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Converse Shoes For Kids – Are You Hurting Their Feet?

Converse For Children

Chuck Taylor All Star (also referred as Converse) is one of the most legendary and iconic sneakers of all time. With more than a BILLION pairs sold, it makes it one of the best-selling shoes of all time. It is clear that people like the shoe as it and probably don’t want to see it change. But, how many parents refuse to buy a pair for their children because of the lack of support and comfort?

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last ten years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted thousands of shoes and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

As soon as children start getting older, they WILL ask their parents to get them a pair of Converse shoes! A lot of teenagers and parents have told me how much they love Chuck Taylor’s shoes, and how they wished they could wear them for more than a couple of hours a day.

Fortunately, the company created a new model called the Chuck Taylor All Star II, which has much more support and structure than your regular Converse shoes (don’t panic: the style remains the same!) This new style allows the parent and the child to wear their favorite sneakers of all time without destroying their feet!

It is clear that the company has been extremely successful, but we shouldn’t confuse everyday footwear with casual footwear.  I think it is amazing how even though there have been several innovations and changes in the shoe industry, ‘Chuck’ Taylor athletic shoes continue to live on! It seems like they will never lose their popularity since they are being purchased by people of every age all around the world. Converse shoes for kids are extremely popular. However, I have never put their popularity under the scope, only the comfort and support of the shoe.

In this article I will describe the best Converse shoes for kids.

Kids Red Converse Shoes

Are Converse Hurting Your Child’s Feet? – Learn The Facts!

Experts are starting to warn people on how the current fashion shoes will have a negative impact on children, causing discomfort in the short term, which can lead to years of foot, knee and back pain in the future. Young children are particularly vulnerable, since the bones of the foot continue to grow through adolescence, and the bones are in a soft, pliable form that can be forced into unnatural shape.

My main issue with Chuck Taylor shoes is that they are not supportive footwear, and your children should NOT wear them as their everyday shoes. They do not offer the support or stability your child needs to perform his or her everyday activities. Why are the original Chuck Taylor shoes NOT supportive?

  1. They lack a heel counter.
  2. They have a flat sole with no heel height.
  3. They lack cushion.

The new style offers innovative features such as:

  1. Superior full foot cushioning and arch support.
  2. Foam padded collar and non-slip gusseted tongue for 360-degree comfort.
  3. A perforated micro suede liner, for breath-ability during extended periods of wear.

Can Converse Flatten Your Child’s Feet? – No Way!

I want to clarify that this type of shoe will not flatten your kids’ feet. You might start experiencing some leg and foot pain, since the shoe does not offer any support. Did you know that wearing the wrong type of shoes can create all sorts of problems with not only your feet but also your legs, back and neck?

Chuck Taylor’s are great fashion shoes. We sell a lot of them at the store I work for, and I always emphasize how it should not be used as primary footwear, allowing the parents to make the most informative decision.

The fact that Converse shoes are unisex is a huge plus for the company.However, it’s 2017 people! Shoes should not be gender specific anymore! Some parents love them so much that they want their babies to match and wear the same shoe brand as theirs, which might not be the best thing for your baby’s feet.

Besides causing pain and discomfort that can affect their daily activities, wearing a fashion shoe as an everyday shoe can lead to foot problems and cause further injuries down the road. Good supportive shoes are engineered to provide the support, motion control, and cushioning that minimizes foot injuries associated with a particular activity.

I wrote a post where I describe the best shoes for babies who are learning how to walk, and why at this age you MUST AVOID brands such as Nike, Adidas, Converse. The post is called:

First Walking Shoes – Picking The Perfect First Shoes

Converse For Babies

Why Is It Important For Our Kids’ To Wear Good Shoes?

It is important to provide our kids’ with good, supportive shoes so they can have the support they need to perform their everyday activities. If your child is not wearing a good, supportive shoes then this can lead to several foot and leg problems.  For example, you should never allow your child to perform physical education or run in Converse shoes. Did you know that the most common children foot injuries come from running in the wrong type of shoes? I wrote a post about it called:

 Foot Injuries From Running – Prevention Is Key

Buying children supportive shoes is crucial, since proper foot development requires adequate support, especially if children will be wearing their shoes often. I feel like Chuck Taylor’s needed a redesign on the inside. It seems like the brand finally realized that people love their Chucks and want sneakers that are built to enable them to do more.

Chuck Taylor All-Stars II- The Redesign That Provides Arch Support!

After more than 100 years-Chuck Taylors finally provide more support. The new model called the Chuck Taylor All Star II, offers much more support than the previous ones.  I was so excited when I heard this news! Parents are more conscious about the importance of good shoes, and they started demanding better shoes for themselves, and for their kids’.It didn’t come as a surprise that increased comfort was the number 1 request, and the Chuck II aims to deliver this by adding foam cushioning and extra arch support.

It will allow adults and children to wear them 24/7 without complaining about their feet hurting. When I first heard the news of the new model that the company was working on, I got really excited. I am glad that children and adults will be able to wear them for longer amounts of time, without putting any stress to their feet or legs.

I believe that Chuck Taylor’s are great looking shoes, but I just can’t stand how uncomfortable they are. I tried wearing them at work, and my feet and leg started hurting. As soon as I switched back to my good supportive running shoes, the pain on my feet and leg disappeared.

The Best Converse Shoes

What  Converse Size Should I Get For My Child? – Get It Right!

