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 ten years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.
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 you have to replace them.
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 cause of why your child might be destroying the shoes.
Are your Kids’ Shoes Falling Apart? – The Most Common Reasons!
These are the three 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. The shoes must fit just right!
- 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 three 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. The children shoe brands that make some of the most durable shoes and you might be familiar with are Geox, Keen, and Primigi.
I have fitted certain shoe brands and certain shoe styles that are more durable than others, but 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, they 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 and leg issues due to the shoes being too narrow, too short, too long, or too wide.
This leads to the question of: How can you make sure if your child is wearing the correct shoe 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.
The PROBLEM is that most parents don’t have local children’s shoe store that they TRUST, 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 make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
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.
Durable Shoes for Kids – Learn About The Features
These are the 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 child is used to dragging his or her feet into the ground.
Durable Kids’ Shoes – Is it Too Much to Ask?
I want to start off by clarifying that shoes that are higher priced 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 of high-quality materials, but you can definitely find a good pair of durable, supportive shoes for your child for a reasonable price.
If you feel like it’s time to provide your children with good quality, durable shoes that will hold up properly then you can find below a selection of the most durable kids’ shoes that I have fitted before:
This first selection of shoes is for toddlers:
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the Brannock device (foot measuring device) in order to allow for growing room.
This selection of shoes is for older children:
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 measure 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 breaking the heel counter (back of the shoes) of the shoes.
While I can’t guarantee you that your child won’t destroy these shoes, I can tell you with confidence that these are the most durable children’s shoe styles that I have fitted before.
What are Other Parents Saying…. – 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 her 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 them perfectly, the shoes are now lasting them 5 to 6 months. I think that the reason why the other shoes were falling apart so quickly was because they weren’t fitting them 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 good kid’s shoe 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, sturdy, 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.