Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of narrow shoes for women.
Do you feel like your feet always move too much inside your shoes? Do you also feel like both your heels slip off your shoes every time you walk or run? Most women will agree that shoe shopping is supposed to be fun, but for women with narrow feet, it takes more than choosing a shoe style they like, tried them on, and have the salesperson ring them up.
Women with narrow feet have the hardest time finding shoes that fit. I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years now where we help women with “complicated” foot shapes and foot conditions. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for women with narrow feet.
I have heard several people complain about how hard it is to find shoes that come in wide or extra wide widths, but it is actually much harder to find shoes that come in narrow widths.
The two main issues that people with narrow feet have are how their feet move too much inside the shoe, and how the heel keeps slipping out of the shoe. This can lead to foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, just to name a few.
Certain shoes fit narrower than others, but it’s important to at least try shoes that come in narrower widths to see what a difference they make. It’s also important to find shoes that will have a pointier toe box instead of a rounder toed box, and the heel counter of the shoe must be as narrow as possible.
What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Narrow Feet?
The shoes I recommend provide 2 key features that make them the most effective ones for women with narrow feet:
✅ Narrow Toe-Box
✅ Narrow Heel Counter
Let me show you the difference between a pair of shoes that provides a narrow toe-box and a narrow heel counter versus a pair of shoes that provides a round toe-box and a wide heel counter:
Let me emphasize that shoes in narrower widths (N) do exist, and you will notice an immediate difference when you try them on!
I am 100% confident that I will be able to find you a pair of shoes that will fit your narrow feet. However, in certain cases, we must use other methods to help the shoes fit better.
How Can You Tell If You Have Narrow Feet? – Follow These Steps!
Did you know that according to the National Shoe Retailers Association nearly 33 percent of all women have narrow feet? The problem is that most of these women are not aware that they have narrow feet, and when they try a shoe and feels too wide, they try a smaller shoe size for the shoe to feel snugger. The issue with getting a shoe that is too short is that it will end up creating all sorts of issues to your feet.
So, how can you tell that you have narrow feet?
The first sign you must pay attention to is to check if your feet move too much inside the shoe. For example, if you can slide your finger around the heel area of the shoe that means the shoe is too wide or that you have narrow feet.
If you feel like there is a lot of extra space around the toe-box of the shoe, it means that the shoe is too wide for your feet or that you have narrow feet.
If you are still unsure whether you have narrow feet or not or if you want to figure out your exact foot length and shape I suggest that you take a look at the article below:
Now that you know how to make sure your shoes fit, below you can find a selection of the best running shoes for women with narrow feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
The Best Narrow Running Shoes for Women ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These are all shoes that I have fitted before. Some of the shoes below are available in narrow widths (N) so please choose the correct shoe width.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out what shoe size you should order.
Are you having a hard time finding a pair of narrow shoes for your child? I wrote an article where I describe the best narrow shoes for kids and you can find it here:
These are some of the features that the shoes I recommended provide:
- Arch support to minimize the impact that your feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground.
- A firm heel counter to provide excellent ankle support.
- Mesh upper to allow your feet to breathe.
- An outsole with great traction on a variety of surfaces to prevent you from slipping.
- Flexible, lightweight materials to prevent your feet and legs from getting tired easily.
- Removable insole (so you can easily replace it with a more supportive insole or orthotic).
The Best Method to Tie Shoes for Narrow Feet
My coworker who has been working at the shoe store for over 30 years taught me the best method to tie shoes for people who have narrow feet (this method is also used for people who wear orthotics). I actually use this method to tie my shoes, even though I don’t have narrow feet. I like how this shoe tying method makes the shoe hug my feet better and secures my heels.
This shoe lacing technique also allows me to feel more stable and secure when walking and running. I call this tying method the “reverse the shoe laces technique” and you can learn how to do it by following these easy 3 steps:
1-Start with leaving the top two eyelets of the shoe open.
2-Go through the top hole first.
3-Go through the holes you left open
You are all done! You will notice a difference right away.
I showed you the best narrow running shoes for women, but what about casual shoes? Most women don’t like to wear their sneakers all day, and need shoes for when they go to work, the shopping center, or when they go for a walk to the park.
There are several pairs of Mary Jane and flats that I have fitted before that will fit women with narrow feet perfectly.
I always recommend Mary Jane shoes over flats, since they come with a velcro strap across the shoe which will hug your feet and provide more support and stability to your feet. That strap will also help keep your feet in place.
Some Mary Jane shoes even come with a built-in arch support and a firm heel counter so you can wear them for longer periods of time.
Best Casual Shoes for Women with Narrow Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Some of the casual shoes I recommend below are available in narrow widths (N), so please make sure that you choose the correct shoe width before ordering the shoes. The casual shoes below are supportive, lightweight, made of high quality materials and stylish at the same time.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below the shoes that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
If you are looking for a different type of shoe such as seasonal footwear don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help you find them:
Tongue Pads for Women with Narrow Feet
Do you know what a tongue pad is? I have used hundreds of tongue pads through the years and I normally use them when the person has extremely narrow feet.
Tongue pads work in all enclosed shoes and they are extremely effective for women with narrow feet.
Tongue pads are adhesive backed pads that fit in the tongue of the shoe, they will push your foot back, securing it against the heel of the shoe and preventing heel slippage. They will also make the shoe feel a lot snugger. If you want to learn more about how tongue pads work I describe them in more detail in a different article I wrote called:
Do you always have a hard time finding narrow shoes for your feet? Is there a particular shoe style you have found that works well for narrow feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from them.