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: “Mom! I want light-up shoes!“
They might have seen his friend wearing light up shoes at school or in a TV commercial. The shoe company Skechers is always promoting their shoes when your child is watching his 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; some of them are lightweight and flexible.
2-Light up shoes are available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths.
3-Certain light up shoes 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.
Are Light Up Shoes Appropriate For Everyday Wear?
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 everyday wear?
- Are light up shoes dangerous?
The answer to the first question is YES, depending on the style you choose. Shoe companies are making lightweight and supportive light up shoes that are meant to be worn for everyday 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.
The answer to the second question is 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 childrens’ shoe store for over 5 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.
Once I am done fitting the child for his light up shoes, the parents will always ask me: “How long are the light going to last?” STOP worrying about how long the lights will last – your child will always outgrow the shoe before anything happens to the lights.
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 such as Frozen, Spiderman, Captain America, Hulk, Star Wars, and many more.
Do They Make Light Up Shoes For 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 fit your child’s wide or extra wide foot, PLEASE STOP!
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. All this can be PREVENTED by providing your child with the right pair of shoes; this means the correct width and the correct length.
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 his 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!
If your child has a wide or extra wide foot and you are having a hard time finding shoes that fit, I wrote a post called:
That article describes the best shoes for children that come in wide and extra wide widths.
Stride Rite provides a myriad of options of wide widths shoes that light up. However, some of these shoes fit wider than others, and depending on how wide your child’s foot is, there are certain styles that might fit the shape of his or her foot better.
Are Light Up Shoes Too Distracting For Children?
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 and start walking properly.
When a child tries light up shoes for the very first time, they start hitting the ground and stare 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.
Once the whole hype about the lights goes away, they stop getting so distracted with them.
What Are The Most Popular Light Up Shoes For Kids’?
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, you can see below for a selection of the best light up sneakers that come in wide widths, and that are appropriate to be worn as an everyday 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 shoe measuring scale 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. If you are looking for athletic, everyday running shoes, you can a read post where I describe the best shoes for children. The post is called:
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 everyday 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.
If you have been looking for a selection of the best Twinkle Toes shoes for girls, you can find it in a post I wrote called:
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 worried about their feet or legs hurting!
If you have read my posts about my career of fitting shoes, you will understand that I only recommend shoes that are appropriate and supportive for childrens’ feet. Light up shoes are appropriate as long as they fit, and yes, they can be worn as an everyday pair. If you decide to purchase a pair of Twinkle Toes by Sketchers, then you should consider providing your child with another pair for more intense activities.
Does your child own a pair of light up shoes? 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!