Let me show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes from their first steps, to their teenage years.
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.
I know which shoe styles are more comfortable, supportive and better made than others form actually having fitted them before. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
If you want to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy, you must provide them with the correct pair of shoes in the correct shoe size. Choosing the correct pair of shoes for your child will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
The foot is a complicated structure comprised of 26 bones designed to provide support for the entire body, to adjust to uneven surfaces and to absorb the shock with every step.
Let’s discuss some important factor to consider when choosing the most comfortable shoes for your child. The shoes should be lightweight and flexible to allow the feet to move naturally with a stable base of support. They should be made of leather to allow your child’s feet to breathe properly. Materials like leather and canvas are the best choices when it comes to choosing your kids’ shoes because are sturdy, breathable, and flexible. They stretch and soften with wear, which is ideal for active, growing feet.
I will provide you with a selection of the most comfortable kids’ shoes, but in order to be able to get your kids’ shoes online, you need to be 100% sure of your foot size.
These shoe styles are all available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. They will even accommodate the shape of your child’s high instep.
I always recommend parents to take their toddler to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Making sure that your kids’ shoes are the perfect size, meaning not too big or too small is essential. Shoes that are too small hinder the proper growth of the foot, diminishing blood circulation, causing painful blisters, ingrown toenails and in simple words, hurt your kids’ feet. Shoes that are too big can create blisters on your children’s feet as well as compromise their stability, which leads to falls and injuries.
Shoes for Babies Who Are Learning How To Walk ❤️
Baby feet contain more cartilage than bones. Though the feet are likely to develop completely by the age of two, the bone doesn’t develop and harden entirely until your child’s 18th birthday.
When babies are learning how to walk they will need a lightweight and flexible shoe that emulates barefoot walking However, when you have your babies with you at home, leave them barefoot to allow for healthy foot development.
I always recommend that parents look out for stretchy, non-skid or skid-resistant soles for their babies’ shoes. This is because when children are learning how to walk they should wear shoes that are flexible and allow the foot to bend and move as though they were barefoot.
Soft sole shoes provide the perfect structure for a baby who is learning how to walk. These types of shoes allow children to feel the ground under their feet and better control their balance and grip on the floor. Stiff footwear can increase the occurrence of deformity, weakness, and loss of mobility in your kid’s feet. So, be prudent when choosing the first pair of walking shoes for your baby.
There are certain first walker shoe styles that come with sensory pods in the bottom to allow your babies to feel the ground underneath them. These are the type of shoes I will describe below.
It is important to know that all toddlers have flat feet before completing their 16th month and they fully develop arches by the ages of 6 to 8 years.
Best Shoes for Babies Who Are Learning How To Walk ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These shoe styles are available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths, so please your baby’s shoe width accordingly.
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”,which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Babies who are only crawling don’t really need shoes. However, they do need booties or pre-walking shoes that don’t bind their feet but do allow them explore. The shoes need to be flexible instead of providing rigid support. The only function of shoes for crawlers is to provide warmth and protection. Take a look at the following two articles:
Shoes for Toddlers Who Started Walking ❤️
If you have a toddler who is already walking or almost fully stable when walking, you will need a pair of shoes that are still lightweight and flexible but more substantial. We still want the shoes to be lightweight and flexible, but they must also provide more lateral support since your toddlers are on their feet all the time now, putting more pressure on their feet and legs.
You will also notice your kids’ feet starting to sweat more. Did you know that kids’ feet sweat about 2 to 3 times more than the adult feet? This is one reason why children’s shoes wear down faster than those of adults. However, sweat is not just a concern for the durability of the shoes but also for the health of your children’s feet.
Sweaty feet are more vulnerable to foot fungus, rashes and infections. This is why you must highly consider a breathable shoe to allow moisture and heat to escape from your children’s feet and allow cool air to come in.
The shoes I will describe below are idea for a toddler who is already walking or in the verge of learning how to walk.
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I always advice parents to choose shoes with rubber soles for good traction, thereby preventing slipping or sliding. Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for toddler between the ages of two to three years old:
These shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your toddler measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Shoes For Kids Between the Ages of 4 and 9 ❤️
Did you know that our children’s feet are known to withstand three times more stress than the average adult feet? This is because children take part in numerous high impact activities. Because children’s feet endure high stress, children must wear shoes with good shock absorption, a well-made foot-bed, and durable soles.
Flexibility also plays a huge role when you are choosing shoes your kids’ shoes because it helps them strengthen the muscles of the feet on their own.
So, what type of materials should shoes be made of for children between these ages? Their shoes should be made of leather, canvas or the newer mesh materials to allow sweat from the feet to evaporate after perspiration.
Shoes for children between the ages of 4 and 9 must be durable and supportive.
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Below you can find a selection of the best fitting shoes for children between the ages 4 to 9:
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 Best Shoes For Older Kids – 13 Years Old And Up ❤️
After the age of 13, children start getting involved in more competitive sports, and they increase the stress on their feet and legs on a whole new level. The insole of the shoes should be constructed out of proper absorbent material. Padded insoles are acceptable as well but most children do not require that special arch support.
At this stage, we look for shock absorption and flexibility.
Let me show you a selection of the most supportive, durable, and comfortable shoes for older children.
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Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for older kids:
It is important to wear the right shoes for different activities to prevent foot problems and injuries. I presented you with a description of reasonably-priced, good quality, best fitting shoes that come in medium, wide, and extra wide widths.
Have you found a particular shoe style or shoe brand that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.