Do you remember when you had trouble tying your shoelaces as a kid? Children (particularly boys), have a hard time learning how to tie their shoelaces! Although this might sounds like a minor issue, untied shoelaces can create several problems for your kids’ feet and legs. Letting your child walk around with untied shoelaces will make them less stable, leading to falls and injuries in addition to other problems like making them late for school or other activities.
If you have a young child who falls and wears smaller than a certain shoe size, you can easily provide them with a pair of velcro sneakers as an alternative to sneakers with shoelaces. This sounds like the perfect solution to avoid having to deal with shoelaces becoming untied all the time…
However, difficulties with shoelaces becomes a bigger issue when your child gets older and their feet become too big for velcro sneakers. You will soon realize that the best selection of kids sneakers with velcro is available up to a shoe size 3 (equal to a European shoe size 34). If your children needs a shoe size of 3 or greater the selection of velcro sneakers drops considerably, and it gets harder to find a pair of velcro shoes for your kids!
The main function of shoelaces is to provide more stability and support to your kids feet. But what purpose would do they serve if your child isn’t able to tie his or her shoes properly?
I have been fitting children shoes for over 7 years now, and I work for a specialized shoe store where we help children with foot and leg issues. We carry velcro sneakers for kids’ up to a big kid shoe size 7, and we carry shoe styles that come in all different widths including medium, wide, and extra wide widths!
In this post, I will describe the best everyday velcro sneakers for kids that come in big sizes!
STOP Your Kids’ Shoes From Untying – Finding The Best Alternative!
Children who are not ready or don’t want to learn how to tie their shoes, need a pair of velcro sneakers.
What exactly are velcro shoes? Velcro shoes have velcro straps instead of shoelaces. These straps stick together when pressed and can be easily separated by pulling them apart.
Moreover, there are many different looks and designs available for velcro sneakers, giving your child a great variety to choose from. Now that you know what velcro shoes are, let’s clarify some of their advantages and disadvantages.
The Advantages Of Velcro Shoes!
The first advantage is that you are allowing your child to become more independent!
Imagine a situation where you are running late for work or you are rushing to take your kids’ to school, then your child comes to you asking you to tie his shoelaces. With velcro shoes, you can help your child become more independent, while carrying out your other responsibilities. Velcro shoes are easy and you will not have to step in to help.
The second advantage is that it allows kids with weak fine motor skills to adjust their shoes easily!
The Disadvantages Of Velcro Shoes!
I believe that the only disadvantage of velcro shoes is that they don’t provide as much stability as sneakers with shoelaces. Sneakers with shoelaces will always provide more stability than velcro shoes, since the shoe will hug your kids feet better (as long as they are tied properly). The tighter you make the shoelaces, the more stable your child will feel.
Velcro Sneakers In Big Sizes! – The Secret Revealed!
Most girls start learning how to tie their shoes by age 5 or 6, while boys take a little longer, normally learning how to tie their shoelaces at age 7 and up.
I have fitted several 10 to 12 years old boys who still didn’t know (or didn’t want to learn) how to tie their shoes. However, there is nothing wrong with this, since your child might not be ready to learn just yet.
Like I mentioned before, there is a small selection of velcro sneakers that come in bigger sizes (big kid shoe size 3 1/2 and up). Most parents are not aware that velcro shoes in bigger sizes even existed (they are great for the elderly, too), and it doesn’t matter what type of feet your child has (medium ,wide, or extra wide), since they come in all different widths!
Below you can find a selection of the best kids velcro sneakers that are available in big sizes!
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.
Are Velcro Shoes For Kids Durable? – Choose Them Wisely!
PLEASE remember: Your child should always outgrow their shoes before anything happens to them!
You might be thinking “yeah right…”, since your child is always destroying their shoes before outgrowing them! If you find yourself replacing your kids shoes before your child outgrows them, you can find a selection of the most durable kids’ shoes in this post:
To make your kids’ velcro sneakers to last longer, explain to your child how important it is to undue the velcro straps when they are putting their shoes on or taking them off!
Have you noticed that your kids sneakers wear out on the side of the shoe? Take a look at the picture below, does this image look familiar?
This has nothing to do with the shoes wearing out faster, it’s simply your child not undoing the velcro straps before he takes his shoes off!
You will also prevent your child from stretching out the back of the shoes if they undo the velcroe each time! Take a look at the picture below, see how stretched out the heel of the shoe is? This is also due to your child not undoing the velcro straps of the shoes!
Yet Another Alternative… Toggle Shoelaces!
Another alternative to velcro shoes are toggle shoelaces or lock laces. These are a great solution when your child is getting older and may begin feeling embarrassed of wearing velcro sneakers due to peer pressure at school.
Toggle shoelaces or lock laces are smart, durable and the best alternative to velcro shoes. Lock laces hug our kids’ feet and provide them the fullest support and stability when kids are playing or running around. Another interesting fact is that lock laces or toggle laces can be used with any shoes that come with shoelaces and they are easy to insert. You just have to follow these simple steps:
- Remove the already present shoelaces that came with the shoes.
- Insert the new lock lace in place of the shoelace.
- Tighten and adjust the laces as desired with the help of the lock present in the lock lace.
- After you are satisfied with the fit of the shoe, cut the lace, leaving approximately 3 inches below the lock.
- Finally, you can clip the laces.
I explain these instructions in more detail in a post I wrote about the best toggle shoe laces for kids here:
Since toggle shoelaces and lock laces come with these easy and simple steps without the complexity of shoelaces, they have become immensely popular not only with kids, but with teenagers and adults as well!
The advantages of lock laces over ordinary shoelaces are that they are easy to deal with, provide stretch-fit comfort, locked-in safety and water resistance!
Lock Laces For Mom And Dad? – They’re Perfect For Everyone!
Many teenagers and adults have shifted to using lock laces, instead of shoelaces. Many people who have back pain or cannot bend properly have also benefited from the toggle laces or lock laces. In a nutshell, from now on, you don’t have to worry about tying your shoelaces every time they become loose. The lock laces have got you covered!
Below you can find a selection of the best lock laces for kids and adults!
Do you have an older child who refuses or has a hard time learning how to tie their shoes? Have you found a particular velcro shoe style that is available for older kids? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!