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Vans Shoes For Kids – Are They Good For Your Kids’ Feet?

Vans Shoes For Children

Has your child been asking you for a pair of Vans? While these shoes are incredibly popular for older kids, they don’t offer the everyday support that your children’s feet and legs need to perform their everyday activities.

Shoes play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy. If your child wears the wrong shoe size or the wrong shoe style you will end up creating numerous foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, as well as foot and leg pain.

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.

When children look for shoes there are two things that they won’t compromise on which are:  comfort and style. While we want to keep our children happy and provide them with shoes that they like, we must NEVER compromise on the way that the shoes FIT and the amount of support that they provide.

I have been fitting Vans at my shoe store and we only carry the most durable and supportive of their styles. However, I always explain to parents that Vans shoes are “fashion shoes” not “functional shoes”, and if the child is really active, he/she must wear a more substantial, supportive pair of shoes. You can still purchase your child a pair of Vans shoes, but I will strongly recommend getting your child another pair for his or her more intense activities.

Vans Shoes For Kids

If your child has been asking you for a pair of Vans shoes for a while now, I will provide you with a selection of the better-made, more supportive, and more durable styles.


Before you decide to purchase a pair of Vans shoes, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will the shoes be comfortable and fit your child’s foot properly?

Chances are your kids will want to spend many hours in his or her Vans, either going to school or skateboarding, so you will want the shoes to FIT correctly. Please keep in mind that if your child has EXTRA WIDE feet, he/she won’t be able to FIT in these shoes.

If you have a child with extra wide feet, take a look at a post I wrote where I describe the best shoes for children with extra wide feet:

Children Extra Wide Shoes – Prevent Blisters, Calluses, And Corns!

  • Will the shoes offer the proper amount of support and stability for your child?

Vans shoes are not known for offering enough support or structure, since the shoes are made to be worn for a couple of hours a day, and once in a while.

  • Do Vans shoes offer good grip?

Yes they do. It is hard enough to stay upright on a skateboard without having polished shoes that offer no grip.

  • Will my child be able to wear these shoes for his/her everyday activities?

No. Like I mentioned before, these shoes are great as long as they are worn as what they are: Fashion shoes. Your child should not wear these shoes for more than 5 hours a day.

The most important factor is that you make sure that the shoes that you provide for your child FIT properly. I always recommend that parents take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure your kids’ feet and find shoes that properly FIT.

The issue is that most local children’s shoe store have been closing down and we are left with big retailers such as Nordstrom’s or Payless, that have sales associates who are more focused on making a sale than finding the correct pair of shoes for your child.

Before I provide you with a selection of the best fitting Vans shoes for children, take a look at my post where I explain how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

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Now that you know how to make sure your child is wearing the correct pair of shoes, you are ready to see a selection of the best fitting and better made vans shoes for children!

Vans shoes are available from toddler sizes all the way up to teenage sizes. Please remember that Vans shoes are not meant to be your kids’ everyday shoes and that they are more fashion oriented than functional shoes.

Below you can find a selection of the best Vans shoes for kids!

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.

Now you know which are the best Vans shoes for children, but if you are looking for a more substantial, supportive pair for your child, keep reading to find out which shoes are more suitable for your child to wear for his or her everyday activities.

Wearing the proper shoes goes a long way toward maintaining your kids’ good foot health.

What Type Of Features Must An Everyday Shoe Provide For Your Child?

It is critical, to provide your children with proper and supportive footwear. We should always look for shoes that provide good arch and ankle support, are sturdy (your child should always outgrow his or her shoes before they destroy them), and the shoes must provide good traction, this will prevent your child from slipping and falling.

When you provide your child with a pair of new shoes they must feel comfortable from the very first time they try them on the store. A new shoe does not need to be “broken in”. If it does, then it is just not the right match for your child’s foot.

Take a look at a post I wrote where I describe the best everyday shoes for children:

The Best Kids Running Shoes In 2018 – Keep Your Kids’ Feet And Legs Healthy!

I have fitted all the  shoe styles described in that post and I know what type of support and structure they will provide for your child’s feet. Most importantly, these shoes are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide!

Has your child been asking you for a pair of Vans? Have you found a particular style that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!


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2 Comments on Vans Shoes For Kids – Are They Good For Your Kids’ Feet?

    • Hello Jennifer,

      There might be two reasons why you are not able to fit your child’s feet inside the Vans.
      The first one is that you got the shoes too short, and the second one (this is the one that most likely happened) is that your child has a high instep (if this is the case then slip-on shoes might not be a good idea for him).
      I have waited on several children that were not able to wear slip-on shoes due to them having a high instep.

      I hope this helps!

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