Are you looking for a pair of indoor shoes for your child to wear at school? 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 you why I see this as a safety issue, rather than a waste of money.
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 the schools.
I will also provide you with a selection of the most affordable, yet well-made and comfortable pair of shoes for your child to leave at school.
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 specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, that specializes on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. I am familiar with the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s 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. Whats even worse, if the shoes are not the correct size you will end up creating several issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
There are several reasons why schools require indoor shoes, and I believe they are all important.
If your school requires your child to wear indoor shoes, I will provide you with a selection of the most affordable and comfortable ones.
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” and 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 ssupportive rubber-sole.
- Crocs are not allowed.
- Slippers are not allowed.
- Light-up shoes are not allowed.
- Heavy sneakers are not allowed.
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, comfortable and well-made.
If we find a pair of shoes that provides 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 to provide your child with the correct shoe size. I actually wrote an article where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
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 shoes. I like to recommend shoe styles that are available in different widths, that way we can guarantee that they will fit the shape of your child’s feet, no matter how narrow or wide they are.
IMPORTANT TIP: Never purchase shoes that are too long in an attempt to compensate for the width, you will end up compromising your child’s stability and making your child more prone to falling down.
The Best Indoor Shoes for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device) 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.
Before you leave…
Did you know that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy? They act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes and they prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.
Breathable and Seamless Socks for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 and healthy. If your child walks around with wet socks all day, they may develop several foot issues that go from getting blisters to developing infections.
Most children will run around in wet socks all day without complaining, so you need to constantly check your kids’ feet 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. Go to the link below:
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 advice 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,.
Has your child’s school required a pair of indoor shoes for your child? Have you tried any of the styles that I recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.