The Best Shoe Brands for Kids – The 5 Most Durable and Affordable Brands

Have you always wondered which are the best shoe brands for kids? There are 5 shoe brands that have proven to be the most consistent ones when it comes to manufacturing kids’ shoes that are supportive, lightweight, flexible, durable, and affordable. Among each shoe brand that I recommend, certain shoe styles are a lot better than others, and I am going to show you exactly which models these are based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.

Parents want to provide shoes for their kids that are durable and affordable. The shoes need to be able to accommodate the shape of your child’s feet, no matter how narrow or wide they are.

Are your kids wearing down their shoes before they outgrow them? So many parents report that their children typically destroy their shoes before they are ready to be replaced! Replacing their children’s shoes prematurely is frustrating for parents, who want to ensure that their children get the most use out of their shoes as possible.

Most children are extremely active and impose an enormous amount of stress on their shoes. The highest quality footwear is not only supportive but also durable. In my experience, certain brands consistently offer shoes of the highest quality construction and durability. So many parents are disappointed to find that their kids’ shoes fall apart before they outgrow them, and these frustrated parents all seem to have one question in common:

What Are the Best Shoe Brands for Kids?

The best shoe brands for kids are the ones that make durable, supportive and affordable footwear. Additionally, shoe brands that make shoes in a variety of widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide guarantee that the shoes will fit the shape of your child’s feet, regardless of how narrow or wide they might be.


The Winner for Wide and Extra Wide Feet

New Balance doesn’t just create excellent quality footwear for kids, but the company also produces shoes providing comfort, maximum support and stability. The fact that the company makes shoes in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide is also a life saver for those children who have extra wide feet.

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about your kids’ shoes falling apart? Because the company’s mission is to focus solely on quality, New Balance invests a significant amount of resources in research and development. This shoe company doesn’t merely want to design, produce, and market products to convey an image. The company rather designs shoes that fit and that actually last!

New Balance shoes are partially manufactured in the United States. The company makes domestic manufacturing a top priority, producing and assembling over 4 million pairs of athletic shoes per year in the United States.

I have fitted thousands of children for New Balance shoes, and I can assure you that they are made of excellent quality materials. Also, several parents report that New Balance shoes tend to hold up the best.

At the shoe store where I work, we have a bin for discarding defective footwear —when a shoe doesn’t hold up as it should, parents are allowed to return them to the shoe store as long they are within the return policy period— At the end of the month, we send the defective shoes back to the vendors. New Balance always has the lowest quantity of defective shoes compared to the other shoe brands.

If you are looking for supportive and durable shoes for your child, you can’t go wrong with New Balance. This shoe brand will work best if your child has wide to extra wide feet.

The Best New Balance Shoes for Kids

Below you can find a selection of the best New Balance shoes for kids with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet.


The Winner for Manufacturing High-Quality Yet Affordable Shoes

Another iconic shoe brand is Saucony, one of the leading technical shoe manufacturers out there. The company, which ceased producing its shoes in the US in 1997, focuses on quality and is known for its shoes’ high quality and support. Saucony is a great brand for kids, as they produce shoes in medium, wide, and extra wide widths.

What parents love the most about is how they make great quality shoes, at an affordable price. Did you know that Saucony is one of the few brands that makes vegan shoes, which include no glue or animal-sourced materials?

In my experience, most children will outgrow their pair of Saucony shoes before wearing them out!  If you are making a trip to the playground with your child, Saucony’s high-quality materials, such as leather and mesh uppers, rubber outsoles and flex grooves, will keep your child comfortable and carefree.

The company stands behind its products, in my experience, when consumers did not feel their Saucony purchases met quality standards.

The Best Saucony Shoes for Kids

The shoes below can fit children with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.


The Winner for Kids with Narrow Feet who Love to Run!

Asics is one of the best shoe brands when it comes to running. In addition to providing excellent support and stability, Asics shoes are extremely well built. Did you know that Asics is one of the most popular running shoe brands worldwide? Their styles are all made to accommodate the boundless energy of young children!

