Kids Summer Shoes: Kid and Parent Friendly Styles

Summer is a time for our little ones to get out and enjoy being a kid. With trips to the park and adventures to the zoo, it is important that our kids have the perfect summer shoe. Children’s shoes need to be comfortable, safe, and obviously fun to wear. It seems like the kids styles we are getting in are getting more and more adorable with each summer season.

Finding the perfect summer kids shoe is really pretty easy. First, look for a shoe that will let their feet breath. Kids make the most out of summer, meaning they put 110% into activities—even if it’s 110 degrees outside. To keep them from overheating, breathability is a must. Give those little piggies some air! Straps and a secure fit are also key things to think about, so they don’t run right out of their shoes. Also, make sure to pay attention to the accessibility of the shoe, because kids don’t like to waste time putting on their shoes when they could be enjoying the great outdoors.

The kids Keen Newport H2 is the perfect kids summer shoe: waterproof, sturdy, securely fit, and adorable on their tiny little feet!

One of our favorite shoes that encompass all the above tips is the Newport H2 from Keen. This is a great summer shoe because it has a closed toe to protect your child when they play, but it is still an open sandal allowing for fantastic air flow.  The Newport H2 has both an ankle strap and bungee laces that support the ankle and allow for a custom fit feeling. Kids are a fan of the Newport H2 because of the fun colors it comes in, and parents are a fan because of the fantastic quality Keen provides. Children usually grow out of the shoe before they wear it out…making it a hand-me-down shoe younger siblings can’t wait to have!

Brad and Angelina help out the kids they can’t adopt by getting TOMS Shoes for the kids they have–One for One!

For a more casual, everyday shoe, kids are going gaga for lightweight and colorful slip-ons like Toms Shoes and Bobs by Skechers—and we are too. These adorable shoes super summer friendly and easy to wear: pair them with a cute summer dress or shorts and a t-shirt and you and your kids are ready to go. We’ve even got women’s styles to match or compliment the kids TOMS Shoes…how cute is that? In addition, with every pair of TOMS or Bobs sold, a less fortunate child will get a pair of needed footwear.

Finally, Children and parents love the Speed for kids by Vibram Five Fingers. “Those crazy toe shoes” are now for kids. This kid-friendly shoe is perfect for any outdoor adventure. As a child my parents were always mad that I was outside with no shoes on. Now, lucky kids can run around outside feeling barefoot, while having the foot protection parents are looking for.  The Speed specifically has a traditional lacing system making them easy to put on and take off.  And the biggest parent-friendly feature? They are machine washable! Bring on those mud puddles!

Kids Vibram Five Fingers: It’s like being barefoot, only better.

So go on, let your children enjoy being kids this summer. With a vast selection of cool kids shoes from doddsshoe.com, finding the perfect shoe to fit both you and your children’s needs will be easy breezy.

 

 

To Be Minimal Or Not To Be Minimal

One of the great debates we have here at Dodds Shoe Company is the new trend in running shoes…minimal running shoes.  Maybe the first known shoe to dabble in this market was the Nike Free in 2005, allowing runners to increase foot strength by having less on their foot.

Born To Run

The Free sold well, but it was a book called “Born To Run” that really peaked the interest of runners with the introduction to barefoot running.  Vibram Five Fingers, or “those funny toes shoes” became an overnight sensation and had many runners rushing to their favorite running stores to buy a pair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Bikilas

Being that I like to run and am up for anything, I soon bought my first pair of Five Fingers. I definitely got a lot of strange looks and many people stopped to ask me what I was wearing, but I have enjoyed them.  I began running in them.  While difficult at first (the day after my first run, I thought I was going to die), I soon began to experience what the hype was all about.  Becoming more of a midfoot-to-forefoot striker vs. a heel striker has made me a more efficient runner and lighter on my feet.  That is a good thing.

Vibram Five Fingers lists the following as the “5 Reasons To Wear Or Train In VFF’s”

  1. Strengthens muscles in feet and lower legs.
  2. Improves range of motion in ankles, feet, and toes.
  3. Stimulates neural function.  Important to balance and agility.
  4. Eliminates heel lift to align the spine and improve posture.
  5. Allows the foot and body to move more naturally, which just feels good.

Not everyone likes the look of monkey feet, so New Balance and Merrell have teamed with VFF and have created their own barefoot shoes.  The New Balance Minimus and the Merrell Trail Glove/Pace Glove are great alternatives to the VFF.

So, here is where it gets interesting.  Many customers come to our store asking if this is good for you.  The most common question we hear is, “do these shoes have good arch support?”.  The theory behind barefoot running is to run in a more natural state with shorter, quicker strides that gives you better alignment.  The shoes do not have arch support, but will strengthen your foot to support itself.  I’ll let you decide for yourself if these shoes are right for you.  Personally, I like them and prefer to do all of my running and training in a minimal shoe.

Asics Gel Neo33

Asics Gel Neo33

Still not convinced?  Look at the Asics Gel Neo33, the

Brooks PureFlow

Brooks PureFlow

Brooks PureFlow, and the Saucony Kinvara. Here are 3 shoes that still provide some structure and cushioning while following the trend of a “less is more” shoe.

 

Saucony Kinvara

Saucony Kinvara

Be sure to visit https://www.doddsshoe.com/ to check out the latest in minimal running shoes.  In the meantime, get out and enjoy pounding the pavement.