The Best Place to Find Kids' Shoes
for all Foot Shapes and Foot Problems

The Best Kids’ Sneakers – Learn About the Best Shoes for Children Ages 3 Through 10


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on April 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best kids’ sneakers.

Are you having a hard time finding the correct pair of shoes for your child? There is a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to children’s shoes, but there are only a limited number of styles that are good for their unique foot shape. Children’s feet come in all different shapes and sizes, and the shoes that you provide for your child need to be capable of providing good support to their feet while fitting the shape of their perfectly.

I have helped children find the perfect pair of shoes, no matter how narrow or wide their feet were.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 10 years, where we specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.


There are certain kids’ shoes that provide good support, stability, and they are lightweight and flexible at the same time.

When parents go shoe shopping they usually find themselves staring at a wall of shoes that look very similar and very different at the same time.

Be aware that the type of shoe you decide to get for your child can have a positive or negative effect on the health of your child’s feet. Improperly fitted shoes can negatively affect balance and alignment, and it can also lead to long-lasting health problems such as foot, knee, and back pain.

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

Before I show you a selection of the best kids’ sneakers, I want to first make sure that you are 100% sure of your child’s foot size. If you don’t know your child’s exact foot size you won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online. The article below explains the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

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

In that article 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.

There are 2 shoe brands that make supportive, lightweight, flexible, and durable sneakers for kids at an affordable price. These shoe brands also offer shoes in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW). The shoe brands I am referring to are New Balance and Saucony. However, this doesn’t mean that all shoes from these 2 brands are good, only certain styles.

I have made things easy for you and selected the best fitting shoes made by these 2 shoe brands.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit.

The Best Sneakers for Kids 

First Choice: New Balance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


We will start with my all-time favorite, the New Balance 990V5 and 680V6 shoe for both your little and big kids which is one of the best fitting kids’ shoes made by New Balance.

These shoes provide a firm heel counter —this provides lateral stability for your kid‚ a substantial outsole that reduces the impact on your kids’ feet, and extra depth for maximum comfort. The shoes are also extremely well-made, so your child will outgrow these shoes before they get worn out.

Let’s take a look at some of the features these styles have to offer:

✅ It is available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.

✅ It fits children with high insteps.

✅ It allows you to fit an orthotic inside the shoe.

✅ It is made of high-quality materials that make the shoe practically indestructible.

✅ It provides maximum arch support.

✅ It has a very firm heel counter.

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

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.

The Best Sneakers for Kids 

Second Choice: Saucony ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Who said that shoes need to be expensive to be made from high-quality, support materials? At a very affordable price, the Saucony shoes I recommend below are the perfect combination of soft, flexible, and durable: All in one shoe!

Let’s take a look at some of the features these shoes have to offer:

✅ They fit medium, wide, and extra wide feet.

✅ They provide maximum ankle support.

✅ They provide good arch support.

✅ They are soft, yet supportive for everyday wear.

The shoes below can fit a child with narrow, medium, or wide feet:

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

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.

These are the best fitting and supportive shoes for children available right now. I am sure you notice there is a price difference between all of these shoes, but in all honesty, they are all great supportive shoes and you can’t go wrong with any of them. The next step is to make sure you provide your child with the right shoe size!

Don’t Forget About the Fit – It all Starts with a Good Fit!

There is a certain amount of growing room that you can leave inside your kids’ shoes for them to grow into them. As a standard rule of thumb, I recommend 3/8 of an inch between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. Your child’s longest toe doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe, it can be the second or even the third toe.

Parents need to be careful and not leave too much growing room since you might end up compromising your child’s stability. Fitting shoes too long can lead to lack of stability, foot pain, and blisters, among other foot problems.

Always conduct frequent checks on the inside and outside of your children’s shoes. Excessive wear around the side or heel of the shoe, scuffed or ripped linings are all signs that your child might be ready for a new pair of shoes.

I shared with you what I believe to be the best quality shoes for kids in the market now, and I hope you take advantage of it and take care of your kids’ feet by providing them with the most durable, most supportive, and most recommended shoes for them!

Start taking care of your kids’ feet! Avoid foot problems, injuries, and discomfort!

