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Recommendations for Toddler with Narrow Feet

Hi out there. My daughter is almost 11 months old and is greatly enjoying her new found freedom as she starts to walk. I am trying to find out if anyone can recommend a good shoe that works for narrow feet. Her feet are super skinny. Most childrens shoes seem to be made wide or for pudgier feet which worked well for my son, but now I can't find anything that works for her. She measures a 4.5 so I can put her in a 5 but there's just too much space! Please help. I love shoes and can't stand her not having any!

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Thanks everyone for the great responses. I'll keep you posted as I go shoe shopping!!!

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Go to a Stride Rite. They have more specialized shoes than any other children's shoe company that i have ever come across.

I have a 3 year old w/ large but very narrow (especially in the heel) feet. I have found shoes for her at Stride Rite, but only at the Outlet store, the regular store did not carry narrows. Not all brands at Stride Rite work though. I also sometimes get lucky at Target, depending on the style of the shoe, the Circo brand can work.
Good luck

Preschoolians are great for narrow feet. They have 3 different foot beds to accommodate any width. www.preschoolians.com

And they are soft soled which is supposed to be the best for little feet learning to walk and run.

take care!

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You might go to a Stride rite store. They can size your daughters feet and have narrow and wide sizes.

Robeez and Robeez Tredz have worked really well for my daughter with narrow feet.

Go to Stride rite, they have narrow to x-wide for kids.

How about Robeez? She doesn't really need a structured shoe, anyway.

D.,
What if she wears fuzzy socks with them, they should take up some of the room, and make the shoes not so loose.
W.

Stride Rite specializes in shoes for really narrow to really wide. They are a little pricey but they always seem to have sales going on. They also have shoes are specifically designed for new walkers.

The best shoes for new walkers are the little soft leather moccasins, such as Robeez, or Soft Star shoes. Target has a brand of their own that are just fine, too (near their baby socks). Jillions of cute styles are available. If you have even basic sewing skills, they are also easy to make. http://chloetoesboutique.com has a good pattern. I put galoshes on my 19-month-old to play outside if it's wet. Otherwise, she wears her little soft leather shoes/moccasins--and they are nice for non-walkers, 'cause they help keep the socks on!

Go to a Stride Rite. They have more specialized shoes than any other children's shoe company that i have ever come across.

I have a 15 month old who is tiny and has VERY narrow feet. Our only luck has been with European shoes. Elefanten has worked best. You will need to find a kid's shoe sotre that sells them to get her sized properly. They are very pricy so she owns one pair that she only wears outside. We bought her cute Bobux and Robeez for indoors and church. Now that she is a surdy walker we are looking into Rainboots (we live in a rural area) as it isn't so important that they fit snug and I won't mind if they get muddy walking to the mailbox.

I found that slip on Vans run a little bit on the slender side.

Stride rite at the mall. They will custom fit your baby.

D.,

Have you tried Robeez? They're a little more expensive for baby shoes, but they have elastic at the ankle to help them stay on. They're designed to be soft and don't need to have a tight fit, so they may work for your daughter. Similar style shoes (but not quite as expensive) can be found at Babies R Us.

Best of luck!

Rather than a hard shoe, try a soft shoe (with a sole)that will mold to the shape of her foot. Minnetonka, or Minnetonka by mail (.com) make a variety of moccasins that might be a solution to your problem.. or look for a stor or specialty shop that carries that kind of foot wear. You might also find that a moccasin allows the muscles in the feet to develop more than a hard platforn type shoe, yet still provide sufficient construction, support... and good style

Try Roxanns Birkinstocks in Fresno on First and Herndon. My daughter has the same problem they had a shoe from UMI it worked out great for us.

Also Nowali has a moccassian type shoe that is great because the top is like a cable knit sock and it fits over there ankle enough so that is deos not slid off.
(really it does not come off) These were great for us fron 3 months to 1 year. I do not know who if anyone sells the Nowali in fresno. Let me know if you can not find them I can see about ordering direct as I have a wholesale relationship with them.

