Summer time is approaching, and we must get our kids’ ready to enjoy the summer season by being able to walk, play, and run comfortably!
Parents are always asking me to help them find the correct type of shoe for a particular occasion and they want that shoe available in the correct shoe width (shoes are available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide).
Children feet come in different shape and sizes, that’s why shoes are available in different widths. I always tell parents that it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide their kids’ feet are, there is at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet and I will help them find it.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
If you have been looking for a pair of durable, supportive, lightweight leather sandals for your child that also provide good traction you are in good hands.
One thing I need you to pay extra attention to is on getting the correct shoe size for your child. It doesn’t matter how many features a pair of sandals has to provide, if they are not fitted properly (the correct shoe size and the correct shoe width), your child won’t get any of the benefits that the sandals have to offer and you will be creating all sort of issues to your kids’ feet.
Some of these issues involve blisters, calluses, and corns (these last ones are really hard to get rid of).
Parents who want to invest in a pair of leather sandals made of high quality materials might want to do it for two reasons, one might be that they want a good quality shoe for their children or they might want a sandal that they can dress their kids up.
Whichever your reason is for providing your child with a pair of leather sandals, I will show you the best selection of leather sandals for boys in this post that I have fitted before (that way I can tell you exactly how they fit).
Are Leather Sandals Better For Your Boys’ Feet?
The main advantage of providing your child with a pair of leather sandals is that you will get a better FIT. The leather material will feel soft and mold to the shape of your kids’ feet while synthetic shoes often feel hard against your kids’ feet and they won’t change to accommodate the shape of their feet.
Let’s take a look at what features leather sandals provide:
- Durability: Did you know that leather sandals are the most durable kind of sandals? During summer times children love to run around and it’s important for the footwear to hold up until the season is over or when the child has outgrown the shoes.
- Health: leather sandals are healthy for your kids’ feet since they provide the correct amount of support and they are also flexible and soft.
- Fit: Leather sandals are not only fashionable, they also provide a better fit offering better comfort to your kids’ feet. They are also very cushiony and comfortable on the inside, and they provide better support for the growth of the feet.
- Leather sandals are easy to maintain and clean.
- Sandals made out of leather also prevent bacteria from building up and causing infection to your kids’ feet.
Below I will describe what type of features the sandals I recommend in this post will provide to your kids’ feet. If you have been looking for a pair of everyday leather shoes for your child, take a look at a post I wrote where I describe them in detail:
What Features Do We Want In A Pair Of Summer Sandals?
The sandals that we want to provide for our kids must provide the following features:
- They must be supportive, that way your child can wear them for most of the day (I still recommend switching to a pair of sneakers throughout the day).
- They must be lightweight and flexible, that way our kids’ feet don’t get tired.
- They must be made of high quality materials, that way we can keep our kids’ feet healthy (this will prevent the sandal from developing a smell or your child feet from rubbing against the hard materials of the sandal).
- Last but not least, they MUST be the correct shoe size.
Please keep in mind that I always advice parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store, in order to provide them with the correct shoe size. However, I have been contacted by several parents who say how their local children’s shoe store has closed down and they must get their kids’ shoes online. If you are one of those parents, please START by reading a post I wrote where I describe the most effective way to make sure you provide your child with the correct shoe size:
I have been helping parents find the correct shoe style for their kids’ online for the last three years. In most cases those parents didn’t even know that a particular shoe style even existed!
Now that you know how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size and what features must a good sandal provide for your kids’ feet, let’s take a look at a selection of the best leather sandals for boys.
Leather Sandals For Boys – The Secret Revealed!
All the leather sandals I will describe below I have fitted before so I am not only familiar with that features they provide, but also with the way they fit.
Shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide and I will tell you exactly how each shoe style fits. The sandals described below are also available in different widths in case your child has a wide or a narrow foot.
Below you can find a selection of the best leathers sandals for boys:
The first selection of sandals will fit a child with a medium, wide, or an extra wide foot. If your child has a medium width foot please choose the M (medium width) and if your child has wide or extra wide feet please choose the W (wide width). In this first selection all the sandals run long, but I still recommend going a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
In the second selection of shoes the first two options from the left will fit a child with a medium to a wide foot (they don’t come in wide widths but they fit wide). These two shoe sandal styles run long but I still recommend going a half a size longer to allow for growing room.
The last two shoes from the left (Naturino brand) will fit a child with a medium to a narrow foot and the sandals fit short, which means you will have 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.
Now that you know which are the best leather sandals for boys you are ready to make the most informative decision.
If there is a particular shoe style that you have been looking for your child, whether it is a dress shoe, a sport shoe, or an everyday shoe, please let me know and I will help you find it!
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.