In the past, children did not have any say in their fashion choices; those were made by their parents or grandparents. These days kids know what they want. It is hard to force them to wear what they don’t like. They want to wear what they see their friends wearing, or favorite personalities are wearing.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
I understand that current fashion is important to children, but I always advise parents to NEVER compromise on the way the shoes FIT.
Current fashion is important to kids. Children want what is attractive and flashy as opposed to an adult who require function and affordability.
Is it possible to find a pair of shoes that are attractive to kids but at the same time functional and healthy for their feet?
I call shoes functional when they serve a purpose and provide good support, are flexible, lightweight, and breathable.
Most parents always want functional shoes for their children, but as kids get older, it gets harder and harder for them to tell them what to wear. If your child has reached that point, I will show you the coolest shoes for kids that are still FUNCTIONAL and supportive for their feet.
Fashion Vs Function – Can You Combine the Two?
While we always want to make our kids happy, providing them with a pair of fashion shoes that don’t offer enough support will create numerous foot issues.
Fashion shoes are only meant to be worn for a couple of hours, and only once in a while. If your child wears fashion shoes as his or her everyday shoes, it may lead to foot and leg pain. It can also lead to problems such as blisters, calluses and corns (the later ones are incredibly hard to get rid of).
There are few children’s fashion shoe styles that will provide good support for your child’s feet. Some of these shoes will also be available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
Please keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how much support a shoe provides, if it is not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly. The concern parents have is that most local children’s shoe store have been closing, and they are left with big retailers such as Nordstrom’s or Payless, which have sales staff and not trained fitters that don’t know how to properly FIT shoes.
If you are one of those parents who don’t have a shoe store I their area that they TRUST, start by reading a post I wrote where I describe the best way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
Now that you know how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, you are ready to see a selection of the coolest shoes for children that will also provide everyday support for your child’s feet!
The Coolest Kids’ Sneakers – Light Up Shoes!
Children prefer flashy and fun shoes with superheroes or cartoon characters, but are these shoes supportive enough? There is a small selection of light up shoes that actually provide good support.
However, you must be careful when you choose them. I have helped numerous children that came to the shoe store wearing character shoes from places like Target or Walmart, which do not only not provide any support and are very poorly made.
Those types of shoes end up falling apart in a month or two, and your child should always outgrow his or her shoes before they are ready to be replaced.
I have fitted light up shoes by Stride Rite that actually provide great support and are available in different widths.
There is a post I wrote where I describe the best character and light up shoes for children and it’s called:
In that post I describe the most supportive, everyday light up shoes for children that are also available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
If you have an older child that is looking for cool shoes, take a look at the shoe below. This shoe style is actually available for toddlers, all the way up to adult sizes!
These shoe styles 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.
It is one of the coolest shoes that I have fitted, the Energy Lights by Sketchers. Let’s take a look at some of the features that these shoe styles have to offer:
- Quаlіtу: This shoe style is made of high ԛuаlіtу PU leather wіth fаѕhіоnаblе lооkѕ, great ѕtіtсhеѕ and nоn-ѕlір rubber ѕоlе that provide support and durаbіlіtу.
- USB Rесhаrgеаblе: Easy to rесhаrgе the shoes with USB саblе, аndrоіd phone USB cable. The charging time іѕ 1-3 hours.
- Oссаѕіоn: The LED shoes are реrfесt for your kids’ birthday party, реrfоrmаnсеѕ, Hаllоwееn, Thanksgiving and Chrіѕtmаѕ Dау and any оthеr сеlеbrаtіоn.
- Switch Instruction: Power ѕwіtсh оn charging port hіddеn іnѕіdе the ѕhое. Press to ѕtаrt wіth a ѕtаtіс lіght-uр раttеrn in ѕеԛuеnсеѕ of rеd lіght аnd оthеr six соlоrѕ, аnd thеn four different ѕрееd іntеrсhаngе-flаѕhіng раttеrn. Moreover, two ѕесоndѕ Long рrеѕѕ tо power оff.
IMPORTANT TIP: Plеаѕе dо nоt uѕе these shoes as your kids’ running shoes or for playing sports. Othеrwіѕе іt will damage thе light ѕуѕtеm аnd thе ѕhоеѕ wіll stop lighting uр. Also don’t allow your child to wear this type of shoes in the rain.
- In order to turn on press the button on the tongue of each shoe to click through colors and light shows!
- Turn off press and hold the power button for 3 seconds.
- In order to charge use the USB cable that comes with the shoes and insert it into the charging port. Connect the USB plug to your computer and you will notice how the lights on the sole of the shoe will flash red while charging.
Your child can wear this shoe as his or her everyday sneakers, but if your child is very active I would recommend getting him an extra pair of shoes for his or her more intense activities.
Now that you know which has been the most popular shoe style for children, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Have you tried this shoe style for your child before? Is there any other light up shoes you will recommend for children or adults? Pleases share your thoughts and experiences before so we can all benefit from them!