A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… What is it about Star Wars movies that make them as popular as ever even after 40 years of their first film, still catching the imaginations of multiple generations?! Can someone explain to me how kids have became so obsessed with a 35-year-old movie that they have never seen?
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and parents tell me that the Force has taken over their households too! Children come to the store asking for a pair of Star Wars shoes! Most parents can’t explain and are amused by their kids’ Star Wars obsession!
In the United States, people spend around $500 million every year on “Star Wars products”. Even though most children have not seen any of the Star Wars movies, they still ask their parents for a plastic light saber or shoes that have characters from the movie!
The Star Wars movies have pretty much everything a child likes: spaceships, creatures that look like dinosaurs or teddy bears, and plenty of other fantastic characters!
I have been working at the same children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and I have seen an increasing amount of Star Wars products being made by shoe companies such as Sketchers and Stride Rite. We went from having 1 or 2 styles of Star Wars shoes, to having 10 to 15 different shoe styles for kids to choose from!
Lately, children have been more vocal than ever when they have been asking their parents for Star Wars shoes! However, if you have read any of my previous posts, you should know by now that the one thing I care the MOST is providing children with shoes that provide support to be worn as everyday sneakers!
I will describe the best Star Wars sneakers for kids that can be worn as everyday sneakers!
Should I Let My Child Run And Play In His Star Wars Shoes?
Absolutely! If you choose one of the supportive styles I recommend, you can let your kids’ run around and play at recess, the playground, or even kick the ball around the soccer field!
However, if your children are somewhat serious about playing a particular sport, you should invest in a pair of sport related shoes in order to perform at their best! Most of these shoes are available in velcro closure, but there are some styles that come with shoe laces! Remember that if your child has any sort of stability issue, you should always choose shoe laces instead of velcro closure!
Are Star Wars Shoes Appropriate For Everyday Wear?
It all depends on the style you choose for your child to wear! Some Star Wars shoes are too bulky, too heavy, or not flexible enough to be worn as everyday sneakers! However, there are a few styles that are appropriate for everyday wear, and I have fitted them all before!
Sketchers is a shoe company that makes several pairs of Star Wars shoes! The company has come a long way in creating more substantial, supportive, flexible shoes for kids. It seems like every year they top their previous shoe styles!
If I would have wrote this post two years ago, I would have written that Star Wars shoes are NOT appropriate for everyday wear, but SOME of the shoes they are making NOW, allow your kids’ to play and run all day and provide them with the support they need!
There are a few Star Wars shoes that are lightweight, with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter. Allow your child to wear his or her favorites shoes, while you get the peace of mind that the shoes are are providing the support they need to keep their feet and legs healthy!
Here is a selection of Star Wars shoes that are appropriate for everyday wear! In the first row, the first three shoes from the left are available in wide widths!
The ones made by the shoe company Stride Rite come in wide widths, and they will fit a child that has a wide or extra wide foot! The styles made by Sketchers don’t come in wide widths, and they tend to fit only a medium width foot.
For the longest time, I remember kids with wide feet complaining to their parents that they didn’t have any light up shoe choices when it came to choosing their shoes. Now, even if your child has an extra wide foot, he or she will be able to find that perfect pair of Star Wars shoes that they have been wanting to get for a long time!
The first and third option from the left come in wide widths which means that they will fit a child with a wide or an extra wide foot.
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need 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 also wrote a post where I describe the best kids’ Star Wars slippers. You can find that post here:
Star Wars Shoes For Mom And Dad!
Have you considered getting a pair of Star Wars shoes for yourself? I have seen an increase in the number of parents that own a pair of Star Wars shoes, and sometimes they even match with their kids’ sneakers. You and your child can now wear matching Star Wars shoes!
Does your child already own a pair of Star Wars shoes? Is there a particular style that has worked best for his or her feet? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!