Certain schools require your child to leave a pair of indoor shoes at school that have never been worn outside. While this may sound unnecessary and a waste of money to some parents, I will explain why I see this as a safety issue, rather than a waste of money!
I think the main problem is that schools use the term “indoor shoes” instead of “gym shoes”. For example, dirt dragged by other students’ shoes onto the gym floor where your child performs his or her physical education activity might put the students at risk of slipping and falling. The same applies when your child is running around and playing indoors. The “indoor shoes” dilemma is about making the school a safer place for your kids.
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 7 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. I always recommend that parents take their children to their local shoe store to be properly fitted for shoes, since it doesn’t matter how well made or supportive the shoes are, if they’re not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits the shoe has to offer!
Many schools require children to bring indoor shoes meant to be kept at school during the spring and fall. I have spoken with many parents who find this ridiculous and problematic. From a financial perspective, I understand how difficult it may be to some families, but I have spoken to several teachers who told me how indoor shoes make a BIG difference to the cleanliness and usability of our schools.
There are several reasons why schools require indoor shoes, and I believe they are all important.
If your kids school requires indoor shoes for your child,
What Are The Best Indoor Shoes For Kids? – Learn The Secret!
Basically, we want to find a well-fitting quality pair of shoes for your child at a reasonable price. Some parents get confused because when they hear the term “indoor shoes” they immediately think of a pair of house slippers. Please be aware that most schools will not allow your child to use slippers as their indoor shoes!
That’s why I created a list with what most schools mean when they require indoor shoes for your child. Remember that this might not apply to your school, but when it comes to indoor shoes most schools require the shoes to fulfill the following requirements:
- The shoes must be lightweight.
- The shoes must be flexible.
- The shoes must have a supportive rubber-sole.
- No crocs
- No slippers
- No light-up shoes
- No heavy sneakers
Remember that your child will be wearing these shoes the majority of the time they are at school. That’s why the shoes must be supportive and well-made.
If we find shoes with all of those features, your child will be ready to go! However, if you have read any of my previous articles, you probably know how important it is that parents are shown shoes that come in different widths for their kids feet.
Since children’s feet come in all different shapes and sizes, it’s important to know the difference between narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide width shoes. For example, some parents don’t buy their kids sport specific shoes because they can’t find them in the correct shoe width, or even worse, they end up buying shoes that are too long in an attempt to compensate for the lack of width.
This is why I always show parents shoes that come in different widths for their children, that way they never have to compromise the FIT of the shoes.
Below you can find a list of the best indoor shoes for kids who need them for school (these shoes are available in different widths including medium, wide, and extra wide!)
The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).
This first selection of shoes 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.
The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Breathable And Seamless Socks for Your Child!
Wearing the correct type of socks is just as important as wearing the correct type of shoes. It is important that we provide our kids with breathable socks (especially for those kids who have sweaty feet) to keep their feet dry. If your child walks around with wet socks all day, they may develop several foot issues.
Most children will run around in wet socks all day without complaining, so we need check our kids’ socks throughout the day to make sure they are not damp. Breathable shoes will help decrease sweat accumulation, but a combination of breathable shoes and breathable socks will considerably reduce the sweat and in some cases fully eliminate it.
I actually wrote a post where I describe the best socks for children with sweaty feet here:
I hope I made you aware of the importance of providing your child with a pair of indoor shoes for school, and changed your mind to see that it’s not a waste of money; it addresses a safety issue and is a way of keeping the schools clean.
I advise that if you want to make sure your kids shoes make it home safely, you should label them either by hand on the shoes or with personalized labels, which you can order.
Has your child’s school required a pair of indoor shoes for your child? Are you having trouble finding them? Have you found a particular pair that has worked well? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!