Have you been looking for a pair of sturdy, comfortable, and durable shoes for your child? Do you feel like your children are always destroying their shoes before they outgrow them?
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!
When you take your child to the playground it’s important to provide him or her with a pair of sturdy, supportive, and comfortable shoes. Children are always playing rough, they like to jump and skid, and you will soon start noticing their shoes wearing down.
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 8 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. The shoe store that I work for specializes with children that have foot and leg issues, that is the main reason why we only carry good quality, supportive shoes.
Several parents have contacted me asking about how they can prevent their kids from destroying their shoes every time, specially when they take them to the playground. There are certain type of shoes that will definitely hold up better than others.
If you want to keep your kids’ feet healthy, you must provide them with a pair of supportive shoes and they MUST be the correct shoe size. It all start with wearing the correct shoe size, since it doesn’t matter how supportive and well-made the shoes are, if they are not the correct shoe size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
If your children keep destroying their shoes every time you take them to the playground, you should start thinking of getting them a pair of more substantial, better-made shoes. Investing in a pair of substantial shoes will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future.
If your children keep destroying their shoes every time you take them to the playground, I will describe in this post which are the most durable kids’shoes.
Why Does My Child Keep Destroying His/Her Shoes?
I want to clarify that your child should always outgrow his or her shoes before they are ready to be replaced. If fitted properly, the shoes that you provide to your children should last them between 3 ½ to 6 months (depending on the age and how fast they grow).
Certain children are more active than others, so their shoes might start wearing down faster, but not to the level that they need to be replaced.
There are several reasons why your children might keep destroying their shoes:
- You are purchasing shoes made of low quality materials (shoes that are made of low quality materials tend to wear down much faster).
- The shoes that your child is wearing are not fitted properly (shoes that are too long or too short will wear down much faster).
- Your child is taking off his or her shoes without undoing the velcro strap or undoing the shoe laces (when children yank their shoes off they make the shoes wear down faster).
- Your child might play in harder surfaces such as a playground and the shoes take a beating which makes them wear down much faster.
All of those reasons will contribute to your child wearing down his or her 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 child is taking off his or her shoes without undoing the velcro or the shoelaces, and most stores won’t take the shoes back.
When our 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 explain to your child the importance of undoing the velcro straps or shoelaces of the shoes before they take them off or put or put them on, it’s a matter of making it a good habit.
What Type Of Features Must Our Kids Shoes Provide?
The shoes that we want to provide for our kids must have the following features:
- Good arch and ankle support in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy, the shoes must provide good support to minimize the impact that our kids’ feet and legs take every time they get in contact with the ground.
- A substantial sole that will resist the contact friction between the shoes and the floor.
- The shoes must be lightweight and flexible in order for your kids’ feet and legs to not get tired.
- The shoes must be breathable in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy by preventing bacteria to build up inside the shoe.
If we find a shoe that provides all of those features, you will be keeping your kids feet healthy and at the same time rest assured that your child will outgrow his or her shoes before destroying them.
However, please remember that it all starts by providing your child with the correct shoe size. If you are not sure how to provide your child with the correct shoe size, please take a look at a post I wrote where I describe this in more detail:
The Best Shoes For The Playground – The Secret Revealed!
Now that you know which type of features a good shoe must provide and the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size, you are ready to see which are the best kids’ shoes for the playground.
Please keep in mind that I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kid’s shoe store to be properly fitted for shoes. The articles I write are mostly for those parents who don’t have a local kids’ shoe store that they trust, and they must buy their shoes online.
Getting the correct shoe size for your child is not an easy thing to do, that’s why I always recommend parents to take their kids’to their local shoe store, but by this I don’t mean big chain stores such as Payless or Nordstroms, I mean a shoe store where they actually know how to measure kids’feet and find shoes accordingly.
Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ shoes for the playground!
The shoes in the first-row 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 in the second-row 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 shoes before and I know the type of support that they provide and how well they will hold up. The first row of shoes is available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. So if your child has wide or extra wide feet, you should choose any of the shoes described in the first row.
If you are tired of your child destroying his or her shoes at the playground, START by checking the shoes they are wearing. All they might need is a pair of more substantial, supportive, well-made everyday shoes.
Never underestimate the importance of well fitted, well-made quality shoes. They will not only keep your kids’ feet healthy but will end up SAVING you a lot of TIME and MONEY in the long run.
Have your children been destroying their shoes after taking them a few times to the playground? Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!