Best Shoes for Narrow Feet

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Those with narrow feet know the struggle: jostling feet, heels slipping out of your shoe, blisters from too much friction, and often inadequate support.

Shoes for long, narrow feet should offer adjustable laces or straps and plenty of cushion so you can achieve a snug fit even with a sleeker foot profile.

KURU offers a lineup of some of the most comfortable shoes for narrow feet. KURU shoes have given lasting relief to many customers with narrow feet, bunions, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, and many other painful foot conditions.

Our ergonomic, cushioned shoes layer three technologies for superior arch support, shock, absorption, and heel protection.

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Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Narrow Feet

What are Narrow Feet?

Narrow feet are those that have a slimmer or sleeker profile than the average foot. Those who have narrow feet typically feel a bit of extra space around the foot in standard-fit shoes.

Some of the best tennis shoes for narrow feet feature either stretchy, sock-like upper or extra eyelets so you can adjust your laces to fit your foot.

Or, styles with adjustable straps like TREAD for men and women or stretchy uppers and adjustable laces like the FLUX or STRIDE can help a narrow foot fit nice and snug in a shoe.

Whether you need tennis shoes for narrow feet, shoes for narrow feet with high arches, or shoes for narrow feet with bunions, we unpack how to find the best fit for you.

Top Selling Shoes for Narrow Feet

Our Customer Favorites

"Teenager's flat foot pain minimized

My 13 year old son has flat feet and during basketball he was having pain from it. His chiripractor recommended stability shoes. I shopped far and wide online. I like Kuru's explanation of the features. He has an average to narrow foot so we will probably continue with this line. I think it might work for an average build, it just hugs the arch like we wanted it to. Thanks Kuru we will be back!"

- ASJ

"Green Sneaker

I love the sneaker. It is so comfortable. When I first put it on it looked so wide and I have narrow feet. But it feels great."

- LKM

Technology for a Natural Fit

KURUCLOUD

Our KURUCLOUD base layer acts as a cushioned footbed to offer padding and shock absorption with every step. This layer of lightweight EVA foam offers plenty of comfort and helps absorb impact to protect your joints, ligaments, and bones.

KURU Footwear's KURUCLOUD base layer delivers superior cushion and shock-absorption with every step

KURUSOLE

Our patented KURUSOLE plate features a unique design that cups and protects the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step. This superior support helps us use our body’s natural cushioning system: the heel’s fat pad.

KURU Footwear's patented KURUSOLE technology cups your heel and dynamically flexes with each step

ULTIMATE INSOLE

The top layer of our tech trio, ULTIMATE INSOLES feature a bridge of arch support and advanced, dual-density foam that forms to your foot for the best fit. These durable 5mm insoles provide lasting comfort no matter the width of your foot.
KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

Narrow Feet Causes & Symptoms

Learn more about the causes of narrow feet and symptoms you can expect, as well as takeaways to help determine the best treatment option.

Narrow Feet Factors and Causes

• Genetic predisposition
• Gender—women are more likely to have narrow feet.

Narrow Feet Symptoms:

Heel slipping out of shoes: If you find your heels consistently slip out of your shoe, this could be an indication of narrow feet or heels.

Blisters, corns, calluses: When your shoes are too wide for your narrow feet, your feet can move around in the shoe more than they should, causing excess friction which can lead to these painful conditions.

Hammertoe: If your shoes are too loose, activities like running can cause your foot to slide forward in the shoe and put excess pressure on the toes and ligaments. This can lead to toe deformities, including hammertoe.

Another foot condition to watch for with narrow feet are bunions. While narrow feet don’t cause bunions, wearing too-narrow footwear can. Avoid wearing narrow shoes on wide feet to help prevent this condition.

If you have developed a bunion but have otherwise narrow feet, opt for a shoe with a wide toe box to help give your bunion space while the rest of the shoe remains snug.

Your doctor will be able to provide the best pathway forward to help you with any pain associated with your narrow feet. For a few tips on treatments you can try at home, check out our Narrow Feet Treatment section below.

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Narrow Feet Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about narrow feet.
Read on to find out more!

  • Nearly 33% of all women have narrow feet.
  • If you think you might have narrow feet, you can get fitted using the Brannock device to find your shoe width. Many shoe stores will have this device on hand.
  • To help avoid bunions when you have narrow feet, opt for a shoe that offers a generous toe box, yet remains snug on the rest of the foot.
  • Women’s feet are more likely than men’s to taper at the heel.
  • To help narrow feet fit in regular shoes, you can add heel pads, cushions, or inserts to your shoe to help remove any gaps.

Narrow Feet Treatment

Find out how to treat foot pain associated with narrow feet. We break down a few tips that can provide relief.

When you have narrow feet, you’ll want to make sure your foot fits as snug as possible in your shoes to help avoid pain and conditions such as hammertoe, blisters, or calluses.

One of the simplest ways to help support your narrow feet is to wear well-fitting shoes. Shoes that offer adjustable laces or straps, extra eyelets, or flexible fabrics can help you achieve a snug fit and a healthy gait.

A Few Tips for Narrow Feet Treatment:

Wear adaptable footwear: Shoes that fit narrow feet
well often feature additional eyelets, adjustable laces, or stretchy uppers to adapt to your unique foot shape.

Use foot pads as needed: Adding a pad under your heel or to the tongue of the shoe can help fill any gaps in your shoe for a snug feel.

Use custom shoe inserts: For cases in which your
foot is uniquely shaped, you can consider getting a custom insert to help your shoes fit more naturally on your feet.

Consider your unique foot shape: You may need
specific shoe features depending on your unique foot. Some have a wider forefoot and narrow heels, in which case a sleek shoe with a wide toe box can help. There are also people with high arches who have narrow feet. The best tennis shoes for narrow feet with high arches offer a higher instep and plenty of adjustability to fit their sleeker foot profile.

A woman ties the laces of her heel support tennis shoes.

Why Others With Narrow Feet Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Great support

I have had planters fasciitis for more then a year and I am on my feet 12 hours a day 5 days a week. I have tried several different sneaker companies and this sneaker has been the best overall comfort for me. Next pair I will purchase a wider size. They run narrow."

-- Russia78

"Comfortable boots

I have really flat feet. I have a hard time finding shoes that are narrow enough and that are comfortable. The shoes I just purchased full fill both needs. Very thankful."

-- Dicky

"Wow!

I work as a Chef, long hours. Also flat and narrow feet. I’ve bought every shoe out there. I can’t believe I’m finally saying this but, these are the best shoes I’ve ever worn. I will absolutely be purchasing these again."

-- Melalaha

FAQS

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

What widths do you offer? Do you have wide or narrow widths?

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At KURU, we currently offer shoe sizes in standard and wide widths. While we do not currently offer narrow sizes or a narrow shoe width, some of our styles emphasize a sock-like, stretchy upper and adjustable laces or straps, which can help hug and support the whole foot.

I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?

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Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs. That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology. Our shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape, which takes a bit of a break-in period.

To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

Can I use custom orthotics with KURU shoes?

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Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

That said, many of our customers tell us the KURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and that they don't need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

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While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURUs helped reduce or eliminate their pain—including narrow feet!

How do I know which shoes to buy? Which is best for me?

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The best shoe for you will depend on your unique foot type. The best walking shoes for narrow feet offer adaptability and stretch along with adequate arch support and cushion. Whether you’re looking for narrow-fitting running shoes, tennis shoes, or shoes for high arches, KURU’s line of shoes help alleviate foot pain symptoms for all-day comfort.

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