As soon as children are old enough to start expressing their opinions, one of the first things that will come out of their mouth at the shoe store is:
“I want light-up shoes!“
They might have seen a friend wearing light up shoes at school or watched one in a TV commercial.
The shoe company Skechers is always promoting their shoes when your kids are watching their favorite shows. Children are really persuasive and they will continue to beg for the shoes until you get them.
Before you go shoe shopping, here is what you need to know:
1-Not all light up shoes are heavy and clunky, there are certain styles that are lightweight and flexible.
2-Light up shoes are available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths.
3-Certain light up shoe styles can be wore as an everyday sneaker.
4-Stride Rite is not the only brand that makes light up shoes. There are other brands such as Geox, Clarks and Sketchers which make several styles of light up shoes.
I have been fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years, working at a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have seen the key role that shoes play in your kids’ daily lives, and if you want to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy, you must provide them with the correct type of shoes.
There are certain light up shoes that are made of high quality materials and that provide more support than others, and I know exactly which styles these are because I have fitted them before.
In this article I will provide you with a selection of the best light up shoes for children that will also fit a child with wide or extra wide feet.
Let me first answer some common questions that parents have asked me throughout the years, since there seems to be a misconception when it comes to light up shoes for children.
Are Light Up Shoes Appropriate For Every day Wear? – Let’s Find Out!
There are TWO common questions I get asked by parents at the kids’ shoe store that I work for:
- Are light up shoes supportive for every day wear?
YES, depending on the style that you choose. Shoe companies are making lightweight and supportive light up shoes that are meant to be worn for every day activities. However, some light up shoes are too heavy and bulky, and are meant to be worn for only a couple of hours a day.
- Are light up shoes dangerous?
NO, they are NOT dangerous and they WON’T harm your kids’ feet. I know there has been a trend about the batteries of these shoes catching fire and not working properly. However, I have been working at a children shoe store for over 10 years now and we have NEVER had a single issue with light up shoes. Some of my co-workers have been in the shoe business for over 20 years, and they also have never heard of light up shoes malfunctioning (catching fire).
Once I am done fitting the child in a pair of light up shoes, the first question I get by many parents is:
“How long are the light going to last?” Your child will most likelyy outgrow the shoe before the lights stop working, but if the lights happen to be defective the manufacturer will most likely replace or refund you for the shoes.
Light up shoes have evolved over the years and are now in demand more than ever before. Every time there is a Disney movie coming out, Stride Rite is already manufacturing their light up shoes . Some examples are Frozen, Spiderman, Captain America, Hulk, Star Wars, and many more.
Do They Make Light Up Shoes for Kids with Wide or Extra Wide Feet?
Stride Rite makes plenty of characters and movie shoes that light up. Noticeably, they also come in wide and extra wide widths.
If you have been buying longer shoes to accommodate your child’s wide or extra wide feet,please stop doing that.
When you are fitting your child in shoes that are too long, you are not only compromising your children’s stability and making them prone to falls and injuries, but you are also making them more susceptible to developing foot problems such as blisters and calluses.
Parents please REMEMBER: Getting the right shoe width has the same importance as getting the right amount of length space. It doesn’t matter how much space your child has between the end of the toes and the end of the shoe, if the shoe is not wide enough, you will have to replace the shoes even though there is plenty of room in the front (since your child will outgrow the width faster than the length).
If your child has a wide or extra wide foot and you are having a hard time finding a pair of every day, please take a look at an article I wrote where I review the best wide and extra wide shoes for children:
Stride Rite provides certain light up shoe styles in wide widths. However, some of these shoe styles fit wider and provide more support than others, but I will show you below the styles I recommend the most.
Are Light Up Shoes Too Distracting for Children?
When a child tries light up shoes for the very first time, they start hitting the ground and staring down with their eyeballs wide open watching those lights shine. Even when I take them for a test run in the hallway, they walk with their head down so I have to keep reminding them to look straight ahead and focus on how the shoes feel.
Some parents often get worried that light up shoes might distract their children from walking the right way. While light up shoes might be distracting at the beginning, once the hype is gone (usually by the end of the day), your child will STOP staring at the lights.
Once the whole hype about the lights goes away, they stop getting so distracted with them.
The Best Light Up Shoes for Children – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Star Wars movie character shoes, by Sketchers and Stride Rite, are most popular. We keep reordering these shoes since children love them. For girls, the Twinkle Toes made by Sketchers and the Princesses shoes from the movie Frozen are most popular.
Remember the importance of fitting your kids’ light up shoes properly. I always recommend to parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store to have their feet properly measured. However, if you don’t have a local shoe store in your area that you trust, I will show you selection of the best light up shoes for children that come in wide widths, and that are appropriate to be worn as an every day shoe.
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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes made by ‘GEOX” (last two options) will fit a child that has narrow feet the best.
Saying “No” To Light Up Shoes: Does It Make You A Bad Parent?
For a fact, children will feel devastated when their parents tell them that they cannot get light up shoes. Some parents believe that their children should not wear light up shoes and this is totally fine because it is all a matter of freedom and choice. There can be many reasons as to why parents may be against light up shoes and they are all valid.
Some parents believe that:
- “A toy should be a toy and a shoe should be a shoe.”
- “The shoes won’t match any of their clothing.”
- “The shoes can be too distracting for the children.”
- “The shoes do not offer enough support.”
My advice to parents is that there are plenty of “cool” looking shoes that your children might like if you have to compromise, so do not feel like you are stuck with light up shoes.
Twinkle Toes made by Skechers provide a myriad of light ups and sparkly shoes. These shoes are some of the most popular ones and girls love them. However, they do not offer the same amount of support you will get from a Stride Rite light up shoe.
So, if you decide to provide your little one with a pair of Twinkle Toes, then you should strongly consider providing her with an extra pair of every day supportive shoes for the playground or school. Twinkle Toes are meant to be worn for a maximum of 4 or 5 hours a day. The rest of the day your child should wear good supportive sneakers.
I have put together a selection of the best Twinkle Toes shoes for girls:
Light Up Shoes for Children: Do I Recommend Them or Not?
I do recommend light up shoes that are lightweight and flexible, and that provide everyday support. I have fitted hundreds of them and the expression of the faces of children is priceless.
DON’T WORRY! You don’t have to compromise your child’s foot health. Get them a pair of good, supportive light up shoes so you don’t have to worry about their feet or legs hurting!
I only recommend shoes that are appropriate and supportive for your kids’ feet. Light up shoes are appropriate as long as they fit, and yes, they can be worn as an every day pair.
Is there a particular light up shoe style that you can recommend? Have you found a pair of light up shoes for your child that has wide or extra wide feet? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!