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How long do shoes last?

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At Start-Rite Shoes we pride ourselves on our shoes never being outworn, only outgrown. Of course the longevity of kids' shoes in general can vary depending on various factors such as the child's age, growth rate, activities they engage in, and the quality of the shoes. Young children may outgrow their shoes every 3-6 months during periods of growth. However, if the shoes are of good quality and properly cared for, they may last longer, potentially up to a year or more (if they still fit!). It is essential to regularly check the fit and condition of the shoes to ensure they provide proper support and protection for your child's feet.

Toddler shoes typically have a shorter lifespan compared to school shoes for example.

Toddlers are in a stage of rapid growth, and their feet can quickly outgrow shoes within a few months. Therefore, you may need to replace your little one’s shoes more frequently to ensure proper fit and support.

On the other hand, school shoes will typically last longer, as children at this age generally have a slower growth rate. Our school shoes are made with high quality, durable materials, have robust construction, and hardwearing soles to withstand the wear and tear associated with daily school activities.

Depending on your child's activities and the quality of the shoes, school shoes can last anywhere from 6 months to a year or more. However, regular inspection of the shoes is still crucial to ensure they are still providing adequate support and remain in good condition. Check out our handy check before you invest shoe tips guide for school shoes!

How long should a pair of shoes last?

There isn’t an exact answer to this as children, their development and activity patterns are all different. Ultimately, a good quality pair of children's shoes should last at least until your child outgrows them. As mentioned, the duration can vary depending on factors such as your child's age, how often (and quickly) they grow, what they get up to, and the quality of the shoes.

On average, children's shoes may last anywhere from a few months to a year - potentially even longer for shoes that are well-made and properly cared for. However, at risk of repeating ourselves, it’s crucial to regularly check the fit and condition of their shoes to ensure they’re still providing the necessary support and protection for your child's feet. Not sure how to measure at home or how to care for shoes? We have helpful tools and guides online to help you out and take some of the stress away.

How to tell when your child’s shoes are worn out

Chances are your child will outgrow their shoes before they out-wear them. Aside from being outgrown, below are a few reasons that indicate a new pair is needed. Although there are some obvious signs that their shoes are worn out, there are also a few hidden ones to be aware of:

  1. Sole wear: Examine the soles of the shoes. If you notice significant wear patterns, such as uneven wearing, smoothed-out treads, or flat spots, it indicates that the shoes are no longer providing adequate support and traction. This wear can also increase the risk of slips and falls.

  2. Bent or creased upper: Check the upper part of the shoe. If it is excessively bent, creased, or shows signs of cracking or tearing, it suggests that the shoes are worn out and may not offer proper foot support or protection.

  3. Cushioning and comfort: If your child starts complaining of discomfort or pain while wearing the shoes, it could indicate that the shoe's cushioning or support has worn down.

  4. Lumpy or uneven insole: Over time, the insole of a shoe might wear away unevenly if children are heavy-footed in one area for example , resulting in discomfort or potential foot problems. If you can feel any unevenness or bumps when touching the insole, it may be time for a replacement.

  5. Odour or excessive dirt buildup: Shoes that have a persistent unpleasant odour or a buildup of dirt might need a thorough clean, inside and out. If your child tends to build up odour in their shoes, select a pair with removable insoles that you can clean more easily.

  6. Decreased flexibility: If you notice that the soles of the shoes have become stiff and inflexible, the shoes might no longer be providing adequate comfort and support.

How long do toddler shoes last?

The lifespan of toddler shoes can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the shoes, the child's growth rate, and the frequency of use. On average, toddler shoes may last anywhere from 3 to 6 months before they are outgrown, and babies’ shoes may need replacing even quicker as they constantly grow.

Toddlers typically experience rapid growth, which can result in quickly outgrowing their shoes. For this reason, it’s essential to regularly check the fit and size of their shoes to ensure they are still comfortable and provide proper support for their developing feet.

Additionally, as toddlers are active and constantly exploring, it can contribute to wear and tear on the shoes. Look for signs such as worn-out soles, damaged or frayed uppers, decreased cushioning, or discomfort expressed by the child to determine if it's time to replace their shoes. Shoes with rubber bumpers can help shoes not only last longer but keep them look good for longer too.