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Easy Shoes for Kids – The Best Kids’ Shoes for Busy Parents!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on April 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of easy shoes for kids.

Have you been looking for a pair of shoes that your child can easily put on and take off? I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that specializes in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with the best kids’ shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.

Parents are always asking me about what are the best type of “easy or more convenient shoes” for their children. What they mean by “easy shoes” is shoes with wider openings that come with an alternative closure such as velcro, so children can put them on and take them off themselves.


Some parents also prefer shoes that come with zippers on the sides to be able to easily slide their children’s feet inside the shoes.

Shoes that provide extra depth allow children can easily slide their feet in. In addition, the shoes must also open up widely for your child to be able to easily slide his/her foot in.

Finding a pair of shoes with velcro closure for your child is easy, but finding a pair of shoes that provide extra depth for your child is actually really hard. Shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep”, so the only way to tell if a shoe is deep is by actually having fitted that particular shoe style before.

If you want your children to be independent and be able to put the shoes on and take them off by themselves, you must help them by providing them with a pair of shoes that are easy for them to manage.

Eliminate the headache and hassle of struggling to put your kids’ shoes on every time you are rushing out. I will show you a selection of the best easy shoes for kids shortly, but first, let’s make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size.


Before I show you a selection of the best easy shoes for kids, I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size if you don’t know what your child’s foot size is to begin with.

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 end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size to know what size to order.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

I created a resource that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

Now that you know how to figure out your child’s foot size from home you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best easy shoes for kids.

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. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Easy Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the best easy shoes for kids. These shoes can fit children with medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) feet.

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Keep in mind that I have fitted all of these shoes before and I know how they fit. If you ever have any doubts about how a particular shoe style fits —long, short, narrow, or wide— please don’t hesitate to contact me:


In addition to the shoes being easy to put on and take off, the shoes must also be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable. The children’s shoe store that I work for specializes in children with foot issues, so we only carry good quality, supportive shoes that are also available in different widths, in case we need to fit an orthotic inside the shoes.

Providing your children with a pair of “easy shoes” will allow them to be more independent and you will end up saving a lot of time in the morning when you are rushing to get them to school.


Velcro Closure or Shoelaces? – Let’s Find Out!

Shoelaces aren’t easy for children to master. Trying to make “good bunny ears” can take years for kids to get right (especially boys). Trust me when I tell you that your life will be so much easier when your children can put their shoes on and take them off by themselves.

There are only 2 times that I recommend parents to provide their children with a pair of shoelaces instead of velcro closure:

✅ Stability issues: A pair of shoes that come with shoelaces is going to provide your child with better stability as the shoelaces will hug your kids’ feet better.

✅ Orthotics: When children wear orthotics their feet get raised and they get the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes, but a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces help secure and prevent their heels from coming up and down the shoes.

Finding a pair of “easy shoes” is not an easy thing to do, as in addition to finding a shoe with velcro closure the shoes must provide extra depth and come with rounder toe-boxes. Remember that the deeper the shoe, the easier it is going to be for your kids to slide their feet inside the shoe. The tongue of the shoe must also open nice and wide, because certain children will have a very hard time sliding their feet inside the shoes.

Once I am done fitting children for their shoes, parents immediately ask me if they can check whether their children can put the shoes on by themselves. Sometimes the child can easily put them on, but certain children do have a harder time putting their shoes on. Having a shoe with a tongue that opens nice and wide will guarantee you that your child will be easily able to slide his or her feet inside the shoes.

Now you can stop the struggle of having to deal with putting your kids’ shoes on every time you are rushing out of the house. Your child will love being able to easily put his or her shoes on by themselves.

Have you found a particular shoe style that has been easy for your children to put on and take off by themselves? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.


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