From kids’ hiking boots to kids’ sandals, these are the shoes your kids won’t want to tear off. Again.
Nothing spells doom for parents quite like having to shop for kids’ shoes. Who likes dragging their kids to a mall and waiting around as they try on several pairs?
Unfortunately, it can’t be avoided, and if you’re planning a family vacation, your kids are going to need comfy shoes. The right shoes will vary by activity and climate, but there are some guidelines you should know about to ensure they fit well.
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“In general, when shopping for kids’ shoes, look for lightweight upper materials such as soft leather, canvas or cloth, so their feet can move and breathe,” said Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, a board-qualified foot surgeon in Manhattan, in an email. “The soles should be rubber, which allow the best shock absorption and cushioning for children while providing the support they need.”
And when it comes to girls, don’t fall prey to fads. “Avoid very thin, trendy flip-flops, ballerina flats, hand-me-downs, and high heels,” Dr. Sutera warned.
Likewise, consider going lace-free, as your kids may still be learning to tie. If your child’s feet are different sizes, make sure you buy for the larger foot — don’t be tempted to buy shoes in a larger size because you think she’ll grow into them. And lastly, buy shoes that fit when they’re tried on in store.
With these guidelines in mind, here are 12 comfy kids’ travel shoes to consider for your next family adventure.