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The Cheapest Kids Shoes – What Is The Price You Will Pay For Keeping Your Kids’ Feet Healthy?

Cheap Kids Shoes

Buying shoes for a child who is outgrowing his or her shoes every 3 to 4 months can get expensive. Are you finding it hard to justify spending 40 dollars or more for a pair of shoes for your toddler who might outgrow the shoes in 4 months or less? Do you tend to buy cheaper shoes for them that end up falling apart much faster than expected?

Parents are always trying to economize when it comes to buying their children’s shoes, and it’s understandable since they have to replace them so often. However, you should STOP buying bigger shoes hoping that your child will wear them longer. You will only end up compromising your child’s stability and creating all sort of foot problems which ends up costing you so much more money on the long run!

It is a fact that what may be considered “cheap” for one person may be “expensive” for another. In my opinion, a pair of cheap, yet high quality shoes will cost you around 40 dollars. To some parents this might sound like more money than they want to pay for their kids’ shoes, but remember, shoes still need to provide good support to your kids’ feet!

Let me clarify that your kids’ shoes wont last a whole year, or even six months (maybe older kids’ can get away with wearing their shoes for 6 months), most children will outgrow their shoes between 4 to 5 months. The reason I am telling you this is because I helped a dad who came to the store complaining that the shoes his child wore for a WHOLE YEAR didn’t hold up as long as they were supposed to! Take a look at the picture of the shoes that child was STILL wearing when he came to the store!

Wore Down Shoes

The Worst Shoes For Kids

We can’t blame the quality of the shoes in this particular case, since the child wore the shoes for so long that even the sturdiest shoes will have fallen apart! I was shocked that the father let this child walk around with shoes looking like that! Normally children will outgrow their shoes before they fall apart, but if your kids’ shoes look like this, PLEASE replace them as soon as possible!

I have spoken to certain parents who have told me how their kids’ outgrow their shoes every 2 months! I find that hard to believe, and that’s probably happening because they are not fitting their kids’ shoes properly. Even toddler shoes should last 3 1/2 to  4 months if the shoes were properly fitted. If your toddler’s shoes are falling apart before they outgrow them, then the shoes you are buying for them are made of poor quality material. Remember that your kids should always outgrow their shoes before anything happens to them!

If you are spending less than 40 dollars in your kids’ shoes, that’s great, but make sure they are supportive and well-made. If the shoes are not supportive enough or they are not made of good quality, it will lead to foot and leg pain for your child! If you think about it, if you are spending 40 dollars for each pair of shoes, and your child is outgrowing them every 4 months, that means a total of 120 dollars a year is necessary to make sure you are keeping your kids’ feet healthy!

Doesn’t that sounds like a good deal to you?

Buying cheaper shoes for your child doesn’t mean that you need to compromise the quality or the support of the shoes.  I have fitted several kids’ shoe styles that are affordable and provide the same support as some of the more expensive styles. Most importantly, they are available in different widthsmedium, wide, and extra wide! I have fitted these shoes before, since I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 7 years, and we specialize in children who have foot problems such as foot pain, flat feet, or knocked knees!

In this post, I will describe the cheapest kids’ shoes that are made of great quality that also provide great support for your children to wear as their everyday sneakers!

Cheap Children Shoes

STOP Buying Your Kids’ Shoes At Target Or Walmart!

I always tell parents to STOP buying their kids’ shoes at superstores like Target or Walmart. Yes, you will see some of the cheapest kids’ shoe styles in there, but they end up falling apart so much faster than expected. I have helped several children that have come wearing shoes from those stores and some of them were literally made out of cardboard! I have heard several stories of how the tongue of the shoe fell out, or how the whole sole of the shoe came apart…

I understand how tempting it is to spend 20 dollars or less on a pair of kids’ shoes, especially when they are outgrowing them so fast. But in reality, you are only creating foot problems for your child that will end up costing you so much more later on!