If you have read my previous posts you should know by now that I always urge parents to take their children to have their feet properly measured at their local kids’ shoe store, no matter what type of shoe it is. Not only each brand varies in sizes, but each style in a particular brand will require a different size. If you don’t have a shoe store that you trust in your area to take your children to try on a pair at the store, I will provide you with a set of guidelines that will help you get the right size.

Converse tend to run REALLY LONG, that is the reason why when you are looking for a pair for yourself or your child, you will have to get a whole size smaller of what they measure. What? A smaller size? He will outgrow it too fast parents will say!

Parents: STOP thinking about numbers so much! It doesn’t matter what shoe size your child gets as long as it is the right size. Converse run long, so you ALWAYS have to get a smaller size of what your child measures. If you have worn Converse before, you probably know EXACTLY what I am talking about!

I wrote a post where I describe how to make sure your size is wearing the correct shoe size. The post is called:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Converse For My Kid – Should I Get Them Or Not?

Now that Converse created a shoe that can be worn for everyday activities, we can stop worrying about our kids’ feet and legs hurting! The new style offers good support so your child can wear them everyday! If you are unsure about getting your child a pair of Converse shoes, I wrote a post where I describe the best and most supportive shoes for children. The post is called:

The Best Kids Sneakers – Learn About The Best Shoes For Children Ages 3 Through 10.

However, if your child has been asking for Converse shoes for a while now and you didn’t get them for him because you were worried about them not providing enough support, now you don’t have to worry anymore!

I recommend purchasing these shoes at Amazon, since they offer the lowest prices! Below you can find a selection of the best Converse shoes for kids!

All of these shoe styles fit “long”, which means that you need to ge the same size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Does your child already own a pair of Converse shoes? Is there a particular color or style he/she loves the most? Do you own a pair yourself? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can al benefit it from them!


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12 Comments on Converse Shoes For Kids – Are You Hurting Their Feet?

  1. I own about 7 different pairs of converse, and I am in love with them all. In high school, I really didn’t care what they were doing to my feet.

    I still have most of the pairs from high school (the worn-out look is even better than brand new right?) But I’m much more health conscious in general these days, and I try not to wear them for long periods of time anymore, which makes me kind of sad.

    I wasn’t actually aware that they have made a new version that does offer some support and comfort. I am DEFINITELY going to be checking those out.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Steph,

      I am sure you look really cool in all of your Converse, we all do right? I felt like I had to create a post to make parents more aware of the damage that these shoes can dot their children if they are worn for long periods of time. As long as they are worn for a couple of hours each day, there will be no problem. The issue comes when children wear them as everyday shoes, since they will be stressing their feet and leg in a shoe that does not has the support or structure that they require. Converse must be worn for what they are, fashion shoes.

  2. Fantastic news! I love the look of Chuck Taylors and have spent waaaay too much money on them over the years, only to have them sitting at the bottom of my closet. My feet are so unhappy in them!! I can’t even stand wearing them for an hour, let alone all day! Now, being a new grandma, I’m excited to know that a new and improved model of the shoe I’ve always loved is available! I can’t wait to see my little grandson wearing his first pair of Chuck’s! Thanks, you made my day.

    • Barb,

      It seems like you appreciate the importance of wearing good supportive shoes. A lot of people have complained about Chuck Taylor not providing enough support. People love the design of the shoe, but wish they could wear them for several hours per day. The new version won’t make your feet and legs feel so tired since it has much more support.

  3. I have never owned a pair of Converse… After reading this article I am glad I never did wear those shoes! The bad part is that they are such a fashion trend and nobody knows the negative impact these shoes will do to their feet and legs.

    How long does it take for someone to start experiencing back leg and neck problems do you think?

    Thank you for this article!

    • Jesse,

      It depends on each kid or adult whether they will start experiencing leg or feet pain. Some people will not even experience leg pain when wearing Converse. I can tell you I couldn’t go a whole day wearing those type of shoes. My feet and legs will start hurting. I think they look great, and there is nothing wrong with wearing them to a mall or somewhere fun, but I will certainly think they should NOT be worn as an everyday day sneaker. I hope this clarifies.

  4. Yes i agree it’s important to have quality supportive footwear I usually take them to a shoe shop to get there feet measured and shoes that properly fit. I find online shopping for shoes really difficult and their feet are growing in size and can never understand the sizes!
    But i love the style of converse shoes, i think they look great.

    • Jenny,

      Online shopping is hard! I am glad you have a shoe store that you trust in you area. It s hard to find shoe store where they take the time to fit. I try to help those people who do not have a store they trust by reviewing good quality shoes for their kids.

  5. Hi there Juan,

    Your article is an eye-opener and although my high school years have passed me by, I clearly remembered my days with my only pair of Converse shoes. I wore it because it fitted the trend at that time, but I was never really comfortable in it.

    Once, I even wore it for a hiking trip and my feet were so sore after that. Now I understand why. Will definitely keep this in mind when I have my own kids later on.

    • Cathy,

      People love Converse shoes! They just wish they could wear them for longer periods of time. They are awesome, great looking shoes, but they lack the support and structure to wear them for longer periods of time. Your kids will probably ask you for a pair! Just remember that they are not everyday shoes!

  6. I own almost 5 pairs of converse which they look great on me but they do make my feet tired. Is there a type of insole I can put in these shoes? I want to order more shoes for myself again and for my young boy and plan to do it with amazon but I am afraid they will hurt his feet/

    Thanks for the info!

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