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:


Please comment below and let us know about your favorite kids’ shoes, or if there is a particular shoe style we should avoid, that way we can all benefit from your experiences.


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

Do You Buy Your Kids’ Shoes Online?

Subscribe and get my personalized shoe size chart for free to help you find what size to order online.

Shoe Sizing Chart

20 Comments on The Best Kids’ Sneakers – Learn About the Best Shoes for Children Ages 3 Through 10

  1. I’ve never considered buying these type of shoes for my daughters though I always spend good money on their footwear. Both my daughters have large feet and grow at unbelievably fast rates so go through shoes quickly. I’ll have to bookmark your site and come back to check it when buying shoes next time.

    • Leone,

      There is a certain amount of growing room we can leave for kids’ to grow into their shoes, if we decide to leave a little bit of extra space for the shoes to last longer, we can end up compromising our kids’ stability. Come back anytime and please let me know if you have any questions.

  2. It was only after my children needed shoes that I realized how important it is to have the best possible fit. When I was a child my shoes were handed down from friends and relations. Is it bad for a child’s feet to wear hand me down shoes? Is foot health of primary importance when buying kids shoes? Also do is it always expensive shoes that are the best or are some of the cheaper brands just as good?

    • Margaret,

      Hand-me-down shoes must be avoided. The only time I feel they are appropriate is when we are passing down a pair of rain boots or a pair of snow boots. I understand that we are all trying to save money, but hand-me-down shoes will end up costing you a lot more money in the long run. You should read one of my posts I wrote about hand-me-down shoes: Second Hand Shoes For Kids – Stop Hurting Your Child’s Feet

      To answer your next question, in order to have healthy feet, we must provide our children with the right type of shoes. The shoes that we all wear play a key role in keeping our feet, legs, and back healthy.

      When it comes to shoes, you don’t need to invest more money in order to get more support and structure out of the shoe. Here is another post that you will find useful since it describes the best shoes for kids’ and how price is irrelevant: The Best Kids Sneakers – Learn About The Best Shoes For Children Ages 3 Through 10

  3. Wow! I have been looking for information like this all over the place. We used to have a local shoe store in our area but it closed, so we don’t know where to take our children to have their feet measured. We went to the mall and the salesperson at Stride Rite didn’t know what he was doing.

    I ordered from your recommendations the pair of Asics for my son who has the narrowest feet and it fits him perfectly. My daughter has a high instep so we went for the Saucony pair. I bookmarked your page, you have pretty amazing info!

    • Darren,

      I am glad you found the website informative. Any time you have any specific question do not hesitate in contacting me. I know how hard it can be to find shoes without a local shoe store, and someone who can guide you throught the process of finding the right pair of shoes for your kids’.

  4. Recently, I began buying my daughter Asics shoes since she was diagnosed with onset Scoliosis. Up until then she preferred a very cheap brand of shoes and I could not get her to use the better brands.

    Since getting the better shoes, she complains that they hurt her knees, but her doctor says the Scoliosis is nearly detectable. We are working on the knee pains as a possible symptom of being used to shoes that were not supporting her gait.

    I will be looking into the Geox brand to see if we can purchase them locally. I like the look of those shoes and will hopefully keep working to find a good quality pair that my daughter likes too.

    You gave a very good review of each shoe and I have more information that I did not consider prior to reading your information. Thank you for bringing all to light for me.

    • Rita,

      Aiscs is top of the line when it comes to support and structure. Make sure she is stretching enough since that will help relieve some of the pain. Geox is also a great brand, just keep trying until you find a pair that works!

  5. I knew it!! I love New Balance. I have a 4 year old son, and I will probably purchase KV888VI by New Balance that you recommended. Are there any other type of shoes that you recommend by New Balance?

    Right now, my son has NIKE, and Ninja Turtles Light Up sneakers. I often choose Nike shoes for my son as well. I wonder if there is any issues for those shoes. He really loves the Ninja Turtles shoes specifically for the characters and the lights. Recently, it is hard for me to make him wear the shoes that I like. You know, children start trying to assert their independence, around this age.

    Also, I’m interested in Geox. I have never heard about the brand. I wonder why shoe companies stopped making Velcro strap. Is it because of price, inconvenience, or taking time and effort?