I have received several comments by parents stating how they spend 15 dollars or less on their kids’ shoes. I actually ran into an article about a person who has a six-figure income but proudly states that he buys his kids shoes for 15 dollars shoes at Walmart. Obviously this person doesn’t understand the importance of well fitted quality shoes.

I am not saying that you have to spend a fortune on your kids’ shoes, and being economical is a part of everyone’s life, regardless of  income bracket. But if you can’t invest 40 dollars every 4 months into your kids’ feet and risk hurting foot development in order to “economize”, that becomes false economy!

Cheap But Durable Shoes For Kids! – Learn About The Best Styles

There are many parents who come to the shoe store telling me that they don’t care about how the shoe looks like, as long as it fits their kids’ feet and the price falls under a certain number. I love when parents tell me this, because it makes the whole shopping experience so much easier. I bring out the shoes in the price range that they are comfortable with, and I also select shoes that will provide good support and structure for their kids’ feet.

One shoe company that makes great shoes for kids’ at very affordable prices is Saucony. They make high quality and supportive shoes for kids in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.When a family asks me to find their child a pair of good quality, yet affordable shoes, I tend fit that child with a pair of Saucony shoes. You might even recognize this brand from wearing their shoes yourself!

I wrote a post where I describe the best shoe brands for kids, and you can find that post here:

The Best Shoe Brands For Kids – The 5 Most Durable And Affordable Brands!

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Where Can I Buy Cheap Shoes For My Child? – The Secret Revealed!

I always recommend that parents  have their kids’ shoes fitted at a local children’s shoe store that they trust. NEVER shy away from telling the shoe fitter that you want your kids’ shoes to fall under a certain price range! The shoe fitter will actually appreciate this since you will make the whole process of finding shoes for your child much easier!

However, several parents have contacted me asking where they can get their kids’ shoes online, since they don’t have a shoe store that they trust. I wrote a post where I describe the best place to get your kids’ shoes online:

The Best Place To Buy Kids Shoes – Avoid Stride Rite, Nordstrom, Payless…

Amazon offers the best prices by far when it comes to children’s shoes. You might even find some of the styles I describe between 25 to 35 dollars!

Below you can find a selection of the cheapest and more supportive shoes for your kids!

The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).

This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

This selection of 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.

The shoes in the first-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

The shoes in the second-row 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.

The great thing about the shoe styles that I describe above is not only how affordable those shoes are, but also how supportive they are and how they will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide width feet! Remember the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width! It won’t matter how expensive or how affordable the shoes are, if you are not providing them with the correct shoe size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer!

Cheap Shoes For Your Child – Use Your Parenting Good Judgment!

If you decide to buy cheaper shoes for your child, you will find yourself buying multiple pairs in a season. Remember that in the long run, you will end up saving a lot of money by investing in higher quality shoes!

I usually get a parent that asks me how our feet survived before all the supportive, better-made shoes came around? I believe that the advances in medicine and technology have lead us to live better, healthier lifestyles. If you have ever experienced back or leg pain, your doctor will start by checking the shoes you are wearing. I have experienced foot and leg pain myself, and wearing the right type of shoes has helped reduce and eliminate the pain tremendously!

I have seen the positive impact that supportive shoes can have in children by having them try the shoes on and observing the kids walking. The difference that good, supportive shoes have in the way children walk is AMAZING. A child whose feet and legs are turn in when walking, can be corrected easily by wearing the right type of shoes.

It must be noted that buying expensive shoes doesn’t automatically translate to better shoes for your child’s feet. I have fitted several of the most affordable shoes for kids’ that have been great for their feet!

Have you found a particular shoe style that is affordable and also good for your kids’ feet? What is the lowest price that you have paid for your kid’ shoes? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!



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12 Comments on The Cheapest Kids Shoes – What Is The Price You Will Pay For Keeping Your Kids’ Feet Healthy?

