The Toddler (2nd – 3rd year)

First of all, like I explain in my other reviews there are certain shoes that are made of better quality and might be more supportive than others, however, if shoes are not fitted properly it does not matter how supportive they are. Below I will review some of the best fitting shoes in the footwear industry. Please keep in mind that these are only reviews of styles that I am familiar with their fittings.

Since your child is on his feet all day now putting pressure on the feet he/she will require a harder sole shoe with more support and a stiffer heel counter. Flexibility and fit remain the two most important priorities for your child. Keep in mind, it does not matter how much support a shoe provides, if not fitted properly it will not benefit your child’s feet in any way.


Toddler Girl Supportive Shoes

Style: New Balance KV990V4 Pre Running Shoe
Price: $20.08 – $59.95 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors.
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (78%)
Rating: 9.8 out of 10 The winner for wide feet! 

Available in M, W, and XW.

This is New Balance core product and one of the best sellers in the store. This style is available in laces and velcro. Therefore, its availability in medium, wide, and extra-wide width, makes it is a great fit not only for children with wide feet but also for those children that require orthotics. This shoe has a very deep end, meaning that if an orthotic needs to be put inside it will fit deep down the shoe and it will not raise your child foot giving him/her the impression that his or her foot is coming out of the shoe.

This style featuresToddler Boy Supportive Shoes

  • Leather, Mesh
  • Rubber sole
  • Classic runner with mesh underlays and double-strapped hook-and-loop closure
  • ABZORB heel
  • Reflective detail

 

 

 


Style: Saucony Baby Ride Sneaker Girl Toddler Shoes
Price: $38.00 – $42.99 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (91%)
Rating: 9.8 out of 10

Available in M, W, and XW

 The Saucony Baby Ride has been one of the most popular shoes I have fitted in a long time. This style not only offers excellent lateral support but it is also very lightweight which has made the Baby Ride one of the best fitting shoes I have ever fitted. It Toddler Boy Shoes In Widewill be a good match for those children that need to wear orthotics.

This style features:

  • Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Sneaker in mesh featuring crisscross elastic bands over vamp, leather overlays, and hook-and-loop strap
  • Removable molded insole
  • Rubber pods on non-marking outsole for traction

Style: Stride Rite Made 2 Play Artin Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)Stride Rite For Boys

Price: $23.47 – $52.99 & Free Return on some sizes and colors
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (87%)
Rating: 9.0 out of 10

This is a very lightweight and comfortable shoe with a flexible outsole and rounded edges to prevent stumbles and falls. This sneaker is perfect for their everyday activities.  Its patented Sensory Response TechnologyTM construction is designed to support developing bones and muscles.  This sneaker features a hook-and-loop closure for a secure and easy fit.This style will look good any casual outfit.


Stride Rite Boys SneakersStyle: Stride Rite Made 2 Play Ian Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid)
Price: $33.97 – $69.41 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (88%)
Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Available in medium,wide, and extra wide widths. Stride Rite is a very well know company that designs and engineers shoes that meet the needs of growing children. This is an everyday should with good structure and optimum later support.Boys Stride Rite Shoes

This style features:

  • Leather/Manmade
  • Rubber sole
  • Mesh linings with antimicrobial treatment for comfort and breathability
  • Fine mold strap end details for easy grip
  • Alternative closure with H&L for easy on/off and adjustability
  • Memory foam insole for enhanced comfort

 


Style: Stride Rite Made 2 Play Baby Serena Sneaker (Toddler)Stride Rite Toddler Girls
Price: $20.92 – $69.41 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors.
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (80%)
Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Kids are messy, that’s a fact. The Stride Rite Made 2 Play shoes are equipped with all the necessary features and benefits to tackle all of life’s messes. Machine washable, hoseable, and anti-stink linking keep Made 2 Play shoes clean and smell free after every wear!

Stride Rite designs and engineers footwear specifically to meet the needs of growing children. Stride Rite’s mission is to encourage kids and support parents by developing and marketing products that help children embrace life’s possibilities and adventures with confidence. Stride Rite shoes aren’t like any other shoes you’ll buy. They’re better. With more than 85 years of experience, they’ve learned a few things about their craft. Stride Rite is the one company that’s been helping kids run, jump, leap, grow, and playfully express themselves since 1919.

  • Leather/Synthetic
  • Rubber sole
  • Vibrant sneaker with breathable mesh panels and easy hook-and-loop strap
  • Washable materials
  • Mesh linings with odor-resistant treatment
  • Finemold strap ends for easy grip
  • Toe wrap for added durability
  • Memory foam insole

Style: Stride Rite Kids’ Layla Mary Jane FlatStride Rite Girl Mary Jane
Price: $41.95 – $42.00 & Free Return on some sizes and colors
Sale: Lower price available on select options
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (82%)
Rating: 9.2 out of 10

This is one of the most popular Mary Jean styles in the market right now. It gives the versatility of being her sneaker and dress shoe at the same time. It has enough support to be worn as an everyday sneaker, but the downsize is that it might not hold up as an everyday pair of shoes. The rubber sole and the firm heel counter will allow her to run around all day!

