Are your children destroying their shoes before they are ready to outgrow them? Do you feel like you have tried a whole bunch of different styles for your child but they all end up falling apart too fast?
There are certain children’s shoe styles that will hold up better than others, since certain shoes are made from higher quality materials such as leather. In addition to being made from high quality materials, there are other features that your kids’ shoes must provide such as a reinforced toe-box, a substantial sole, and a reinforced mesh.
If your children’s shoes always end up falling apart too quickly, you need to start providing your children with more durable shoes. I will be able to show you which shoe styles are more durable than others.
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 durable kids’ shoes, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
The shoes I will describe in this article are practically indestructible, since I have fitted them for several children who always destroyed their shoes and parents have told me how the shoes I recommended held up the best.
Shoes that come with a reinforced toe-box will prevent the front part of your kids’ shoes from falling apart. This feature is particularly important if your children like to drag their toes when they walk. The shoes must also come with a substantial sole to prevent the bottom of the shoes from falling apart.
Did you know that shoes that are fitted too long are also a contributing cause of why shoes end up falling apart faster? When shoes are too long, your kids will place extra stress on areas of the shoe where they are not supposed to, which leads to the shoes to falling apart faster.
It is always reasonable to leave a certain amount of growing room for your child’s feet to grow into the shoes, just please make sure that you don’t leave too much extra room.
I have helped several parents who the main requirement that they wanted their kids’ shoes to provide was to hold up until their child was ready to outgrow them. These are frustrated parents who are tired of having to constantly replace their kids’ shoes from being destroyed too fast.
I will provide you with a selection of the most durable kids’ shoes that I have fitted before shortly, but first let’s take a look at what features these shoe styles will provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Durable Shoes for Kids – The 4 Most Important Features!
✅ Reinforced Toe-Box: This feature will prevent the front part of your kids’ shoes from falling apart. Let me show you how a reinforced toe-box looks like:
✅ Substantial Sole: In addition to minimizing the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground, a substantial sole will prevent the bottom part of the shoe from wearing down too fast.
✅ Reinforced Mesh: This feature is important in order to prevent your kids’ shoes from getting holes.
✅ Leather: Shoes made from high quality leathers will last much longer than shoes made of synthetic materials. Leather will also allow your kids’ feet to breathe and prevent the build up of bacteria inside the shoes (which also makes the materials wear down faster).
Please remember that not providing your child with the correct shoe size is another factor of why children’s shoes fall apart faster.
I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.
Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features the shoes I will describe below will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the most durable kids’ shoes.
The Most Durable Kids’ Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Here you can find a selection of the most durable kids’ shoes made by Keen. By clicking on the image you will be able to see all the different color options.
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This selection of shoes fits “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
The selection of shoes that I described above are practically indestructible.
I want you to remember now thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
Have you found a particular durable shoe style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.