Are you looking for a pair of durable shoes for your child? Do you feel like no matter how much you spend on your kids’ shoes they end up wearing them out before they are ready to outgrow them?
Finding a pair of durable, supportive, and comfortable pair of shoes for your children can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience.
Most children outgrow their shoes before they wear them out, but there are certain children that will destroy their shoes before they are ready to outgrow them. Since you are already replacing your kids’ shoes pretty often due to the fact that they tend to outgrow them pretty quickly, the last thing you want is having to replace your kids’ shoes from being destroyed.
Frustrating, isn’t it? If your children keep destroying their shoes before they are ready to outgrow them, it’s time to provide them with a shoe style that will hold up better.
Numerous parents have contacted me through my website complaining that their kids’ shoes don’t last more than two months.
If you have been experiencing this yourself, you are either buying shoes made from low quality materials, or you are not fitting your kids’ shoes properly, they might be too short, too long, too narrow, or too wide.
There are certain shoe styles that I have fitted before that are durable, supportive, lightweight, flexible, and affordable.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for there are certain parents that come with one goal in mind, which is fitting their children in the most durable pair of shoes that we carry.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, and also providing regular shoe fittings as well.
We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands are better than others.
Keep in mind that most children are highly active throughout the day. They often engage in numerous physical exercises and high impact activities, which leads them to put an enormous amount of stress on their feet and legs.
I have fitted certain shoe brands and shoe styles that have proven to be more reliable than others when it comes to durability. Many parents, who face the issue of their kids wearing out their shoes want to know the answer to this question.
Which are the most reliable/durable children’s shoes?
Before I provide you with a selection of the most durable shoes for kids, I first want to show you which are the best shoe brands that make durable shoes and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Before coming up with actual brand names, you must know that the price of the shoes is not an indicative of the quality of the shoes. More expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes for your child.
My point is that while higher priced shoes tend to be made from higher quality materials, you can probably get a good pair of supportive and durable shoes for a reasonable price.
The 2 Most Durable Kids’ Shoe Brands: GEOX and KEEN
Geox is a footwear brand founded on the revolutionary goal of creating a comfortable environment for your kids’ feet in every season and in all kinds of weather. Established in 1990, the company stands as one of the leading footwear companies today.
They come up with the idea of the “shoe that breathes” to provide shoe ventilation after years of laboratory research, combined with Italian style and refinement.
Moreover, the material from which these shoes are made is leather. Moreover, leather is comfortable, supportive, and soft, so your kids can feel comfortable when running and playing around.
Geox is a shoe brand that doesn’t only make splendid looking shoes, but also engineers them in a way that make them pretty much indestructible.
Needless to say, Geox is the dream of most parents, isn’t it? By engineering, we mean, the intricate details provided by the company applies down to the stitching in the shoes. Every single style comes with well-thought and thoroughly reviewed stitching chemistry behind it, which ensures extended resilience for the shoes.
Geox introduced a ground-breathing product to the footwear industry: a shoe with a breathable sole. In a matter of a few years GEOX footwear gained millions of customers around the globe. And this means stylish and happy feet everywhere.
One of the most important features of this brand is the GeoxTM, which allows the shoes to wick away moisture from your kids’ feet. Take a look at the picture below which shows how the shoe also breathes through the sole:
Do you have a child with stinky feet whose feet tend sweat a lot? Geox assures excellent breathability, the perfect solution to your kids sweaty, stinky feet. These shoes will guarantee that your kids’ feet will remain dry and cool even in the hottest weather conditions.
Geox shoes also comes with an antibacterial removable insole:
I assure you that your children will outgrow their pair of Geox shoes before they wear them down.
I am sure you have heard of the shoe brand Keen before. They are mostly known for making supportive, and durable summer sandals for children, but they have a selection of regular sneakers as well.
Keen shoes can take anything your child can dish out!
In addition to making some of the most durable kids’ shoe styles, Keen shoes are also flexible and lightweight, and the sneakers come with a non-marking rubber outsole and multi-directional traction. The shoes also come with a quick-dry mesh that makes them breathable.
One of the most important features is how the shoes come with a reinforced toe-box at the front that is practically indestructible.
The non-marking rubber outsole will provide great support and traction to your child’s feet.
These are the two kids’ shoe brands that make the most durable shoes for children. I have fitted hundreds of different shoe styles and none of them compare to the styles made by Geox and Keen. However, among these two shoe brands, there are certain styles that are more durable and supportive than others, and those are the styles I will describe below.
In order to be able to order your kids’ shoes online you need to be 100% sure of your child’s exact foot size.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features these shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to see a selection of the most durable shoes for kids.
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Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Here you can find a selection of the most durable shoe styles made by Geox and Keen. These shoe styles will fit a child with medium and wide feet.
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All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”,which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
Always make sure that you have your kids wear socks with their sneakers. Foot sweat can destroy inner soles, regardless of how intricately they are engineered. Socks will also prevent your child from developing foot problems, since they act as a barrier between your kids’ shoes and the feet.
I describe why it’s important for your kids to wear socks with their shoes in another article. I also describe the most breathable, comfortable, seamless, and durable socks. Please go to the link below:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child, it’s highly likely that I fitted it before and I will help you find it.
Have you found a particular shoe brand or a particular shoe style that has worked well for your children who always destroys their shoes? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.