This style features:

  • Textile
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Heel measures approximately 0.75″
  • Platform measures approximately 0.5″
  • Lightweight outsole for maximum flexibility
  • Mary Jane closure with hook and loop for easy on and off and adjustability

If you need any other type of shoes such as everyday, summer, winter, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes you need. This tool is extremely valuable since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. I also tell you exactly how each shoe style is cut (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic! You can find that tool here:

Find The Best Shoe Style For Your Child’s Unique Feet

If there is a particular style that you would like me to review, please do leave me a comment below and I will be more than happy to feature a review in the upcoming future, or if you need immediate response feel free to leave a message or email me and I will get back at you as soon as possible.

15 Comments on The Toddler (2nd – 3rd year)

  1. Interesting site with good information. Parents of kiddos requiring orthotics find it quite a challenge to find suitable shoes so your recommendations here are very useful.

    I am hoping you could do a review on the popular Converse All Star Chuck Taylors some time. I love the look of these shoes especially for kids but when wearing them myself I find the innersole too flat and I wonder what effect, if any, this would have on the feet of growing children?

    • Kim,

      I will let you know as soon as I do a review on the Converse All Star Chuck Taylors. Keep in mind that these are what I call “fashion shoes” and should not be worn as your everyday pair. Like you mention in your review, they are flat and they do not provide much support. I would not recommend these type of shoes for the feet of a growing child unless he/she wears it for a short period of time (no more than 3 hours per day).

  2. I’ve heard nothing but good things about New Balance shoes. Both for children and for adults. What are your thoughts on sport shoes for children, are there other variables that need to be taken into consideration?

    I’d be interested in reading your review on Nike shoes for all ages. I’ve read differing opinions on how good this brand is for foot health.

    • Curt,

      I happen to mention New Balance and Saucony because these shoes come in different widths (N,M,W,XW) and they happen to be the best fitting shoes for children. However, there are lots of good brands out there. Nike is one of them. The only downside to it is that it usually fits in the narrow side and the majority of children tend to be in the wide side. Thank you for sharing!

    • Stride Rite, Preschoolians, See Kai Run have great wide width shoes.As to your question, it drveis me mad that every shoe company has their own sizing chart.For goodness sakes, can someone give me a universal sizing chart for shoes for toddlers?Stride Rite has a good print out guide that helps you determine the size and width for your tot.I will suggest, if possible you have them measure her feet at the store though. Even if you don’t buy a shoe there, it’s a good idea. I do that all the time and my husband is mortified but if I can get the size and buy the shoes cheaper online, I’m going to. My kid’s feet grow every three months! Price is important.Oh, one last thing, measure both feet. I found out that my kids feet were different sizes. That made it that more fun and interesting for us.

  3. I like the one that you recommend New Balance 900 for wide feet and especially it caters for children with flat feet. As I learnt from some of the shoe salesman that flat feet people need to wear orthotics. Now, I have one more option for my son. Thanks for writing this article.

    • Stanley,

      The New Balance 900 works great for children who require orthotics. I am glad that you found another option for your son!

  4. Hi there! We have always a problem when it comes to finding the right shoes for my nephew. It is because he has a wide feet. And most of the shoes available in the market won’t fit with him. Good thing you have mentioned about the New Balance 900. So you have mentioned the pros of this shoes. But I want to know if it has any negative features. If there’s any, can you tell me some because I am thinking of buying one.

    • John,

      From a fitting standpoint there is no cons about this particular style. The shoes have a deep end, come in medium, wide and extra wide widths, it has a thick velcro strap and it is well made. The only cons I see about this style is that is not very appealing to some children since it does not come in bright colors. Aside from that, one of the best shoes that I continue to fit for over 5 years.

  5. Hi Juan,

    What a nice article, I really needed to read this because this is just what I was looking for:) My daughter has large feet and she need a good pair of shoes since she plays sports.

    I really like the New Balance, they look very strong and the material looks also great. My concern is if the shoes don’t fit her, can I have a refund?

    I have bookmarked your site so I can show this to my daughter:)

    Thank you very much!

    • Daniella,

      You can’t go wrong with the New Balance 990! You DO NOT have to pay for shipping and YOU CAN RETURN the shoes if they don’t fit her. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Great job! I like the content which is very thorough and informative. The information on kids shoes for toddlers is very helpful. I particularly like your images that speaks volumes about your content. The section on Mens’ and women’s’ socks is greatI would love to be part of a newsletter subscription. Thanks a bunch!

  7. Thanks for these reviews, they’re very helpful, especially when there is so much on the market. I love Stride Right shoes and both my children have worn them in the past. I’m curious though about the bacteria repellent lining and treatment they put them in – do you know what type of products they use? I’m assuming they are good for kids with sweaty feet right?
    Thanks in advance! Alice

    • Hello Alice,

      Stride Rite shoe have been leading the baby/toddler shoe industry for a while, and they make excellent shoes that are lightweight, flexible, supportive, and come with breathable materials. Some of their shoes are also machine washable which is great for kids with sweaty feet!

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