“My child has the smelliest feet!” is what parents often tell me before I remove their kids’ shoes to measure their feet.
If your child is dealing with sweaty feet, you must take action before this issue escalates to a bigger problem. Did you know that bacteria multiplies in sweaty environments? Some parents even allow their kids to wear their shoes without socks, and that really gets the bacteria going!
I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years now, and we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well!
Some children’s feet tend to sweat more than others. One of the most common causes is believed to be hereditary, but the type of socks or shoes that your child wears can significantly reduce or completely eliminate the sweat.
There are only certain shoe styles that will allow your child’s feet to breathe better, and I know which shoe styles these are because I have fitted them before.
Shoe companies are making more breathable sneakers not just for kids, but for adults as well. They understand the importance of wearing shoes that allow the feet to breathe properly, especially when it comes to the smell!
I have seen children develop all sort of foot issues from not wearing breathable shoes or the correct type of socks such as Athlete’s foot, blisters, calluses, or corns. If your kids feet are wet or damp for most of the day, they are more prone to developing foot issues.
If your child has been dealing with sweaty feet, I will show you a selection of the best shoes for sweaty feet. These shoes are breathable, machine washable, and come with an antibacterial insole!
Kids with Sweaty Feet – Learn About the Symptom!
While some sweaty feet symptoms might seem obvious, below you can find a list of these symptoms so you can keep a close eye (and nose!) on your kids’ foot health!
- Foot odor
- Itchy feet
- Skin problems
- Toenail fungus
- Wet socks
Did you know that sweaty feet can lead to a myriad of foot problems such as blisters, foot odor, and the growth of fungus?
When adults feel that their socks are damp, they tend to switch to a pair of dry socks. However, most children won’t say a word, even when they feel that their feet are soaking wet from the sweat!
Because kids don’t monitor sock dampness, parents should always check their kids’ feet after they come home from school. Feel their socks and make sure they don’t feel damp, and if they do, explain to your child that it is important to switch to a clean pair of socks.
How to Stop your Kids Sweaty Feet – Shoes and Socks Work Together!
Providing your child with the correct type of shoes will reduce the amount that your child’s feet sweat considerably, but in order to completely eliminate the excessive sweat from the feet, you must provide your kids’ with the right type of shoes and socks! The shoes and socks work together in attacking this condition.
Certain sock styles breathe better and are made of higher quality fabrics than others.Wool is the best type of sock material since it wicks away the moisture.
I describe the best socks for kids with sweaty feet in an article I wrote called:
If you provide your child with a pair of breathable shoes but the socks are made out of synthetic materials, then your child’s feet will continue to sweat. On the other hand, if you provide your child with a pair of breathable socks but the shoes are not breathable enough, then your child’s feet will continue to sweat. This is what I mean when I state that the shoes and the socks work together in trying to reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ sweaty feet.
The Importance of Alternating Shoes – Take Advantage of That Extra Pair!
Let me start off by acknowledging that not all families can afford to provide their child with two pair of sneakers. In fact, most parents purchase one pair of sneakers for their kids to wear for their everyday activities!
One pair of good, supportive sneakers is all your kids need. However, if your child happens to have two pairs of sneakers, take advantage of this and alternate them! Have your children switch to their other pair as soon as they come back from school. This will allow his/her feet to stay dry and breathe better.
Try to emphasize to your child the importance of good foot hygiene, since this can prevent foot odor and infection. Also, make sure your child is drying his/her feet thoroughly after taking a shower!
Simple steps like the ones mentioned will make a huge difference in keeping your kids’ feet dry and healthy!
What are the Best Shoes for Kids with Sweaty Feet? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
While shoe companies have created breathable shoes by incorporating as much mesh material as possible, certain shoe styles are better than others when it comes to allowing feet to breathe!
One of the greatest inventions regarding breath-ability of shoes came from a shoe company named Geox. In addition to making shoes that are practically indestructible, with great support and structure, Geox also makes shoes that are as breathable as it gets!
Another great shoe company for children with sweaty feet is called Tsukihoshi! Have you heard of this brand before? Tsukihoshi is a Japanese shoe brand that makes lightweight yet supportive shoes. They are also breathable, machine washable, and come with an anti-bacterial inner sole!
These shoe companies incorporated breathing panels into the soles of their shoes, promoting breathability and creating an ideal micro-climate inside the shoe!
Keep in mind that we always want to provide kids with a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room. This is why it’s important to know how each shoe style fits, since shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they fit you need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids who suffer from sweaty feet! This first selection shows all Tsukihoshi shoe styles, and all of these shoe styles are MACHINE WASHABLE.
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The shoes in the first-row fit “long”, which means that you need to get the same size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room (since the shoes already fit long).
Finding a shoe that is machine washable can be a great asset, since you will be able to throw them in the washing machine as often as you need, making sure you are killing any bacteria that is living in the shoe!
Being able to wash your kids’ shoes in the washing machine allows you to kill 99.9% of the bacteria, fungus, viruses and other microbes!
This second selection shows all Geox shoe styles:
The shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
If you happen to need pair of breathable shoes for yourself, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best shoes for women with sweaty feet:
Are you 100% Sure your Child is Wearing the Correct Shoe Size?
I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store that they TRUST, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that FIT.
Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
If you have tried breathable shoes and socks, and you still feel that your kids’ sweating is out of control, you should consult your doctor, as your child may be suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty feet regardless of the temperature).
Remember that a shoe’s materials play an important role in preventing your kids’ feet from sweating too much. The choices that I recommend to you are made from porous, breathable, man-made fibers, such as canvas and leather.
Rubber shoes must be avoided, since these trap in both heat and moisture, which will make your kids’ feet sweat even more!!!
Keep in mind that most kids have sweaty feet from playing and running around. This is totally normal! The problem comes when they have excessively sweaty feet, since this can create several foot issues!
Experiences from Parents Dealing with Children with Sweaty Feet
Let’s see if you can relate to some of the stories below, these are stories from real parents just like you!
“I didn’t know what else to do to stop my son’s feet from sweating so much! I decided to go ahead and try a new pair of shoes made by a Japanese brand named Tsukihoshi, and when I checked his feet after coming home from school, they were completely dry! I didn’t know what a difference the right pair of shoes could have in my kids sweaty feet!”
“It’s about 20 degrees where I live, and my daughter’s feet still sweat! I barely ever put shoes on her because her feet sweat like crazy. I decided I was tired of feeling crazy and reached out to our pediatrician and nurse today, who were unhelpful. I tried one of the shoes that you recommend and my daughters’ feet don’t sweat nearly as much! It worked! My daughter calls them the magical shoes!”
“My son always had really sweaty feet and they were staying damp for several hours after removing his shoes. The skin on his feet were also starting to peel. I got a pair of the socks that you recommended along with a pair of the Geox shoes, and his feet are much healthier now! Thank you!”
Excessive foot sweating in kids can have a negative impact in their everyday activities such as being comfortable at school or at home. Before you go to your doctor, try simple things such as changing to an appropriate pair of socks and wearing the correct type of shoes.
You will be amazed by the difference these changes can make! If your kids’ stinky feet are driving you insane, take action!
Now you know the health implications that occur when your kids’ feet sweat excessively and they stay in damp shoes and socks for extended periods of time.
Do your kids’ feet sweat a lot? Is it out of control? Have you tried any particular shoe style that has helped reduce the sweat? Please share your experiences below, so other parents can all benefit from them!