How to Make Regular Width Shoes Work with Narrow Width Feet

How to Make Regular Width Shoes Work with Narrow Width Feet

For more than 20 years, has been at the forefront of shoemaking. Since we have developed Elevator Shoes that look sharp and wear comfortably, we know how every part of a shoe works toward protecting feet as you walk.

That means we know all about the challenges people with narrow feet face.

Finding shoes that fit perfectly for people with narrow feet is very hard. Only a small handful of shoe brands create shoes geared for people with narrow feet. Most people with narrow feet have to suffer with regular width shoes that can cause a variety of problems.


If your shoes do not fit snugly, your feet can slip around in the shoes which can cause irritation, blisters, and ulcers. Injuries are not only limited to those just mentioned, shoes that don't fit properly can also cause you to twist an ankle if your feet slip around inside your shoes. Especially people who are physically active and participate in running or any other sports activity. It is very common to twist an ankle because of poorly fitting shoes.

So what can you do if you have narrow feet?

If you find the perfect pair of shoes that you just can't live without, but you are a little discouraged because they do not come in narrow width, no need to worry. With just a couple of techniques, your regular width shoes will fit much better and you will reduce your chances of injuries in the future:

  • First of all, purchase a cushioned insole to insert into your shoes. You want to make sure that the insole offers heel, arch, and shock support. A well-cushioned insole will not only add support to your feet and joints but also fit snugly inside your shoe to help reduce friction. An insole also helps to stabilize your foot inside your shoe to keep your foot in place and reduce slipping.

  • Another technique that can help your shoes fit better if you have narrow feet, is the way you lace your shoes. If your shoes have two sets of eyelets on each side, lace through the ones furthest from the tongue. This helps bring both sides of the shoe together more. There are several different types of lacing techniques, and many of them can help cure a lot of shoe problems. If you're not quite sure how to best lace your shoes, there are several websites on the internet that offer pictures and step-by-step guides to different lacing techniques.
  • We'll end with a big don't: do not use toilet paper, cotton balls, scraps of fabric or other loose padding. We've even heard some guys try to use the same shoe toe pads that ballet dancers use for dancing en pointe (fancy French words for "on their tippy-toes"). Because they are not made to fit the natural curves of a foot like an insole, they can cause unnecessary pain. They can also slip and slide inside the shoe, and that's a big issue for safety.

If you have narrow feet, try following these suggestions to reduce irritation and pain with your normal width shoes. You no longer have to worry if a brand comes in narrow width; with these techniques, you can now wear any type of tennis shoes that you wish.

And shop with confidence at Our CALTO, CALDEN and TOTO lines of shoes feature a perfect combination of fashion and function - they add anywhere from 2 to 5 inches to your height while blending in seamlessly to your sense of style. Whether you choose something timeless or something trendy, you'll find excellent craftsmanship.

Part of the secret of our height-increasing shoes rests within our excellent insoles, so in some cases, our shoes may already be able to accommodate narrow width feet. To find out for sure, though, contact our friendly staff members. There's no reason for narrow feet to keep you from enjoying the confidence of increased stature and profile that elevator shoes offer.

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