If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that kids will keep outgrowing their shoes, whether you get out to the store or not. In hopes of making your shoe shopping easier, we’ve found 22 durable shoes for boys and girls of all ages, and all of them can be bought online. Scroll through our picks below.
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Stride Made2Play®'s Brighton Sneakers
As part of Stride Rite's Project Fit Right line, these sneakers are APMA approved, have Ortholite® memory foam footbeds, are machine washable and come in three colors.
Available at striderite.com, $54.
photo: courtesy Rothy's
Rothy's Slip-On Sneaker
This gender-neutral slip-on sneaker from Rothy's, your favorite sustainable shoe company, has been tested out by active, busy kids. The sneakers are washable and offered in 10 different colors and prints inspired by the bright colors of the 1970s. Like all Rothy’s shoes, the sneaker has an athletic outsole, and the stretchy knit is made out of recycled water bottles.
Available at rothys.com, $55.
Classic Crocs are great for little kids! Sturdy with grip, they can be used as water shoes as well.
Available at dsw.com, $34.99.
Nike's Star Runner 2 Power Sneaker
Offered a soft gray that will hold up to scuffs, these Nike running shoes are perfect for someone who wants to keep moving. There's a lace-up panel for extra closure and ankle support. The soft foam footbed and rubber traction sole make these extra comfy shoes.
Available at dsw.com, $52.99
Toms Tiny Cordones Sneaker
The newest fall styles from Toms don't disappoint. We especially love this Cordones Sneaker that's easy-on, easy-off. The rubber outsole and lace-up closure ensure the shoe holds up to rough playground play and its cushy insole means your kiddo's feet will stay comfy as she jumps, runs and climbs.
Available at toms.com, $36.95
Vans Ward Sneakers
These classic Vans never go out of style. The cushioned footbed and signature rubber waffle sole are perfect for playground play.
Available at dsw.com, $44.99.
Skechers Flip Kicks Twi-Lites 2.0
These Flip Kicks high tops from Skecher have reversible sequins! They also have an inside zipper closure and optional lace-up closure as well.
Available at dsw.com, $44.98.
photo: Ten Little
The Everyday High Top
The newest style from Ten Little is a street-savvy hightop lined with faux fur lining that's perfect for the colder winter months. Made with the same healthy fit as other Ten Little styles, your kiddo's feet will grow the right way.
Available at tenlittle.com, $44.
photo: Sperry Top-Sider
Little Kid's Spinnaker Washable Junior Sneaker
Offered in three colors, the washable Spinnaker sneaker has velcro straps, memory foam footbeds, and non-marking rubber outsole with grip and traction that are perfect for climbing and running, whether it's during recess or after school.
Available at sperry.com, $37.95.
The Jefferson from Native Shoes
These popular slip-on shoes are comfy and come in over nine different colors. Little feet can breathe (the shoes are odor-resistant, too) while climbing or running, and they're easy to wash or clean.
Available at amazon.com, $24.99 & up.
Pediped's Adventure Line
Pediped's Adventure Line is perfect for kids who like to run, jump and get dirty. Plus, the line is made with an eco-friendly, sustainable sturdy microfiber, which is water safe and washable, which makes for easy clean up. Each shoe has a natural rubber sole, foot caps and adjustable velcro straps.
Available at amazon.com, $42.18 & up.
photo: Ten Little
Sneakers from Ten Little
Ten Little’s vegan shoes were designed in collaboration with world-class physicians, in hopes of creating a product that supports natural development and movement (think flat, flexible soles). Each pair also comes with fun stickers, so kids can have shoes that are unique to their style and personality.
Available at tenlittle.com, $39 & up.
Jazz Riff Sneaker from Saucony
This new baby and toddler shoe from Saucony was designed with features that specifically support growing feet. They are made from a machine-washable material, memory foam footbed for added comfort, increased flex grooves for added flexibility and have been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. Available in five colors including gray, red, aqua, pink and blue.
Available at saucony.com, $42.
Chandler Shoe from KEEN
We love KEEN for their durable and colorful shoes that will last even the most rough-and-tumble playtimes. Pictured here is their best-selling toddler Chandler Shoe, which was just released in new colors in their Spring/Summer. Check out KEEN's entire line of new arrivals here.
Available at keen.com, $50
Trail Quest from Merrell
This new all-terrain sneaker from Merrell comes in three different color combos, is machine washable and has an easily managed hook-and-loop closure for young kids.
Available at merrell.com, $50.
Assert 8 Sneaker from Under Armor
There's nothing like a basic sneaker to get your kid off on the right foot. This one from Under Armor has over 15 different colors, has durable leather overlays that lock in your midfoot to help with stability and an EVA-liner that provides step-in comfort.
Available at amazon.com, $27.50 & up.
ikiki Squeaky Shoes
Choose from 15 adorable different animal shoes that come with names like Sascha Narwhalski (the narwhal) to Leo Longfire (the dragon). Each pair of shoes comes with ankle support for new walkers, and the squeaker, which is located in the heel, is an orthopedic aid for kids who are prone to toe walking. The best part? You can turn the squeaker off if the sound isn't appealing.
Available at amazon.com, $29.95
Time to Plae
Plae shoes are designed with the super active kid in mind. The TY is a knit design with velcro straps that makes for a super-light sneaker, which means your kid can run, jump and swing without missing a beat. It's offered in two fun color combos: Amped Aqua and Hyper Blue. Each pair is washable with removable insoles, and every pair comes with the option to sign up for a Growth Spurt Guarantee®.
Available at plae.co, $59.
photo: Billy Footwear
These sweet high-tops are part of the collection from Billy Footwear, shoes that are designed for kids including kids with autism and sensory issues. They're like Converse and VANS having a perfect shoe baby, and they are easy on and easy off, with side zips. Created by Billy Price, who himself is paralyzed, and wanted to invent a shoe that any kid could rock.
Snag a pair at billyfootwear.com, $55
Hikeport from KEEN
Keen offers a wide variety of kids' shoes, from sandals to snow boots, in sizes as small as 6 months, but we're crushing on the Hikeport for that hybrid hiking boot (that fits like a sneaker), essential for fall and winter play. Waterproof and lightweight, they come in four color combos (all gender neutral) and feature easy-on/off hook-and-loop closure. You can choose from sizes 8-13 in Little Kids and 1-7 in Big Kids.
Available at keenfootwear.com, $44.99.
Marana Kids from Etnies
If your kid’s idea of an afternoon at the playground includes a skateboard, a few vert ramps, and a bowl or two, these Etnies are a good fit. The lightweight, comfy STI Evolution Foam midsole enhances cushioning. Plus, the full-length flex grooves in the rubber outsole add flexibility, and the fused-on rubber toe cap is practically impossible to wear through. Time to grind!
Available at etnies.com, $24.99.
—Gabby Cullen, Amber Guetebier & Karly Wood
All images courtesy of retailers.
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