I can't recommend a particular shoe for narrow feet. My daughters both have wide and extra wide feet. What I would suggest is going to a kid shoe store and getting your daughter's feet measured. Give the store and clerks the responsibility for finding shoes that fit and save yourself the headache.

When my oldest daughter was old enough for shoes, I ended up buying 10 pairs of shoes, taking them home to try, and returning all of them. I broke down and went to the local kid shoe store. I had thought to save some money by not buying Stride Rite shoes or getting them at Ross. Instead it drove me nuts. When I took my daughter to the shoe store, she measured at extra wide. No wonder no shoes fit her feet! I now save my self the headache and get her shoes at Shoe Box Kids in Roseville. They sell many different brands as well as Stride Rite shoes. If you live in nearby, check them out. There is even a store at Sunrise Mall. If you go to their website at shoeboxkids.com you can get their locations. Good luck!

Have you tried Stride Rite?

Stride Rite shoes seem outrageously expensive, but the ones I've bought do seem to run on the narrow side. I think several styles come in a narrow width.

addidas and sketchers are great for narrow feet...

Hi! I see you have tons of responses, and this is for the future, but we have very wide feet in my family, and Nike tends to run really narrow and doesn't work very well for us. Maybe they are made for your child! Good luck!

I always liked stride Rite, they make some styles that are naturally narrower than other baby shoes. They are a little expensive but have more cusion for a baby learning to walk and balance herself.

Preschoolians are great for narrow feet. They have 3 different foot beds to accommodate any width. www.preschoolians.com

And they are soft soled which is supposed to be the best for little feet learning to walk and run.

take care!

I know you said you can't stand not having her in shoes, but if you let her walk around barefoot as often as possible it will help her form her arches and get her feet to spread a little. I have extremely narrow feet and this is the advice the doctors gave my parents. The did still eventually have to go to a children's shoe store, but my feet had spread enough that we didn't have to pad everything I wore.

You'll probably have the best luck with something like Robeez. I'm sure they aren't exactly the look you were going for, but they are easy to keep on (elastic ankles) and easy for little feet to walk in.

You can get them by a different brand and they are much less expensive (since they are just basically a leather sock, there's nothing to be said for name brand). Target sells good ones with cute designs for about $12 or so. My son lived in those shoes except for outside play.

If you are set on getting "real" shoes, take her to Striderite. They will measure her feet and fit her properly. Their shoes are really high quality, but be prepared to spend about $50 on her first pair!

Hope this helps,
T.

Stride Rite are the best you can get and worth every penny. I seem to recall they were the brand recommended by my son's pediatrician for his first shoes. We were told to steer clear of sneakers until a little older because they don't offer the same kind of foot/arch support.
I, myself have very narrow feet (3-4 N) and shoe shopping has always been difficult. Given a choice, I choose bare feet, especially in the house.

I can't speak about toddler shoes but you might try Zappos.com I have been buying shoes from this site for several years & am very happy. (I have huge WIDE feet & had been stuck with men's shoes till I found Zappos). They ship over night, free shipping. If you must return shoes you just call them, they send a return label to your computer, you print it & drop the shoes off at UPS--free. I checked the site & they list 2 toddler shoes that come in narrow, one of which had rave reviews from previous customers-- Jumping Jacks Perfection (Infant/Toddler) However, I do second the comment about going barefoot as much as possible. My mom followed that advice when I was a kid. Maybe that's why I have such wide feet!!! Happy walking :)

I have a 3 year old w/ large but very narrow (especially in the heel) feet. I have found shoes for her at Stride Rite, but only at the Outlet store, the regular store did not carry narrows. Not all brands at Stride Rite work though. I also sometimes get lucky at Target, depending on the style of the shoe, the Circo brand can work.
Good luck

Hi,

Marisha at http://earthgarden.etsy.com makes custom sized suede moccasins for children and adults. She calls them "fairy boots" I recently ordered pairs for the whole family. They come in a variety of colors, are made based on the measurements you send her of the feet in question, and the toddler boots are only $25-$35.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12544448

Good luck shoe shopping!

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