“My kids have the smelliest, stinkiest feet you could ever imagine!” is what parents typically say before I get ready to take their kids’ shoes off to measure their feet.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and their feet. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with the best kids shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
I get contacted by parents on a daily basis asking me how they can prevent their kids’ shoes from smelling so bad, since most of the times they find themselves having to throw the shoes out.
There are certain shoes that have proven to reduce how much children’s feet sweat, and these are particular shoe styles that are more breathable than others, come with an antibacterial insole, and are also machine washable.
Besides providing your child with the correct type of shoes, you must also keep an eye on your kids’ shoes and socks, and make sure they don’t feel damp since that can create all sorts of foot problems such as blisters, calluses, and corns. Another common problem that sweaty feet can create is the growth of bacteria inside the shoes, which can lead to a foot infection.
The good news is that I will provide you with a selection of washable shoes that will prevent your child’s feet from sweating so much.
The type of shoes and socks that your child wears has a tremendous impact on how much their feet sweat. A shoe that is not breathable enough will make your kids’ feet sweat even more. On the other hand, a shoe that is breathable allows your kids’ foot to breathe better and not have to sweat as much.
The same exact thing applies to socks. Socks that are made out of synthetic or cotton material will make your kids’ feet sweat more than socks made out of wool. Most parents are probably scratching their heads right now since they probably thought that cotton was the best type of material for socks. I don’t blame you because I initially thought that too! The advantage of cotton socks is that they absorb moisture, but the problem is that they don’t dispel it.
One of the best ways to stop kids’ feet from sweating and smelling so much is to wear the right type of shoes and socks. The best 2 features that we can find in a shoe for a child who has smelly, sweaty feet, is for the shoe to be breathable and machine washable.
Let me show you a selection of the best machine washable shoes for children who suffer from sweaty, stinky feet.
Why are Your Kids’ Feet Sweating so Much? – Let’s STOP The Smell!
Excessively sweaty feet can start from a very early age and can lead to social and functional problems. Kids who have sweaty feet can suffer from embarrassing comments from their friends, and also misunderstandings from their teachers, instructors, and even their own parents.
While there can be several reasons why your kids feet might be sweating and smelling so much, you should always start by checking the shoes and socks that they are wearing. No matter what condition your children might have, providing them with the correct type of shoes and socks will reduce, and in certain cases fully eliminate the smell.
Like I mentioned before, if you want to prevent your kids’ feet from sweating so much, you want to look for shoes that are breathable and also machine washable. Being able to throw the shoes in the washing machine means that you will be able to get rid of any bacteria that might have been building up in the shoe.
While it may seem quite obvious when a child suffers from excessively sweaty or smelly feet, there are certain symptoms that will allow you to know when to start taking action:
- Itchy feet
- Skin problems
- Toenail fungus
- Wet socks
- Wet shoes
Stop Your Kids’ Shoes from Developing Bacteria – Wash Them!
When you have a child with feet that are excessively sweaty, you must take action before all the sweat starts causing more severe foot problems. Start by checking the shoes your child is currently wearing and look to see if the shoes are breathable enough. For example, take a look at the picture below, do notice how the shoe has plenty of breathing holes for the feet to properly breathe?
However, in the picture below we can find a pair of children’s shoes with less breathability. Though it has a reinforced mesh, the sneaker below has suede all over it.
You must stay away from these type of shoes since they will make your child’s feet sweat more.
Now, in addition to the shoes being breathable, we need them to be machine washable as well to get rid of any bacteria that might be building up inside the shoe. Imagine sending your child to school wearing shoes that don’t breathe properly, this means that your child will run around school all day with damp feet.
Make sure that you take your kids’ shoes and socks off as soon as they get home from school, and check to see if the feet feel damp. Make sure your kids are drying their feet thoroughly after coming out of the shower.
Following simple steps like the ones mentioned above will make a huge difference in keeping your kids’ feet healthy.
The Best Machine Washable Shoes for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The great thing about shoes being machine washable is that you can just toss them in the washing machine, and the shoes won’t shrink! You will kill any bacteria and the shoes will smell fresh.
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tallow well-made the shoes are, how much support they will provide to your child, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the best machine washable shoes for children with sweaty feet:
These shoe styles fit “long”,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.
Have your ever tried the Tsukihoshi shoe brand before? They manufacture lightweight, supportive, breathable, and machine washable shoes for children.
These shoes come with an antibacterial insole that will help your kids’ feet stay dry and cool. Keep in mind that these shoes tend to fit really long, and they will fit a child with a medium, wide, or extra feet, but they WON’T fit a child with narrow feet.
This is the go-to shoe brand for kids who have sweaty feet.
If you happen to be dealing with sweaty, smelly feet yourself and need pair of breathable and washable shoes, go to the link below:
The Best Socks for Kids with Smelly Feet – Breathable and Seamless!
Providing your child with breathable, machine washable shoes will considerably reduce or fully eliminate your kids sweaty and smelly feet. However, in order to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to prevent your kids’ feet from sweating so much, make sure that they are also wearing the right type of socks.
Please remember to stay away from socks made from synthetic or cotton materials. You want to look for moisture wicking socks that will allow your kids’ feet to properly breathe.
The socks I will describe below are all made with high-tech fibers that wick moisture away from the skin. This will help keep your kids’ feet drier and prevent stinky feet.
In addition to being breathable, the socks below are completely free of seams. This is an awesome feature since most children refuse to wear socks since they feel every bump and lump.
Below you can find a selection of the best wicking away moisture socks for children:
Shoes with Removable Insoles? – Easy to Clean!
All of the machine washable shoes that I described come with removable insoles. This is an awesome feature that will allow you to clean the shoes thoroughly.
If you happen to need to fit an orthotic inside the shoe, you can easily remove the inner sole of the shoe and insert the orthotics. Remember that orthotics take a lot of room inside the shoes, which is why your child will feel uncomfortable if you don’t remove the inner sole.
I actually wrote a post where I describe the best children’s shoes that come with removable insoles. You can find that post here:
Now that you know which are the best shoes and socks for kids who suffer from sweaty feet, you are ready to make the most informed decision. Remember, something as simple as providing your kids with the correct pair of shoes and socks can have a positive impact on your kids daily lives.
Providing your child with shoes that don’t breathe properly will make your kids’ feet sweat and smell even more, which will lead to all sorts of foot issues such as blisters, calluses and corns.
Do you have a child with really smelly, stinky feet? Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked best for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!