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Light Up Shoes for Children – 4 Facts You Must Know Before Purchasing Them


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on April 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of light up shoes for children.

As soon as children are old enough to start expressing their opinions, one of the first things that will come out of their mouths 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, certain styles are lightweight and flexible.

2- Light up shoes are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) widths.

3- Certain light up shoe styles can be worn 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 Skechers which make several styles of light up shoes.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years, working at a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in 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 better 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. The light up shoes that I am going to describe shortly are also capable of accommodating the shape of children with wide or extra wide feet, so please choose the shoe width accordingly: Medium (M), Wide (W), Extra Wide (XW)

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 Everyday Wear? – Let’s Find Out!

There are two most common questions I get asked by parents at the kids’ shoe store that I work for:

✅  Are light up shoes supportive for everyday wear?

The answer is 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?

The answer 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 children’s 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 likely 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.

Please keep one thing in mind: 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 wide or extra wide feet and you are having a hard time finding a pair of everyday sneakers, please take a look at an article I wrote where I review the best wide and extra wide shoes for children:

What are the Best Shoes for Kids with Wide Feet?

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.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before, as that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Light Up Shoes for Children ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The light up shoes below can fit children with medium, wide, or extra wide feet. Just take a look at the description below each shoe to find out whether that specific model can accommodate your child’s foot shape.

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

In order to buy the correct shoe size online you need to know your child’s exact foot size and shape. There is a different article in which I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

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 Shoes for Girls – Are They Supportive Enough?

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 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:

Twinkle Toes Shoes for Girls – The Most Fashionable Shoes for Your Child!

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 everyday pair of shoes.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child. My e-mail address is:


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!


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22 Comments on Light Up Shoes for Children – 4 Facts You Must Know Before Purchasing Them

  1. What a great article. I bought light up shoes for my boys and they loved them. There is a lot more choices now. I noticed that my kids stopped looking down at their shoes shortly after they got them. One thing I liked was in the evening when we played hide and seek lol I could find them easily. They never figure it how I could do that so easily. Thanks for the information on the twinkle light up shoes. I never thought about them not having enough support for all day walking around. I was wondering, can these light up shoes be washed in the washer?

    • Tammy,

      You have found one more benefit of light up shoes! There is a myriad of choices when it comes to light up shoes and the fact that they make them in wide and extra wide widhts is a huge plus for those children with wide feet who were not able to get them before. Do not put any light up shoes in the washing machine. There are certain brands that have machine washable shoes but NONE of the light up shoes are machine washable.

  2. My kids love the light up shoes! I remember being concerned it would distract them like you discuss, but have found that it does not distract them but only make them excited to actually put their shoes on which is a big hassle sometimes. It would have great to know that shoes can come in an extra wide width – when my son was young his feet were so fat he could hardly fit into any shoes. Thanks for this informative article.

    • Shannon,

      You make a great point. There are certain children that will give parents the hardest time about putting their shoes on. Sometimes having light up shoes can bring this attitude of excitement in children when having to put on shoes. It is important for parents to know that shoes do come in different widths, and that there are some shoes out there that will fit even the widest feet.

  3. Hey, Juan! Love your blog and your post. Even though I don’t have children myself and the whole “light up” shoes fad is not so big in Brazil, we do have our share of these. Unfortunately they are not available in different widths. If a child really wants one and the best fitting size length wise is not wide enough, what would you recommend as the next-best-fit?

    • Daniel,

      Brazil is a beautiful country and with all the nice beaches I assume children probably wear sandals all day. If a shoe is not wide enough for a child, then my advise will be to stay way from it. Some people will purchase a longer size to compensate for the width, but this will compromise your child stability and make him/her more prone to injuries since they might be falling more.

  4. I stop buying my kids light up shoes when they start going to school. They go to a private school and light up shoes are not allowed. My kids usually lose interest in them by the time they are school going age. You have great advice about buying and fitting shoes. Children like being active and a properly fitting shoe is best for their balance. Great post.

    • Tatihden,

      Are you telling me that your children got too old for light up shoes? I didn’t know that was even possible… 🙂 You are never too old for light up shoes. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Hi there, great article!

    I always knew that children wear shoes that have rollers and make squeaky sounds, but I rarely or have never seen a light up shoe. So thanks for this information.

    How do light up shoes actually work though, using batteries? Anyway its not like I have any kids that I would want to buy them for, but I am just curious.

    Thank you for this informative article =)

    • Light up shoes have become a huge trend among children. Once you have kids and they get old enough, they will ask you for light up shoes! There is a LED light that goes inside the shoe and there are usually six wires that go to the edges of the heel of the shoes.They are sensitive to any vibration, so every time the child takes a step the shoes they light up.

  6. Light up shoes…..ahhh…brings back memories!
    I remember when I was a kid and these things were the hit. Every single kid wanted a pair! From what I recall they were pretty comfortable and the quality didn’t deteriorate over time….but the fad eventually did. Good to see it making a comeback though!

    Do they make these for adults too? Not asking cause I want a pair haha……only curious lol.

    • Irvan,

      They do make light up shoes for adults.The quality of the light up shoes has improved tremendously during the last five years I have been in the shoe business. Light up shoes used to be bulky and hard to bend, and now they are lightweight and flexible, which makes them appropriate for everyday wear.

  7. Hey! Both my kids have had light up shoes – multiple times really. I think it’s more of a novelty thing – they are interested in them at first, but pretty quickly they don’t even notice the lights at all, let alone them being distracting at all. So, I think they’re fine – but a bit of a novelty item.

    • I agree with you 100%. When they first get them, they keep looking at their feet and they won’t stop stepping on the floor to see them light up over and over again. After a couple of days, they even forget the shoe light up. However, every time they are back for new shoes, they ask for light up ones!

  8. Great article Juan. I actually just got my daughter a pair for Christmas from your recommendations. However, I’ve been reading a lot about light up shoes catching fire/melting. Have you heard anything about this and do you think it’s safe to leave them charging overnight?

  9. Just bought my son a pair. The light-up sketchers were a little expensive so I went for a generic no name brand. Will let you know how they fair!

  10. Re-Posted from FB June 28, 2018

    Sherry Foster
    June 26 at 11:46 AM
    My son, Peyton has 2nd degree chemical burns from his sketcher lightable shoes. Apparently when they get wet the batteries release a chemical causing children’s feet to burn. THANK You Dr Jordon for taking the time to see and treat him in your booked solid day! greatly appreciated!

    • Hello Krisalyn,

      I don’t recommend that she plays in the water with them since the lights might get ruined. She actually shouldn’t play in the water with her everyday sneakers. I would recommend that you either get her a pair of sandals or boots for water play.

      I hope this clarifies!

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