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The Best Shoes for Sweaty Feet – The Proven Method to Stop Kids Feet from Sweating


“My child has the smelliest feet!” is what parents often tell me before I get ready to remove their kids’ shoes to measure their feet. 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 shoes and socks that your child wears can significantly reduce or completely eliminate the sweat. I am going to show you a list of the best shoes for sweaty feet based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience!

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years now, where we specialize in helping children with “complex” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for kids with sweaty feet.


If your child has been dealing with sweaty feet, I am going to show you a selection of breathable shoes, machine washable, and come with antibacterial insoles.

Be Proactive and Don’t Take the “Wait and See Approach”

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 multiply in sweaty environments? Some parents even allow their kids to wear their shoes without socks, and that really gets the bacteria going!

I have seen children develop all sorts of foot issues from not wearing breathable shoes such as Athlete’s foot, blisters, calluses, or corns. If your kids’ feet are wet or damp for most of the day, the skin gets softer and more susceptible to developing foot issues. 

I always recommend breathable and machine-washable shoes for children with sweaty feet. The issue is that there is a small selection of shoes that allow your child’s feet to breathe properly and that are machine washable at the same time. In addition, the shoes need to fit your child’s exact foot shape —narrow, medium, wide, extra wide.


The Importance of Getting Shoes that Are Machine Washable

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 inside 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.

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
  • Clamminess

Reducing and Eliminating Sweaty Feet – Shoes and Socks Work Together!

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. The shoes and the socks work together in trying to reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ sweaty feet.

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 constantly 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.

Best Shoe Brands for Kids with Sweaty Feet

There are 2 shoe brands that are my go-to ones for children with sweaty feet:


Tsukihoshi is a Japanese shoe brand that makes lightweight yet supportive shoes that are breathable, machine washable, and come with anti-bacterial original insoles. 

➡️ Geox

This shoe company incorporated breathing panels into the soles of their shoes, promoting breathability and creating an ideal micro-climate inside the shoe. 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.

While these 2 shoe companies have created breathable shoes by incorporating as much mesh material as possible, certain shoe styles among these brands are better than others when it comes to allowing feet to breathe.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before as that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Sweaty Feet

The shoes below can fit children with medium or wide feet. Simply take a look at the description below each shoe to find out what features it provides and the size you should order to allow for the correct amount of growing room.

Keep in mind that shoes that are fitted too short can be a contributing cause of your child’s sweaty feet. Before you buy your kids’ shoes online you must be 100% sure of your child’s foot size.

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 size or a whole size bigger than your child’s current foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

*A half a size bigger translates to 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

*A whole size bigger translates to 3/8 of an inch or 0.8 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

Are you 100% Sure your Child is Wearing the Correct Shoe Size?

Not all parents have a good-fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a resource where I describe the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in the United States – Where to Go for Proper Fittings!

If after looking at the resource you still can’t seem to find a good kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to read an article I created where I describe 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

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 shoe 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.

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.


The Importance of Alternating Shoes – Take Advantage of That Extra Pair!

Let me start by acknowledging that not all families can afford to provide their children with two pairs 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.

Experiences from Parents Dealing with Kids with Sweaty Feet

Let’s see if you can relate to some of the stories below, as they are from parents of children who are dealing with sweaty feet.


“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 was 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 on 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.

What are the Best Boots for Kids with Sweaty Feet?

I created a different resource that describes the most breathable boots for kids. Go to the link below:

Best Boots for Kids with Sweaty Feet – Waterproof and Breathable at the Same Time!

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:

The Best Shoes for Women with Sweaty Feet – The Proven Method to STOP Sweaty Feet

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: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

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!


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23 Comments on The Best Shoes for Sweaty Feet – The Proven Method to Stop Kids Feet from Sweating

  1. I remember when I was in high school, I was wearing shoes without socks (some of the time) and I noticed that my feet became sweaty and stinky. Nowadays, shoe making technology has vastly improve so parents can have lots of choices when buying. Specially now that they make machine washable shoes and shoes with very breathable materials.

