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 and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. We specialize 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 that come with Velcro closure (so children can put them on and take them off themselves), and also shoes that are deep enough (so children can easily slide their feet in). In addition, the shoes must also open up widely for your child to be able to easy slide his/her foot in and out.
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.
Besides being easy to put on and take off, the shoes must also be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable. Because the children’s shoe store that I work for specializes in children with foot issues, 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” with allow them to be more independent and you will be saving a lot of time in the morning when you are crushing to get them to school.
Finding a pair of shoes with Velcro closure for your child is easy, but finding a pair of deep shoes for your child is actually really hard. Shoes don’t come labeled as “deep”, so the only way to tell if a shoe is deep is by actually having fitted it before.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for, we fit shoes with orthotics for those children who need extra support for their feet and legs. In order to be able to fit an orthotic inside a shoe, the shoes must be deep and come with a round toe-box. I know which shoe styles fit deeper than others from actually having fitted them before.
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.
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 two times that I will recommend parents providing their children with a pair of shoelaces instead of Velcro closure:
- Stability issues: A pair of shoes that come with shoelaces will provide your child with more stability since the shoelaces will hug your kids’ feet better.
- Orthotics: When children wear orthotics their feet get raised up and they get the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes, but a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces will 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, since in addition to finding a shoe with Velcro closure the shoes must also be deep and come with a round toe-box. Remember that the deeper the shoe, the easier it will be for your children to slide their foot 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 struggle 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.
In addition to showing you a selection of the best Velcro closure shoes for children that are deep and easily to slide in and out, these shoes will also be supportive, lightweight, and flexible.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe storethat 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 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.
The Best Easy Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 best easy shoes for kids:
All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Please keep in mind that I have fitted all of these shoes styles 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.
Now you can stop the struggle of having to deal with putting your kids’ shoes on every time you are rushing out the house. Your child will love being able to easy 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.