Have you been looking for a pair of quality, well-made shoes for your children? Do you want to provide your child with an all leather shoe that is supportive, flexible and breathable?
Finding a pair of good quality shoes for children is not easy, but it’s important to provide them with good shoes in order to keep their feet and legs healthy.
Did you know that it has been medically proven that good quality shoes will shape and mold your kids’ feet guaranteeing proper growth and healthy foot development?
The issue is that there is only a small selection of children’s shoes that are made 100% out of leather and provide the correct amount of support. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles these are from having fitted them before.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide 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 are better than others.
What I have noticed throughout the years is how parents tend to like how European shoes fit and look better than other shoe styles.
For example, here in the United States most parents are familiar with shoe brands such as Robeez, Stride Rite, Saucony, New Balance, just to name a few… and those are great shoe brands that are also available in different widths. However, certain parents want to make sure their kids’ shoes are made of healthy, innovative shoe construction and at the same time look stylish.
It’s important for your kids’ shoes to be made of durable materials (most kids European shoes are made of eco-friendly materials), in order to guarantee that your children will outgrow their shoes before they wear them out.
Please keep in mind that if your children have extra wide feet and a high instep, the majority of the European shoe styles won’t be wide enough for their feet. European shoes tend to fit narrow around the heel area (this is great to provide ankle support) and wider in the front of the shoe, which means that they might fit children with wide feet, but they won’t fit children with extra wide feet.
If your child has extra wide feet, I recommend that you stay away from European shoe brands and take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the best extra wide shoes for children. Go to the link below:
I have had several parents asked me where they can get European shoes for their children, since they believe that they are better for their kids’ feet. I do agree that European shoes tend to be better made than most children’s shoes out there, but not all European brands will provide the same quality and support for your child’s feet.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for, we carry the best European shoe brands for children, and some of them are:
- Star Child
Among these shoe brands, there are three that have proven to manufacture the best shoes for children and they are:
European shoe manufacturers not only put your kids’ feet health always first and design shoes for active kids, but they also put a great deal of emphasis on the fashion and the design of the shoes.
Among these 3 shoe brands, there are certain shoe styles that are better-made and provide more support than others. These are the styles I will describe in this article.
I will provide you with a selection of the best European shoes for kids shorty, but first I want to show you what features these shoe styles will provide in order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy. I will also show you how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, in case you don’t have a local shoe fitting kids’ shoe store in your area.
What Makes European Shoes Better? – Let’s Find Out!
Most European children’s shoes tend to be supportive, breathable, flexible and lightweight. One of the main advantages of these shoes is how they protect and support children’s feet, without restricting toe movement or growth. Because the shoes are made out of leather they tend to adapt to your kids’ feet better, allowing them to grow naturally.
The quality that most European shoes styles are made is excellent. Parents love how well-made the shoes are (they will hold up for a whole season) and will continue living out their lives as hand-me-down shoes. However, I always encourage parents to not provide their children with hand-me-down shoes since they can create several foot issues to their feet.
I actually wrote a post where I describe why you should never provide your child with hand-me-down shoes, and how the cheapest new shoe is always better than a used one. Go to the link below:
The features that most European shoes have to offer are:
❤️ They are made out of 100% leather.
❤️ They offer orthopedic arch support.
❤️ They come with breathable leather inner soles.
❤️ They are flexible and lightweight.
❤️ They are stylish.
Another awesome feature that certain European shoe styles have to offer is the GORE-TEX material they come with. This material is not only waterproof but also windproof. However, it’s extremely breathable since it allows your kids body moisture to escape. This will allow your child’s feet to stay warm and dry even when jumping into puddles or walking on the snow or the rain.
Why Do Parents Prefer European Shoes? ❤️
If you are one of those parents who understands the true value of well-made, supportive shoes for children you must know by now how the correct type of shoes will help prevent and treat foot conditions and assist children in proper posture development.
Did you know that in Europe kids’ shoes are regarded as “health products” rather than fashion items? This is the main reason why European shoes are made to the highest quality standards imposed by European manufacturing.
Unfortunately, I have seen an increased number of shoes in the United States that are made in China or Vietnam. These shoes are made of low quality materials, and they will provide little to non-existent support to your kids feet.
Keep your kids’ feet healthy by providing them with good, quality shoes that they can wear everyday and you will end up saving a lot of money since your child’s shoes will not be worn out before your kids grow out of them.
Now that you know what features these shoe styles will provide I will show you a selection of the best European shoes for kids that I have fitted before.
The Best European 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.
Here you can find a selection of the best European sneakers for children. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
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Here you can find a selection of the best European casual shoes for children. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
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 shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
I always explain to parents how it doesn’t matter how well-made and supportive their kids’ shoes are, if they are not fitted properly, their child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Toddler’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their toddler to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting 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:
I have helped several children that came into the shoe store complaining about pain in the bottom or top of their feet, and while this might be related to arch or ankle pain, in certain cases it was due to the shoe not being deep enough (hence putting pressure in the top part of the foot), or the shoe being too loose around the ankle area (hence not providing enough ankle support).
While your kids feet and leg pain might be related to wearing the wrong shoe size, you must make sure the issue is not related to the shoes being non-supportive. I wrote two articles that might help you identify exactly where your kids’ feet and leg pain is coming from. Go to the links below:
Do you have a particular European shoe brand or shoe style that you prefer? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from them.