    Thank you so much for the information. I will come back and find out which shoes I will get for my son.

    • Hello Ryubi,

      I recommend the 990v5 or 680V6 because it comes in all sort of different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. Below you can find some of the best sneakers made by New Balance:

      Boy New Balance: Option 1

      Boy New Balance: Option 2

      While we don’t have the Ninja Turtle style at the shoe store I work for, I have seen children wearing them. It is an ok shoe, but much less flexible than other styles. If your child is active, I would advise you to look for a different style.

      Geox makes top of the line shoes, great support, very breathable, a shoe that your child can wear every day!

  6. Thank you for the article. Year after year we have problems before school begins finding shoes, not sneakers, that will fit properly. I used to be able to find Mary Janes that would fit my girls. They have a narrow heel and a normal toe area, just like me. It’s so hard they have to wear sneakers until I “happen upon” a pair of shoes. This school year, both girls are in women’s sizes. I can’t find anything! And any shoe that has any kind of comfort, is a hundred dollars! I really don’t know what to do. They will have to wear sneakers everywhere, since school requires them to have their toes and heels covered. Please give more information on the brands of shoes to try that are NOT sneakers. Thank you!

    • Hello Bee,

      I understand your frustration. First of all let me clarify that a girl’s shoe size 7 (which is the largest girl shoe size) equals to a women’s shoe size 8 1/2. Keep in mind that your girls are in women sizes once they reach a women’s shoe size 9 or up… I just want to make sure your girls are in actual women sizes.

      The reason why I mention this is that you will save a lot of money purchasing the kids version of the shoes instead of the women’s.
      You might want to look at this post for clarification:

      Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

      If you can get back at me and clarify your girl’s actual shoe size it will be a great start. But here goes some advice:
      The BEST shoe brand for a child that has a wide toed-box but a narrow heel is called “NATURINO”. Have you tried this shoe brand for your girls before? The other shoe brand you should give a try is called “NINA”.

      I hope this helps! If you can get back at me with more details, I can probably be a little more specific.

  7. My 3 year old daughter LOVES Sketchers Litebeams. The only problem is she goes through one pair every 2 months. They are light, flexible and I think offer decent support, but they are SO cheap, she blows through them, mostly ripping up the toe area using them as a break when she rides scooters. She INSISTS on light up shoes. I’ve looked at Stride Rite and they don’t seem to have anything comperable to the Litebeams. Most of our local shoe stores don’t carry kids (at least not the shoe stores where you get knowledgable people to help you). I need a good shoe, light up variety that will last her more than 1-2 months.

    Thank you!

    • Dear Amanda,

      Most light up shoes are on the “fun side” and not as functional as parents want them to be. Children should always outgrow their sneaker before they destroy them, so you might want to start transitioning her into a more durable shor brand. If she is going to be riding her scooter and being rough on the shoes, there is a shoe brand called Geox which offers good supportive, well-made shoes. Be aware that they might not look as cool as the Skechers she is used to wearing. Here is an example of how they look like:

      Geox Girl Light Up Sneakers: Option 1

      Geox Girl Light Up Sneakers: Option 2

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  8. Is there any reccomendation from Nike Brand shoes or Adidas? I bought my son new balance and because of the brand name, kids nowadays care about that, he won’t wear it.

    • Hello Dayanis,

      Did you buy him New Balance because he has wide or extra wide feet? What shoe width does your son wear? If you get back at me telling me his shoe size and his age I can help you find good Nike or Adidas sneakers.

  9. My son loves Nike blue shoes (color is important :)). He is 10 size 6.
    Do you have any recommendations. He wants lace up. Thanks!!!

    • Hello Anne,

      There is a style called Revolution that is really good in terms of flexibility and support. I have fitted that shoe style before at the shoe store that I work for, just remember that Nike shoes are not the most supportive type of shoes. You can find that shoe here:

      Nike Shoes for Boys

      I hope this helps!

    • Hello Lillie,

      There might be several reasons why your child keeps falling. Please make sure that the shoes that he is wearing are not too short or too narrow. If you can’t see the recommendations please refresh the webpage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.