Like New Balance, Asics prioritizes the production of quality footwear over the creation of the most fashionable designs. While Asics’ prices are typically higher than New Balance’s or Saucony‘s, Asics’ shoes come with infused gel and offer optimal support for children who are serious about running!  Additional layers of gel are associated with the highest prices.

The Best Asics Shoes for Kids

Below you can find a selection of the best Asics shoe styles for children. These shoes can fit children with narrow or medium feet.


The Winner for Babies and Toddlers Learning How to Walk!

Stride Rite is the first choice for many parents since the company designs and engineers footwear specifically to meet the needs of growing children. When a child is learning how to walk, we normally fit them in a pair of Stride Rite “transition shoes,” since the shoes are engineered to help your child balance and learn how to walk while he or she is wearing the shoes.

Whether your child is walking, running, or jumping, this brand of shoes can handle it all.  Stride Rite makes shoes that are durable yet lightweight! They also manufacture shoes in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide!

Stride Rite has been creating quality footwear for almost a century now, designed specifically for kids. Stride Rite (which is manufactured by Wolverine now) has been manufacturing children’s shoes since 1919.

Most Stride Rite shoe styles come with sensory pods on the sole of the shoe, which allows babies who are learning how to walk “feel” the ground, making them more confident and stable when taking those first steps.

The Best Stride Rite Shoes for Kids

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes made by Stride Rite for babies learning how to walk with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet.


The Winner for Durable Shoes!

Geox doesn’t only make fantastic looking shoes, this brand makes shoes that are virtually indestructible. Need I say more? Wouldn’t that be every parent’s dream shoe? The stitching detail found on every single style of their shoes provides extended durability. A huge plus of this brand is their GeoxTM breathes patented system that absorbs and wicks away moisture!

If you have a child whose feet tend to sweat a lot, Geox shoes will provide them with excellent breathability. European customers love Geox shoes for their leather materials and for construction that provides excellent support.

The Best Geox Shoes for Kids

Below you can find a selection of the best Geox shoes for children with medium or wide feet.

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

If you want to be 100% sure about what shoe size to order online, I suggest that you follow the instructions in a different resource I created.

Why Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour Didn’t Make it to the Top 5 Best Shoe Brands for Kids?

While these shoe brands are some of the most popular shoe brands among children, their shoes don’t provide the correct amount of support that children need to perform their everyday activities and keep their feet healthy.

Let me elaborate a bit more…

Do you notice that in the picture below, the child’s feet are much straighter in the New Balance shoe than in the Nike shoe (multi-color blue)?


Most Nike shoes are too flimsy and soft, providing minimal arch and ankle support. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support. The heel counter of the Nike shoe style is much softer compared to a New Balance shoe style, which is evident in these photos:


Shoes play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy, so it’s very important that you choose the correct shoe styles for your child. Certain shoe brands that are consistent in making supportive, and well-made shoes for children.

Are you Confused About Which Shoe Brand to Choose? Get it Right!

In all honesty, you really can’t go wrong with any of these brands. They all make excellent quality footwear for kids, and when it comes to durability, there are no other better shoe brands for kids than the ones mentioned above. It will all come down to which brand fits the shape of your kids’ feet best.

When looking for shoes for their children, some parents’ top priority might be where the shoes are made, while for some other parents it might be the cost of the shoes. Aside from what your top priority might be, keep in mind that selecting good quality footwear for your children is important to keep your kids’ feet, legs, and back healthy.

Also, please don’t assume that a certain shoe brand manufactures poorly made shoes just because you had a bad experience with one particular style. Sometimes it happens that one shoe from the whole batch might be defective, in other words, a manufacturer defect. In the case of defective shoes, any of these 5 shoe companies will typically provide you with a refund or an exchange.

There is no definitive length of time that a pair of shoes will last or should last. The longevity of any pair of shoes is variable, as children’s activity levels and growth rates are variable. However, by choosing a high-quality, durable shoe from one of these recommended brands, parents can expect to maximize the life of their children’s shoes.

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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:

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I hope you enjoyed reading about the most durable brands for children, and I would love to know if you have had positive experiences with any of the brands mentioned. Also, let me know if you have another brand that you would recommend. Please share your experiences and thoughts below so that other parents can benefit from your experiences.