    I ordered one of the machine washable shoes from your site I will let you know how my child likes it and if the smell goes away!

    • The fact that shoe companies are making machine washable shoes and shoes with breathable material is a huge deal for our children who tend to sweat a lot and have stinky, sweaty feet. Wearing the right sock will also make a huge difference! Let me know how it works out!

  2. Ok, I don’t know what it is about my son, but he has the world’s stinkiest feet hands down. And when he wears his shoes, then takes them off… it’s awful! He is 17 with a big foot, so I don’t think he can wear any of the shoes you have recommended. Is there a men’s shoe you would recommend, or do I just click on the shoe and then look for a men’s size?

    • I always recommend taking children to your local kids’ shoe store. I don’t review men shoe sizes, but Asics and New Balance are brands that come in wide widths. Keep that in mind and make sure you are getting him good breathable socks. It will definitely help reduce the smell of his feet!

  3. They actually have shoes designed to combat sweaty feet? Where were these about 30 years ago when I was a young kid? I have two kids’ with extremely sweaty feet and their shoes end up stinking up the whole house.

    I like the fact that these shoes are machine washablae, and I will also get some of the socks you recommend!

    • Oliver,

      The shoes that I describe in the post are the best shoes for children who have sweaty, stinky feet. You will be shocked about the difference that they will make when it comes to keeping your kids from sweating and smelling so much!

  4. This information about the best shoes for sweaty feet which are proven to stop kids feet from sweating will definitely help me in buying the appropriate footwear for my daughter. Her feet sweat a lot after having PE from school. She wears canvas closed shoes for PE as well as trainers. She always forgets to wear socks, and I need to remind her of this every time because it will help her feet breathe. I will have to buy that seamless socks that you have recommended next time. Thank you!

    • Your daughter should only wear trainers for activities such as PE or when she is running around a lot. Trainers shoes or “running shoes” are much more supportive than canvas shoes, and they also breathe better. Providing your daughter with the correct pair of shoes and socks will have a huge impact on the way her feet smell!

  5. This is exactly what I was looking for. My son is having this problem – his feet are sweating a lot so I was looking for a proper solution for this problem. He is very active so I actually thought that this is because of him being so active. For sure, I knew that also socks and shoes matter but didn’t know that the sweating can be eliminated just by choosing appropriate shoes and socks. I will definitely try your suggestions but to make my search easier – could you please advise which of your suggestions is suitable for wide feet? I would prefer machine washable shoes jsut would like to know which brand is more suitable for wide feet.

    • Arta,

      If your child has wide feet, you should choose the ones made by Tsukihoshi! They are machine washable, super flexible, and they come with an antibacterial insole! They will fit the widest from the shoe styles I describe. Wearing the correct type of shoes and socks will make a tremendous difference to your kids’ feet!

  6. Thank you so much for your useful information. My daughter is 3 and she has sweaty foot since baby. She’s now having Tsukihoshi sneaker but her socks still get wet after a couple hour of wear. I need to look for a breathable indoor shoe for her upcoming preschool in Sept and I don’t know what to get her as she will need to wear the shoe whole day long. I was thinking to buy Converse but afraid there won’t be enough support. Do you have any recommendations? She has wide feet also. Thank you.

    • Hello Mich,

      Don’t buy her Converse to wear to school since they offer no support whatsoever. Converse are meant to be worn to the shopping mall or to go to an activity for a couple of hours only.
      You should start by checking out this post I wrote where I describe the best socks for kids with sweaty feet (since the shoes your daughter is wearing are breathable, it might be the socks that are making her feet sweat so much):

      The Best Socks for Kids with Sweaty Feet – PREVENT Your Kid’s Feet from Smelling!

      For her indoor shoe, does it have to be a sneaker or it can be a slip-on shoe? Please clarify so I can give you better advise!

