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.
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 needs.
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.
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.
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.
Made of PU leather, this sandal is a perfect option for a casual night out or a weekend adventure outdoors.
The Samara Walking Sandal
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, 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.
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.
The Napali Hiking Sandal
True to form and true to fit, a pair of the Napali sandals can take you anywhere.
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.
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.