“My kids have the smelliest, stinkiest feet you could ever imagine!” is what parents typically warn before I take their kids’ shoes off to measure their feet. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 7 years, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and their feet!
Wearing shoes and socks that are wet all day can create all sorts of foot problems such as blisters, calluses, and corns, among many others! Another problem that sweaty feet create is the growth of bacteria. But… No worries, there is a simple solution for this issue! Have you ever heard of machine washable shoes?
Most parents think that their own kids have the smelliest feet, and I can tell you that some children’s feet do tend to sweat and smell more than others! This is totally normal, since children are always playing and running around. However, if your kids’ feet tend to sweat a lot, and you find that the socks they are wearing are always damp, then this can create several foot issues later down the road!
The type of shoes and socks that your child wears everyday have 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 is 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 smelling is to wear the right type of shoes and socks. The best feature we can find in a shoe for a child who has smelly, sweaty feet, is for the shoe to be machine washable!
In this post, I describe the best machine washable shoes for children who suffer from sweaty, stinky feet!
Why Are My Kids Feet Sweating So Much? – 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 eliminate the smell and sweat completely!
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
Below I will provide you with a description of the best shoes for children who are suffering from sweaty, smelly feet. However, I did write a post where I describe the best shoes for children with smelly feet here:
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 causes 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 breath-ability. Though it has reinforced mesh, the sneaker below has suede all over it. You must refrain from providing these type of shoes for your child if his or her feet tend to sweat a lot!
Now, on top of the shoes being breathable, we need them to be machine washable as well to get rid of any bacteria inside the shoe. Imagine sending your child to school wearing shoes that don’t breathe properly… that means he or she will run around school wearing wet shoes and socks!
Make sure that you take your kids’ shoes and socks off as soon as they get home from school. Also, check to see if the feet feel damp. Make sure your child is drying their feet thoroughly after coming out of the shower!
Simple steps like the ones mentioned above will make a huge difference in keeping your kids feet healthy!
Shoes With Removable Insoles? – Easy To Clean!
Machine washable shoes come with removable insoles! This is an awesome feature that allows us to clean the shoes thoroughly. If you 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 shoe, which is why your child will feel uncomfortable if you don’t remove the inner sole when fitting an orthotic inside the shoe.
I actually wrote a post where I describe the best children’s shoes that come with removable insoles. You can find that post here:
Have your kids tried Tsukihoshi shoes before? They are lightweight, supportive, breathable, and machine washable! These shoes come with an antibacterial insole that will help your kids’ feet stay dry and cool! Keep in mind that their shoes tend to run really long, and they will fit a child with a wide foot! This is the go-to shoe for kids who have sweaty feet! Keep in mind that if your child has narrow feet, these shoes won’t work because they run wide.
I wrote a post where I describe the best shoes for kids with narrow feet, since I know how hard it is to find shoes for children with narrow feet. You can find that post here:
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!
Below you can find a selection of the best machine washable shoes for children with sweaty feet that also come with removable insoles!
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 shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
If you happen to need pair of breathable shoes for yourself because your feet keep smelling, you should take a look at an article I wrote called:
For Kids With Smelly Feet –Shoes And Socks Work Together!
Providing your child with breathable, machine washable shoes will considerably reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ stinky, smelly feet! However, in order to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to stop your kids’ feet from sweating too much, make sure that they are also wearing the right type of socks!
STOP providing your child with socks made from synthetic or cotton materials. You want to look for moisture wicking socks that will allow your kids’ feet to properly breathe AND eliminate the sweat from building up!
Below you can find a selection of the best wicking away moisture socks for children!
Now that you know the best shoes and socks are for your kids’ sweaty feet, you are ready to combat the smell and the sweat! 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!
Remember that wearing shoes that don’t breathe properly will make your kids feet sweat and smell more, which will lead to wet feet and all sorts of associated foot issues like blisters or corns.
Do you have a child with really smelly, stinky feet? Have you found certain shoes that work best for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!