It makes me laugh with pride when my 10 and 12-year old’s say, “Mum, I need new shoes, my foot’s too big again!” At times I could scream, especially when their feet grow from a size 2 to a size 4 in six weeks. I guess this is just a sign of them having healthy bones (that’s my opinion anyway). What makes me laugh even more is when they say, “Mum, can I get a pair with wheels?” or “Mum, can I get a pair of shoes that have lights?”. What is up with that? I didn’t even know such a shoe existed, I certainly haven’t seen them advertised anywhere. So when building one of my favourite sites I decided to write some content that would showcase these shoes.
Don’t worry parents, if you don’t know the sizes of your pre teens’ feet, have them trace their own feet and measure them with a ruler that way, you can covert the sizes and then shop online with confidence!
My daughter is going through a phase whereby, trendy looking top sneakers are her thing. She particularly likes the leather high tops as she said they give her feet extra comfort, and just for appeal they even have the LED lighting in them… Not sure what this is all about. But am not questioning her fashion sense here. My son likes these shoes too, but didn’t want to copy her, so he decided to choose a high top sneaker that had a ‘wing’ on it. This apparently gave the shoe so much more character, and didn’t look anything like his sister’s so he was super excited about that.
For the pre-teen girls that liked this wing too, there was an option for them that I found, but it wasn’t something my daughter would wear, as she said they weren’t ‘her style’, I had to laugh! Style at age 12 changes overnight sometimes. Myself, I opted to get my son a pair that was a little less ‘flashy’ looking, as we needed to make sure he had a normal conservative type looking shoe in the wardrobe, for any type of occasion that would suit any type of clothing.
However, the latest thing was the ‘roller shoe’ so instead of losing my cool, I did some research on the web and found these really comfy shoes for my son. Apparently I’m being ‘uncool’ if I call them ‘roller’ shoes’ so I will call them what they are really and that is a ‘skate shoe’. For pre-teens these types of shoes are a must have. I found that when going out they were often distracted in their own minds with their own little worlds, and instead of hearing them complaining about being somewhere these shoes seemed to occupy them, so that I could do what I needed to do without interruptions. It really was a win-win, buying them for the kids. My son wasn’t as confident balancing as my daughter at first, but with time he was more confident and loved wearing the shoes everywhere.
My daughter was a pro from the start wearing these types of shoes, you are able to walk normally on them as well which was really interesting to watch, as you could see in their eyes they just wanted to skate off in the super market at times. This is when I’d say, “right you go to aisle 4 and get milk, and you go to aisle 2 and get dog food.” Kind of fun for me watching them use the shoes with confidence.
I would definitely only recommend these to preteens’ that have had a go at riding a skateboard, roller skates, roller blades, or tried ice skating, snow skiing or a similar balance sport. Both my kids have tried all of these things and understood how to balance before I purchased these shoes for them.