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Old 06-14-2010, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Shoes for Kids??

So we are planning a weekend getaway to the world and after seeing Judi's post about the heat I wanted to get some better shoes for the kids...but I'm not sure what to get. Flip flops and crocs don't seem to be good for lots of walking, but tennis shoes just seem to hot to wear in the parks all day.

Anyone have some good shoe options for kids that they can walk in comfortably, and don't end up with sweaty feet???
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well I have 2 suggestions...one is water shoes. Not the kind you buy at the local CVS or Walgreens. But actual shoes. They are like sneakers but mesh so they get air to your feet and dry quickly. They are available at Sears/Lands End and retail for $29.50, but they go on sale quite a bit usually for $14.99. They come in boys and girls. We prefer the Trekkers style, they seem a little more stable and strong. But that is just personal preference. They also have other brands, not sure where, but at least this shows you what I am speaking of. Here is a link (I hope this works), it is set to boys but you can go to girls if need be and they look the same, just different colors.
Shoes - Boys Shoes at Lands' End

Both my DD and I as well as my DMom all wear these at WDW. If you are interested in these they also sell them right at SEARS if you have one in your home town.

My 2nd suggestion is one my DD also likes and I do as well....Even though you mentioned it in your post.
Good ole Crocs!

These are the 2 pairs of shoes I bring for myself and my DD-6.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I buy my kids really good flip flops. I get Reef Slap. They can go all day in them. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever had. Great arch support. They last a long time in their Crocs too.
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We usually stick with tennis shoes to absorb all of that walking on concrete. It seems like it's better for their feet to have the shoe attached to their heel when they're walking/stepping.
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We stick with tennis shoes. Socks help with the sweaty feet issue.
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My kids also love the lands end sandals they have plenty of suppport nad are very comfortable
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We stick with crocs and or flip flops. I find tennis shoes too hot in the summer!
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I buy my kids really good flip flops. I get Reef Slap. They can go all day in them. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever had. Great arch support. They last a long time in their Crocs too.
We are a Reef family as well. They are the only flip flops we wear. I wear Slaps, DH wears Fannings, and I don't remember what kind DD has (they have a backstrap so we dont have to worry about them falling off.

I'm interested to see what other kinds of kids shoes are mentioned - DD will need tennis shoes or something before we go to switch out with her sandals.
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We use our tennis shoes exclusively. The sweat from everyone's feet is absorbed by good cotton socks.
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We plan on getting wet on our next trip, so I didn't want us to have soggy shoes and socks. Here in the desert, things dry practically before they get wet, but in FL humidity? Dry things get wet just by being outside! And we don't want to have to worry about changes of shoes/socks. So, we bought sturdy sandals that strap at the ankle and the toe (similar to Tevas). We've been taking walks in them here at home, to get our feet used to wearing them. This way, we have support for all the walking (flip flops would cause my feet to cramp at the arch), but we have the open air feeling of sandals and don't have to worry about getting wet.

We are bringing tennis shoes, too, just in case and for days where the walking will outweigh the chances of getting wet (for example, Epcot - where, if the kids run through the fountain or water area, we can have them take off their shoes so they stay dry, as opposed to a ride).
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Keen sandals are good. The are a cross between shoes and sandals and they work well. And when my DS was very young, he would only wear Birkenstock sandals because of the arch support, but those are a little pricey. I think Sketchers also has a nice solid sandal that may work.

I think I'd take the little ones shopping and see what works best for them.
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I forgot - I think the most important thing is that everyone is wearing good, supportive, broken in shoes/sandals, whatever. I've seen people Hobbling Around the World because they bought new shoes and didn't break them in before heading to WDW.
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Get some good old fashion sneakers. I used to wear keds when I went and never had a problem.
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We always we tennis shoes. I always buy a good brand like Nike or Addidas. That has always seemed like the best and we haven't had a blister yet.
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I forgot - I think the most important thing is that everyone is wearing good, supportive, broken in shoes/sandals, whatever. I've seen people Hobbling Around the World because they bought new shoes and didn't break them in before heading to WDW.
That's exactly why we're taking our walks! Also, if they are shoes you haven't worn in a while, break them back in...I've done that with sandals I've worn to DLR and WDW before, but off-season, I wore them and really hurt my arch because my feet had adjusted to other shoes.

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Get some good old fashion sneakers. I used to wear keds when I went and never had a problem.
I tried Ked-type sneakers once and hobbled around after a while because there wasn't enough arch-support for my foot, my arch completely cramped up on me. Ultimately, find a shoe that is comfy with the right amount of support for your foot. The "make or break" portion will be if you break them in or not. I use the mall as my measure. I have sandals that are extremely comfortable for wearing around the house and out for errands. However, if I wear them to the mall, where I'm walking more, and I feel the arch start to ache, then I know that I can't wear them to the park.
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