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What Shoes Should Your Child Wear During the COVID-19? – Machine Washable Shoes!


We are truly living extraordinary times!

There has been a lot of information circulated about the novel virus COVID-19, and also misinformation on whether this virus can live on shoes and be brought into our homes. We are being bombarded with so much information at the same time that it’s normal if you feel overwhelmed.

Let’s talk about what we do know about COVID-19 and one of the ways we can prevent it for your little ones.

There is evidence that the virus is able to live on surfaces for up to 12 hours, but it’s important to clarify that there is no actual proof at the moment that the COVID-19 can be brought into our homes from the shoes that we wear.

That being said, I believe that it’s important to take precautions and always try to be a step ahead of the virus and prevent the spread as much as we possibly can.

I am no expert but realistically, I think we can expect COVID-19 to be a part of our lives for some time, until there is a vaccine. This doesn’t mean that we are going to be in a quarantine or lockdown until then, but we will definitely see the ripple effect.

There is research about the respiratory droplets containing COVID-19 and how they can certainly land on footwear.

Now, most kids’ shoes are made of synthetic materials which allow the virus to remain viable for a few days.

If you are letting your child play outside, I recommend having a dedicated pair of shoes to go out and play and then a different pair of shoes to change into before entering the house. Having a pair of shoes that are machine washable is going to become handy and give you the peace of mind that the shoes are clean.

I understand that not every family can afford to provide their children with 2 pair of shoes, especially with the financial challenges that were are going through. It’s also true that children outgrow their shoes every 3 to 5 months – depending on the child’s age – and most families are hesitant of providing their children with 2 pair of sneakers.

There are 2 shoe brands that manufacture the best machine washable shoes for kids in terms of quality, comfort, and support, and they are capable of accommodating the shape of children with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

I have been helping children find the correct pair of shoes for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems. We provide regular shoe fitting as well, and I am familiar with the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.

Best Machine Washable Shoes for Kids

The shoes that I recommend below are machine washablelightweight and  flexible. Hygiene is always a top priority but also fit is important so that your kid’s feet stay healthy!

In addition, the shoes below are capable of fitting children with different foot shapes such as medium, wide, or extra wide.

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In regards to growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this shoe style a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

If your child has narrow feet please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will recommend specific machine washable shoes that are capable of accommodating a narrow foot: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Even though children are far less susceptible to developing the virus, it’s important that they don’t spread it to their parents, grandparents, or other people. Please remember that if you can stay home, you should do so. The more the kids interact outside the higher the likelihood of them getting/spreading the virus.

We WILL get through this together, but I think realistically we need to brace for the presence of this virus and lasting effects.

For your safety I am also including a link below on an article for the best machine washable shoes for women:

Machine Washable Shoes for Women

Stay safe and take care of you and your family!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or an expert, the information in this article is subject to my personal research.


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