PLAE shoes for kids’ has grown tremendously as a brand! We started carrying this shoe brand when it first came out, and they had a hard time taking off. I honestly didn’t like fitting their shoes, and their shoes weren’t known for providing great support or structure. I have been fitting kids’ shoes for over 7 years now, and I know everything that relates to kids’ feet and shoes. I work for a premiere children’s shoe store where we specialize in children with foot problems!
The type of shoes you choose for your child can have a tremendous impact (positive or negative) onyour kids’ feet and legs health! It is important to provide our kids’ with good supportive shoes in the correct shoe size in order to prevent foot pain and injuries later down the road.
Parents are always asking me at the kids’ shoe store that I work for if PLAE shoes are good for their kids’ feet. My response is, “It depends!” PLAE makes great shoes for kids’, but if your child is into running a lot there are other type of shoes that will provide him or her with better support!
However, I have spoken with several parents that actually swear by this brand that these shoes are the perfect combination of comfort, style, and durability!
Below you can find a summary where I describe what type of feet PLAE shoes will NOT fit, that way you don’t have to read the whole article!
- If your child has an extra wide foot, forget about PLAE shoes!
- If your child has foot pain or is flat footed, forget about PLAE shoes!
- If your child wears orthotics, forget about PLAE shoes! (Yes, I know they say their shoes are appropriate for kids’ who wear orthotics but no, there are other types of shoes that will fit your kids’ orthotics much better!
- If your child has stability issues, forget about PLAE shoes!
- If your child has narrow feet, forget about PLAE shoes!
So… Basically, if your child has a medium to a wide width foot, he or she will have no problem fitting in these shoes! They are actually great shoes for walking and running around, going to the playground, and going to the shopping mall because they do look pretty stylish!
PLAE Shoes – Durable, Washable, And Customizable Shoes For Kids!
Now, I will try to get a little more optimistic about this shoe brand. If you have read any of my previous posts, you should know by now that I am a firm believer in good, supportive shoes for our kids’ feet.
PLAE did improve their shoes tremendously, and they are much more supportive and durable than ever before. Kids’ love how they can customize the velcro straps of these shoes, and parents love how they can just throw them in the washing machine to easily get rid of the smell!
Another great feature I love about these shoes is how wide they open! If you have a child with wide feet or one who always has a hard time putting his or her shoes on, these will be perfect for him!
Some of the awesome features that these shoes provide are:
- MACHINE WASHABLE
- REMOVABLE INSOLES
- ECO MINDED
Below you can find a selection of the best PLAE shoes for children!
How Do PLAE Shoes Fit? – Get It Right!
You can go online to the PLAE webpage where they provide a set of guidelines that describe how these shoes fit. However, who knows how they came up with those guidelines. I know how PLAE shoes fit from actually fitting and trying them on hundreds of kids ’feet… SO I will try to keep it short and simple for you!
PLAE only fits kids’ with medium or wide feet, NOT narrow or extra wide feet! They will also fit a child with a high instep!
PLAE shoes tend to fit in the longer side, meaning that if your child measures a size 10 1/2, you should get him or her the same size, and NOT a shoe size 11. It is hard to predict this, which is why I always recommend that parents take their kids’ to their local children’s shoe store, where they can be properly fitted for shoes!
However, several parents have contacted me complaining that they don’t have a local children’s shoe store in their area that they TRUST. For those parents, I describe the best place to get your kids’ shoes in this post:
So many parents love this brand because it designs quality shoes that are really well-made and also fun! I really like how this brand uses the biometric science to create shoes shoe that protect the natural development of our kids feet.
What Makes PLAE Shoes So Special? – Style And Comfort!
I think one of the things I love the most about this shoe brand is how they build their shoes with kids’ biomechanics in mind. If you pay close attention you will notice how their shoes are designed with rounded toed-boxes and flexible soles for smoother and more balanced movement.
Their shoes are also durable and comfortable, and they feature removable insoles! Also, if your child has sweaty, stinky feet, you can easily throw them in the washing machine!
These shoes can also be a great alternative to light-up shoes! If your child has been asking for light-up shoes for a while now, you might be able to compromise and show him a different type of fun shoe!
I have spoken with some parents that love how durable these shoes are! They say how they have never had a problem with them, and how their kids’ always end up outgrowing their shoes before anything happens to them!
Let your kids’ put their shoes to the test… PLAE Is Ready!
If your child is into running and playing sports at a more competitive level, there are other type of shoes that will provide more support to their feet for those activities. Here you can find the best running shoes for children:
Has your child ever owned a pair of PLAE shoes? Is there a particular PLAE shoe style that you recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!