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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 shoes? While these shoes are incredibly popular for older kids, they don’t offer the every day support that your children’s feet and legs need to perform their every day activities.

There are only certain Vans shoe styles that will provide good support to your child’s feet, and I will HELP YOU find them!

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 the last 10 years at a specialized children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings 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 don’t like to compromise: comfort and style. While we want to keep your 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 fitted certain Vans shoe styles that are durable and supportive. However, I always explain to parents that Vans shoes are “fashion oriented shoes” instead of “functional shoes”.

If you have a child that is really active, you must provide him/her with 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 every day 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 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 wearing his/her Vans shoes, either going to school or skateboarding, so you will want the shoes to FIT correctly. Please keep in mind that if your kids have EXTRA WIDE feet, they won’t be able to FIT in these shoes. Vans shoe styles will fit a child with medium or wide feet only.

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 do not offer enough support or structure, since the shoes are made to be worn for a couple of hours a day (6 hours), 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 your kids be able to wear these shoes for their every day activities?

No. Like I mentioned before, these shoes are great as long as they are worn for what they are: Fashion shoes. Your child should not wear these shoes for more than 6 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 to parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their 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 I want you to take a look at a map I created that showcases the best fitting kids’ shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If you can’t still seem to find a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article 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!

Kids Vans Shoes

The Best Vans Shoes for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now that you know how to make sure that 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’ every day 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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

About every pair of Vans can be considered unisex!

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

Wearing the proper shoes goes a long way toward maintaining your kids’ feet healthy.

What Type of Features Must an Every day Shoe Provide for your Child?

It is critical to provide children with supportive and well fitted footwear in order to keep their feet and legs healthy. 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 down.

When you provide your child with a pair of new shoes they must feel comfortable from the very first time that they try them on the store. A new shoe does not need to be “broken into”. 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 – 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 shoes? Have you found a particular style that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can 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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