Do your kids’ shoes get destroyed before they are ready to be replaced? Do you feel like you are throwing your money away by replacing your kids’ shoes faster than expected?
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with the best children’s shoe brands and the most durable styles among those brands.
Children are energetic and they can be hard on their shoes, this is why choosing the correct type of shoes for your children is very important, because their shoes will go through a lot!
Parents should remember one thing: Since most children outgrow their shoes between 3 to 6 months (depending on their age), they should always outgrow their shoes before they are to be to replaced.
It is perfectly normal for your kids’ shoes to show some wear and tear after being worn for a couple of months, but a very different thing is for the shoes to look destroyed (having holes or having the sole come apart).
So, you might be asking yourself: Why do my children keep destroying their shoes?
Sometimes children might destroy their shoes from being extremely active, but shoes that are made of low-quality materials are also a contributing factor of why your child might be destroying the shoes so quickly.
Do your kids’ shoes tend to look like this after a couple months of wear?
If you are tired of having to replace your kids’ shoes from being destroyed, I will provide you with a selection of the most durable shoes for children. However, let’s take a look at what features a durable shoe must provide.
The 3 Most Common Reasons why Your Kids’ Shoes are Falling Apart
These are the 3 most common reasons why your kids’ shoes are falling apart:
- The shoes that you are providing for your child are made of low-quality materials, and this leads to the shoes wearing down faster.
- You are providing your child with the wrong shoe size. Shoes that are too short, too long, too narrow, or too wide are a contributing cause of the shoes falling apart faster.
- Your child is extremely active and wears the same pair of every day shoes for school and for playing sports, and the shoes end up taking a beating.
For the last 3 years, I have been helping parents who don’t have a children’s shoe store in their area that they TRUST find the correct pair of shoes for their children online.
I have been contacted by several parents who want to know what shoe brands or what shoe styles are the most durable ones. There are 2 children’s shoe brands that have been the most consistent in making some of the most durable shoes: Geox and Keen. Among these 2 shoe brands, there are certain styles that will be more durable than others, and I will show them to you.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how well-made or durable the shoes are, if you don’t provide your children with the correct shoe size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, your child might end up developing several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
This leads to the following question: How can you be 100% sure that you know your exact child’s foot size?
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit properly.
The issue is that most parents don’t have local children’s shoe store that they TRUST (or that store has closed down), and they must purchase their children’s shoes online. If you are one of these parents, please START by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
The Most Important Features of Durable Shoes – Let’s Find Out!
These are the 3 most important features that good, durable shoes must provide to your child:
- The shoes must come with a reinforced substantial rubber sole that won’t wear out no matter how rough your child plays. This sole must also provide good arch support to minimize the impact that your child’s feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- The shoes must be made of high-quality materials such as leather to avoid the shoes from wearing down faster. Leather will also allow your kids’ feet to breathe and prevent the build up of bacteria inside the shoes (which also makes the materials wear down faster)
- The shoes must have a reinforced rubber toe cap at the front in case your children tend to drag their feet into the ground.
The Most Durable Kids’ Shoes –⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I want to start off by clarifying that expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better, more durable shoes for your child. The price of the shoes is not an indication of the quality of the shoes.
It is true that higher priced shoes are often made from high-quality materials, but you can definitely find a good pair of durable, supportive shoes for your child that is reasonably priced.
If you feel like it’s time to provide your children with a pair of good quality, durable shoes that will hold up properly, then please find below a selection of the most durable kids’ shoes that I have fitted before. The first two styles are made by the shoe company Keen, and they are the most durable one that I have fitted before. Click on the image to see what other colors these styles are available in.
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This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddlers with a half a size longer of the size that they measured in the Brannock device (standard foot measuring tool) in order to allow for growing room.
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These shoe styles also fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a size longer of the size that they measured in the Brannock device in order to allow for growing room.
Now you can keep your kids’ feet healthy and prevent them from destroying their shoes before they outgrow them.
IMPORTANT TIP: Always remind your children to undo the Velcro straps or the shoelaces before taking their shoes off or when putting them on, since if they don’t do this they will end up stretching and wearing down the shoes faster.
While I can’t guarantee you that your child won’t destroy these shoes, I can assure you that these are the most durable children’s shoe styles that I have fitted before.
Experiences From Other Parents …. – You are NOT Alone!
These are a couple of emails sent to me by parents that were tired of having to replace their kids’ shoes so often (I chose the most relevant ones to share with you):
“My daughter is a walking destruction machine on shoes, she is 7 years old and I find myself replacing her shoes every two months!”. After trying the Keen shoe style (Chandler CNX) that you recommended, her shoes lasted 5 months! This shoe style seems indestructible! Thank you! ✅
“I have spent a small fortune on my boys’ shoes and they always end up falling apart, and to make it worse they have wide feet, so I am limited in what shoes to buy”. I tried your Geox Arno recommendation and they fit the shape of his perfectly, the shoes are now lasting 5 to 6 months. I think that the reason why the other shoes were falling apart so quickly was because they weren’t fitting properly ✅
“I am tired of spending 60 dollars on my children’s shoes to have to replace them in two months”. My child does all his activities in these shoes (soccer, basketball and physical education class), but I still think the shoes should last him longer for the money I am spending”. I tried the Geox style and now after 5 months the shoes look dirty but they are not destroyed. Thank you ✅
These are parents just like you that were tired of replacing their kids’ shoes so quickly, and were excited to finally find a a pair of shoes that held up properly.
Do you happen to have a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a store in their area where they can take their kids to be properly fitted for shoes.
That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
Do you happen to have a favorite pair of shoes for your child that are comfortable, supportive, and DURABLE? I would love to hear your ideas, so please pass them along!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child.