Have you been looking for a pair of sturdy, comfortable, and durable shoes for your child to take to the playground? Do you feel like your children are always wearing down their shoes before they are ready to outgrow them?
There are certain shoe styles that I have fitted before that will hold up better than others. These shoes come with a reinforced toe-box and a durable sole, and I can guarantee you that your children will outgrow these shoes before they destroy them since they are practically indestructible.
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.
When you take your children to the playground it’s important to provide them with a pair of sturdy, supportive, and comfortable shoes. Children are always playing rough, they like to jump and skid, and if the shoes are not made form durable materials, you will soon start noticing the shoes wearing down. It’s important for the shoes to be breathable and machine washable as well, to prevent bacteria from building up inside the shoes.
Investing in a pair of supportive and durable shoes will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future.
If you want to keep your kids’ feet healthy, you must provide them with a pair of supportive and durable shoes that must be the correct size. I am always emphasizing to parents how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not the correct size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I will show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes for the playground, but first let’s take a look at what features these shoe styles will provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Why Are Your Kids Wearing Down the Shoes So Fast? – Let’s Find Out!
I want to clarify that children should always outgrow their shoes before they wear them down. Depending on the age of your child and the amount of growing you leave inside the shoes, your kids’ shoes should last them between 3 ½ to 6 months.
It is true that certain children are more active than others, which means that their shoes might start wearing down faster. Noticing some signs fo wear in your kids’ shoes is normal, but they shouldn’t look so worn off to the point that they need to be replaced.
There are several reasons why your children might keep destroying their shoes:
- You are buying shoes made of low quality materials: Shoes that are made from low quality materials tend to wear down much faster.
- You are not fitting your kids’ shoes correctly: Shoes that are too long or too short will also wear down faster.
- Your children are taking off their shoes without undoing the Velcro strap or the shoelaces: This leads to the shoes getting stretched and wear down faster.
- Your child might like to drag his/her feet.
All of those reasons will contribute to your children wearing down their shoes much faster than you expected.
Now if you see wear signs on the sides of your kids’ shoe (take a look at the picture below for clarification), it means that your children are taking off their shoes without undoing the Velcro strap or the shoelaces.
In this case children are using their opposite foot to remove the shoes.
When children yank their shoes off, they are also making the heel counter of the shoe (the part that provides ankle support) much more softer.
Try to emphasize to your kids the importance of undoing the Velcro straps or the shoelaces before they take their shoes off or put them on, it’s a matter of making it a good habit.
Durable Shoes – The 5 Most Important Features!
The shoes that I will describe below will provide the following features to your child’s feet:
❤️ Substantial Sole: The sole of your kids’ shoes should be made out of rubber in order to resist the constant friction between your kids’ shoes and the floor.
❤️Arch and Ankle Support: In order to keep your kids’ feet healthy, the shoes must provide good support to minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they get in contact with the ground.
❤️ Breathable: Shoes that breathe properly tend to last longer since when bacteria builds up inside the shoes it makes the materials of the shoes wear down faster.
❤️ Reinforced Toe-Box: This feature is great especially for children who drag their feet or like to constantly be kicking stuff.
❤️ Lightweight and Flexible: These feature will prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired.
If we find a shoe that provides all of those features, you will be keeping your kids’ feet healthy and at the same time you will prevent your child from destroying the shoes.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it does’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. Whats even worse you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to their feet.
I always recommend parents to take their children 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:
Now that you know what features a pair of durable shoes will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best kids’ shoes for the playground.
The Best Kids’ Shoes for the Playground ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ shoes for the playground. Please keep in mind that these shoe styles will fit a child with medium or wide feet only.
These first selection is made by the shoe company Keen. Please click on the image to see all the different colors that these styles are available in.
These two styles made by the shoe company Keen have proven to be the most durable shoes for children. In addition to providing good support, these shoe styles are breathable and lightweight and flexible at the same time.
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These shoe styles 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.
I have fitted all of these 4 shoe styles before and I know the amount of support that they provide and how well they hold up.
If you are tired of your children destroying their shoes at the playground, start by providing them with a pair of supportive and durable shoes.
Never underestimate the key role that your kids’ shoes play in keeping their feet and legs healthy. They will also end up saving you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Have you ever met a playground where your kids won’t climb, jump off, or swing from? From the sandbox to the slides, you will need to carefully select a pair of shoes that will survive serious play time!
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for when you take your child to the playground? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.