There is one particular shoe style that comes with shoelaces, and this one is the most recommended if you can’t seem to find any shoes that fit, since the shoelaces will push and secure your toddler’s feet against the back of the shoe, eliminating any remaining gap around the ankles. Shoes that come with shoelaces also provide more support and stability.
Here is the shoe style that I am referring to (it’s also available in brown and black):
These are all every day sneakers that your toddler can use for his every day activities including school or any other activity that involves him being active.
If you are looking for a different type of shoe such as a dress shoe, summer, winter, or sport shoe in a narrow width, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help you find it.
The Best Toddler Socks – Seamless and Breathable
Before you leave, I want you to know that socks play a key role in keeping your toddler’s feet healthy. They act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, and they prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
The socks will also cushion your toddler’s feet and prevent them from rubbing against the shoes, since that constant friction can lead to blisters.
I have noticed that several toddlers will refuse to wear socks with their shoes since they can’t stand the way they feel. These are toddlers who feel every bump and lump in the socks.
The good news is that there are certain socks that are seamless, and toddlers love the way they feel. I have fitted them before at the shoe store and parents are so relieved since now they don’t have to deal with those morning battles anymore.
Here you can find a selection of the best seamless and breathable socks for toddlers:
When trying to find the correct sock size for your child, please ignore the label the reads “sock size” or “age guidelines”.
In order to find your child’s correct sock size, you must always look under the label “shoe size” in the socks’ tags. This is the most effective way to find your child’s correct sock size.
Take a look at the two pictures below for clarification:
Now that you know which are the best shoes and socks for a toddler boy with narrow feet, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for your toddler with narrow feet? Please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.