      • As long as it’s not a open toe shoe is fine. I have read your other post about socks so I just ordered some online to try but they just contain 50% merino wool. I hope that works on her. There are thin, medium and thick wool socks. Does the thick ones can absorb more sweat but I was thinking if she will be more comfortable of wearing the thin one with shoe? Would be great if you can give me some recommendation which shoe should I get. Thank you!

          • Hello Mich,

            It’s really up to your daughter, but probably she will feel more comfortable wearing the thinner socks. Next time you contact me please provide your daughter’s shoe size (it makes the whole process of finding her a shoe much easier)

            Below are the options I believe will be best to combat your daughter’s sweaty feet. The first option is a sneaker/sandal, which is great because is open and breathable and your child can run around in it (it is also available in wide widths)

            Indoor shoe for sweaty feet made by Stride Rite: 1st Choice

            The second option is a mary jane made by Tsukihoshi (washable and more open than the sneakers)

            Indoor shoe for sweaty feet: 2nd Choice

            I hope this helps and clarifies! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  7. Hello! OMG! I have 4 boys and 2 little girls 5 and 12. My sons feet have no odor whatsoever, but both my daughter feet cute as they are smells like rotten cheese that’s been marinading in moldy vinegar for months in the hot dessert sun, then dipped in ammonia, sprinkled with old cornchips and smashed with rotten eggs, and that’s on a good day. My sister and my brother have the same problems with the girls, but not their boys either, AND I also read on so many mom blogs that it is around 95% girls with the foot odor issues. It was the same way when I was growing up. All my female cousins feet reeked, but never the boys. Is this more predominate in the female species or something? It has to be. This is NOT coincidence.

    • Dear Kim,

      I believe that the cause might be that most girls tend to wear their shoes without socks. Keep in mind that socks play a huge role in keeping our kids feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between their feet and the shoes.
      When it comes to foot odor, bacteria are to blame. Bacteria multiplies in sweat, so if the child doesn’t wear socks, that really gets them going. Always provide your kids with breathable shoes and socks to prevent their feet from sweating and smelling so much!

      • Thanks so much for your reply! The thing is, I make my girls wear their shoes with socks all the time since they smell so horrid, but their little stinkers still STINK! But then again, me and my childhood friend were the same way, but once we hit around 14, they didn’t smell as bad. SO maybe it’s just the younger girls.

        But I guess we can look on the bright side. There is a National Odor Eaters Contest held once a year, and most of the time it’s a little girl who wins the contest.. go figure… ($2,000.00) So I guess the girls having really stinky feet pays off right? LOL??????

  8. We have a three year old who has had sweaty feet since day one. He doesn’t even have to be wearing socks or sneakers for them to be sweaty! We let him be barefoot as much as possible but when it rains and in the winter when it’s rainy or snowy he needs boots (puddles anyone?). Every year since he started walking (starting before his first birth day) we come out of winter with some kind of foot or toenail fungus issue with him despite our best efforts to change socks frequently and have breathable shoes. Seems breathable rain/winter boots are impossible though! Any recommendations for boots? (Also note i can’t wear wool on my feet and he’s got all of my same skin sensitivities so far so I’m expecting the same for him… and to make matters more complicated he has extra wide feet… the only sneaker we’ve found that fits him is one specific style of new balance in extra wide where two Velcro straps allow the shoe to open completely… other brands‘ extra wide shoes aren’t even wide enough!) Thank you for this post!

    • Hi Heather,

      The fact that your son has extra wide feet makes the situation a lot more challenging, as he is limited in the type of shoes he can wear. However, have you ever tried the shoe brand Tsukihoshi? They make some of the most breathable shoes that are machine washable and come with antibacterial insoles. Some of their styles are even capable of fitting children with extra wide feet.

      Below you can find examples of how these shoes look like:

      Option 1

      Option 2

      The only boot that comes into mind is one made by the same company Merrell. This boot is waterproof (so your son can jump into puddles).

      Boot Option 1

      This is not a rain boot, it’s more like a hiking waterproof boot. However, it will keep your son’s feet dry.

      I hope this helps!

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