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The Best Shoe Brands for Toddlers – The 3 Most Durable and Affordable Brands!

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Are you looking for a pair of well-made, comfortable, durable, and affordable pair of shoes for your toddlers? Do you feel like your toddlers are always wearing down their shoes before they outgrow them?

One of parent’s biggest frustrations is when their children destroy their shoes before they are ready to be replaced. Most toddlers outgrow their shoes between 3 to 5 months, and since toddlers tend to grow so fast, they should always outgrow their shoes before they destroy them.

Most toddlers are extremely active and impose an enormous amount of stress on their shoes, and this can lead to the shoes wearing down faster. There are certain shoe styles that are supportivedurable, and affordable. In my experience, certain shoe brands consistently offer shoes of the highest quality construction and durability.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

I have spoken with several parents who complained that their toddler’s shoes fell apart before they outgrew them, and these frustrated parents all seem to have one question in common:

What are the best shoe brands for toddlers?

I have fitted most children’s shoe brands and I can tell you that the best shoe brands for toddlers are the ones that make durable, supportive and affordable footwear for them, but the shoes need to also be available in a variety of widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. I noticed how most toddlers have wide or extra wide feet.

If you provide your toddler with wide or extra wide feet a pair of shoes that are too narrow, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

There are 3 shoe brands that are consistent in the type of shoes that they manufacture. They all make supportive, lightweight, flexible, and high quality shoes for toddlers, but depending on your toddlers’ foot shape some of these brands will fit the shape of their feet better than others.

I will make sure that the shoes that you choose are beneficial for your toddler, and that they will support their natural movement and normal foot growth. It’s important to provide your toddlers with a pair of shoes with good grip in order to prevent them from slipping and falling down.

There are several shoe bands for toddlers out there for you to choose from and some that have gained more popularity lately are See Kai Run, Pediped, and Livie & Luca. I have fitted all those shoe brands before, but I believe there are other shoe brands that your toddler will benefit from wearing since they are more consistent in the quality of their shoes and they are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.

I will show you a selection of  the best shoe brands for toddlers shortly, but if you are going to be buying your toddlers’ shoes online, you need to be absolutely sure that you know your toddler’s exact foot size. Start by reading an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your toddler’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Toddler With Flat Feet

I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your toddler will not get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.

Below you can find a detailed description of the best shoe brands for toddlers ❤️

NUMBER 1: STRIDE RITE ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This shoe company makes the best shoe styles for toddlers who are learning how to walk and also for toddlers who are already waking.

Stride Rite makes lightweight, flexible, breathable, and comfortable shoes that are made to last.

This shoe company is the first choice for many parents since the company designs and engineers footwear specifically to meet the needs of growing children. They are my to-go shoes for toddlers who are still learning how to walk, since they manufacture shoes that are engineered to help your toddlers balance and learn how to walk while they are wearing the shoes.

Their shoes come with the latest technology such as sensory pods that allows toddlers to feel the ground beneath for better traction and grip.

Baby Boy First Walking Shoes

What I love the most about this shoe brand is how they offer shoes that are engineered specifically for toddlers who are learning how to walk, and the shoes are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. From a fitting perspective it’s extremely important for the shoes to be available in different widths.

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, and has been creating quality footwear designed specifically for kids since 1919.

Among this shoe brand there are certain shoe styles that are better than others. That is the reason why I put together a selection of the best Stride Rite shoes for toddlers who are still learning how to walk:


All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size longer of the size that your toddler measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device) in order to allow for growing room.

NUMBER 2: SAUCONY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Saucony is a great shoe brand for toddlers, as they produce shoes that are supportive, lightweight, and flexible. I recommend this shoe brand for toddlers who are already walking.

This shoe brand offers shoes in medium, wide, and extra wide widths. I have fitted several different Saucony shoe styles and I am pretty confident that your toddlers will outgrow their 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 toddler’s feet comfortable and care-free.

