Are you looking for a pair of shoes with memory foam for your kids? What is it about memory foam shoes that kids love so much?
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and shoes with memory foam have become extremely popular among children.
Have you ever had the chance to feel the inside of these shoes? Next time you are at your local kids’ shoe store grab a pair feel the inside of the shoes, you will get an idea of how cushioned and comfortable they are.
Every time children try a pair of memory foam sneakers for the first time their response tends to be: “I feel like I’m walking on a cloud!”
With the high rise of the demand of memory foam sneakers for children, we must answer this important question: Can children wear their memory foam sneakers for their every day activities?
There are only certain styles that are supportive enough for your child wear to his/her every day activities. However, if your child has any foot condition or experiences foot and leg pain, you must look for different shoes.
One of the most popular shoe companies that manufactures shoes with memory foam is Sketchers. They have around 20 different styles of memory foam shoes available for children. However, among those 20 different shoe styes there are only 3 or 4 styles that have enough support to be worn as every day shoes.
I will show you a selection of the most supportive, better-made, and most durable memory foam sneakers for kids that I have fitted before. I want you to get familiar first with what features a good pair of kids’ shoes must provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size.
Are Memory Foam Shoes Appropriate for Everyday Wear? – Let’s Find Out!
In order for your children to wear their shoes for their every day activities, the shoes must provide good support. This means that the shoe must have a substantial sole with good arch support, and a very firm heel counter to provide ankle support.
Why do kids’ shoes need to be supportive? The support will reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
Parents also want their kids’ shoes to be durable, that way their kids can outgrow the shoes before they are ready to be replaced.
I wrote a post where I describe when you should be looking to replace your kids’ shoes based on their age. The post is called:
Skechers is not known for making the most durable shoes. However, they do offer a small selection of shoes that are better-made and more durable than others.
There are certain shoes styles with memory foam do provide support and comfort for everyday wear. Many children love how soft these shoes feel and how they mold to the child’s foot shape.
Apparently the temperature sensitivity of the memory foam of the shoe allows your children’s feet to mold to the contours of the material. Another advantage of the memory foam is how it evenly distributes the child’s body’s weight, allowing a more comfortable walking and running experience.
What Are the Benefits of Wearing Memory Foam Shoes?
Here are the advantages of providing your child with memory foam sneakers:
- They promote even distribution of balance.
- They ease the pressure on the ball of your kids’ feet when they are running.
- They feel soft and form to your kids’ feet.
- They provide instant comfort.
I have experienced that girls are more attracted to memory foam shoes than boys. I think that boys are more interested in light up shoes. While girls love sparkly shoes, they also love the comfort that the memory foam provides.
I mentioned the benefits of memory foam shoes for kids, but before you go ahead and choose a pair for your child, you must also know the disadvantages of getting these type of shoes.
Here are the disadvantages of providing your child with memory foam sneakers:
- Unpleasant smell because the shoe retains heat.
- They will make your kids’ feet sweat more.
If you are trying to avoid smelly shoes, you should stay away from shoes that come with memory foam. They will get smelly, and even though they can be machine washed, you will have to constantly wash the shoes to completely get rid of the smell. If you are willing to use products to remove the smell, then you can read the set of guidelines I provide below that will help to considerably reduce the smell of the shoes:
- Baking soda is best to completely get rid of the odor, as this formula absorbs and nullifies anything causing a smell.
- Machine washing with odor-absorbing detergents will also help reduce the smell considerably.
I actually wrote an article where I describe the best shoe deodorizer for smelly feet and shoes. Go to the link below:
Getting a pair of memory foam shoes for your child is okay, as long as the shoe is supportive. Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of memory foam sneakers, the features that the shoes must provide, and how to make sure you figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best memory foam sneakers for children.
The Best Kids Skechers with Memory Foam – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how durable the shoes are, how much support they provide, and how they fit.
These are the better-made and most durable memory foam shoe styles that the company Skechers has to offer:
Please keep in mind that these shoe styles will fit a child with medium and wide feet, but they won’t fit a child with extra wide feet.
All of the shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your children measured in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
We always want to leave around 3/8 of an inch between your children’s longest toe and the end of the shoe. This normally comes up to a half a size of growing room. There will be some cases where the shoes might fit “short” (like with memory foam sneakers), so you will need to provide your child with a whole size longer instead of a half a size.
Now that you know which memory foam shoe styles provide more support than others, you can provide your child with a pair with the peace of mind that they will provide enough support and structure for his/her everyday activities.
Memory Foam Sneakers – Can you Throw Them in the Washing Machine?
You can throw them in the washing machine, as long as they are not light-up memory foam shoes. The majority of non-leather casual shoes can be safely put in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and air-dried. Never put your kids’ shoes in the drier!
Let your kids’ shoes air dry for at least 6 hours to ensure that the insoles of the shoes are fully dry. Take care of the inner shoes in your kids’ shoes with memory foam because you won’t be able to replace them – they are not sold separately.
Can you Fit an Orthotic Inside a Shoe That has Memory Foam?
Yes, you can. However, I don‘t recommend any Skechers shoe stylefor children who wear orthotics. Even though some of their shoes are more supportive than others, I believe there are plenty of other better shoe choices for a child who wears orthotics.
If you have a child that wears orthotics or needs an orthotic to be fitted inside the shoes, there is an article I wrote that describes the best shoes for children who wear orthotics. Go to the link below:
Memory Foam Shoes That Mom Will Love Too!
Did you know that you can end up saving a lot of money and time by purchasing the kids version of the shoes instead of the adult version of the shoes? As long as wear a women’s shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller, you will be able to fit in the kids’ version of the shoes.
For example, a women’s shoe size 7, translates to a kids’ shoe size 5 1/2. I wrote a post where I explain how this shoe size conversion works in more detail. Go to the link below:
Did you know that Skechers make great slip-on shoes for older girls? You might be able to fit in these shoes as well. Doesn’t mom deserve a pair of memory foam shoes?
These are great slip-on sneakers that can be worn to any informal place. Kids’ tend to love these type of shoes because they are easy to put on and take off, and they are extremely comfortable,
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a “half a size” longer of the size that they measured at the Brannock device in order to allow for growing room.
Do your children already own a pair of memory foam sneakers? Have you found a particular style that has worked well for their feet? Do you own a pair of memory foam sneakers yourself? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.