How to make narrow shoes

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How to make narrow shoes
Women with narrow feet have a hard time finding shoes that fit and look good. (high heels image by Hao Wang from

Finding comfortable and stunning shoes is an especially challenging task if your feet are very narrow. There are some manufacturers that specialise in shoes for the narrow foot, such as the Italian manufacturer Burberry or the Spanish company Snipe. Also known for narrow-fit shoes are the companies Perlina, Nina Xion and Diadora, who specialises in athletic shoes. There are some things you can do to make your shoes more comfortable, but you can also design your own. There are websites available that specialise in shoes for narrow-footed women where you can create truly one-of-a-kind shoes or buy from their collections.

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Things you need

  • Cushioned insole

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  1. 1

    Insert a cushioned insole into your shoes that are a bit wide. This adds support to your feet and helps to reduce friction caused by ill-fitting shoes.

  2. 2

    Select a starting design. The most popular designs are ankle boot, gladiator, round toe, pointed toe, platform, wedge and ballet flat.

  3. 3

    Choose a material and colour for the shoes. Most common shoe materials are snakeskin, Italian silk, soft cowhide leather, fish skin, shiny leather, sequins, patent leather or suede. Colour availability differs based on the type of material chosen.

  4. 4

    Choose a heel height, from flat to 4 1/2-inch heels. Add any embellishments you want, such as ruffles, buttons or bows.

  5. 5

    Choose your size. Most companies that allow you to create your own shoes use European sizing, so, for example, a 7 1/2 size American foot translates to a 38 European size.

  6. 6

    Specify if your feet are very narrow, slightly narrow or any other problems you may have.

Tips and warnings

  • Most manufacturers will work with you to get the proper fit, even if it means reworking the shoes altogether.

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