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How to Prevent Your Child from Destroying the Front Part of the Shoes – Reinforced Toe Cap

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Is your child always wearing out the front part of the shoes? Are you frustrated about having to replace your child’s shoes faster than you expected it?

I have been contacted by several parents who are tired of having to replace their kids’ shoes from getting worn out at the toes first.

As a rule of thumb, children should always outgrow their shoes before they destroyed them, considering how fast children grow. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have seen several cases of children who wore out the front part of their shoes and this was mostly due to 3 reasons:

✅ Cheap shoes made from low quality materials: Parents are actually surprised when I tell them that shoes manufactured by Nike and Under Armour are the ones that tend to fall apart faster. I have noticed throughout the years that most Nike and Under Armour shoe styles are too flimsy and unsupportive, and always wore down faster than expected. I have seen several cases in which the front part of the shoes started peeling simply because the shoes were made of low quality materials.

✅ Shoes that are too narrow or too short: Shoes that are too short or too narrow increase the likelihood of your child poking a hole in the front part of the shoes.

✅ Children with foot conditions: Children who suffer from a particular foot condition and have leg weaknesses are more likely to hyperextend the knees. Alternatively, they may drag their feet along the ground as they shuffle forward.

The good news is that I am going to walk you through and show you the most effective way on how to prevent your child from destroying the front part of the shoes.

Please note that more expensive shoes don’t necessarily translate into better shoes. I have fitted several reasonably priced shoes that were more durable than the most expensive ones.

I don’t recommend buying your kids’ shoes at places such as Walmart or Target, as they do tend to fall apart faster. I have seen cases of parents who bought their kids’ shoes in these two places and found pieces of cardboard inside their kids’ shoes. The sole and the front part of the shoes were worn down after a couple of weeks of wear.

These are the 3 most common reasons of why children destroy the front part of their shoes.

Reason #1: Cheap/Poorly Made Shoes

If you believe that your child keeps destroying the front part of the shoes from wearing poorly made shoes, I am going to provide you with a selection of some of the most durable kids’ shoes. These shoes are reasonably priced and your child can wear them as their everyday sneakers.

Please note that you must provide your child with the correct shoe size in order to prevent the shoes from being too short or too narrow, as that is one of the main causes of why children destroy their shoes. It doesn’t matter how durable and supportive your kids’ shoes are, if the shoes are not the correct size your child is going to end up destroying them.

The Most Durable Kids Sneakers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In order to help parents order the correct shoe size online, I always describe how each particular shoe style fits (true to size, short, long). The shoes below can fit children with medium or wide feet.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

These shoe styles are made from high quality materials and they come with a reinforced toe-cap to prevent your child from destroying the front part of the shoes.

In addition to being durable, all of these shoe styles provide a good amount of support that will attenuate the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take when they come in contact with the ground.

Reason #2: Shoes that are too Short or too Narrow

If you believe that your child keeps destroying the shoes from wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow, I am going to show you how to make sure that there is still enough space in the front of your child’s shoes.

Just so you know, this is the second most common cause of why children destroy the front part of the shoes. The constant friction and rubbing between your child’s toes and the end of the shoes usually leads to the shoes getting destroyed at the front.

How can you check if your child still has growing room in the front part of the shoes? Let’s find out!

Let’s Remove Your Child’s Original Shoe Insoles

In order to make sure that there is enough space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes, remove the original insoles of the shoes and have your child stand on them so you can visualize if there is any space left.

Please take a look at the images below for better visualization purposes. In the first image we can see how the child still has a good amount of growing room between the longest toe and the end of the insoles.

In the second image we can clearly see how the child’s doesn’t have any space between the longest toe and the end of the insoles.

Make sure that your child stands in both insoles and that you check your child’s longest foot, since we all have one foot that is larger than the other.  Always check the longest toe, which doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe, it can be the second or even the third toe.

Reason #3:  Foot Conditions

Children who experience foot conditions or have leg weaknesses are more likely to hyperextend the knees, which leads them to drag their feet along the ground as they shuffle forward. This usually leads to the shoes getting destroyed at the front.

I have seen several cases of children who suffer from a particular foot condition that affects their walking gait such as flat feet, overpronation, toe-walking, or low muscle tone.

Wearing supportive shoes that are lightweight and flexible at the same time is going to improve your child’s walking gait and prevent your child from dragging his/her toes.  The correct type of shoes is also going to help treat your child’s particular foot condition.

The shoes described below are all effective in treating the following foot conditions:

  • Flat Feet
  • Overpronation
  • Low Muscle Toe
  • Toe-Walking

The Most Durable Sneakers for Kids with Foot Conditions ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The shoes below can fit children with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

Remember that shoes that are too short or too narrow are also a contributing cause of why the shoes get destroyed at the front.

In addition to providing a substantial outsole with good arch and ankle support, these shoes also come with a reinforced toe-cap at the front that is going to help prevent your child from destroying the shoes.

2 Other Common Reasons Kids Destroy the Front part of Their Shoes

✅ Wearing their everyday sneakers for multiple activities:

If your child wears his/her everyday sneakers to other activities or sports such as soccer or basketball that will definitely shorten the lifespan of the shoes. I recommend that you provide your child with a specific shoe for that particular sport that he/she is playing in order to extend the life of the shoes.

✅ Using the front part of their shoes as a kind of brake when riding their bicycles.

I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local specialized children’s shoe store. The issue is that most shoe stores have been closing down. I created map that showcases the best remaining 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 map you still can’t seem to find a store in your area and you are not 100% sure of your child’s foot size, please take a look at another article I wrote that showcases 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

I know how frustrating it is for parents having to replace their kids’ shoes faster than expected. Have you found a particular shoe brand or shoe style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your experiences below so other families can benefit from them.

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