Authored by Adam Sherman
It is an all too familiar scene; summer has arrived and it’s time to get outside. You find a super awesome pair of sandals online after doing a ton of research to ensure they are a good match for your narrow feet.
Of course, you get really excited when they arrive. But then you try them on and sure enough (as you had already suspected) they just don’t fit right. It’s so frustrating! We have been there.
Having narrow feet can make choosing the right sandal a real challenge. It seems that there are endless options for wide feet, but not so many for the slimmer-footed folks out there. An improperly fitted sandal allows the foot to slide around, and this instability can lead to blisters or even more substantial injuries long term. I usually have a difficult time finding sandals that fit perfectly. Shoe shopping alone can feel like a nightmare task!
We understand that narrow feet need to have the right support and we realize that it can be hard to find the shoes that you need for your foot shape. Terence Vanderheiden, DPM mound that only 14% were wearing the right size shoes in a research study among adults with foot lessions. This shows how important it is to have a shoes with the right width.
A Few Things to Look For When Choosing Sandals for Narrow Feet
When selecting the right shoe or sandal for narrow feet, bear in mind that there are a couple of features that will help guarantee you’ll get a nice snug fit for your slim feet. We identified these factors as critical to make sure that you are going to get the right sandals for your needs if you have narrow feet:
- Straps that are easily adjustable; and by more than just a couple centimeters
- Smooth lining and soft material for those straps
- Footbed that is contoured design to fit the shape of your foot
- Outsole made of super durable and sturdy rubber
- Availability in narrow sizes specifically
To offer a little additional assistance in your shopping endeavors, here is a video on how to properly size your feet at home. We also believe that the more that you know about your foot size, the easier it will be to find the right sandals for your narrow foot needs, even if you also have long toes.
Below you’ll see we have outlined a diverse selection of the best sandals for narrow feet. From pairs that are well suited for the rugged outdoorsy type to pairs that have a more delicate look.
We hope it helps simplify your choices and will allow you to find the sandal that is going to meet all of your needs, whether that's a
The Siena Sport Sandal
Our Siena sandals are designed for your outdoor adventures. If you are going on a camping trip, having fun playing water sports, or headed out for a day hike these are a fantastic choice. These are much lighter sandals than something like a classic Birkenstock, and the flexibility of the sole and footbed is one of the key things that we liked about this option.
Made with a strong and durable foundation, which is a critical staple in well-fitting shoes for narrow feet, the Siena Sport Sandal’s exceptional traction makes this pair a winner. When I wear these sandals on wet terrain, my foot stays stable and sturdy within the sandal. They do a great job at cushioning my foot and providing the support and stability it needs, especially for us narrow-footed folks.
Viakix sandals are made to have fully adjustable straps all around allowing for a fully customizable fit, perfect for feet of all shapes and sizes.
Designed with super comfortable EVA foam and an ergo-friendly outsole, these sandals are ideal for a comfortable experience in any athletic situation.
The Sloane Sandal
Our Sloane sandal is a popular option for folks with narrow feet since each individual strap can be tightened and adjusted for a snug fit. There is an adjustable heel strap that can be further tightened to ensure that you are secure in the sandals. Whenever I travel, I love wearing the Sloane sandal because of how easy it is to adjust the straps. They're fully suitable for everyone and for every type of foot out there.
Made of PU leather, this sandal is a perfect option for a casual night out or a weekend adventure outdoors. The ankle-strap also gives you full control over how much support you need. Toss out those slingbacks and replace them with a pair of Viakix. The best thing I ever did for my narrow feet and shoe size was invested in Viakix items. Just like your physical health, it's important to invest in your foot health. That means purchasing shoe products that fit your feet. Best of all, you don't have to deal with laces, so you can slip these on your feet while you're on the go.
The Samara Walking Sandal
Another stellar option for unmatched comfort, these walking sandals reduce stress on your joints. With a sturdy layer of EVA foam midsole, they also offer awesome arch support and come in a variety of different styles. The open-toe style also lets your feet breathe, which is important while trekking in the mountains or walking through a city in summertime.
Yet another lovely feature of this pair is the stretchy webbing material and fully adjustable straps to get them nice and tight. This makes these sandals a no-brainer when you are on the hunt for a pair that will be a match for your narrow feet.
