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Kids Shoes Without Socks – The Best Shoes for Children Who Hate Wearing Socks!

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Are your kids refusing to wear socks with their shoes? It is a fact that most children don’t like to wear socks with their shoes, but this can lead to your child developing foot issues and the shoes starting to smell bad.

I always explain to parents that it’s important for their children to wear socks with their shoes. Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for 10 years at a children’s shoe store that specializes in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes that kids can wear without socks.

There are certain shoes that your child can wear without socks, as they are breathable, machine washable, and come with antibacterial insoles.

It’s also really important for the shoes to be made of soft materials, otherwise your child’s feet might start rubbing against the shoes and the constant friction between your child’s feet and the shoes might lead to blisters, calluses, and corns. We need to look for shoes that are made of light leathers and breathable meshes to help your kids’ feet breathe and remain dry.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Appropriate to Wear Without Socks?

✅ Machine Washable: The shoes are built to withstand repeated washing, This will kill any bacteria inside the shoes.

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✅ Deodorizing Insoles: The insoles of the shoes help prevent foot odors.

✅ Extra Cushion and Padding: The shoes are well padded around the heels to increase comfort and prevent friction between the feet and the shoes.

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 foot 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 out the materials of the shoes and you might end up having to replace the shoes faster than you expected it.

Before I show you a selection of the best shoes that children can wear without socks, let’s make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know what your child’s foot size is to begin with.

I wrote another article where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

The shoe I recommend below are everyday shoes that your child can wear to run around and play at school or the playground. Without further due, let’s take a look at the best kids’ shoes without socks.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before as that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

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Everyday Sneakers

The shoes below are capable of fitting children with medium or wide feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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All of these shoes fit “long”, which means that you need to order the same exact size that your child measured in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

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 ideal 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 are made of soft materials inside in order to not rub and hurt your kids’ feet.

✅ The shoes are also extremely lightweight, flexible, and they provide good arch and ankle support at the same time.

In addition, I wanted to let you know that there is a shoe brand called Native shoes which makes shoes that kids can wear without socks. The shoes are very easy to put on, just keep in mind that these are not shoes that your child can wear them for their every day activities.

Easy Shoes that Kids can Put on by Themselves – Native Shoes!

Native shoes can be worn for a maximum of 4 hours a days, but they are great if you are looking for a shoe that your kids can easily put on and take off by themselves and that they can also wear during the summer days or inside the house.

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.

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Casual/Summer Shoes

The shoes below are capable of fitting children with narrow, medium, or wide feet. Below you can find a selection of the best Native shoes styles for children that I have fitted before.

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The Jefferson style fits children who have narrow feet.

The Miles style fits children with wide feet.

In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

Because of all of these shoe are slip-ons, you can only allow a small amount of growing room for your child, otherwise the shoes will move up and down your child’s feet and create blisters.

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 the sock battle, we must find a pair of shoes that will keep your kids’ feet healthy.

Is your Child Wearing the Correct Type of Socks?

Let’s make sure that you have tried all the different type of socks available for children with sensitive feet. For example, did you know that there are certain types of socks that are seamless and specially made for kids with sensory issues or for kids who feel every bump and lump?

If your child keeps refusing to wear socks with the shoes, I recommend that you try a pair of seamless socks. In the link below you will be able to see a selection of the best seamless socks for children:

Seamless Socks For Kids – Stop The Struggle Of Putting Socks On!

I also explain in that article how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct sock size, as socks that are too short or too long can create discomfort to your child’s feet. Socks that are too short can make your kids overlap and rub against one another, while socks that are too long can bunch up below your kids’ feet and create discomfort. You must fit your kids’ socks just right!

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Finding a pair of shoes that children can wear without socks can be a time consuming and frustrating experience. If you allow your child to wear shoes without socks in shoes that are too stiff your child might end up developing several foot issues.

Now that you know which are the best shoes for children who refuse to wear socks, you can stop all the hassle every time is time to put your child’s socks on as they simply won’t have to!

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:

The Best Kids Shoe Stores in the United States – Where to go for Proper Fittings!

Do you have a child that refuses to wear socks with his/her shoes? Have you found a particular style that has worked well without socks? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from your experience.

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6 Comments on Kids Shoes Without Socks – The Best Shoes for Children Who Hate Wearing Socks!

  1. My granddaughter whom is 4 hates socks, she has fits if we make her wear socks this is why I’m looking for shoes without socks for her but she lives in a snow climate and not wearing socks in the winter is not good so I’ve come to you for help….. HELP!

    • Hello Kathleen,

      Your granddaughter is one of the many kids that can’t stand how socks feel. Before you decide to provide her with a pair of shoes that she can wear without socks, I recommend that you try a pair of seamless socks. I recommend the your granddaughter wears a pair of socks with her shoes not just because of the cold weather, but also because socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy since they act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoe.

      Take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best seamless socks for girls:

      The Best Seamless Socks for Girls – End your Morning Battles with Seamless Socks

      I hope this helps!

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