What is it about memory foam shoes that kids love so much? I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 6 years now and we sell a great amount of memory foam sneakers for kids! 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 and see how they feel! You will get an idea of how cushioned and comfortable they are!
Every time I ask a child to walk around in his or her memory foam shoes their response is, “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: Are memory foam sneakers for kids supportive enough to wear for their everyday activities?
Shoes made by Sketchers are not my first pick when it comes to fitting kids’ in good supportive shoes! They do make everyday shoes for kids’, but these are only a few styles compared to the total amount of shoes they make!
Sketchers has around 30 different styles of memory foam shoes available for kids, and from the30 there are only 3 or 4 styles that have enough support to be worn as everyday shoes!
I will describe the most supportive, best-made, and most durable memory foam sneakers for kids’! I have fitted them all before, and I know the styles you must stay away from and the styles that are meant to be worn for everyday activities!
So… Which features should a shoe provide in order to be considered an everyday, multi-purpose shoe for kids’?
What Makes A Shoe Appropriate For Every Day Wear?
In order for your kid to wear a shoe for his everyday activities, the shoe must provide good support and structure! This means that the shoe must have a substantial sole with good arch support, and a very firm heel counter for ankle support!
Parents also want shoes that are going to be durable (just to clarify, kids shoes are not suppose to last a whole year, and if they do, they are wearing them for way too long). Shoes are expected to last until the child is ready for a new pair. Children should always outgrow their shoes before the shoes start becoming defective.
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:
When it comes to durability, Sketchers is not know for making the most durable shoes. However, they do offer a small selection of shoes that are better-made and more durable than the rest of the styles that have to offer!
Are Memory Foam Shoes Suitable For Everyday Wear?
CERTAIN shoes with memory foam do provide support and comfort for everyday wear. Many children love how soft these shoes feel and how they form to their feet.
Why do kids and parents love the feel of memory foam shoes so much? Apparently the temperature sensitivity of the memory foam of the shoe allows your kid’s foot to mold to the contours of the material. Another advantage of the memory foam is that it evenly distributes the body’s weight, allowing a more comfortable walking and running experience.
Has your child been asking for a pair of memory foam sneakers for a while now? I will provide you with a list of the best memory shoes for kids’!
What Are The Benefits Of Wearing Memory Foam Shoes?
Some of the advantages of wearing 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 some of the benefits of memory foam shoes for kids’, but before you go ahead and choose a pair for your kid, you must also knowthe disadvantages of getting these type of shoes.
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 have memory foam! They will get smelly, and even though they can be machine washed, you will have to constantly wash these 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 wrote a post where I describe the best shoe deodorizer for smelly feet and shoes! The post is called:
Getting a pair of memory foam shoes for your child is okay, AS LONG as the shoe is supportive for your child to wear it as his or her everyday shoe. Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of memory foam sneakers, you can find below a selection of the best memory foam sneakers for kids’!
These are the better-made and most durable styles that the company Skechers has to offer!
All of the shoe styles 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.
Memory Foam Sneakers – 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 them in the drier!
Let them to 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 don’t sell these separately!
Can I Fit An Orthotic Inside A Shoe That Has Memory Foam?
Yes, you can. However, I DON’T recommend any Sketchers for 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. I actually created a post that describes the best shoes for children who wear orthotics called:
Many parents have asked me whether I think it is okay for a child to wear memory foam sneakers to play sports. If your children are somewhat serious about the sport they are playing, is always better to get them a sport related shoe, or a more substantial multi-purpose shoe. Otherwise, your child will be fine running around the field in the shoes I describe above!
Take a look at the selection of memory foam shoes below, these are great slip-on sneakers that can be worn to the shopping mall, a kids’ birthday party, or any other 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!
Now that you know which memory foam shoes have 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 or her everyday activities!
The Secret Revealed – Memory Foam Shoes For Mom?
Depending on the shoe size that mom wears, she might be able to try a pair of memory foam sneakers for herself! They make some great slip-ons for the older girls, which you might be interested in trying. Doesn’t mom deserve a pair of memory foam shoes, too?
Did you know you can end up saving a lot of money by purchasing kids’ shoes instead of adult shoes? As long as you are a women’s shoe sizebelow an 8 1/2, you will be able to fit in the kids’ version of the shoes!
For example, a women’s shoe size 7, is the same as a kids shoe size 5 1/2. I wrote a post t about this conversion, where I explain it in more detail:
Does your child already own a pair of memory foam sneakers? Have you been struggling to get rid of the smell? Do you own a pair of memory foam sneakers yourself? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!