Are you looking for a pair of affordable and supportive shoes for your child? Do you feel like your children always wear down their shoes before they are ready to outgrow them?
Buying shoes for children who will outgrow their shoes every 3 to 4 months can get expensive. Are you finding it hard to justify spending 40 dollars or more in a pair of shoes that your child might outgrow in less than 4 months?
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, one common mistake I see parents make is buying bigger shoes for their kids hoping that their kids will be able to wear them longer. By providing your child with shoes that are too long you will end up compromising your child’s stability and creating all sort of foot problems which will end up costing you so much more money in 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 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.
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 from good quality materials, it will lead to foot and leg pain. If you think about it, if you are spending 40 dollars for each pair of shoes, and your child is outgrowing the shoes every 4 months, that means that you are spending a total of 120 dollars a year to keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy.
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store where we focus in children with foot issues, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
There are certain shoe styles that I have fitted before that are affordable and made from high quality materials at the same time.
But before I show you a selection of the most affordable shoes for kids that are also supportive and well-made, I want to clarify a couple points:
- 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 (depending on their age). The reason why I am telling you this is because I helped a family the other day who came to the store complaining that their kids’ shoes didn’t hold up as expected after being worn for an entire year.
Take a look at the picture of the shoes that the child was still wearing when he came to the store.
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 family allowed this child to walk around with the shoes looking like that. Normally children will outgrow their shoes before they wear them down, but if your kids’ shoes look like this, please replace them even if your child still has growing room left.
- I have spoken to certain parents who have told me how their kids keep outgrowing 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 (leaving the correct amount of growing room) to being with. Even if you have a toddler at home, his/her shoes should last 3 1/2 to 4 months. If your toddler’s shoes are falling apart before they are ready to outgrow them, then the shoes you are buying for them are made from poor quality materials. Remember that your kids should always outgrow their shoes before they wear them out.
- More expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes for your child. Buying cheaper shoes for your child doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on the quality or the support of the shoes. I have fitted several kids’ shoe styles that are affordable and provide the same amount of support as some of the more expensive ones. Most importantly, they are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
I will provide you with a selection of the cheapest kids’ shoes that are made of high quality materials and that also provide great support for your children to wear them as their every day sneakers.
Places you Need to Avoid – Stop Buying Shoes at Target or Walmart!
I always advice to 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 will 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 from parents of how the tongue of the shoes 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 in the future.
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!
I wrote an article where I describe in more detail why you must avoid getting your kids’ shoes in those places. Please go to the link below:
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 they fit the shape of their kids’ feet perfectly and the shoes fall under a certain price range. I appreciate 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.
There is an article I wrote where I describe the best shoe brands for kids. If you want to learn which are the best 5 shoe brands for kids go to the link below:
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!
The Cheapest Kids’ Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Amazon offers the best prices by far when it comes to children’s shoes. You might even find some of the styles I describe below between the 25 to 35 dollar range.
Below you can find a selection of the cheapest and more supportive shoes for your kids. These shoe styles will fit a child that has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet (s long as you choose the shoe width accordingly).
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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 first two styles from the left made by Saucony are called the “Baby Ride 10”. I am providing you with the latest version of the shoes, but you might find the “Baby Ride 9” or the “Baby Ride 6” for a much lower price.
The great thing about the shoe styles that I describe above is not only how affordable they are, but also how supportive, lightweight, flexible, breathable, and durable they are.
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.
It must be noted that expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes for your child’s feet.
Have you found a particular shoe style that is affordable and supportive at the same time? What is the lowest price that you have paid for your kids’ shoes? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.