Saucony makes certain shoe styles that are breathable, lightweight, flexible, and supportive at the same time. What parents love the most about this shoe brand is how it makes affordable but high quality shoes at the same time.

Toddler Walking Shoes

I recommend this shoe brand for toddlers with narrow, medium, and wide feet. Even though Saucony offers shoes in extra wide widths I believe there are other shoe brands that will fit a toddler with extra wide feet better, such as New Balance.

Here you can find a selection of the best Saucony shoe style for toddlers:


All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a whole size longer of the size that your toddler measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

NUMBER 3: NEW BALANCE ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

New Balance is my to-go shoe brand for toddlers who have extra wide feet or need orthotics to be fitted inside their shoes. When toddlers have a high instep, I always try the New Balance shoe styles since they tend to be the deepest shoes. Deep shoes will allow your toddler’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, and prevent the top part of their feet (instep),to rub against the top part of the shoes.

New Balance makes some of the widest shoes since they make them deep (meaning that your toddler’s feet will sit deeply inside the shoes even if they have a high instep), and they also make shoes with the roundest toe-boxes.

For example, if you take a look at a Saucony shoe style in a size 10 extra wide, and we compare it to a New Balance shoe style in the same length and width, you will notice how different their toe-boxes are. New Balance tends to make shoes with rounder toe-boxes than Saucony, so if your child has extra wide feet, I always recommend that parents choose New Balance over Saucony.

The image below will help you visualize the difference between a Saucony and a New Balance she style, both in a size 10 1/2 extra wide. Notice the difference in the toe-boxes of the shoes. Do you notice how the New Balance shoe style has a much rounder (wider) toe-box?

Extra Wide New Balance Shoes

One of the things I like about New Balance is that they really care about making good quality shoes for children and adults. For example, did you know that New Balance has a policy that prohibits the company from endorsing any public figure to market their products? Therefore, their profitability is dependent solely on the quality of their shoes.

The fact that this shoe company makes shoes in different widths such as wide, and extra wide, is also a life saver for those toddlers who have extra wide feet.

When I see a toddler with extra wide feet and a high instep, I immediately START by trying the New Balance shoe styles.

Parents also love how durable this shoe brand is. You won’t have to worry about your toddler’s shoes falling apart, since they will most likely outgrow their shoe before they get destroyed.

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.

But not all New Balance shoes are American made. If you prefer to purchase American-made shoes, then you need to check the label located inside the particular shoe (inside the tongue of the shoe) they intend to buy to determine where it was made.

Here you can find a selection of the best New Balance shoe styles for toddlers:


These shoe styles will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet. Please keep in mind that these shoe styles WON’T fit a child with narrow feet.

All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size longer of the size that your toddler measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device)  in order to allow for growing room.

Now that you know which are the best shoe brands for toddlers you are ready to make the most informed decision.

Socks play a key role in keeping your toddler’s feet healthy, and it’s important that you provide your toddler with the correct sock style and the correct sock size if you want keep their feet healthy.It’s important that the socks that you provide for your toddlers don’t constrict toe movement, since toddlers move their toes as a way of exercising their feet.

There are certain type of socks that are seamless and will allow your toddler’s to freely move their toes even when they are wearing their socks.

The Best Socks for Toddlers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I always explain to parents how socks play a key role in keeping their toddler’s feet healthy since they act as a barrier between your toddler’s feet and the shoes. Socks prevent the build up of bacteria inside your toddler’s shoes and also prevent the formation of blisters by cushioning your toddler’s feet.

This is why I always recommend parents to have their toddler’s wear socks with their shoes. If your toddlers are always fussing and refusing to wear socks with their shoes, then you should try a pair of seamless socks.

Seamless socks are also great for toddlers who feel every bump and lump when wearing socks.  It’s important for the socks to be also breathable, to prevent your toddlers’ feet from sweating too much.

Here you can find a selection of the best seamless socks for toddlers:


What is your favorite shoe brand for toddlers? Is there a shoe brand that you have tried, and I didn’t mention? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LET’S START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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