  1. Hello,

    I am looking for shoes my niece, what would you recommend for a 4 year old little girl? She does play hard all day long non-stop, she plays with her brothers so you can imagine how hard she is on her shoes! I saw your recommendations but which shoe style will you recommend for her that’s durable and affordable?

    • The Saucony baby ride is the style that you probably want for your child. It provides great everyday support, it’s durable, and it’s available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths. I can guarantee you that you won’t find another kid shoe for that price with the support and quality of the Saucoy baby ride.

  2. Great article!!!

    I am a mom of two and I am always trying to get the perfect shoes for my kids. Our feet support our bodies every day and children who are growing and developing really need good shoes, to support their growing body, develop properly, and play hard!

    I wish all parents understood the importance of taking care of their children’s feet. The worst mistake is buying second hand shoes for children. People need to realize that everyone’s foot pattern is different, unique like a fingerprint. Used shoes do more damage because now there is different wear on the shoes that can actually cause damage to the spine! All for what? to save ten to twent dollars? Buy proper shoes and make your life easier down the road but more importantly make your child’s life easier! Thank you Juan Pablo!

    • I agree with you! Taking care of our kids feet properly by providing them with the correct pair of shoes it’s important to keep their feet and legs healthy! I always explain to parents the consequences of providing their children with hand-me-down shoes. I actually wrote a post where I explain this into more detail: Second Hand Shoes For Kids – Stop Hurting Your Child’s Feet

      I know how we are always trying to economize, but compromising our kids’ feet and legs health for saving 10 to 20 dollars is false economy.

  3. I usually purchase shoes from Walmart all the time due to costs and I am guilty of buying the shoe bigger so they can last. What are the long term damages of wearing cheap shoes? Is it cheaper to buy kids shoes online? Which website offers kids shoes for the cheapest prices?

    • Hello Krissy,

      Cheaper shoes don’y automatically translate into low quality shoes. I have fitted some reasonable priced shoes that offer great support and structure, and they are made of good quality. However, if you are paying less than 20 dollars for your kids shoes, then the shoe is probably made of low quality. Amazon offers the best prices when it comes to kids shoes.

  4. Informative article. I usually would purchase shoes from Walmart all the time due to costs and I am guilty of buying the shoe bigger so that they can last. What are the long term damages of wearing cheap shoes?

    • There is nothing wrong about providing our kids’ with cheaper shoes as long s they are supportive enough! There is a certain amount of growing room you can leave for your child to grow into the shoe, but if you are leaving extra room then you can create all sort of foot problems such as blisters, calluses, corns, and you will be compromising his or her stability!
      STOP leaving too much extra growing room! I created a post where I describe how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size: How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!

  5. I am a father of four kids and I spend a lot on my kids shoes. My oldest is very picky and will only wear Nike or Jordans. But my other three kids are not as picky. I used to buy shoes from Walmart and it was a waste of my time and money! The shoes fell apart fast and gave my kids blisters! I am NEVER buying my kids shoes from there ever again.

    • Felix,

      When children reach a certain age they start asking for particular brands or fashion oriented shoes. It is important to never compromise on the fit or support of the shoes, but still try to make your kids happy.

      Stay away from low quality made shoes, since they will end up creating several foot problems to your kids feet that will end up costing you so much more!

  6. I don’t usually go for low cost shoes because I do understand that shoes is one of the most important things for our comfort. However, when I had my daughter I realised that it wouldn’t be the case most of the time because of how fast they grow. So I tried as much as I can to scout online for trusted brands at reasonable prices. Yes Target comes in really cheap and sometimes you’ll get good finds. But I would always end up buying through amazon.

    • Hello Cherie,

      Amazon offers good, quality shoes for kids. It is important to provide our kids with good quality, supportive shoes to keep their feet and legs healthy!

      I always recommend parents to take their kids to be properly fitted for shoes at their local fitting shoe store. However, Target, Wallmart, Payless… etc are not fitting stores, so they don’t know how to fit shoes and they offer low quality shoes that end up wearing out so much faster than expected.

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