Do you have a child that refuses to wear socks with his/her shoes? Do your kids’ shoes start smelling really badly as soon as they start wearing them without socks?
I always explain to parents that it’s important for their children to wear socks with their shoes, since socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation of bacteria inside the shoes. However, I have helped several families that were dealing with their children refusing to wear socks with their shoes, and I have helped them find a pair of shoes that their child could wear without socks.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last ten years at a specialty children’s shoe store that specializes in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fittings for all children, whatever their needs are.
My goal is to help those parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store that they TRUST find the correct pair of shoes for their children online.
I decided to create an article describing which are the best shoes that children can wear without socks, since I have been contacted by several parents who were dealing with their kids’ shoes getting too smelly and were also afraid that their children might develop an infection.
Choosing the correct type of shoes for your child to wear without socks will prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes, as well as prevent infections and other foot issues. If you don’t choose the correct type of shoes for your child to wear without socks, the constant sweat will wear down the materials of the shoes and you might end up having to replace the shoes before your child is ready to outgrown them. This is why it’s so important for the shoes to be breathable!
There are certain shoe styles that come with an antibacterial insole and that are also machine washable. The shoes must also be extremely breathable in order to allow your kids’ feet to breathe and prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.
It’s also really important for the shoes to be made of soft materials, otherwise your child will feel uncomfortable, and the constant friction between your child’s feet and the shoes can lead to blisters, calluses, and corns. We need to look for shoes made out of light leathers and breathable meshes that will help your kids’ feet breathe and remain dry.
I always recommend parents to make their children wear socks with their shoes, but if you are at that point where you are wasting a lot of time and had already given up, we must find a pair of shoes that will keep their feet healthy if they wear them without socks.
So, if you have a child that refuses to wear socks with his or her shoes, I will describe in this article the best shoes that your child can wear without socks.
Are you Providing your Child with the Correct Type of Socks?
Before I provide you with a selection of the best shoes that children can wear without socks, I want to make sure that you have try all the different type of socks available for children with sensitive feet.
For example, did you know that there are certain types of seamless socks specially made for kids with sensory issues? Seamless socks are great for children who always feel bumps and lumps when wearing socks. We carry these type of socks at the children’s shoe store that I work for, and parents were amazed at their kids’reaction.
So, before you try a pair of shoes for your child to wear without his or her socks, I want to make sure we rule out all possible sock styles.
If you want to see a selection of the best seamless socks for children, you can find them in an article I wrote called:
Let’s say you have tried a pair of seamless socks for your child but they still complain about how they fee and refuse to wear them with their shoes…
Now it’s time to find some shoes that they can wear without socks!
The Best Kids Shoes Without Socks – Keep Their Feet Healthy!
The first selection of shoes are supportive shoes that your child can wear them to run around and play at school or at the playground.
These shoes might look like any other type of regular sneakers, but the features that they provide (antibacterial insoles, machine washable, and soft materials) make them the best shoes to wear without socks.
Let me explain you why these shoes are so special for children who don’t want to wear socks with their shoes!
- They come with an antibacterial insole and they are machine washable. Those two features are extremely important to prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes and prevent the shoes from developing strong odors.
- The shoes must also be made of soft materials inside in order to not rub and hurt your kids’ feet. The shoe styles I recommend below are all well padded inside.
- The shoes are also extremely lightweight, flexible, and they provide good arch and ankle support at the same time.
Now that you know what features these shoes styles will provide, let’s start by describing the best everyday shoes for toddlers who refuse to wear socks with their shoes:
All of these shoe styles run “long”, which means that you need to get the same exact size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room. Since the shoes already fit “long”, you don’t need to go a half a size or a whole size longer in order to leave growing room in your kids’ shoes.
Now let’s take a look at a selection of the best everyday shoes for older children who refuse to wear socks with their shoes:
All of these shoe styles also run “long”, which means that you need to get the same exact size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room. Remember that since the shoes already fit “long”, you don’t need to go a half a size or a whole size longer in order to leave growing room.
Now that you know which are the best shoes for children who refuse to wear socks with their shoes, you can stop all the fussing everytime is time to put your child’s socks on since they won’t need them with these shoes!
Before you leave, I wanted to let you know that there is a shoe brand called Native shoes (you might have tried these shoe styles before for your child) that they work great for children who don’t like to wear socks with their shoes and they are very easy to put on, just keep in mind that these are not shoes that your child can wear them for their everyday activities.
Easy Shoes that Kids can Put on by Themselves – Native Shoes
These types of shoes are meant to be worn for a maximum of 5 hours a days, but they are great if you are looking for a shoe that your child can easily put on by himself/herself and that they can wear during the summer days or insinde the house or school.
I always recommend parents to make their children wear socks when they are trying shoes on, since there have been several cases of children developing infections due to trying on shoes at the shoe store with socks (these are shoes that many children might have tried before).
Some of the features parents love from Native shoes is that they are shock absorbent, odor resistant, hand-washable, and are available in different colors and styles.
Here you can find a selection of the best Native shoes styles for children that I have fitted before:
The Jefferson style fits children who have narrow feet.
The Miles style fits children with wide feet.
Because of all of these shoe styles are slip-ons, you can only allow a small amount of growing room for your child, othwerwise the shoes will move up and down ypour child’s feet.
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you can take your children to be properly fitted for shoes? Parents are always asking me if I know about a good children’s shoe store in their area where they can take their children to be properly fitted for shoes, so if you have a shoe store that you trust, please let us know where you are located since other parents will find that information very helpful.
If you are unsure if you have a good children’s shoe store in your area, take a look at a map I created where I describe the best children’s shoe stores by state: