Best non-slip shoes for kids

It’s a fact: high-energy kids are going to run, jump, clown around, and collide — even when they’re supposed to be walking. And while all that energy is mostly a good thing, there’s nothing positive about taking a spill on slick tile or hard pavement. That’s why non-slip construction is one of the most important qualities you can look for in an everyday kid’s shoe.

As you’d expect, good slip-resistance is all about the sole. And while you might be tempted to go for the stiffest, most rugged, high-traction style you can find, that’s not necessarily the best bet for everyday wear. In fact, chunky, stiff soles can actually increase the risk of tripping on smooth surfaces. For typical floors and playgrounds, the magic non-slip formula is a blend of high flexibility and medium tread.

When shopping, check out the shoe profile and look for an outsole that’s solid, but not excessively stiff or heavy. The bottom of the shoe should carry a distinct but fine tread pattern, not a thick, chunky texture. And of course, secure foot-hugging construction is key — so flimsy, strappy styles are out.

You probably won’t have to search far to find a non-slip shoe that suits your kid’s style. Lots of the sports and fashion looks kids love are actually known for their firm, flexible grip. We’ve rounded up a few favorites to make the search easy:

Skate Shoes

Designed to help feet cling to the deck of a speeding skateboard, a well-made skate shoe will probably do pretty well on linoleum, too!

Vans Ward Low Skate Shoe

We love the Ward Low from Vans for its timeless skater styling and extra comfy padding around the collar and tongue. And the classic Van’s waffle sole is practically the definition of non-slip design!

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Blowfish Play K Azra Slip-on Sneaker

The Play K Azra mashes up a sporty skater profile with adorable floral fabric. The result? Style for miles. Bungee laces make it easy to slip on and off fast without compromising on stability, and the thick rubber outsole provides reliable grip. 

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Basketball Shoes

Basketball is all about speed and dexterity on the parquet. No wonder popular b-ball styles are also perfect for everyday non-slip wear. 

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

For both fashion and function, you just can’t lose with the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. The thick rubber outsole carries just the right tread level for all-day comfort and floor-gripping security.

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Under Armour Jet Mid Basketball Shoe

For kids craving a flashier b-ball style, the Jet Mid from Under Armour delivers a high-tech look and herringbone tread for the ultimate non-slip performance. Combining leather and mesh, the upper provides breathable structure to keep feet comfy all day. 

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Fashion Sneakers

Skechers Ultra Flex

Style and security go hand-in-hand in this snazzy pick from Skechers. A great all-around active shoe, it’s lightweight, flexible, and long on ventilation thanks to mesh panels and an air-cooled insole. (Plus the fun rainbow styling strikes the perfect balance of sporty and playful.)

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New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi V3 

Simple? Yes! Boring? Never. The Arishi from New Balance has the secure tread and flexibility you want in a non-slip shoe, with sleek styling that’ll look great with any outfit. A mesh upper and fresh foam interior keep busy feet feeling (and smelling) their best.

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Boat Shoes

If slip-resistance is a priority, athletic shoes aren’t your only choice! Just like the name suggests, boat shoes were originally created to provide secure traction on wet, slippery docks. Today they’re equally popular inland, offering slip-on convenience and flexible comfort with a cute, preppy look. 

Blue Suede Boaty Glam Casual Shoe 

This shoe has a comfy secret inside: a cushioned insole much like you’d find in a fashion sneaker! Combine that quality cushioning with a flexible, light-tread outsole and sturdy, high-neck structure, and you’ve got everything you need to avoid slips in style. 

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Sperry Tuck Casual Shoe

A thick-but-flexible vulcanized rubber outsole forms the foundation for this go-anywhere casual classic. With a breathable fabric upper and plenty of interior cushioning, it’s as comfortable as it is stable (not to mention good-looking!). 

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Keeping active kids outfitted with all the gear they need can be a challenge. But thanks to the wealth of available options for stylish, comfy, non-slip shoes, you won’t get tripped up when searching for the perfect pair.