Where Can I Find Shoes For Narrow Feet Who Makes Narrow Shoes
People with skinny feet have a hard time finding shoes that fit. We can get adhesive shoe inserts but they never stay in place or work well so what do we do? I’ll share with you brands that make narrow sizes as well as where to buy shoes that will fit your feet.
This article has a feminine bent but men struggle with this issue as well. My oldest son inherited my skinny feet so I know you guys can be in the same situation. Some of the stores below also carry shoes for men.
Most women don’t wear properly fitting shoes
When you consider that most shoes found in stores are a medium width and we aren’t all average in measurements most women either settle for what is on the shelf or they buy online.
Leather shoes can be stretched somewhat but you can’t shrink them.
Many narrow shoes are not very attractive
Having a double A width foot I’ve seen some pretty ugly shoes in my day. They either think we are all over the age of seventy (no offense to senior citizens) or they think we are blind as well as being thin.
When the choice is an orthopedic look or something you wouldn’t want to wear gardening, many of us opt for sore feet.
Wide shoes are much easier to find than narrows
I’ve seen plenty of wide width shoes in regular department stores, even Wal-Mart and Target carry a few, so if you have a broad foot you can usually find something to wear, but those of us with skinny feet don’t have this option unless we go to a specialty store. Living in a big city you have more options but those of us living in rural areas depend on Internet shopping or catalogs to find our footwear.
Sports wear stores will sometimes have shoes in a narrow width but I don’t even like tennis shoes or athletic shoes to exercise in and I certainly don’t want to wear them for everyday wear or God forbid, with a dress.
Women with narrow feet like to look nice too
Skinny people tend to have thin feet and we like to look good too. I have seen models in magazines and catalogs wearing shoes I can tell are too wide for their feet. (Tall trim women tend to wear narrow size shoes.) Their toes are hanging out of the end of open toed numbers and it looks bad. The only good thing about seeing these pictures is that it lets people like me know not to even think about ordering those shoes or I’ll be walking out of them at every turn.
Design your own shoes
Have you ever looked at a pair of shoes and wished you could get them in your size? What a dumb question, of course you have. What about redesigning a pair of shoes? Those four-inch heels would be so nice if they came in a shorter heel or maybe a wedge as well as being slim enough to fit your feet?
Well, there is a company that will make you a pair of shoes to your specifications and if they don’t get it right the first time they’ll do them over. How cool is that? If it sounds expensive it kind of is depending on your shoe budget but when you consider all those shoes you’ve bought in your closet that don’t fit and aren’t even what you really wanted this might be just the thing.
Shoes of Prey has had articles written about them in Marie Claire magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal. There are testimonials written by customers on their website.
For between $180 and $330 USD plus a flat $25 shipping charge Shoes of Prey will make you a pair of shoes just like you want and make sure they fit.
Less expensive narrow shoes
If that sounds a bit steep for your purse here are a few online companies that carry narrow shoes. If I have overlooked one please feel free to share it in the comments section below we skinny footed gals need all the help we can get.
Incidentally, stores that carry narrow sizes usually also carry wide sizes so if you have a family member with those needs check out the companies below and you should be able to find their size too.
Footsmart- This company caters to all unusual size feet and those with special needs. They even carry men’s sizes.
Maryland Square- This is my favorite catalog. I’ve been shopping from them since before the Internet. They only carry women’s shoes.
Zappos- They have free shipping back and forth so if they don’t fit you can send them back on their dime. They have shoes for everyone in your family.
Masseys- Shoes for the whole family.
B. A. Mason- Men’s and women’s sizes.
Shoebuy.com- They carry men’s and women’s sizes.
Shoes.com- Shoes for everyone.
Shoemall.com- Shoes for everyone.
Endless- Shoes for everyone.
Walking On A Cloud- Shoes for everyone.
Amazon- They have a few narrow sizes for men and women.
Brands that make narrow shoes
It helps if you know what companies make narrow shoes so you can just do a search for that brand online. Some make AA while others will go all the way up to AAAA an even harder size to find. I will share a list of brands I know of that make shoes for slim feet. If you know of companies I have overlooked please feel free to add them in the comments section below.
Slippers International- This appears to be a house shoe company.
If you do choose to buy department store shoes
We are often lured by bargains and styles we can’t get in narrow sizes. If this happens, look for shoes with adjustable straps that allows you to add a hole. Those with Velcro sometimes works but if you have a very narrow foot you may have to have a repair shop move the strip over a bit. Your shoe repairman is your best friend. I have one on speed dial.
If you only wear a AA width you can get by a bit easier than your more narrow sisters with a AAA or even AAAA because all the strap moving in the world won’t change the fact the sole is too wide and your foot will still slide from side to side the skinnier your foot is. I don’t know about you but I do not like a rubbed heel.
Suede, nubuck and some fabrics are more forgiving than hard leather shoes so if you do have some slippage at least you won’t have your feet rubbed raw. I’ve been there many times over the years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn bandages on my heels from blisters.
Those adhesive cushions you add in the back of your shoe work for some but I don’t like them. Eventually they come unstuck and want to stick to your foot. Then when you remove them you have a sticky mess in the back of your shoe. Personally, I haven’t had much luck with them.
A repair shop can only do so much. They can’t make the sole skinnier but can take in the back a bit and shorten straps. Depending on how narrow your foot is this can be hard to impossible to achieve. I’ve made the mistake of spending a lot of money on a pair of shoes thinking my repair guy could fix them and he did make it better but not perfect.
When you consider the cost of shoes plus repair to make them fit better that company above that makes shoes to your specifications doesn’t sound so expensive after all.
It’s not easy being a freak
I have a lot of friends with wide feet. They don’t have too much trouble finding shoes and can’t even imagine my dilemma. I’ve always considered myself a bit of a freak with long skinny feet that won’t fit in most shoes.
I mostly wear moccasins and love them. They are suede and even though they are too wide at least they don’t rub my feet raw. I can get a cheap pair at the local western store in several colors. The current styles have women wearing them even with dresses so I’m set.
I refuse to wear tennis shoes. Sorry, but those things are just ugly.