With a super tough rubber outsole, soft footbed, and adjustable to make a narrow width, these sandals are suitable for any terrain you can throw at them, making them a superb choice for urban or outdoor adventures.
It’s no wonder that the Samara Walking Sandal by Viakix was listed in the top 3 best walking sandals by Expert World Travel. We're one of the best brands on the market! From my own experience wearing different brands, once I started wearing Viakix sandals, I never tried any other shoe. Teva and birkenstocks became a thing of the past.
All I need to do now is throw on a pair of stylish sunglasses and grab one of my fashionable coats, and I'm good to go!
The Cortona Outdoor Sandal
Designed with high performance in mind, while still being super cute, stylish, and comfortable the Cortona sandal is a top pick.
The soft and stretchy strap material conforms to your feet perfectly. A wonderful choice for folks with narrow feet, since they have the best feature combo of soft straps that are also adjustable.
You can wear these babies on a long mountain trek or a leisurely evening stroll with the dog. Their delightful fit and feel are versatile beyond compare, making them the best shoes for any adventure. Viakix gave a whole new meaning to women's narrow sandals.
Best of all, they're waterproof and lightweight. These women's narrow sandals will become your best friends and something you won't want to leave the house without. Ladies sandals just took on an entirely new meaning with the Cortona sandals. Based on my own experience, these are ideal for versatile days, when you might do a hike in the morning, a stroll around a city in the afternoon, and a dinner in the evening. You don't even have to take these sandals off your feet! These sandals are the new heels.
The Napali Hiking Sandal
True to form and true to fit, a pair of the Napali sandals can take you anywhere. This women's shoe is something you'll want to take with you on your future adventures. Whenever I travel, these sandals are a must-have in my backpack.
Super trendy and wonderfully functional, this sandal is ready for the rugged backcountry or a low key picnic in the park. Whichever is more your style, they’ve got all your bases covered.
The Acadia Sport Sandal
The Acadia sandal is as versatile as all get out, delivering unparalleled performance with consistent comfort. These sandals are great for the trails or just wearing around town. The EVA midsole material provides outstanding cushioned comfort that lasts, and they're waterproof and made of water resistant material.
With 5 customizable straps for a more narrow fit and a super heavy-duty sole, you will be comfy no matter what you’re doing or where you are doing it. The Acadias come in 5 fasionable colorways.
A Good Pair of Sandals Is Essential, Especially With Narrow Feet
Just because you have narrow feet, that does not mean you should have to sacrifice quality and comfort. Don’t get discouraged when shopping for a great pair of shoes to fit your feet and lifestyle. There are a lot of top-notch choices out there! Whether you are looking for a casual slip-on, a classy slingback, or a tough pair of hiking sandals, the options for narrow feet are endless. We have made the process of finding the perfect shoes for your needs easy by taking the time to rate and test the sandals that are best for narrow feet.
Owning a fashionable and durable shoe for the summertime is absolutely essential, and a breathable pair of sandals that can get you anywhere you want to go is a wardrobe must-have.
Just remember to look for a couple of features like straps that can be customized (and again, ones that tighten more than just a tiny bit), a soft yet supportive footbed, and a durable sole. Keep in mind having shoes that don’t fit just right isn’t only annoying but it can also lead to more unpleasant issues down the road. Like calluses and even bunions. There is nothing better for helping enjoy the great outdoors or a stroll downtown than shoes that carry you lightly along on your journey.
Hopefully, our list and helpful hunting tips will aid you in avoiding the disappointment rollercoaster that’s unfortunately so common with buying shoes online. Instead, we hope to have sent you on your way to discovering a glorious pair of sandals designed just for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if a sandal will fit my narrow foot?
First, you need to consider the shape of your foot. It's best to look for sandals with adjustable straps and proper cushioning. Our Viakix sandals cater to both narrow and wide feet, making finding a sandal easy and simple. The best part about Viakix is that we're also suitable for feet that suffer from bunions, supination, or plantar fasciitis.
How do I measure my foot to find the right size?
The best and easiest way to measure your foot is to trace it on a piece of paper. All you have to do is place the paper on the floor, stand on it with your heel against the wall, and trace your foot with a pencil. Make sure you trace your entire foot, including the toes and the heel. That way, you can measure your foot size and select the perfect sandal for your foot. When I did this, I discovered several Viakix sandals fit my foot well. It was tough picking just one!
What are women's sandals for narrow feet?